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August 24, 2010 - 6:19pm
Professor Michael Madison has published a new article, Beyond Creativity: Copyright as Knowledge Law, at 12 Vanderbilt J. of Entertainment & Technology Law 817 (2010).
August 24, 2010 - 6:15pm
Professor Charles C. Jalloh gave the first 2010 R.J. Reynolds Distinguished Visiting Professor Lecture at the School of Law, North Carolina Central University on August 18, 2010. Earlier that day, he gave a separate talk to the faculty entitled Universal Jurisdiction in a Divided World: The Case of the African and European Unions. On August 19, 2010, he taught a student seminar focusing on the Special Court for Sierra Leone. Professor Jalloh is the youngest amongst a group of distinguished scholars invited to lecture on international law topics at NCCU Law during the 2010-2011 academic year. North Carolina formally established the law school in 1939 to provide African-Americans with in-state opportunities for a legal education. Link
August 20, 2010 - 8:19am
A new article by Professor Lawrence Frolik, Protecting Our Aging Retirees: Converting 401(k) Accounts into Federally guaranteed Lifetime Annuities, has been published at 47 San Diego Law Rev. 277  (2010).
August 17, 2010 - 6:18am
Professor Charles Jalloh has published an op-ed on JURIST entitled, "The African Union and the International Criminal Court: The Summer of our Discontent(s)." From the introduction:
On July 27, 2010, the Assembly of Heads of States--the primary decision-making organ of the African Union (AU)--met in Kampala, Uganda for its 15th Annual Summit. As usual, the African leadership adopted some important decisions and declarations on a range of political, economic, and social issues affecting the continent. The Assembly also adopted decisions regarding three justice-related questions that have been on its agenda for the past few years, namely: the International Criminal Court (ICC or the Court), the abuse of the principle of universal jurisdiction, and the pending trial in Senegal of former Chadian President Hissène Habré on allegations of torture. Ironically--considering that the meeting took place in the same venue where barely over a month ago the ICC had held its first-ever Review Conference since the Rome Statute entered into force on July 1, 2002--the AU's latest decision regarding the ICC shows its growing discontent with the current trajectory of the Court's work in Africa; in particular, the sequencing of justice and peace in the Sudan.
August 14, 2010 - 6:56am
Professor Deborah Brake was interviewed for the National Public Radio program, “Only a Game,” by host Bill Littlefield about her new book, “Getting in the Game: Title IX and the Women’s Sports Revolution” (NYU Press 2010).    The interview will be featured on the show airing Sat., August 14, 2010.  The show typically airs Saturday mornings before Weekend Edition and can also be heard on the show’s website (which currently features Brake’s book). Link:
August 14, 2010 - 6:53am
In the sentencing phase of a child pornography case in Pennsylvania, the defendant's attorney argued that his action were connected in part to his diagnosis of Tourette Syndrome.  Professsor David Harris explained to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that this would not be a defense to the crime, but that judges hear a wider array of arguments at a sentencing hearing than they would for the determination of guilt or innocence.  "This testimony from the forensic psychologist is not being used to excuse or justify his conduct in a way that would result in his being acquitted. It is being used to offer an explanation to the judge as to how he ended up in this situation," Harris said. Link
August 14, 2010 - 6:52am
Professor David Harris spoke on KDKA TV about the new policy of the Pittsburgh Police Department that he helped draft.  The policy stipulates that officers may ask about immigration status only when it is relevant to a criminal investigation.  "What this does is it keeps Pittsburgh's police focused on fighting crime instead of checking immigration for which they're not really trained and which will alienate the very people they need as allies to fight crime," Harris said. Link
August 12, 2010 - 6:32am
The newest update to Pitt Law’s SSRN Research Paper Series includes the following: Recognition Jurisdiction and the Hague Choice of Court Convention Ronald A. Brand, University of Pittsburgh - School of Law Evolutionary Theory and Behavioral Biology Research: Implications for Law David J. Herring, University of Pittsburgh - School of Law Inequitable Administration: Documenting Family for Tax Purposes Anthony C. Infanti, University of Pittsburgh - School of Law View the entire contents of Pitt Law’s Research Paper Series here.
August 11, 2010 - 10:33am
Professor Douglas Branson has published "More Muscle Behind Regulation SHO? Short Selling and the Regulation of Stock Borrowing Programs," in the Virginia Law & Business Review.  The complete citation is 5 Va. L. & Bus. Rev. 1 (2010).
August 9, 2010 - 1:25pm
Professor Charles C. Jalloh was interviewed by Al Jazeera, the international TV news network, on August 5, 2010. He commented on the implications of the testimony given by British supermodel, Naomi Campbell, before the Special Court for Sierra Leone in The Hague on Thursday. Prosecutor’s had subpoenaed Campbell to testify whether she had received a gift of “blood diamonds” from former Liberian President Charles Taylor. Taylor is on trial for allegedly committing international crimes by trading weapons for diamonds during the Sierra Leonean conflict (1991-2002).  Campbell admitted to being woken up to receive a "pouch" of “dirty looking stones”. But she asserted she did not know who had sent them.

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