Prof. Klass quoted in Energywire on ways for the Biden Administration to help build new electric transmission lines to spur renewable electricity growthFebruary 11, 2021
Professor Klass discussed existing federal authority for the Department of Energy and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to overcome existing legal and political roadblocks to building the long-distance electric transmission lines needed to connect wind and other renewable energy resources to U.S. population centers.
February 11, 2021
Human Rights Center Faculty Director and UN Special Rapporteur, Professor Fionnuala Ní Aoláin is urging 57 countries to repatriate nationals that are being held in camps in Northern Syria. Joined by other UN human rights experts, Professor Ní Aoláin has issued a statement expressing serious concerns at the inhumane treatment and squalid conditions within the camps. According to the report, Al Hol and Roj camps in northeast Syria are home to over 64,000 people, mostly women and children. The UN human rights experts say they have issued official letters to 57 governments who are believed to have nationals in the camps.
Professor Ní Aoláin’s statements have been featured in an article by the UN regarding the state of the camps in Northeast Syria, and the story has been picked up by several other major media outlets, including: Voice of America, Sveriges Television, Le Journal de Montréal, Euronews, Republika Online, Adresseavisen, and El Periodista.
February 5, 2021
A February 4, 2021 Minneapolis Star-Tribune article titled Klobuchar Proposal Would Toughen Up Antitrust Laws discusses a bill proposed by U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) that would amend the Clayton Antitrust Act by, among other things, shifting the burden, under certain circumstances, to the parties to a proposed merger, to prove that the combination would not “create an appreciable risk of materially lessening competition.” The article quotes Professor Tom Cotter as stating that the proposal “would be a ‘sea change’ in how the law views mergers and acquisitions,” but that “for the last 20 to 30 years, merger enforcement has not been as good as it should have been.”
February 2, 2021
Professor Jill Hasday testified before the Minnesota House Committee on the Judiciary, Finance, and Civil Law in support of a bill that would ban employers from asking job applicants about their pay history.
February 1, 2021
Professor Paul Vaaler told WCCO the GameStop story shows the power of the internet, but expressed skepticism about the populist investing movement developing into a long-term trend. “Getting a mob to move in one direction is a tough thing to do,” Vaaler said. “In this case, they did. Don’t hold your breath that it’s going to happen again soon.”
Prof. Frase Quoted in The Legal Examiner Regarding Separate Trials for Officers Involved in Death of George FloydJanuary 28, 2021
Professor Richard Frase, co-director of the Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice, was quoted in The Legal Examiner regarding the recent ruling to hold Derek Chauvin’s trial separately from the other three officers involved in George Floyd’s death. Frase noted that the decision to try Mr. Chauvin separately may be advantageous for the other three defendants. On the topic of a potential plea deal Frase said, “The most I could see (the prosecution) saying ‘If you plead guilty to felony murder and save all the witnesses the trauma of going through this, we will not formally ask the judge depart from sentencing guidelines’ for more prison time.” Frase also predicted if the case goes to trial that Chauvin would be found guilty due to the circumstances of Mr. Floyd’s death, “In this case, there is no panic claim, no self-defense claim and they were completely in control of the situation.”
Prof. Klass Quoted in New York Times on Authority of U.S. Department of Energy to Combat Climate ChangeJanuary 27, 2021
Professor Alexandra Klass was quoted in a New York Times article discussing the nomination of Jennifer Granholm for Energy Secretary and the authority of the Department of Energy to address climate change through its power to develop and fund clean energy technologies, adopt stricter appliance efficiency standards, and help build the long-distance electric transmission lines needed to integrate more renewable energy in the U.S. electric grid.
January 25, 2021
Professor Paul Vaaler recently spoke with Twin Cities Business on the topic of corporate campaign contributions in light of a flurry of announcements by companies of reductions in such contributions after the storming of the Capitol earlier this month.
“What corporations are trying to buy is access,” Vaaler said. “It’s less about ideology, and more about issues.” For some companies, that could mean donating to a candidate that supports tax changes that are more favorable to their business.
Prof. Richard Frase Quoted in the Star Tribune Regarding the Decision to Hold Derek Chauvin's Trial in Connection With George Floyd's Death Separately From the Other Three Officers InvolvedJanuary 14, 2021
Professor Richard Frase is quoted in the Star Tribune regarding the decision to hold Derek Chauvin’s trial in connection with George Floyd’s death separately from the other three officers involved. Of the separation Frase said, “There’s always the guilt-by-association problem, and it flows downhill to the accomplices.”
January 13, 2021
Professor Paul Vaaler spoke with WCCO’s Dave Lee about political action committee (PAC) donations in light of recent corporate announcements of reductions in campaign contributions in the wake of the mob violence at the U.S. Capitol last week.