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  • Prof. Ní Aoláin Elected to the American Law Institute

    October 24, 2016

    Professor Fionnuala Ní Aoláin has been elected to the American Law Institute (ALI), the leading independent organization in the United States producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and improve the law. The institute’s membership—consisting of eminent judges, lawyers, and law professors from the United States and around the world—is limited to 3,000, excluding life, honorary, and ex-officio members.

    Prof. Ní Aoláin specializes in the fields of international law, human rights law, law of armed conflict, national security law, transitional justice, and feminist legal theory. She is the recipient of numerous academic awards and honors, including a Fulbright scholarship, the Alon Prize, the Robert Schumann scholarship, a European Commission award, and the Lawlor fellowship.

  • Prof. Hasday Discusses the Supreme Court on WCCO Radio

    October 16, 2016

    Professor Jill Hasday was featured on WCCO’s “News and Views with Roshini Rajkumar,” a CBS Radio program. She discussed the Supreme Court’s role in American life and law.

  • Prof. Vaaler Hosts Panel Discussion on Political Campaign Organization Trends

    October 12, 2016

    Professor Paul M. Vaaler co-hosted the Business by Carlson Quarterly Report on the “Business of Politics: How Innovations in Campaign Financing, Operations, and Strategy Are Changing Our Elections and Our Democracy.” Held at the Carlson School atrium and broadcast on WCCO 830AM Radio, the panel included WCCO Radio’s Dave Lee and Darin Broton of the Tunheim public relations firm.   

  • Prof. Murray on MPR About Commutation for Another Clemency Project Client

    October 7, 2016

    Professor JaneAnne Murray was interviewd on Tom Weber’s morning news program on MPR regarding the Law School’s fourth grant of commutation in President Obama’s clemency initiative for low-level, non-violent offenders. On October 6, 2016, President Obama granted an additional 102 prisoner commutations, including 37-year-old Maria Marino, housed at Waseca, Minnesota, a client of Murray’s Clemency Project at the School. Ms. Marine was sentenced in Iowa in 2008 to a twenty-year mandatory minimum sentence for her role in a methamphetamine distribution conspiracy. Although Ms. Marino was found at sentencing to be the least culpable participant in the offense, she received the longest sentence of all charged defendants, solely because of the charging decisions the prosecutor made in her case. Her clemency petition was drafted by Molly Davy (class of 2016), under Murray’s supervision, with the assistance of DC lawyer, Sylvia Royce.  


  • Prof. Shen Interviewed on Access Minnesota on Military Sacrifice

    October 5, 2016

    Professor Francis Shen was interviewed on Access Minnesota radio about his recent study, “Invisible Inequality: The Two Americas of Military Sacrifice,” which appears in the Memphis Law Review and is available on SSRN. The study finds that there is growing socioeconomic inequality in military sacrifice.

  • Prof. Borgida Co-edits "Collaboration in Psychological Science: Behind the Scenes"

    October 2, 2016

    Affiliated Professor of Psychology and Law, Eugene Borgida, and Richard Zweigenhaft, Guilford College professor of psychology, co-edited a book titled ”Collaboration in Psychological Science: Behind the Scenes.”

    In addition to the Introduction and Conclusion that he and his co-author wrote, Borgida is the author of one of the chapters, “It takes a village: Interdisciplinary research collaboration in political psychology.”

    Thirty-five psychologists, who have collaborated extensively with a wide range of scholars from multiple disciplines over the course of their careers, wrote the other 20 chapters. The essays explore the many benefits of collaborating, as well as the pitfalls that can lead to difficult or even nightmare collaborative experiences. Best practices for collaborative scholarship are identified and discussed.

    Peter Salovey, the president of Yale University, wrote the foreward to the book, which has been published by Worth Publishers (a division of Macmillan Learning).

  • Prof. Cotter Cited in Ninth Circuit Opinion

    September 30, 2016

    On September 26, 2016 the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit published an opinion citing a 1998 paper coauthored by Professor Thomas Cotter and Roger Blair titled, “An Economic Analysis of Damages Rules in Intellectual Property Law.”  The opinion, Sicre de Fontbrune v. Wofsy, addresses the question of whether a French judicial order known as an astreinte is enforceable in the United States under the Uniform Foreign-Court Monetary Judgment Recognition Act. In reversing a district court opinion that had answered this question in the negative, the opinion draws an analogy between the astreinte at issue in this case and statutory damages for copyright infringement under U.S. law, and cites the Blair & Cotter article for the proposition that statutory damages “are intended to induce copyright holders to enforce their copyrights and to deter infringers by preventing unjust enichment, even where actual damages are unproved.”  

  • Prof. Murray Interviewed by MPR Regarding Grand Jury Investigation in Castile Case

    September 28, 2016

    Professor JaneAnne Murray was guoted in an MPR News article relating to the grand jury investigation into the death of Philandro Castile as a result of a police shooting in the line of duty. She highlighted the grand jury’s historically democratic and anti-despotic roots, but noted how the grand jury system has devolved into an “easy tool” for prosecutors to achieve the charges they are seeking. This issue is in sharp relief in cases involving police shootings, because the target of the investigation is so often the prosecutor’s client in other cases. As she pointed out, in most cases, it’s officers who do the investigative work for prosecutors. So, when an officer is the target, Prof. Murray explained, ”[t]here’s an inherent conflict of interest in that . .. and that’s why people want to see a more transparent process rather than a secret grand jury process.”

  • Prof. Orfield Interviewed on CNN Newswire

    September 27, 2016

    Professor Myron Orfield was interviewed by CNN Newswire about the relationship of growing racial segregation to urban conflict between non-white citizens and police. In discussing racial and economic tensions in St. Paul, Orfield said that racial segregation in housing and dismantling school integration programs in the 1990s, along with a trend of racial profiling by police, can all be contributing factors to the growing unrest in these communities.

  • Prof. Hasday Discusses the Constitution on KFAI

    September 26, 2016

    Professor Jill Hasday was featured on a one-hour broadcast of Truth to Tell, a long-running public affairs show on KFAI radio. She discussed constitutional interpretation, constitutional structure, and recent controversies in constitutional law.


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