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Archived Faculty News

September 2, 2010 - 8:57am
Professor Charles C. Jalloh published a JURIST op-ed titled "(Re)Writing History After Rwanda's Genocide: A Response to Peter Erlinder," on August 31, 2010. A quote:
In the final analysis, as the Trial Chamber observed when it rendered oral judgment in the Military I case on December 18, 2008, it is clear that immense human slaughter and suffering took place during the Rwandan genocide in 1994. Whether Professor Erlinder is right or wrong on how history should judge those events, despite the best intentions of well meaning lawyers and academics, we must always be mindful that "the process of a criminal trial cannot depict the entire picture of what happened in Rwanda".
August 31, 2010 - 10:25am
Professor John Burkoff was interviewed by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review in connection with a report that attorneys for Pittsburgh teenager Jordan Miles are an injunction against  police officers accused of beating Mr. Miles.
University of Pittsburgh law professor John Burkoff said Miles is unlikely to obtain the permanent injunction, because judges can only order public officials to perform actions they're legally required to carry out, not ones where they have discretion.
August 31, 2010 - 10:21am
Professor David Harris was interviewed August 30 on KDKA AM concerning media reports that the U.S. Department of Justice has decided not to pursue federal civil rights charges against the three officers accused of beating Pittsburgh CAPA High School student Jordan Miles last January.  He explained the difference between federal and state charges in such cases, and stated that the failure of the federal government to pursue charges does not, as many people think, preclude the Allegheny County District Attorney from pursuing charges against the police officers. Link
August 31, 2010 - 10:20am
Professor David Harris was interviewed by the Pittsburgh Tribune Review concerning statistics that show a drop in Taser use extending over 2008, 2009, and into 2010.  He explained that once officers become accustomed to new weapons and tactics and have a better idea of how to get results with them, they are sometimes less inclined to use them in situations in which they can do without them.  "It does take time for these things to shake out.  The thing we know for sure is, this is a cycle every new device goes through." Link
August 31, 2010 - 10:19am
Professor Deborah Brake was interviewed about her book, Getting in the Game: Title IX and the Women’s Sports Revolution (NYU Press 2010) for the program “Think” on Dallas public radio.  The one hour program was taped live on August 30, 2010. ">Link
August 30, 2010 - 10:28am
Professor Haider Ala Hamoudi was interviewed by BBC Radio for London broadcast recently, respecting a recent Saudi case where a man was potentially being sentenced to be paralyzed by a hospital as punishment for his paralyzing a person during a fight.
August 30, 2010 - 9:41am
Professor Rhonda Wasserman was quoted by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review in a story about class action litigation. Link
August 27, 2010 - 1:59pm
Professor Ronald Brand was invited to write an article for the Harvard International Review Summer 2010 issue, and that article, “Exporting Legal Education: Lessons Learned From Efforts in Transition Countries,” has now been published, here. Professor Brand discusses curricular developments at U.S. law schools, not from the perspective of internal matters, but from the perspective of external impact on a global basis. He argues that curricular changes should be made only with consideration of the impact of US professional legal education on efforts to provide positive change throughout the world, and especially in transition countries. Link
August 26, 2010 - 7:38am
Professor John Burkoff published a number of new and revised books and Supplements this summer, including: Criminal Offenses & Defenses in Pennsylvania (West 6th ed. 2010, Pennsylvania Practice Series); Criminal Defense Ethics: Law & Liability 2d (2010 edition); 2010 Supplement to Ineffective Assistance of Counsel (West) (with Professor Nancy Burkoff); August 2010 bi-annual Release for Search Warrant Law Deskbook (West); 2010 Supplement to Criminal Law: Cases, Materials, and Problems 3d ed. (West); and 2010 Supplement to Criminal Procedure: Cases, Problems, and Exercises 4th ed. (West).
August 25, 2010 - 4:49am
Professor Deborah Brake's new book on Title IX, Getting in the Game: Title IX and the Women’s Sports Revolution, is profiled in a feature in the "Players" blog at the Chronicle of Higher Education. The piece begins:
Supporters of Title IX happily credit the 1972 law with swelling the rosters of the nation's sports teams with women. What's often overlooked amid their praise, though, is that most of those teams, especially those at the college level, have remained overwhelmingly white.
Read the full feature.

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