Prof. Hasday quoted in the New York Times and the Washington PostApril 2, 2021
Professor Jill Hasday discussed a recent decision of the Minnesota Supreme Court that reveals the need to revise the state’s rape laws to better protect people who were too incapacitated to consent.
March 26, 2021
The New York State Association of Criminal Defense Laywers (NYSACDL) has just released its report on the “Trial Penalty,” a phenomenon described as prosecutors using their charging power to drive harsh plea bargains or punish the exercise of the right to trial. The report profiles several individuals, including Provard Jones, a 2017 client of the University of Minnesota Law School Project, directed by Professor JaneAnne Murray.
Murray, who (with her client’s permission) presented Jones’ case to the lawyers at Skadden Arps who drafted the report, says she is delighted that the NYSACDL featured Jones’ case. Murray, a former board member of NYSACDL, was on the taskforce of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), which issued a national report on this practice in 2019, and she directs the NACDL Trial Penalty Clemency Project, which advocates for executive clemency for federal inmates serving sentences driven by the trial penalty. This project secured 14 clemencies from President Trump on Jan. 19, 2021, two of whom were individual clients of the law school’s Clemency Project. (On the same date, Murray secured an additional 12 clemency grants from President Trump for low-level, non-violent drug offenders). Jones was represented by Murray and Jonathan Mansker ‘18.
Prof. Jon Lee Quoted in the Star Tribune Regarding the Dismissal of Black Potential Juror in Derek Chauvin TrialMarch 22, 2021
Professor Jon Lee is quoted in a Star Tribune article that examines race and bias in courtrooms. Of the dismissal of a Black potential juror in the Derek Chauvin trial, Professor Lee said, “It is nearly impossible to try to disentangle race and one’s experiences as a person of color with this case. That said…we need to impanel a jury that would be able to bring their experiences to bear in hearing this case.”
He added that it is difficult to prove that an opposing attorney has struck a juror on the basis of race as, “the defense attorney is going to argue that it is not on an account of race but rather because of his prior experiences with the police department and what he has observed. But that is necessarily tied up in the fact that he is a Black man.”
Prof. Richard Frase Quoted in the Star Tribune Regarding MN Court of Appeals Ruling on Derek Chauvin TrialMarch 6, 2021
Professor Richard Frase, faculty director of the Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice, was quoted in the Star Tribune regarding a Minnesota Court of Appeals ruling that a trial judge was wrong to deny prosecutors’ request to reinstate a third-degree murder charge against ex-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. Referring to the repeated back and forth between the trial court and the Court of Appeals shortly before the start of the trial, Frase said, “My head is spinning. I’ve been a lawyer for 50 years and a Minnesota lawyer for 44 years and I’ve never seen a situation like this,” He continued, ”Everybody wants to get this right.” He also explained that reinstating the charge could serve as a bargaining chip in plea negotiations.
March 2, 2021
Professor Jill Hasday testified before the Minnesota House Committee on Labor, Industry, Veterans and Military Affairs Finance and Policy in support of a bill that would ban employers from asking job applicants about their pay history.
February 28, 2021
The Houston Chronicle quoted from Professor Klass’s article in Lawfare on how the failure to energy and community infrastructure led to the Texas electric grid disaster.
February 23, 2021
Professor Alan Rozenshtein interviews Professor Alexandra Klass on The Lawfare Podcast to talk about the causes of the Texas electric grid diaster and what we can learn from it.
February 23, 2021
Professor Soper discussed Mike Lindell’s 2004 Minnesota bankruptcy case. Lindell characterizes the bankruptcy as a “fake bankruptcy” in his 2019 book. Soper explains the fraudulent transactions Lindell undertook surrouding the bankruptcy, and why those fraudulent transactions didn’t lead to criminal liability.
February 22, 2021
Professor Klass writes in Lawfare on the causes of the Texas electric grid disaster and actions to take to avoid similar outcomes in the future.
February 18, 2021
In a Feb. 17 article in the Wall Street Journal on some Texas homeowners’ growing frustrations over dealing with insurance claims related to the recent winter storm, Dan Schwarcz discussed the lack of standardization among homeowners’ policies.
Policies are more varied than they were a decade or two ago, Schwarcz said. While some differences might work to homeowners’ advantage, a substantial majority could hurt them, he added.