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August 5, 2010 - 11:41am
On July 28, 2010, Professor Peter B. Oh presented "Reclaiming Private Law" at the Private Law Theory Workshop, held at American University Washington College of Law.
August 5, 2010 - 11:40am
Professor and Barco Law Library Director George Pike was quoted by the Los Angeles Times in a story concerning the recent settlement of antitrust charges against chip maker Intel Corporation.
"I think it signals the FTC is trying to crack down on anticompetitive behavior in this industry," said George H. Pike, an assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law who teaches intellectual property and writes about information technology issues and the law.
July 27, 2010 - 7:14am
Professor Deborah Brake has published a book, Getting in the Game: Title IX and the Women’s Sports Revolution, with New York University Press.  Advance copies of the book are out now, with an official release date of August 9, 2010. The blurbs: “Getting in the Game is must reading for those seeking to understand both the monumental success of Title IX and the dilemmas and barriers that impeded achievement of its full promise. There is no better treatment of the subject of women's sports—why it matters, what Title IX now requires, and how the law might be improved. This book will change the way we think about equality in women's sports, and help us to think more rigorously and creatively about how to achieve it.” - Katharine T. Bartlett, Duke University School of Law “Getting in the Game offers clearheaded demystification of the debates over gender equity in the U.S. school and college sports. Without falling into the role of uncritical cheerleader, Deborah Brake shows how the successes of Title IX result from its pragmatic knitting-together of various strands of feminist legal theory. The result is a body of law sturdy enough to press effectively for equal opportunity, but flexible enough to allow for the nuances of difference. Whether one's concern is with inferior sport facilities for high school girls, cutbacks to certain college men's sports, or women athletes and pregnancy, Getting in the Game is a must-read.” - Michael A. Messner, author of It's All for the Kids: Gender, Families, and Youth SportsGetting in the Game provides a masterful overview of what it would take to really level the playing field for women in sports. This book is indispensable reading for anyone who cares about gender equity in athletics.” - Deborah L. Rhode, author of Speaking of Sex: The Denial of Gender Inequality “An interesting, exciting project that offers fresh perspectives on an area of the law that is generally misunderstood . . . fascinating and well done.” - Ann C. McGinley, William S. Boyd Professor of Law, University of Nevada Las Vegas It is available for purchase at, or directly from NYU Press.
July 26, 2010 - 7:14am
Professor Harry Gruener was quoted in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on how the poppular TV program "Mad Men" mischaracterizes the history of divorce in New York:
In the early 1960s, the post-Camelot era in which "Mad Men" is set, amicable couples had to participate in a charade before the court. Often, husband and wife had to pretend to have participated in bad behaviors such as adultery, physical or psychological abuse in order to "prove" grounds for divorce. Naturally, the court cast a dim view on these false testimonies, but it was the only way to have the divorce granted. "If both didn't want to have 'grounds,' it was denied. How stupid was that?" said Harry Gruener, who heads the Family Law Clinic at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.
July 26, 2010 - 7:11am
Professor David Harris did a series of talks in St. Louis, Columbia, and Jefferson City, Missouri to community groups and law enforcement officials on why police departments and communities must address racial profiling in order to have successful public safety efforts. The talks, sparked by release of racial profiling data required by state law and sponsored by the Missouri Association for Social Welfare, included a number of open forums attended by both police officers and community members, and one closed session in St. Louis for police leadership, policy makers, legislators, and community leaders. Professor Harris also discusses the issues on two public radio programs and in other media. Links to Media Coverage: St. Louis Public Radio KBIA The Columbia Missourian WGNU Radio
July 22, 2010 - 6:02am
Visiting Assistant Professor J. Janewa Oseitutu has published a new piece, "Traditional Knowledge: Is Perpetual Protection a Good Idea?," in IDEA: The Intellectual Property Law Review at 50 IDEA 697.
July 22, 2010 - 5:58am
Several Librarians from the University of Pittsburgh Barco Law Library were featured at the recent American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) Annual Conference, July 10 to 13, 2010, in Denver, Colorado. Librarians Susanna Leers, Patricia Roncevich and Sallie Smith presented a program on Database Ownership: Myth or Reality. Professor George Pike was moderator and speaker at a program on Ten Things Every Law Librarian Needs to Know About Copyright. Both programs were live-streamed over the Web. A full description of both programs, along with links to the Webcasts, is available at the Barco 2.0 Law Library Reference Blog at: Librarian Linda Tashbook was the recipient of the annual “Spirit of the SIS” Award from the Foreign Comparative International Special Interest Section of the AALL for her service as publications chair and for creating a new platform for collaborative online listings of foreign law collections and U.S. Libraries.
July 21, 2010 - 11:48am
On June 18, 2010, Rhonda Wasserman and Frederick Goldsmith published an article in the Pittsburgh LAWYERS JOURNAL entitled, Third Circuit Court Practitioners’ Guide to Twombly and Iqbal.  The text may be found on pages 8 and 9 at this link.
July 20, 2010 - 11:49am
Professor Rhonda Wasserman taught a three-week course, “Conflict of Laws in the United States: Theory and Practice,” to graduate students in law at Wuhan University in Wuhan, China.   She had the opportunity to meet with the Dean of Wuhan University School of Law, Dr. Xiao Yongping; the Director of Wuhan’s Institute of International Law, Dr. Yu Minyou; the Director of the program on Private International Law, Dr. Guo Yujun; and  Dr. Gan Yong, a professor of Private International Law, and Dr. Wang Sisi, both of whom had been visiting scholars at Pitt.
July 19, 2010 - 11:50am
A new essay by Professor Vivian Curran, Recent French Legal Developments concerning a War-Time Arrest and Imprisonment Case, has been published at 25 Maryland Journal of International Law 264 (2010).

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