October 17, 2018
Professor Francis Shen’s groundbreaking work in the emerging field of neurolaw was profiled by the Star Tribune. In his research and writing, Shen examines how brain science could affect law and public policy and the legal implications of everything from concussions in youth sports to the reliability of memory. “Seeing the world through brain circuitry is a really foundational shift, not just for law, but for policy,” said Shen. “We’re trying to prepare for a world that’s coming, but not quite here yet.”
Prof. Wolf Publishes Article in Science on Sharing Data and Results with Research ParticipantsOctober 17, 2018
Professor Susan Wolf co-authored an article published in Science challenging a recent report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine that makes recommendations on how to share research results and data with people who agree to participate in research studies and calls for problematic changes to federal law. Wolf and co-author Barbara J. Evans of the University of Houston Law Center maintain that “the Academies’ report endorses the idea of participant access to results and data, but then builds daunting barriers” and that it “rejects widely supported, legally sound approaches” to returning results and data to research participants.
October 16, 2018
Professor Jill Hasday appeared on Kare 11 TV News to discuss the Supreme Court’s precedents governing the use of affirmative action in public higher education.
October 11, 2018
Professor Christopher M. Turoski presented at the 2018 SACNAS National Diversity in STEM Conference on the topic of patents. SACNAS is the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science. The SACNAS conference consistently provides a unique intersection of cutting-edge science, family, motivation, and opportunity for students and scientists at all levels.
Prof. Turoski Presents Research on Intellectual Property in the Internet of Things at the Minnesota IT SymposiumOctober 1, 2018
Professor Christopher M. Turoski presented his research on Intellectual Property (IP) in the Internet of Things (IoT) at the Minnesota IT Symposium. Prof. Turoski detailed challenges presented by the IoT when protecting products. Prof. Turoski’s research surveyed attempts to use patents to protect technology in the IoT, as well as other forms of IP protection. Prof. Turoski identified IP protection strategies for IoT products and data, and defensive strategies allowing commercialization of products and data. The Minnesota IT Symposium is an annual gathering of CIOs and their senior IT leaders in Minnesota.
Prof. Befort Receives AARP GrantSeptember 17, 2018
Professor Stephen Befort has received a grant from the American Association of Retired Peoples to undertake an empirical research project. The project involves analyzing federal court case outcomes under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act both before and after the Supreme Court modified the standard for determining employer liability. Prior to 2009, courts found liability under the ADEA whenever age was a motivating factor for an adverse employment action. In 2009, the Supreme Court ruled liability would only result if age was the “but-for” reason for an adverse action. Professor Befort will use the project data to compare outcomes from before 2009 with outcomes post-2009. The twin objectives of the grant are to produce a law review article and to provide AARP with data to lobby Congress in support of a proposed change in the ADEA liability standard.
September 11, 2018
Professor Kitrosser is quoted in a Washington Post article about non-disclosure agreements signed by White House aides who appear on television to talk about President Trump. Kitrosser is quoted in particular on the topic of the non-disparagement clauses reportedly in the agreements. Specifically, the article quotes her as saying: “An agreement saying you may not disparage the president is clearly a viewpoint-based restriction about matters of utmost public concern.”
September 9, 2018
Professor Jill Hasday appeared on the Twin Cities PBS show “Almanac” to discuss Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s 2009 Minnesota Law Review article on separation of powers.
September 4, 2018
Professor Kitrosser spoke with local radio station WCCO shortly before the start of hearings on Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court. She talked to host Dave Lee about what we might expect to be discussed at the hearings. Kitrosser also appeared in an hour-long discussion with host Maria Armoudian and fellow law professor Eric Freedman about presidential power, executive privilege, and President Trump on this week’s episode of public radio’s “The Scholars’ Circle.”
August 29, 2018
Professor Kitrosser was interviewed for and appears in a new short documentary airing on Netflix. The documentary is an episode of Vox’s weekly series, “Explained,” and focuses on the topic of “political correctness.” Kitrosser was interviewed for the show in light of her 2016 Minnesota Law Review article entitled Free Speech, Higher Education, and the PC Narrative. In the article, Kitrosser explores uses of the term “political correctness” in public discourse, and the relationship of those uses to the law and politics of free speech. In the documentary, Kitrosser discusses early political correctness debates of the 1980s and 1990s, as well as the backlash that is often caused when students boycott or shout down campus speakers.