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October 20, 2010 - 1:21pm
Professor David Harris spoke to USA Today about the trend in police departments to hire civilians to take on roles filled in the past by sworn officers. With state and municipal budgets around the country in deep trouble, more and more departments will likely use this approach to cut costs. "It's all being driven by the economy and we should expect to see more of it," says University of Pittsburgh law professor David Harris, who analyzes law enforcement practices. "As budgets are squeezed, an increasing number of duties are going to be moved off officers' plates." Link
October 20, 2010 - 1:20pm
On October 12, 2010, Professor Charles C. Jalloh gave a lecture to graduate students at Pitt’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. Drawing on his recent scholarship, he reflected on the achievements, and limitations, of the Special Court for Sierra Leone as well as the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. Professor Martin Staniland hosted this lecture.
October 8, 2010 - 3:55am
Professor Jules Lobel spoke at the University of Washington School of Law on October 4, 2010 as part of the school's Gates Public Service Law Program Speaker Series. He talked about his recent book, ""Success Without Victory: Progressive Lawyering in an Era of Judicial Conservatism."
October 7, 2010 - 3:53am
On Saturday, October 2, 2010, Professor Haider Ala Hamoudi spoke on "The Challenges of Constitutional Supremacy in Post-Conflict Iraq" at a conference hosted by the University of Utah SJ Quinney School of Law entitled "Judicial Independence in Times of Crisis."
October 2, 2010 - 11:45am
Professor Lawrence Frolik presented a paper at the 5th Annual Labor and Employment Law Colloquium held in St. Louis on September 24/25 that was jointly sponsored by Washington University School of Law and St. Louis University School of Law. Frolik’s paper was entitled, “When Your 401(k) Encounters Evolutionary Psychology, You Can Kiss a Secure Retirement Goodbye.” In the paper, Frolik maintained that because of their evolutionary heritage, culture and individual psychology, most Americans are unlikely to save enough to enjoy an economically secure retirement.
September 30, 2010 - 12:19pm
Professor Pat Chew was appointed to the Planning Committee for the AALS Midyear Meeting three-day Workshop in June 2011 in Seattle on "The Changing Law School Curriculum."
September 28, 2010 - 12:24pm
Professor Haider Ala Hamoudi was a presenter on Friday, September 24 at the University of Pennsylvania Law School at a conference on Rule of Law Reform in Iraq and Afghanistan. His presentation was titled "Administrative Law and Effective Governance in the New Iraq." Link
September 26, 2010 - 12:07pm
For the Louisville Courier-Journal's series on police misconduct, Professor David Harris commented on an internal investigation of a police detective who made at least four different arrest of people who were incarcerated at the time of the offense. He reviewed internal police files, interrogation transcripts, and investigator notes of the case, and concluded that the investigation was both shoddy and biased. “[The documents] raise some question about whether the person who did the investigating went into it with the intent of supporting his fellow officer, rather than the intent of finding out what's true and what's false,” Harris said. Link
September 26, 2010 - 12:05pm
Professor David Harris commented on reports that Green Tree, PA's chief of police went under cover on his own to investigate prostitution. The chief made appointments to meet women in hotel rooms, paid them, and then disrobed and engaged in sexual touching. The nudity and sexual touching by a police officer are unnecessary and highly unusual tactics, to say the least, and can actually put prosecution of the case in jeopardy. Link to story on WTAE television ">Link to story on KDKA radio (scroll down for audio link under Andy Pintek)
September 19, 2010 - 8:06am
The newest update to Pitt Law’s SSRN Research Paper Series includes the following: Exporting Legal Education: Lessons Learned from Efforts in Transition Countries Ronald A. Brand, University of Pittsburgh - School of Law Special Court for Sierra Leone: Achieving Justice? Charles C. Jalloh, University of Pittsburgh - School of Law DOMA and the Happy Family: A Lesson in Irony Rhonda Wasserman, University of Pittsburgh - School of Law View the entire contents of Pitt Law’s Research Paper Series here.

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