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December 22, 2010 - 4:58pm
Professor Ronald A. Brand participated as one of the Amici Law Professors in the Brief of Law Professors as Amici Curiae for Respondent, filed with the United States Supreme Court on December 20, 2010, in the case of J. Mcintyre Machinery Ltd. v. Robert Nicastro. The case raises questions whether the application of the Fourteenth Amendment Due Process Clause prevents a state trial court from exercising jurisdiction over a foreign defendant manufacturer when the sale of the manufactured goods occurs outside the state in which the court is located, but injury from the operation of the goods occurs in that state.
December 21, 2010 - 11:08am
Professor Haider Ala Hamoudi has published a book review of Islam and Liberal Citizenship: The Search for an Overlapping Consensus (Oxford, 2009), by Andrew F. March, at 26 J.L. & Religion 387 (2010-2011).  From the Introduction:
Professor Andrew March has provided a rare, much needed, rigorous and admirable foray into a subject on which there has been much discussion, but not much of it very good. March is ideally suited to the task of discussing the compatibility of Islam with the demands of political liberalism, as an Oxford trained political scientist who has devoted years of his life to the study of that vast body of norms and rules derived from Muslim sacred text known as the shari'a. There are few who are able to discuss Islam, or political liberalism for that matter, as thoroughly as March, and all of us interested in the subject should be grateful for the contribution he has provided.
December 14, 2010 - 1:23pm
Professor Arthur Hellman was quoted in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review on November 30 in connection with judicial dissatisfaction with federal sentencing guidelines, an issue that is timely in connection with prosecutions for possession of child pornography. Link
November 22, 2010 - 1:24pm
Professor Sheila Velez-Martinez, who directs Pitt Law's Immigration Law Clinic, spoke to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette regarding concerns that Latinos are being inappropriately profiled by law enforcement officers.  She said:
"We are unfortunately seeing a pattern of people who look Latino being detained in the region without state-related charges. Most of our Latino clients started their road towards deportation from a traffic stop. In most cases, there was no traffic sanction imposed on the clients and the stated reason for the initial detention seems but a pretext for stopping clients for being brown or Latino."
November 22, 2010 - 1:21pm
The Pittsburgh Tribune Review reported on a win by law students in Pitt Law's Health Law Clinic, supervised by Professor Stella Smetanka.  The students succeeded in obtaining rehabilitation services under Medicare for a client after she had hip replacement surgery.  The outcome may help a much broader class of Medicare recipients.  The case was previously reported by the New York Times. Trib story here.
October 25, 2010 - 12:07pm
Professor David Harris spoke at a Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law symposium, entitled "Liberty and Justice for Some?" He was the keynote panelist for the session entitled "The Race to Profile -- Colorblind or Blind to Realities? SB 1070 and Beyond," in which he discussed the inevitability of profiling under Arizona's new law, and the implications for law enforcement and crime. Link
October 25, 2010 - 12:06pm
When police investigated allegations of drug use and trafficking by an assistant prosecutor, they tipped off the assistant prosecutor, compromising the investigation. All three men were questioned about this under oath, and lied, but corrected themselves several days later. The officers are under internal investigation, but the chief prosecutor sees no reason to discipline or look into the conduct of assistant prosecutor. Professor David Harris disagreed in an interview with the Louisville Courier-Journal: "To admit you lied in an investigation where you were the subject, and it involved law-enforcement conduct, I find that very troubling." Link
October 22, 2010 - 10:17am
On Wedneday, October 20, Professor Anthony Infanti facilitated an article discussion for Pitt's Center for Instructional Design and Distance Education (CIDDE) on authentic learning. The article under discussion was “Authentic Learning for the 21st Century: An Overview,” by Marilyn M. Lombardi. Link to Authentic Learning.
October 21, 2010 - 1:45pm
The newest update to Pitt Law’s SSRN Research Paper Series includes the following: Veil-Piercing Peter B. Oh, University of Pittsburgh - School of Law International Decison: Michelot Yogogombaye v. The Republic of Senegal: App. No. 001/2008: Judgment Charles C. Jalloh, University of Pittsburgh - School of Law Holding Multinational Corporations Accountable? Achilles Heels in Alien Tort Claims Act Litigation Douglas M. Branson, University of Pittsburgh School of Law View the entire contents of Pitt Law’s Research Paper Series here.
October 20, 2010 - 1:23pm
Professor David Harris went to Szeged University in Hungary to teach in the American Law Program. The students, who are both undergraduate law students and practicing attorneys, take a slate of courses in American law over a two-year period that grants them a certificate in American law. David taught courses in Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure. The city of Szeged and the University are located approximately 175 km southeast of Budapest. Link

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