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  • Prof. Hill Co-Hosts Regulating Bank Culture Conference at UCD Sutherland School of Law

    February 6, 2020

    Professor Claire Hill and UCD Sutherland School of Law Professor Joe McGrath—who’s also a Visiting Professor at the Law School—co-hosted a conference on “Regulating Bank Culture” at UCD on February 6, 2020. The conference featured panels of regulators, bank CEOs, and legal and other academics. The participants discussed the causes of bad banking cultures and how to change such cultures for the better. In addition, Professor McGrath authored an article published in the Irish Independent on the topic, delineating the changes still needed to tackle banks’ bad managament cultures.

  • Prof. Moriearty Testifies at Minnesota House Hearing on Racial Disparities in the Criminal Justice System

    February 5, 2020

    On January 29, 2020, Professor Perry Moriearty testified at a Joint Informational Hearing of the Minnesota House of Representatives Judiciary and Public Safety Committees entitled, “Race and the Law: How We Can Improve Equity in the Criminal Justice System.” Her testimony focused on racial disparities at the pretrial stage of the criminal justice process. In addition to Professor Moriearty, presenters included Artika Roller of MNCASA; Dr. Tracie Keesee of the Center for Policing Equity; Judge Tanya Bransford of the Hennepin County District Court; and Robert Stewart of the Minnesota Justice Research Center. The hearing took place at the Mitchell Hamline School of Law.

  • Prof. Kitrosser Quoted in PolitiFact

    February 5, 2020

    Professor Kitrosser is among the experts quoted in a PolitiFact column evaluating Charlie Kirk’s claim that Nancy Pelosi broke the law by ripping up her copy of the State of the Union address. Kitrosser explained, “I take it that this is a printout of the Trump speech, in which case it is absurd to suggest that Pelosi can be prosecuted for doing with it whatever she pleases.”

  • Client of the Law School’s Clemency Project—Headed by Prof. Murray—Profiled in the Washington Post

    February 3, 2020

    The Washington Post published a lengthy piece profiling several federal inmates awaiting decisions on their clemency petitions to President Trump. One of those is Mary Anne Locke, whose clemency petition before President Trump was filed by the Law School’s Clemency Project, headed by Professor JaneAnne Murray. Locke is serving a 20-year sentence for her low-level, non-violent role in a methamphetamine distribution scheme. The article notes that her long sentence stunned her family because she had cooperated with law enforcement.

    “I’m extremely happy for each and every person that gets any kind of relief, but I wish there were more opportunities for those of us without those connections,” Locke, who is 41, said in a telephone interview with the Post. “If a connection is what it takes, then I pray for the right person to come along for me.”

    The Post also interviewed Ms. Locke’s father, John Owen, who had written an open letter in the Des Moines Register in July 2018 to Trump, describing his daughter’s struggle to overcome her drug addiction. “I’m frustrated that the entire system is so slow moving,” said Owen.

  • Fifth Circuit Cites Prof. Cotter’s Article on Statutory Damages in Copyright

    February 3, 2020

    In a January 15, 2020 opinion, Energy Intelligence Group, Inc. v. Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors, L.P., the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit cited Professor Thomas Cotter’s article (co-authored with Roger Blair), An Economic Analysis of Damages Rules in Intellectual Property Law, 39 Wm. & Mary L. Rev. 1585, 1653–72 (1998), in a footnote directing the reader to “further discussion and scholarly criticism of the statutory damages provisions of the 1976” Copyright Act.

  • Prof. Cotter Quoted in Bloomberg Law on Proposed Change to German Patent Law

    January 24, 2020

    A January 24, 2020 article on Bloomberg Law, entitled “Pressure Grows to Stop Automatic Product Bans in EU Patent Rows,” discusses a proposed amendment to the German Patent Act that would, among other things, grant German courts greater flexibility to deny or delay the entry of injunctive relief in patent infringement actions. The amendment also would require the German Patent Court—the forum that challenges to patent validity, which are “bifurcated” from, and typically much slower than, infringement actions, to issue a preliminary assessment of patent validity within six months. The article quotes Professor Tom Cotter—who has written about the proposed amendment on his blog, Comparative Patent Remedies—who states that the proposed amendment might “lead to the German courts being more receptive to entering these delayed injunctions in certain types of cases.” Cotter also states that the proposed six-month rule may help to close the “injunction gap”—the delay between the resolution of an infringement and a related validity action—which arguably has given “patent owners undue leverage over implementers.”

  • Prof. Kitrosser Talks Impeachment on “Chicago Tonight”

    January 24, 2020

    Professor Heidi Kitrosser was featured in a roundtable interview on WTTW Chicago’s program, “Chicago Tonight.” During the 10 minute roundtable, Kitrosser answered questions about, among other things, the constitutional requirements for impeachment proceedings and the meaning of the term, “high crimes and misdemeanors.”

  • Prof. Vaaler Authors Op-Ed in the Johannesburg Star on President Trump’s Senate Impeachment Trial

    January 16, 2020

    Professor Paul Vaaler, who is currently studying and teaching in South Africa on a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship, authored an op-ed in the Johannesburg Star on President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, set to start later this week or next. In the op-ed, Professor Vaaler touches on the history of impeachment trials in the U.S., the legal process of an impeachment trial, and how a trial—regardless of the outcome—supports the essence of democracy.

  • Prof. Reitz Quoted in The New York Times Magazine Regarding Parole for Inmates Serving Life Sentences

    January 10, 2020

    Professor Kevin Reitz was quoted in a New York Times Magazine article entitled “Can You Talk Your Way Out of a Life Sentence?” He explained that, as an inmate “[y]ou have about 3 percent of the procedural rights before a parole board as you would in a courtroom. The parole board has more power over a state’s prison population than all the judges in that state, but they have no job security. So they’re extremely vulnerable politically, but they have extreme power over incarceration policy. To me that’s a terrible combination—they live in an atmosphere of fear and risk-aversion.” Prof. Reitz added that he favors a system with diminished parole board discretion that would “put prisoners in control to some degree of their release date.”

  • Prof. Hickman Quoted By Tax Notes Regarding Decision in Silver v IRS

    January 9, 2020

    Professor Kristin Hickman was quoted extensively in a January 9 Tax Notes article (subscription required), “Silver Strikes Gold for Tax Administrative Challenges,” regarding issues raised by a federal district court opinion and order in Silver v. IRS, Civil No. 19-cv-247 (APM) (Dec. 24, 2019), rejecting the government’s motion to dismiss a taxpayer’s challenge to Treasury regulations implementing the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The taxpayer challenged the regulations for failing to include an adequate evaluation of the impact on small businesses as required by the Regulatory Flexibility Act and the Paperwork Reduction Act. The article quoted Prof. Hickman extensively regarding the court’s analysis and conclusions that the taxpayer had standing to challenge the regulations and that the Anti-Injunction Act did not bar the litigation, as well as potential remedies in the event the court ultimately resolves the case in the taxpayer’s favor on the merits.


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