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Monday, April 23, 2012 - 8:04pm

On April 20, 2012, the Federal Judicial Center posted Professor Ronald Brand’s International Litigation Guide on Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments.  This is the first of a series of litigation guides for federal judges anticipated to include coverage of jurisdiction over foreign parties, declining jurisdiction, service of process abroad, discovery abroad, parallel proceedings, international arbitration, international human rights litigation, and proof of foreign law.  Professor Brand’s Guide is available online here.

Sunday, April 22, 2012 - 12:59pm

Professors Teresa Brostoff and Ann Sinsheimer were each awarded Hewlett International Grants to support their presentations at and participation in the Seventh Annual Global Legal Skills Conference in San Jose, Costa Rica.  The Global Legal Skills Conference took place on March 12-14, 2012.  

Thursday, April 19, 2012 - 10:30am

Professor Alan Meisel spoke at the  20th Anniversary University of Miami Bioethics Conference in Miami on March 30.  His topic was "Informed Consent: Why Doesn’t It Work? And How We Might Improve It."

Tuesday, April 17, 2012 - 9:19pm

Professor David Harris gave testimony on April 17, 2012 at a hearing of the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights.  The subject of the hearing was "Ending Racial Profiling in America."  Professor Harris was invited to the hearing by Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois, who chaired the hearing.  Professor Harris testified that racial profiling harms the efforts of police and law enforcement agencies, whether the context is drug interdiction, anti-terrorism, or immigration enforcement.  The hearing was televised live on C-SPAN and reported on National Public Radio.

The link for the C-SPAN telecast is here; Professor Harris's testimony begins at 1:06.

The link for the story on NPR's All Things Considered is here.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012 - 8:50pm

On Friday, April 13, 2012, Professor Deborah Brake delivered the keynote address at the 24th Annual Women's & Gender Studies Conference at the University of Indiana.  This year's conference, an annual, collaborative endeavor of all 8 of the IU campuses, was hosted at the Indiana Purdue - Fort Wayne campus.  Professor Brake's talk was titled, "Getting (and Staying) in the Game: Title IX and the Women's Sports Revolution."

Tuesday, April 17, 2012 - 5:19pm

Assistant Professor Charles C. Jalloh spoke at the Albany Law Conference on Africa and International Law on April 13, 2012. As a leading expert on the topic, he was the invited moderator for the panel International Criminal Court in Africa.  To see the program, click here.

Sunday, April 15, 2012 - 8:05pm

Faculty and librarians from Pitt Law participated in the first annual Three School Colloquium at Duquesne Law on Friday, April 13.  The gathering, planned and hosted by Duquesne's Associate Dean for Faculty Scholarship Jane Campbell Moriarty, gave participants from Pitt, Duquesne, and West Virgina a chance to meet and enjoy an afternoon of top-notch scholarship along with lunch.  One scholar from each law school gave a presentation; Professor Peter Oh discussed his new paper, "The Structure of Firms."  The other presenters were Bruce Ledewitz (Duquesne) and Jim Friedburg (WVU).  Discussion was lively, and all agreed that this successful event will be the first of a continuing series.  Attending from Pitt Law were Dean Mary Crossley, Professor Mirit Eyal-Cohen, Professor Jasmine Gonzales Rose, Foreign and International Librarian Linda Tashbook, Information Services Librarian Karen Shephard, and Associate Dean for Research David Harris.  

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.

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