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  • Prof. Hickman Credited with Influencing Treasury Regulatory Policy

    March 8, 2019

    Prof. Kristin Hickman has been credited with influencing the Treasury Department’s new policy statement revising longstanding tax administrative practices. Issued on Tuesday, the new policy statement announced shifts in how Treasury and the IRS would utilize temporary regulations and subregulatory guidance documents. Articles in Tax Notes and Politico attributed the shifts to Prof. Hickman’s service with the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, which in the past year has assumed responsibility for reviewing Treasury and IRS regulatory actions.

  • Prof. Cotter Quoted in Law360 Article on Awards of Attorneys’ Fee

    March 7, 2019

    A March 6, 2019 article in Law360 titled Copyright Ruling Could Hinder USPTO’s High Court Fee Case discusses the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision to grant certiorari in Iancu v. NantKwest Inc. The issue centers on Patent Act section 145, which allows disappointed patent applicants to demand a trial in U.S. District Court on the issue of whether the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) should have granted them a patent. The Supreme Court will decide whether the last sentence of section 145, which states that “All the expenses of the proceedings shall be paid by the applicant,” authorizes the court to award the USPTO its attorneys’ fees, regardless of whether it wins or loses the case. The article quotes Professor Tom Cotter as stating that, because the Court “took a narrow construction of the word ‘costs’ in the context of the Copyright Act,” in a different case handed down that same day, “it may suggest the court would take an equally narrow view of the term ‘expenses’ here.” Cotter also noted that because the American Rule, under which each party bears its own attorneys’ fees, is the general default rule, the Court might “conclude, as the Federal Circuit concluded, that if Congress meant for attorneys’ fees to be recovered, they would have made that more clear.”

  • Prof. Monahan Cited by California Supreme Court in Pension Ruling

    March 4, 2019

    The California Supreme Court cited the work of Professor Amy Monahan in Cal Fire Local 2881 v. California Public Employees’ Retirement System, a case addressing whether certain changes to public employee pensions enacted by the California Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act of 2013 were legally permissible.

  • Prof. Ní Aoláin Co-Authors Op-Ed in The Washington Post About Saudi Arabia’s Counterterrorism Efforts

    February 21, 2019

    Professor Fionnuala Ní Aoláin co-authored an op-ed in The Washington Post with Bob Graham—former Democratic U.S. Senator from Florida who chaired the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and co-chaired the 9/11 commission—analyzing the nature of Saudi Arabia’s counterterrorism efforts. Building on a report released by the Financial Action Task Force of the Group of Seven countries, Ní Aoláin and Graham emphasize the need for the country to focus more “on terrorism and demonstrated progress in prosecuting terrorism financing outside the region.” Professor Ní Aoláin currently serves as a U.N. special rapporteur on the promotion of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism.

  • Robina Institute Executive Director Kelly Mitchell on KARE-11 News

    February 13, 2019

    Kelly Mitchell, executive director of the Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice, testified in front of the Minnesota Legislature’s public safety and criminal justice reform finance and policy division on February 12th and 13th about Robina’s research on probation conditions and terms as lawmakers push for probation reform in Minnesota. KARE-11 featured the story on February 12th.

  • Prof. Shen Raises Questions About Governance of Sex Robots

    February 12, 2019

    In an essay published on The Conversation, Professor Shen raises questions about the governance of new sex robots. Sexbots are one of many topics covered in Professor Shen’s Law and Artificial Intelligence seminar at the Law School.

  • Binger Center Executive Director Deepinder Mayell Quoted in MPR News on Law School’s Mobile Clinic

    February 12, 2019

    Deepinder Mayell, executive director of the James H. Binger Center for New Americans, was quoted in MPR News about the Rural Access Initiative and its mobile clinic program designed to reach rural immigrant communities in need of legal assistance. The Rural Immigrant Access Clinic recently became the Law School’s 25th clinic.

  • Arizona Court of Appeals Cites Professor Cotter's Article on Anonymous Speech

    February 1, 2019

    In its opinion in Doe v. Hon. Margaret Mahoney, the Arizona Court of Appeals quoted Lyrissa Lidsky and Thomas Cotter’s 2007 article Authorship, Audiences, and Anonymous Speech, 82 Notre Dame L. Rev. 1537, for the proposition that (“If all it takes is an allegation of defamation to uncover a defendant’s identity, the right to speak anonymously is very fragile indeed … [o]n the other hand, anonymity should not immunize the defendant’s tortious conduct.”).

  • Prof. Turoski Joins Amicus Brief in U.S. Supreme Court Supporting Petition for Writ of Certiorari in Patent Case

    January 28, 2019

    Prof. Chris Turoski joined an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court supporting a Petition for a Writ of Certiorari in Hikrna Pharmaceuticals USA Inc., et al., v. Vanda Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. The brief argues the Federal Circuit’s decision below directly conflicts with the Supreme Court’s patentable subject matter precedent by upholding patent claims to routine, conventional applications of a law of nature. 

  • Prof. Shen Interviewed on WCCO Radio

    January 27, 2019

    Professor Francis Shen was interviewed on the WCCO radio program, “News and Views with Roshini Rajkumar.” Professor Shen spoke about his research on youth sports concussions, as well as his work on law and artificial intelligence.


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