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July 17, 2010 - 11:53am
Professor Lawrence Frolik's new article, Points to Consider Before Buying Long-Term Care Insurance, was just published in  37 Estate Planning 20, the July 2010 issue.
July 6, 2010 - 5:07am
Professor David Harris has published a new article, "Law Enforcement and Intelligence Gathering in Muslim and Immigrant Communities After 9/11,"  at 34 N.Y.U. Rev. L. & Soc. Change 123 (2010).
June 28, 2010 - 11:20am
Professor Haider Ala Hamoudi has published “Identitarian Violence and Identitarian Politics: Elections and Governance in Iraq" in the Harvard International Law Journal Online (volume 51, June 14, 2010). From the conclusion:
It is a mistake to assume that matters such as the electoral timetables of other nations, even those under foreign occupation such as Iraq, are within the primary control of members of the international community, rather than domestic constituencies who may stand to benefit from the rise of democratic politics. Thus, whether or not early elections in divided societies are a good idea is entirely beside the point. While it may be true, and certainly was true in the case of Iraq, that early elections led to a rise in civil conflict, the role of the international community may only be limited to mitigating the effects of that inevitable conflict, often at enormous expense to themselves and the country under occupation, rather than removing it entirely through electoral delays.
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June 28, 2010 - 9:27am
On June 17, 2010, Professor Vivian Curran was one of two invited reporters from the United States (the other was Prof. Alain Levasseur of Louisiana State University) at the biennial meeting of the International Association of Legal Methodology at the Faculty of Law of the University of Aix-en-Provence, France. Her talk was “La formation des juristes aux États-Unis.” On May 17, Professor Curran was the featured speaker at the Lion of Judah Lunch and Learn. Her presentation was on “Some Reflections on Contemporary Compensation for Nazi Property Expropriations and the Rule of Law.” On May 6, 2010, Professor Curran moderated a panel on “The Role of Civil Societies and Legal Education in Developing the Rule of Law” at Policy Conference on Promoting the Rule of Law: Cooperation and Competition in the EU-US Relationship,” at the University of Pittsburgh. The next day, she summarized remarks to launch discussion with respect to that topic.
June 28, 2010 - 9:25am
Professor Charles C. Jalloh chaired a meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on June 19, 2010. A select group of leading international law scholars convened at the Hilton Hotel to discuss a draft position paper, which he co-authored with Professors Dapo Akande (Oxford) and Max du Plessis (Kwazulu Natal), assessing the legality and practicality of the November 2009 African Union (AU) proposal for an amendment to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC). The AU proposal will be debated by the 111 member states of the ICC during the Assembly of States Parties meeting in New York, U.S.A. in fall 2010. The paper, which is the outcome of a project initiated by Professor Jalloh and the International Crime in Africa Program, Institute for Security Studies (Pretoria, South Africa), will be published just before the New York meeting.
June 22, 2010 - 9:26am
Professor David Harris discussed the proposal for "Jennifer's Law," introduced on June 21 in the Pennsylvania legislature, that would make it a crime when witnesses fail to report violent crimes, as long as they can do so without harm to themselves. Harris told Pittsburgh television station KDKA that American law generally avoids crimes of omission. "There are problems of proof because it's much harder to prove what was in somebody's mind by what they didn't do, instead of what they did do." Link, with video link at right
June 22, 2010 - 4:58am
Professor David Herring has published a new article, "Evolutionary Theory and Kinship Foster Care: An Initial Test of Two Hypotheses," at 38 Capital U. L. Rev. 291 (2009). The article is co-authored by Professors Jeffrey J. Shook, Sara Goodkind, and Kevin H. Kim. Professor Shook is an Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work. Professor Goodkind is an Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work. Professor Kim is an Associate Professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Education.
June 21, 2010 - 12:52pm
On June 17, 2010, Professor David Harris testified before the U.S. House Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, which held a hearing on "Racial Profiling and the Use of Suspect Classifications in Law Enforcement Policy." In his testimony, Harris explained that ending racial profiling would both improve public safety, by forcing police officers to adopt more effective tactics, and would also bolster civil liberties by insuring equal protection under the law. "The American people need to know that ending racial profiling is necessary for both the enhancement of public safety and the protection of civil rights. The use of racial or ethnic appearance as a way to target law enforcement efforts does not help police catch more criminals; rather, racial targeting nets fewer criminals, and in the bargain turns the public against police efforts. Protecting civil rights by ending racial profiling will help make us safer, and honor our country’s commitment to equal justice under law." Link to testimony on House Judiciary web site The testimony was widely reported in the news media.  Harris was interviewed about his Congressional testimony and what Congress should do about racial profiling on WDUQ, Pittsburgh's NPR affiliate. The interview aired June 17. Other press coverage appeared as far away as Thailand, where the Bangkok Post reported on the hearing. Link to WDUQ story Link to Bangkok Post story
June 21, 2010 - 12:49pm
On June 7-11, 2010, Professor Ronald Brand taught eight hours of class on Jurisdictional Considerations for Transnational Transactions Planning and two hours of Transnational Legal Practice and Professional Responsibility in the University of Bologna/CILE International Commercial Contracts Summer School in Ravenna, Italy. The week of classes included over thirty hours of presentations on international contract issues, and was sponsored by the Fondazione Flaminia Ravenna and the Port Authority of Ravenna. On June 18, 2010, Professor Brand participated as a member of the ASIL Working Group on Implementation of the Hague Convention on Choice of Court Agreements at Tillar House in Washington, D.C. The Working Group was established to advise U.S. State Department Legal Adviser, Harold Koh, on the implementation of the 2005 Hague Convention.
June 16, 2010 - 2:28pm
The newest update to Pitt Law’s SSRN Research Paper Series includes the following: Outsourcing Investigations Elena A. Baylis, University of Pittsburgh - School of Law Learning by Doing: An Experience with Outcomes Assessment Mary A. Crossley, University of Pittsburgh - School of Law Lu-in Wang, University of Pittsburgh - School of Law Some Optimism About Fair Use and Copyright Law Michael J. Madison, University of Pittsburgh - School of Law View the entire contents of Pitt Law’s Research Paper Series here.

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