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Monday, July 1, 2013 - 2:52pm

On June 26, 2013, Professor Curran co-presented with Dean William Carter, Jr. on a joint paper, “The Use, Abuse, and Non-Use of International Law in the United States Legal Order:  A Critique”  at a Paris I – NYU workshop on the legacy of “ Van Gend en Loos” at the Collège de France in Paris.

Monday, July 1, 2013 - 9:00am

Pitt Law Professor Arthur D. Hellman shares his opinions on Ninth Circuit’s record in the Supreme Court term that just ended with San Fransisco-based newspaper, The Recorder.  He said in his interview that the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals experienced a better-than-average year at the United States Supreme Court, but this may have been "a calm before the storm."

Hellman noted that the Ninth Circuit’s own judges might have spared the Ninth Circuit more reversals by overturning liberal panel decisions through en banc review before they could reach Washington. But with five new judges appointed to the court by President Obama, Hellman remarks that, "we may see a return of the expected pattern in a couple of years.”

Read the full story posted on ALM here.  

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 - 3:36pm


The IRS — already stretched thin managing scandals, a complicated tax code and the implementation of the health care law — has a new task: providing federal tax benefits to gay couples.  Pitt Law Professor Tony Infanti talks with Policito about new questions raised with the decisions handed down by the Supreme Court. 

“These two decisions together will now open up a Pandora’s box about who will be considered married for federal purposes and how the disconnect between federal recognition of same-sex marriage and state-level non-recognition of same-sex marriage will play out,” Infanti said.

Read more here.  

Thursday, June 20, 2013 - 2:15pm


Professor Vivian Curran was just named a Titular Member of the International Academy of Comparative Law, the leading body of comparative law scholars in the world. Professor Curran has been an Associate Member for a number of years prior to being named Titular Member.

Thursday, June 20, 2013 - 2:13pm


With the Supreme Court soon to announce its ruling on two same-sex marriage cases this month, Associate Dean and Professor Tony Infanti comments on how the legal landscape for thousands of gay couples could potentially change.

"I think the biggest misconception people have is that, 'Okay, this week or next week, we'll have the answer,'" said Infanti. "We'll have an answer."

Read more at Live Science or at MSNBC

Monday, June 17, 2013 - 11:23am


The United States Supreme Court has released its decision in Salinas v. Texas, a case challenging the Fifth Amendment’s Self-Incrimination Clause.  Professor David A. Harris is talking to KQV on 6-17-2013 at 11:30am about the decision, which was delivered by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Anthony Alito, Jr., and joined by Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., and Justice Anthony M.  Kennedy.

Listen live here.  

Monday, June 17, 2013 - 10:20am


Professor David Harris discussed the implementation of the verdict against Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio in a case in which the court found that "America's Toughest Sheriff" and his department had used profiling to target Latinos in Maricopa County (Phoenix), Arizona.  The likely outcome will be the imposition of new rules and a monitor to oversee the department.  According to Harris, the Arpaio verdict will have significant national impact because, "this will be the case that people think of when they talk about limiting racial profiling in immigration.”

Read the story and listen to the audio here.  



Sunday, June 16, 2013 - 9:26pm

Prof. Sheila Velez Martinez delivered the opening paper at the 2013 LatCrit South North Exchange on Theory, Culture and Law. The theme of the conference this year was “The Costs of Exclusion: Austerity Policies and  Anti-Social Governmental Strategies.” This year marked the tenth anniversary of the Conference.  Velez Martinez is one of the coordinators of the Conference. The SNX is part of the portfolio of projects of  Latino and Latina Critical Theory (LatCrit).

More information is here.

Sunday, June 16, 2013 - 9:23pm

On June 12, 2013, Assistant Professor Charles C. Jalloh was the academic panelist on the relationshiop between Africa and the International Criminal Court (ICC) for the Voice of America. In a popular one-hour TV show, Straight Talk Africa, broadcast weekly out of Washington DC, Professor Jalloh contributed answers on the credibility of the ICC in Africa, building on his path breaking research on the topic. The other guests included the Deputy Chair of the African Union, a senior prosecutor from the International Criminal Court, and the Director of the Africa Initiative at the Brookings Institution.

Link to the full show is here.   

Sunday, June 16, 2013 - 9:20pm

On June 7, 2013, Professor Ronald A. Brand lectured at the University of Prishtina Faculty of Law, Kosovo, on “The European Court of Justice and Private International Law: An American Perspective.”  While in Prishtina, he had meetings with the University of Prishtina Rector and Dean of the School of Law, as well as with Members of the Kosovo Assembly, the Ministry of Justice, and local USAID-funded missions, discussing Pitt Law collaboration with the School of Law.

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