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June 9, 2010 - 9:42am
A new book review by Professor David Harris, "Snitching: Criminal Informants and the Erosion of American Justice," has been published in the journal Criminal Justice, at 25-SPG Criminal Justice 44 (2010) (reviewing the book by Alexandra Natapoff of that title).
June 9, 2010 - 9:38am
Professor Haider Ala Hamoudi's new article, "The Death of Islamic Law," has been published at 38 Georgia Journal of International & Comparative Law 293 (2010).
June 4, 2010 - 1:10pm
Professor David Harris was interviewed by the Charlotte Observer as part of a report on reality TV crews accompanying police officers.  After a child's death during a police raid in Detroit in the presence of a TV crew taping the police reality show "The First 48," cities and police departments have begun to re-examine allowing crews to accompany police officers.  The Charlotte-Mecklenburg (N.C.) police department is now  allowing "The First 48" to tape its officers, but Harris expressed skepticism about the wisdom of the idea, stating that the presence of the camera crew could have subtle but crucial effects on the behavior of the police.  "As long as we know there's a possibility that (camera crews) could influence police behavior, they should not become standard operating procedure."  Link
June 3, 2010 - 2:53pm
The newest update to Pitt Law’s SSRN Research Paper Series includes the following: More Muscle Behind Regulation SHO? Short Selling and the Regulation of Stock Borrowing Programs Douglas M. Branson, University of Pittsburgh School of Law Fathers and Child Maltreatment: A Research Agenda Based on Evolutionary Theory and Behavioral Biology Research David J. Herring, University of Pittsburgh - School of Law Beyond Creativity: Copyright as Knowledge Law Michael J. Madison, University of Pittsburgh - School of Law Reply: The Complexity of Commons Michael J. Madison, University of Pittsburgh - School of Law Brett M. Frischmann, Loyola University of Chicago - Law School Katherine J. Strandburg, New York University School of Law View the entire contents of Pitt Law’s Research Paper Series here.
June 3, 2010 - 2:41pm
Professors Deborah Brake and Mirit Eyal-Cohen participated in panel discussions at the recent annual meeting of the Law and Society Association, held in Chicago. Professor Brake participated in an “author meets reader” panel discussing her forthcoming book, “Getting in the Game: Title IX and the Women’s Sports Revolution” (NYU Press, forthcoming 2010).  The scholars responding to the book (read in page proofs) were: Erin Buzuvis (Western New England College School of Law), Cheryl Hanna (Vermont Law School), Dionne Koller (University of Baltimore School of Law), and Verna Williams (University of Cincinnati School of Law), with Joanna Grossman (Hofstra University School of Law) as moderator. Professor Eyal-Cohen presented a paper titled "Understanding United States Tax Policy Surrounding Small Business Tax Breaks" as part of a panel session titled "The Use of the Tax System to Subsidize and Change Behavior."
June 3, 2010 - 1:47pm
Professor David Harris commented in the Pittsburgh Tribune Review on the Supreme Court's new Miranda ruling.  In the new case, the Court required that anyone in police custody wishing to remain silent and not be questioned must make an affirmative statement, such as "I wish to remain silent."  Merely refusing to speak is not enough.  Harris says that this will keep people from getting any benefit from Miranda warnings.  "You can't just be silent, or say, 'I don't think I want to talk about this anymore.' You have to specifically say, 'I want to remain silent.' Very few people actually talk that way." Link
May 28, 2010 - 12:55pm
Professor Arthur Hellman told a congressional committee that a proposed amendment to the federal officer removal statute is sound policy, but that the language should be fine-tuned to make it more clear and direct and also to specify more precisely the kinds of proceedings that could be removed. Professor Hellman testified as an invited witness at a hearing of the Committee on Courts and Competition Policy of the House Judiciary Committee. The hearing topic was the “Removal Clarification Act of 2010,” a bill introduced in the House with bipartisan sponsorship. The bill would resolve conflicts in the lower courts about when a federal officer can seek the protection of federal court in a case to which the officer is not a party. The Subcommittee Chairman and Ranking Member said that the comments by Professor Hellman and other witnesses would be taken into account in a Manager’s Amendment to the bill before the full committee markup. Link to Professor Hellman’s written statement:
May 28, 2010 - 12:53pm
Professor Ben Bratman’s op-ed "Rand Paul and the Business of Discrimination" has been published in the Forum section of Jurist. From the lead summary:
JURIST Guest Columnist Ben Bratman of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law says that while Republican Senate candidate Rand Paul claims he opposes repealing the foundational Civil Rights Act of 1964, his controversial comments on race discrimination leave one wondering whether he might support curtailing for private business the protections against race-based employment discrimination provided by other broader federal laws, such as § 1981 of Title 42 of the US Code.
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May 28, 2010 - 12:51pm
Professor Janice Mueller lectured on the novelty and nonobviousness requirements of patentability as an instructor for BarBri Patent Bar Review in Washington, D.C. on May 25, 2010.
May 28, 2010 - 3:28am
Visiting Clinical Professor Sheila Vélez Martínez has joined the faculty of Pitt Law, as Director of the law school's new Immigration Law Clinic. She comes to Pitt from the faculty of Eugenio Maria de Hostos Law School in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, where she was the director of that school's Immigration Clinic. Professor Vélez Martínez is the co-editor of the recently-published Judicial Bench Book on Domestic Violence (Manual de Estrado: Ordenes de Protección en Situaciones de Violencia Doméstica), published by the Puerto Rico Supreme Court Office of Court Administration (Oficina de Administración de Tribunales) and the author of two chapters, Chapter 8 Federal Legislation and Full Faith and Credit of Protective Orders (Legislacion Federal, Ordenes de Proteccion de Otros Estados, Ordenes de Proteccion Militares y personas inmigrantes) and Chapter 9 A Psychosocial Perspective on Domestic Violence: Immigrants (La violencia domestica desde una perspectiva social y psicológica: Inmigrantes).

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