Sunday, April 15, 2012 - 7:56pm
Professor Rhonda Wasserman spoke at a symposium on “The Future of Class Actions and Its Alternatives” at Loyola University Chicago School of Law on Friday, April 13, 2012. The title of her talk was “Legal Process in a Box, or What Class Action Waivers Teach Us About Law-making.” Other speakers included Kenneth Feinberg, Esq., who served as Special Master of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund; the Honorable Vaughn R. Walker; Dean Robert Klonoff; the Honorable Brian Martinotti; Prof. Alexandra Lahav; Dr. Saby Ghoshray; Prof. Sam Issacharoff; Prof. Lynn Baker; Prof. Nancy Moore; and Prof. Carol Needham.
Here is the brochure for the program.
Sunday, April 15, 2012 - 7:48pm
Professor David Herring spoke at the University of Akron School of Law on Monday, April 9, at a faculty workshop focused on Professor Herring's work in assessing law student learning outcomes in relation to the basic skill of cross-case reasoning. Professor Herring presented his two recent papers in this area, which found that a short writing assignment accompanied by formative feedback produces significant learning gains in comparison to the traditional case-dialogue method of law teaching.
Sunday, April 15, 2012 - 7:42pm
Professor Harry Flechtner addressed participants in the LL.M. program on International Business, a program jointly sponsored by the Center for International Studies (located in Salzburg, Austria) and Lazarski University (Warsaw), on March 22, 2012. His address was entitled "Why International Commercial Law Matters." Professor Flechtner's gave the talk at Schloss Leopoldskron in Salzburg, which was the setting for many of the exterior shots (the ones with the lake) of Captain von Trapp's house in the Sound of Music. The night that Professor Flechtner spoke, attendees reported that the hills were alive with the sound of transaction costs being saved through a regime of uniform international commercial law.
Sunday, April 15, 2012 - 7:37pm
Professor David Herring spoke at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. Professor Herring was an invited speaker at a conference titled "The Evolution of Violence," and attendees and presenters included some of the leading researchers in area of evolutionary psychology. Professor Herring presented his work in the area of child maltreatment and kinship foster care; his his talk was entitled "Kinship Foster Care: Implications of Behavioral Biology Research."
Tuesday, April 10, 2012 - 10:30am
Professor John Burkoff explained the use of gag orders by judges in high-profile criminal cases. In the case against former Penn State Coach Jerry Sandusky, prosecution and defense attorneys issued dueling statements to the press after a recent status conference, and the judge responded with the gag order. According to Professor Burkoff, "the attorneys acted pretty much like kids scuffling in the playground at recess. The judge had now told them in no uncertain terms that recess is over and they have to behave."
Sunday, April 8, 2012 - 1:53pm
The United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) has issued two international commercial law documents prepared by Pitt Law Professors Harry Flechtner and Ronald Brand. The 2012 Edition of the UNCITRAL Digest of Case Law on the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG) was released on Thursday, March 28. Pitt Law Professor Harry Flechtner served as the lead commentator and coordinator of this third edition of the Digest, a role he also played in the creation of the second Digest, published in 2008. Professor Flechtner is one of the world’s leading scholars on the CISG. The 2012 Edition of the Digest is available online here. On March 12 UNCITRAL released an official Working Paper entitled “Analysis and Proposal for Incorporation of Substantive Principles for ODR Claims and Relief into Article 4 of the Draft Procedural Rules.” The paper was prepared by Professor Ronald Brand as Director of Pitt Law’s Center for International Legal Education (CILE). The Working Paper is available online here .
Sunday, April 8, 2012 - 1:48pm
Professor Elena Baylis was invited to discuss Nico Krisch’s book, Beyond Constitutionalism, which won the American Society of International Law’s Certificate of Merit for Preeminent Contribution to Scholarship. She spoke about the book at a roundtable at ASIL’s Annual Meeting on March 31, 2012.
See the Annual Meeting information here.
Friday, April 6, 2012 - 2:16pm
Professor David Harris explained how the U.S. Department of Justice uses "pattern or practice" authority to investigate police departments that regularly deprive people of their civil rights. In Milwaukee, the press reported recently that 93 that city police officers have retained their jobs despite their own run-ins with the law. And just two weeks ago, further reports surfaced that seven officers and a sergeant are being investigated for sexual assaults that allegedly occurred during body cavity searches. Such a pattern of wrongdoing could bring federal investigators into the picture under the "pattern or practice " law, Professor Harris said. "The argument that there are a few bad apples, I don't buy that. The fact that they are allowed to exist and thrive in the open for years and years means you have a dysfunctional organization."
See the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel article here.
Tuesday, April 3, 2012 - 10:17pm
Professor David Garrow was quoted in an article in the New York Times today about the arguments on President Obama's health care law in the U.S. Supreme Court last week. With the lively argument over excruciatingly complex issues, Professor Garrow called the arguments "an intellectual feast" for the Justices.
See the New York Times article here.
Tuesday, April 3, 2012 - 10:06pm
Professor John Burkoff commented on why, in light of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision allowing routine strip searches of incarcerated persons charged with even the most minor crimes, Allegheny County was still correct recently when it settled a lawsuit over strip searches conducted at the County Jail.
See the article in the Tribune-Review here.