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.
Federal Court Quotes Professor Cotter's Comparison of Patent Law's Standing Doctrine to Frankenstein's MonsterJanuary 12, 2021
In two recent decisions, Uniloc USA, Inc. v. Motorola Mobility LLC, 2020 WL 7771219 (D. Del. Dec. 30, 3030), and ChromaDex, Inc. v. Elysium Health, Inc., ___ F.Supp.3d ___, 2020 WL 7360212 (D. Del. Dec. 17, 2020), U.S. District Judge Colm F. Connolly cited Professor Thomas Cotter’s article, coauthored with Roger D. Blair, titled The Elusive Logic of Standing Doctrine in Intellectual Property Law, 74 Tulane Law Review 1323 (2000). On both occasions, Judge Connolly cited the article for its statement that “the standing rules in [patent] law appear to be as much a patchwork as Dr. Frankenstein’s monster, and only marginally more coherent.”
Prof. Klass Quoted in Energywire on Challenges and Opportunities for President-Elect Biden's Energy Secretary Nominee Jennifer GranholmDecember 21, 2020
Professor Alexandra Klass was quoted in an article about opportunities for Energy Secretary Nominee Jennifer Granholm to use existing provisions of federal law to spur the growth of long-distance electric transmission lines needed to better integrate renewable energy resources into the electric grid.
Prof. Smith Quoted in Bloomberg Tax Article on Challenges in Representing Low-Income Taxpayers During PandemicDecember 21, 2020
Professor Caleb Smith and Mollie Wagoner, 2L, were quoted in a Bloomberg Tax article on the challenges that the Tax Clinic faces in representing low-income taxpayers. Professor Smith discussed the challenges of providing education and outreach to low income populations during the pandemic, and Mollie Wagoner discussed the difficulties in creating rapport with clients while working remotely.
December 21, 2020
Professor Alan Rozenshtein was a panelist at the Law Library of Congress’s Human Rights Day Event 2020, held on Dec. 10, 2020. The topic was “Contact Tracing and the Right of Privacy” and addressed the legal and public-policy implications of using digital surveillance tools to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
Time Magazine Covers Release of Myon Burrell, Client of Prof. Moriearty, Child Advocacy and Juvenile Justice ClinicDecember 17, 2020
Professor Perry Moriearty with two of her students, Kaitlyn Falk, 2L, and Matthew DiTullio ’20, represented Myon Burrell before the state Board of Pardons through the Law School’s Child Advocacy and Juvenile Justice Clinic. Burrell was released on Dec. 15 after 18 years in prison for a crime he was convicted of when he was a juvenile. His life sentence was commuted to 20 years, with the remaining portion to be served on supervised release.
New York Times Covers Release of Myon Burrell, Client of Prof. Moriearty, Child Advocacy and Juvenile Justice ClinicDecember 16, 2020
On Dec. 15, the Minnesota Board of Pardons commuted the sentence of Myon Burrell, client of Professor Perry Moriearty and the Child Advocacy and Juvenile Justice Clinic. Burrell, a juvenile when he was imprisoned, had been incarcerated 18 years. His sentence was commuted to 20 years and he will serve the remainder of his sentence on supervised release. “I can’t for a minute imagine what that must have felt like for him,” said Moriearty, who was with Burrell when he was released.
December 10, 2020
Professor JaneAnne Murray, Director of the School’s Clemency Project and also a board member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), co-authored NACDL’s model “Second Look” legislation and accompanying report. The legislation provides a vehicle that legislatures can use to safely reduce the number of individuals serving excessive, counter-productive sentences: guaranteeing all incarcerated individuals a “Second Look” once they have spent at least a decade in prison. As noted in the accompanying report, it essentially takes up where the drafters of the Model Penal Code at the American Law Institute left off. In December 2018, the ALI advocated systematic “Second Look” legislation, setting forth guiding principles but leaving states to develop fully fledged legislation. Professor Kevin Reitz was the reporter for the sentencing provisions of the revised version of the Model Penal Code, and a key drafter of its “Second Look” provision.
Prof. Murray's Clemency Project Assists ACLU Action Against Federal Prison for Handling of COVID-19 SpreadDecember 9, 2020
Professor JaneAnne Murray and students from the school’s Clemency Project, which Murray directs, provided assistance to the ACLU of Minnesota and Ballard Spahr LLP in developing and researching a class action against the Bureau of Prisons and the Warden of Waseca FCI for its handling of COVID-19 at the women’s-only federal prison in Minnesota. As the ACLU notes in its press release, “[o]ne positive test in August led to 439 inmates contracting the virus in just three months – a staggering 70% of inmates.” The lawsuit seeks emergency orders requiring: the immediate transfer of the most medically vulnerable individuals to home confinement; immediate implementation of social distancing and hygiene measures; and adequate medical care for those still suffering from COVID-19 even after the BOP has declared them “recovered.” The press release quotes Murray: “So many of the vulnerable prisoners in Waseca are serving sentences they would not receive today in any humane sentencing system … The BOP had a chance to release a large portion of them to home confinement and failed to do so. Hopefully, in addition to the global action the ACLU seeks, this lawsuit causes judges to use their power to grant individual prisoners compassionate release.”
Prof. Klass Featured in Bloomberg Law Video on the Growing Challenges to Building Oil & Gas Pipelines in United StatesDecember 8, 2020
In a Bloomberg Law video, environmental & energy law professor Alexandra Klass discusses the legal and regulatory hurdles involved in building oil & gas pipelines in the United States.