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  • Prof. Murray Quoted in Washington Post Article About Acting U.S. A.G. Whitaker’s Charging Policies as U.S. Attorney in Iowa

    November 21, 2018

    Professor JaneAnne Murray was quoted in a Washington Post article addressing the changing policies of Acting U.S. Attorney General Matthew Whitaker while he was the U.S. Attorney of the Southern District of Iowa from 2004 to 2009. The article focused on a case handled by the Law School’s Clemency Project, founded and run by Professor Murray.

    In 2008, Raeanna Paxton was offered a plea bargain to a stipulated sentence of 21 to 27 years or face a mandatory minimum sentence of life after trial in a case where she had acted as a driver for an individual pursuing a drug deal. Ms. Paxton took the deal and was sentenced to 21 years. Murray met Ms. Paxton at Waseca FCI in early 2016, after she had served approximately 10 years of this sentence. With Shuang Zu ’16, she submitted a clemency petition on Ms. Paxton’s behalf to President Obama. Thereafter, Murray reached out to Ms. Paxton’s sentencing judge, Hon. Robert Pratt, and asked him if he would write a letter in support of Ms. Paxton’s clemency petition. As the Washington Post article notes, in response to Murray’s request, Judge Pratt wrote a letter to Obama’s pardon attorney describing the sentence as “entirely disproportionate” to Ms. Paxton’s crime, adding that she “was and is a nonviolent offender. …This was not a conspiracy that involved ‘drug kingpins.’ It was a situation where methamphetamine-addicted individuals resorted to selling the drug to support their own addictions.” In August 2016, as the Washington Post article notes, “Ms. Paxton got a phone call telling her that Obama had granted her clemency.” It was Murray and Xu who made this call to her. Ms. Paxton has since remarried, and moved to Cheyenne, Wyoming, where she works at a factory assembling medical devices.

  • Prof. Frase Quoted in Hudson-Star Observer on Forces Behind Plea Bargains

    November 19, 2018

    Professor Richard Frase was quoted in the Hudson-Star Observer on the common rationale and conditions of plea bargains, and how sweet spots may be hit in the courts system—especially for first-time offenders—through deals that offer conditional outcomes and diversion agreements.

  • Prof. Kitrosser to Give Keynote Address at Annual Cline Symposium

    November 15, 2018

    Professor Kitrosser will give the keynote address at the annual Cline Symposium at the University of Illinois on November 29th. The Cline Center for Advanced Social Research has hosted the event for more than two decades. For the annual keynote, the Center “invites a prominent intellectual to address the campus community on a topic of great public significance.” Kitrosser will speak on “Democracy, the Separation of Powers and the Future of American Constitutionalism.” In addition to giving the keynote address, she will participate in a roundtable earlier in the day with several other professors from the university.

  • Prof. Meili Interviewed by Local NBC Affiliate Regarding Proposed Change in Birthright Citizenship

    October 31, 2018

    Professor Steve Meili was interviewed by KARE 11 television, NBC’s Minneapolis affiliate, on October 30 regarding President Trump’s intention to issue an Executive Order revoking birthright citizenship under the 14th Amendment. Professor Meili, who teaches immigration law and supervises the Immigration and Human Rights Clinic at the Law School, pointed out that it is well-settled law that the 14th Amendment confers citizenship on any person born in the United States, regardless of the immigration status of that person’s parents. In addition, any change to the  U.S. Constitution would need to be implemented through the normal constitutional amendment process rather than via Executive decree.

  • Prof. Hickman & Mark Thomson ’12 Cited By Federal District Court

    October 31, 2018

    Professor Kristin Hickman’s work with Mark Thomson ’12 on judicial review of agency rulemaking was cited by Judge James Browning in New Mexico Health Connections v. U.S. Dep’t of Health & Human Services, __ F.3d __, 2018 WL 5112912 (D.N.M. Oct. 19, 2018). In the article, Open Minds and Harmless Errors: Judicial Review of Post-Promulgation Notice and Comment, 101 Cornell L. Rev. 261 (2016), Hickman and Thomson documented and discussed judicial responses to agency procedural violations. In his opinion, having found that the agency action at issue violated procedural requirements, Judge Browning highlighted a lack of clarity in Tenth Circuit jurisprudence regarding vacatur of agency action as injunctive relief, declared his own view that remand without vacatur is an inappropriate remedy, and cited the Hickman and Thomson article as documenting issues raised by that remedy.

  • Prof. Hasday Discusses the Constitutional Basis for Birthright Citizenship on WCCO-TV

    October 31, 2018

    Professor Jill Hasday appeared in the “Good Question” segment on WCCO-TV News. She answered questions about the constitutional basis for birthright citizenship.

  • Prof. Hickman Rumored To Be On D.C. Circuit Short List

    October 29, 2018

    Prof. Kristin Hickman was identified in an E&E News Greenwire article as a possible contender for a judgeship on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.  Administrative law cases dominate the D.C. Circuit’s docket.  Prof. Hickman, who co-authors the Administrative Law Treatise and a textbook on federal administrative law, is a recognized expert on administrative law.  The article also noted Prof. Hickman’s work on agency deference doctrine, including that Justice Gorsuch cited her work in an opinion last year.

  • Prof. Cotter Speaks at FTC Hearing on Innovation and IP Policy

    October 24, 2018

    The Federal Trade Commission is in the process of holding a series of Hearings on Competition and Consumer Protection in the 21st Century. During the fourth round of hearings on October 23-24, Professor Tom Cotter participated in a panel on Innovation and IP Policy, noting among other things that patents can serve different purposes in different industries. Video of the session is available, with Professor Cotter’s opening statement running from 13:15 to 22:50.

  • Prof. Turoski Discusses Intellectual Property and the Critical Role of Chemistry at Amercian Chemical Society’s 53rd Midwest Regional Meeting

    October 23, 2018

    Professor Christopher M. Turoski presented at the Amercian Chemical Society’s 53rd Midwest Regional Meeting on the topic of intellectual property and the critical role of chemistry. Prof. Turoski generally discussed an Entrepreneurs Tool Kit: Resources & Best Practices, and more specifically how patents intersect with research and business.

  • Prof. Shen’s Research on War Casualties Featured in New York Times

    October 23, 2018

    Professor Francis Shen’s research on inequality and U.S. war casualties was featured in a New York Times Magazine article. Professor Shen was quoted on the political consequences of inequality in military sacrifice: “While much of the country has moved on, war is front and center in the living rooms and hospital beds of the communities whose families are fighting it.”

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