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Thursday, May 3, 2012 - 9:36am

Professor Anthony Infanti discussed the strategies employed by Apple to avoid paying billions of dollars in taxes.  In an article in the E-Commerce Times, Professor Infanti said that many corporations now use such strategies.  "Apple is certainly not alone in engaging in this type of activity," he said.  The article also quoted professors from the University of Michigan and New York University.


Read the E-Commerce Times article here.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012 - 8:55pm

In a story in the New York Times about a forthcoming book on Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, Professor David Garrow, who is the author of a biography of Martin Luther King,  discussed how the writer of a biography should portray the subject.  The correct approach, Professor Garrow says, in not to clean up the subject, but to portray the person as they actually lived, warts and all.  “The lives of saints is not history, it’s myth. I think it is a far more powerfully inspiring story for readers to appreciate the inescapability of human imperfection than to spin myths.”

See the New York Times story here.  

Tuesday, May 1, 2012 - 8:38pm

Professor John Burkoff told the Wilkes-Barre Times Leader that a judge who denied two motions to recuse herself, because her lawyer husband had previously sued the two police officers involved, probably did not make a mistake. "Judges have discretion to decide whether to recuse themselves.  The only way an appellate court reviews a judge's decision is if he or she abused his or her discretion."  

See the Times Leader story here.

Sunday, April 29, 2012 - 7:28pm

Professor John Burkoff explained that a recent motion by the prosecution in the case against former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky is highly unusual.  In the motion, the prosecution accuses the defense of misusing subpoenas in ways that expose the names of victims, which the judge hearing the case ordered protected.  According to Professor Burkoff, "If the judge thinks they did this on purpose, he's going to be one irritated judge."  

See the article here

Sunday, April 29, 2012 - 7:07pm

Professor David Harris discussed the Supreme Court arguments in Arizona v. U.S., in which the Court will decide whether federal law pre-empts any attempts by a state to enforce immigration law.  In a column on Pitt's JURIST web site, Professor Harris said that the real and intended impact of the law was to use fear and intimidation to force Latino immigrants to leave.  Read Professor Harris's JURIST column here.  

Professor Harris was also quoted in's story on the case, explaining why state and local police in Arizona and across the nation do not favor laws that force them to engage in immigration enforcement.  According to Professor Harris, the police need the help of all residents in immigrant communities, legal or not, in order to control crime.  Police leaders across the country know that "if they get sucked into enforcement of immigration law, those important relationships are in jeopardy."   See the story here.

Sunday, April 29, 2012 - 6:55pm

Assistant Professor Charles C. Jalloh was interviewed on Radio France International, one of the most popular international radio stations broadcasting to West Africa, in anticipation of the verdict in the Special Court for Sierra Leone trial of former Liberian President Charles Taylor in The Hague on April 26, 2012. Taylor was found guilty on an 11 count indictment for planning and aiding and abetting war crimes, crimes against humanity and other serious violations of international humanitarian law during the Sierra Leone conflict. He will be sentenced on May 30, 2012. Listen to the interview here.

Sunday, April 29, 2012 - 6:46pm

Professor John Burkoff discussed how Kenneth Konias, accused of the murder of his fellow armored car gaurd and the theft of the $2.3 million cash load, could be tried in either state or federal court for the crimes.  If one jurisdiction tried Konias and failed to win a conviction, the other could step in.  Professor Burkoff explained that this would not constitute double jeopardy, because the federal and state governments are "two different sovereigns."


See the Post-Gazette article here.  

Friday, April 27, 2012 - 4:31pm

Whitney Hinds Coble, a JD candidate and pubic policy graduate student in a joint program of Pitt’s School of Law and Carnegie Mellon University, will be among those featured in a CBS News Sunday Morning segment this Sunday, April 29, on college tuition and debt and how the Pittsburgh group SponsorChange is addressing this issue. SponsorChange works to place students with nonprofit and public service opportunities in order to provide them with loan forgiveness. Coble, who is working on a project focusing on Pittsburgh’s transportation infrastructure, was connected to SponsorChange through Justine Kasznica, executive director of the Pitt law school’s Innovation Practice Institute. The program airs locally 9-10:30 a.m. on KDKA-TV, Channel 2.

Friday, April 27, 2012 - 9:33am

Professor Arthur Hellman’s testimony at a Congressional hearing was quoted recently in a federal judicial opinion as the “legislative history” to show the intent of Congress in revising provisions of the Judicial Code governing federal and state jurisdiction in intellectual property cases. The case was decided by the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and it involved the “Holmes Group fix” passed by Congress as part of the America Invents Act. Judge Kathleen O’Malley, dissenting from denial of rehearing en banc, noted that Congress, in revising the jurisdictional statutes, was careful to preserve the doctrine established by Christianson, a key Supreme Court precedent. To show Congress’s intent, Judge O’Malley cited Professor Hellman’s testimony at the hearing on the legislation that became the “Holmes Group fix.” Judge O’Malley also quoted the House Report, which in turn quoted Professor Hellman. The discussion is on page 13 of the PDF. Byrne v. Wood, Herron, & Evans, LLP (No. 2011-1012) (Mar. 22, 2012).


Thursday, April 26, 2012 - 11:22am

Legal scholar William M. Carter Jr.—widely respected for his scholarship in constitutional law, international human rights law, and issues of social justice—has been named dean of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Pitt Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor Patricia E. Beeson announced. Carter, who is currently professor of law at the Temple University Beasley School of Law and also has served on the faculty of Case Western Reserve University School of Law, will become the Pitt Law’s dean on July 1, 2012.


Carter will succeed Mary Crossley, who is to assume a Pitt faculty position after seven successful years as law school dean.


“Professor Carter’s vision for the School of Law is well matched to our overall vision for the University,” said Beeson. “He is committed to building the school in ways that will further enhance the scholarly contributions of our faculty, enable our students to be successful in their legal careers, and engage the legal profession both locally and nationally. I am delighted that Professor Carter has agreed to serve as dean of the School of Law and have great confidence that his scholarly leadership and commitment to excellence in legal education will serve us well.”


University of Pittsburgh Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg, a former dean of Pitt Law, also praised the appointment. “Professor Carter is a highly regarded scholar and acclaimed teacher who also has earned the deep respect of his colleagues, which is reflected in the leadership positions he has held within the law faculties at both Temple and Case. He seeks to build on our Law School’s existing strengths by further increasing its scholarly impact, enhancing its already strong educational programs, and building even more bridges to the practicing profession—here in Pittsburgh and around the country and particularly with our own law alumni.”


Carter earned his bachelor’s degree at Bowling Green State University in Ohio and his law degree with high honors from Case Western Reserve University School of Law, where he was elected to membership in the Order of the Coif and served as associate editor of the Case Western Reserve University Law Review. Earlier in his career, he worked as a litigation associate in the Washington, D.C., offices of Squire, Sanders, & Dempsey and Ropes & Gray.


Carter is an award-winning teacher who has taught in the areas of constitutional law, civil procedure, political and civil rights, and litigation. He has chaired most of the important committees at the two law schools on whose faculties he has served. These include the Executive, Faculty Recruitment and Selection, and Faculty Review committees at Temple and a special committee integrating lawyering skills into the curriculum at Case.


Carter’s articles have been published or are in press in such highly respected law journals as the Columbia Law Review, the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, the International Journal of Constitutional Law, and the UCLA Law Review. He also has contributed to books published by Columbia University Press and Oxford University Press. His work has been cited by courts, lawyers, and other scholars, and he has established a national and international scholarly reputation, particularly with regard to the Thirteenth Amendment.

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