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Archived Faculty News

May 25, 2010 - 9:27am
Professor Michael Madison presented his recent paper, "Constructing Commons in the Cultural Environment," at the Oxford Intellectual Property Seminar Series at St. Peter's College, University of Oxford, on Thursday, May 20, 2010. The paper is co-authored with Katherine Strandburg (NYU Law) and Brett Frischmann (Cardozo Law) and was recently published in the Cornell Law Review.
May 25, 2010 - 2:25am
A new article by Professor Michael Madison, "Constructing Commons in the Cultural Environment," has been published in the Cornell Law Review.  The citation is 95 Cornell L. Rev. 657 (2010).  The article is co-authored by Professors Brett M. Frischmann of the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and Katherine J. Strandburg of New York University School of Law. The article is the lead piece in a symposium issue that also features responses by Professors Thráinn Eggertsson (NYU Economics), Wendy Gordon (Boston University Law), Gregg Macey (Brooklyn Law), Robert Merges (UC Berkeley Law), Lawrence Solum (Illinois Law), and Nobel Laureate Elinor Ostrom (Indiana University Political Science). Professors Madison, Frischmann, and Strandburg published a reply, titled "The Complexity of Commons," at 95 Cornell L. Rev. 839 (2010).
May 24, 2010 - 9:23am
Professor Emily Collins presented a paper entitled "New Withdrawals, New Impairments As  Pennsylvania Develops the Marcellus Shale" at the ABA Eastern Water Law Conference on Friday, May 21, 2010.  The paper explores the nexus between water quantity and water quality issues related to energy development.
May 24, 2010 - 9:22am
Professor John Burkoff was quoted in local Pittsburgh media in connection with a subpoena issued to the social networking service Twitter, requesting the disclosure of the identities of anonymous users.  The subpoena arises out of the investigation and prosecution of a legislative corruption scandal in Pennsylvania.
"It's not common (to subpoena sites like Twitter), but then again, Twitter has not been around that long," Burkoff said. "It's a brave new world, and every one of these cases, these new kinds of cases, are going to educate us further as to what our reasonable expectations are when we post something on a social networking site."
Link (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review) Link (Pittsburgh City Paper)
May 24, 2010 - 9:17am
Professor David Harris was interviewed by CNN for a report examining the Arizona immigration law as a crime fighting measure. He told CNN that first-generation immigrants, both legal and illegal, are actually five times less likely to be involved in crime than native born Americans. Claims of immigration opponents that illegal immigrants bring crime waves with them are "wildly exaggerated." Link
May 20, 2010 - 5:16am
The newest update to Pitt Law’s SSRN Research Paper Series includes the following: Picture This: Body Worn Video Devices ('Head Cams') as Tools for Ensuring Fourth Amendment Compliance by Police David A. Harris, University of Pittsburgh - School of Law Trekking Toward Über Regulation: Prospects for Meaningful Change at SEC Enforcement? Douglas M. Branson, University of Pittsburgh School of Law Creativity and Craft Michael J. Madison, University of Pittsburgh - School of Law View the entire contents of Pitt Law’s Research Paper Series here.
May 20, 2010 - 1:39am
Professor David Harris was the featured speaker at a forum in Pittsburgh on the new Arizona immigration law, and the copycat bill introduced in the Pennsylvania legislature this week. Harris explained the main components of the law and why it would inevitably lead to racial profiling and a breakdown in the ability of local police to control crime. "Every country has immigration laws and every nation has the right to control its borders," Harris said. "But that's a federal job....The country needs to solve this problem. Arizona and Pennsylvania do not solve this problem alone." Link
May 19, 2010 - 2:08am
The proceedings of a symposium held at Pitt Law in the Fall of 2009 have been published by the University of Pittsburgh Law Review.  The symposium was titled "The Past, Present, and Future of the SEC" and was organized by Professors Peter Oh and Douglas Branson. The newly-published papers are: Donna M. Nagy, "Is the PCAOB a 'Heavily Controlled Component' of the SEC?: An Essential Question in the Constitutional Controversy," 71 U. Pitt. L. Rev. 361 (2010). Jayne W. Barnard, Evolutionary Enforcement at the Securities and Exchange Commission, 71 U. Pitt. L. Rev. 403 (2010). Donald C. Langevoort, Brokers as Fiduciaries, 71 U. Pitt. L. Rev. 439 (2010). Kenneth B. Davis, Jr., The SEC and Foreign Companies-A Balance of Competing Interests, 71 U. Pitt. L. Rev. 457 (2010). Jonathan G. Katz, Reviewing the SEC, Reinvigorating the SEC, 71 U. Pitt. L. Rev. 489 (2010). Erik. R. Sirri, "Regulatory Politics and Short Selling," 71 U. Pitt. L. Rev. 517 (2010). Douglas M. Branson, Trekking Toward Über Regulation: Prospects for Meaningful Change at SEC Enforcement?, 71 U. Pitt. L. Rev. 545 (2010). Robert B. Thompson, "The SEC After the Financial Meltdown: Social Control Over Finance," 71 U. Pitt. L. Rev. 567 (2010). Claire A. Hill, "Why Did Rating Agencies Do Such a Bad Job Rating Subprime Securities?," 71 U. Pitt. L. Rev. 585 (2010). Renee M. Jones, Will the SEC Survive Financial Regulatory Reform?, 71 U. Pitt. L. Rev. 609 (2010). Chester S. Spatt, Regulatory Conflict: Market Integrity vs. Financial Stability, 71 U. Pitt. L. Rev. 625 (2010).
May 19, 2010 - 2:01am
A new article by Professor Anthony Infanti has been published in the University of Pittsburgh Law Review:  "Surveying the Legal Landscape for Pennsylvania Same-Sex Couples," 71 U. Pitt. L. Rev. 187 (2009).
May 19, 2010 - 1:53am
A new article by Professor Charles Jalloh, "Universal Jurisdiction, Universal Prescription? A Preliminary Assessment of the African Union Perspective on Universal Jurisdiction," has been published at Crim. L. Forum 1 (2010).

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