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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.

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."

Read the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article here.

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 .  


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