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Tuesday, November 22, 2011 - 2:06pm

Professor Elena Baylis presented her paper, “Justice Junkies on the Move,” at the 2011 Faculty Colloquium on International Law and Theory, held by the Whitney R.  Harris World Law Institute at Washington University School of Law on November 17-18, 2011. The paper presents the first set of findings from Professor Baylis’s recent empirical research study of internationals working in post-conflict justice.  


Details on the program: link

Tuesday, November 22, 2011 - 1:50pm

Professor John Burkoff commented on the cautious nature of the investigation that led to the recent scandal at Penn State.  As Pennsylvania's attorney general, Tom Corbett, who is now governor, led the inquiry.  Corbett has defended his very careful, tight-lipped approach.  According to Professor Burkoff, Corbett's approach was reasonable, but “It’s not the only reasonable strategy... These are very difficult prosecutions, and I think it’s correct that the more victims that are identified and the more stories that can be corroborated, the stronger the case is.”


Patriot-News article link

Monday, November 21, 2011 - 4:59pm

On Friday, November 18, Professor Deborah Brake presented a faculty workshop at the University of Cincinnati School of Law.  The talk was based on Professor Brake's draft article titled, “Wrestling with Gender: Constructing Masculinity by Not Wrestling Women.”

Monday, November 21, 2011 - 4:54pm

Professor John Burkoff told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that the intense publicity surrounding the child abuse accusations against former Penn State Assistant Coach Jerry Sandusky may make it quite difficult to seat an impartial jury.  Professor Burkoff said that the ""incandescent glare of white-hot publicity sometimes obscures the presumption of innocence."


Link to Tribune-Review article here.

Sunday, November 20, 2011 - 10:01pm

From November 10-12, Professor Vivian Curran participated in the interdisciplinary conference "The Idea of France/L’Idée de la France."  Professor Curran was one of the organizers of the conference and co-recipient of a University Center for International Studies  GAP grant.  On November 10, she organized and moderated a panel on foreign and comparative law in U.S. and French courts.  The panelists were Judges William Fletcher of the Ninth Circuit and Olivier Dutheillet de Lamothe of France’s Supreme Court of Public Law.   On November 11, Professor Curran chaired a panel on “Law and Frenchness.”  Professor Curran also gave the introductory remarks to Judge Dutheillet de Lamothe’s Keynote address, “Montesquieu est-il encore vivant?” (“Is Montesquieu Still Alive?”).


Program: link

Sunday, November 20, 2011 - 9:51pm

Professor Jessie Allen told the Pennsylvania Independent that civil liability is a real possibility arising from the Penn State scandal, and that this could hit not just former coach Jerry Sandusky but Penn State itself.  "When something bad happens, sometimes civil liabilities follow, so it's certainly not out of the question that somebody could sue not just Sandusky, but the school and others," perhaps resulting in significant costs to the University.  


Pennsylvania Independent article link

Sunday, November 20, 2011 - 9:36pm

Professor John Burkoff has been interviewed regarding various ongoing criminal cases and investigations.  Last week, Ricky Burgess, a Pittsburgh City Council member who teaches at Community College of Allegheny County, denounced attempts to smear him with anonymous accusations that he traded grades for sex.  An investigation is ongoing, and Professor Burkoff told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that Pennsylvania's stalking statute may cover this behavior.  And Professor Burkoff also made further comments about the Penn State scandal, this time about Assistant Coach Mike McQueary's email to a friend that differed from what McQueary said in his testimony to a grand jury.  Professor Burkoff told the Altoona Mirror that "most people exaggerate, say things they don't mean, even say things they are not true, all the time," but that contradictory statements by McQueary damage him as a witness.  


Tribune-Review story link


Altoona Mirror story link

Thursday, November 17, 2011 - 9:12am

Professor John Burkoff was interviewed for the Today Show on the Penn State sex abuse scandal.  The interview ran on November 16.


Link to interview segment: click here.

Thursday, November 17, 2011 - 9:05am

Professor Haider Hamoudi gave a talk on Monday, November 14, at Drexel Law School.  The subject of Professor Hamoudi's talk was the role of the shari'a in the Iraqi legal and constitutional system.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - 3:19pm

Justine Kasznica, Pitt Law’s Innovation Practice Institute director, spent time talking with Pop City about the IPI’s role in regional economic development and its goal to be the legal bridge in the innovation community.  Of what the IPI is accomplishing here in Pittsburgh, Kasznica says, “It's a beautiful marriage, helping business development on the law firm side while delving into the innovation space to learn the nuts and bolts of the innovation law practice."

Read the full article here.

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