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Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - 9:07am

David Garrow was quoted in a lengthy USA Today story on the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. King's "I Have A Dream" speech.

Read the full USA Today story here.  

Monday, August 12, 2013 - 11:10am

Frank Bruni's column in the August 11 New York Times on a prosecution for aiding suicide of a woman whose terminally ill father ended his life by taking an overdose of morphine quoted Pitt Law Professor Alan Meisel.

Read the full article here.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013 - 9:57am

Pitt Law Professor Tony Infanti published an op-ed piece with Bloomberg today. It addresses the difficulties that the IRS and same-sex couples will face in grappling with the implementation of the Supreme Court's decision in United States v. Windsor. 

Read the full op-ed here.  

Monday, August 5, 2013 - 9:41am

Jessie Allen was quoted in a Pittsburgh Post Gazette article about a non-disclosure agreement in the settlement of a Marcellus Shale damages case. Professor Allen commented on the agreement's extraordinary inclusion of two young children in a purported lifelong ban on speaking about the Marcellus Shale, gas industry or fracking.

Read the full article here.  

Friday, August 2, 2013 - 1:28pm

The University of Pittsburgh conferred emeritus status to Pitt Law professors William Luneburg and Stella Smetanka, effective July 2013. The title of Professor Emeritus is granted to professors nearing retirement who have made career-spanning meritorious contributions to the scholarly mission and programs of the University.
Smetanka, who has spent years fostering law students' skills in Pitt Law's Health Law Clinic, has a long history of dedicated public service combined with legal instruction. She previously received the Chancellor's Distinguished Public Service Award of the University of Pittsburgh in 2004. Smetanka is a member of the board of directors of Neighborhood Legal Services Association, a past board member of KidsVoice, and she volunteers at the Uptown Legal Clinic based in Bethlehem Haven.
Luneburg has taught at Pitt Law since 1978, focusing initially on Civil Procedure and Legislation and later focusing his research and instruction on Environmental Law. Among his many accomplishments, Luneburg became a nationally-renowned researcher in environmental law, litigating environmental cases on behalf of local and regional environmental organizations in the 1990s. In 1997 he joined the EPA's subcommittee for Ozone, Particulate Matter, and Regional Haze Implementation Programs (part of the EPA's Clean Air Act Advisory Committee)  for which prepared the groundwork for implementation of tighter national ozone and particulate matter standards.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013 - 9:28am

David Garrow was quoted extensively in a lengthy Christian Science Monitor story surveying the new upsurge in abortion-restrictive legislative enactments in states around the country.

Read the full article here.  

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 - 4:44pm

The New Public Health blog has published an interview with Professor Mary Crossley about her participation in the recently launched public health Scholars in Residence fellowship program sponsored by the Network for Public Health Law and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. This summer Crossley is in residence at the San Francisco Department of Public Health working with officials there to identify innovative ways for California health departments to address the growing burden of chronic disease and the social and economic determinants of health.

Read the full interview here.  

Monday, July 29, 2013 - 1:52pm

Professor Rhonda Wasserman was quoted in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review on Saturday, July 27, 2013. The article discusses a recent Third Circuit Court of Appeals decision, which held that for-profit corporations cannot engage in religious exercise and therefore cannot challenge, on religious grounds, the portion of the health care law requiring them to provide insurance coverage for emergency contraception. Wasserman commented on the likely impact the appellate court's ruling would have on another case pending in the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

Read the full story here.  

Tuesday, July 23, 2013 - 8:49am

A pitched battle over President Obama’s judicial nominees is expected this fall, and the Wall Street Journal asked Pitt Law Professor Arthur D. Hellman for his assessment. "Things are set up now for what could be a very tense fall," Hellman said. "You're fighting not only today's battles, but all the old battles, as well." 

This was the second time in a week that Hellman was quoted by the Journal on battles in Congress over judicial nominations.  Read the full story here.  

Monday, July 22, 2013 - 9:28am

Professor Ben Bratman appeared on WESA FM's Essential Pittsburgh on Thursday, July 18, 2013. As part of the segment "Internships: Drawing the Line between Experience and Exploitation," Bratman discussed recent successful lawsuits against companies challenging their use of unpaid interns to perform primarily the basic tasks of an employee, in violation of wage and hour laws. 

Listen to the recorded interview here.  

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