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Wednesday, August 21, 2013 - 11:12am

Pitt Law Professor David Garrow is quoted in a long August 21st USA Today story that examines how the 1963 March on Washington stimulated many subsequent 'marches on Washington' focusing on all sorts of different issues.

Read the full article here.  

Tuesday, August 20, 2013 - 3:20pm

A federal judge in New York has found the New York Police Department's intensive use of stop and frisk violated the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments, and Professor David Harris commented on the national and local implications of the ruling. Professor Harris told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that stops and frisks are used in all police departments, and can be good investigative tools, as long as they are used only when necessary and legally justified. "It's not a small thing to be put up against a wall and have a person feel through your clothes," he said.

Read the full story here.  

Monday, August 19, 2013 - 10:11am

The chief judges of 87 federal district courts sent a letter to Congressional leaders warning about the threats posed to the judicial system by shrinking court budgets, and Pitt Law Professor Arthur D. Hellman expressed support for their plea in an interview with the Daily Journal, the West Coast legal newspaper.

Hellman, described in the article as “a leading authority on the federal judiciary,” said, “This is a cry of pain from judges who feel the effect of these cuts every day in the work they do.” He added: “I don't remember an instance in which so many judges from all over the country have spoken with one voice on behalf of their courts. They are right in their basic point - they can't turn away ‘customers,’ and they can’t decline to carry out the tasks assigned to them by Congress and required by the Constitution.”

The article is available only by subscription. 

Friday, August 16, 2013 - 3:40pm

Pitt Law Professor David Garrow reviewed The March on Washington by William P. Jones for the New York Times Sunday Book Review. The civil rights history book by Jones, a professor of history at the University of Wisconsin, follows the path of A. Philip Randolph, the head of the March on Washington movement. A tireless civil rights leader and union activist, Randolph delivered the opening speech on Aug. 28, 1963 at the groundbreaking March on Washington.
In his review titled "The Long March," Garrow writes that Jones's most valuable contribution in The March on Washington is in "detailing the activities of black trade unionists, women as well as men, as they fought employment discrimination across the postwar decades."
David Garrow's biography of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Bearing the Cross, won the 1987 Pulitzer Prize in Biography. He has taught at Pitt Law since 2011 and is currently completing research on a pre-presidential biography of Barack Obama.
Read the book review on the NYT website or in print in Sunday's edition of the New York Times.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - 3:42pm

Pitt Law Professor Tony Infanti published an opinion piece with Politico entitled,"The DOMA Tax." The piece focuses on how states that purport to be defending themselves from not having the decisions of other states to recognize same-sex marriage imposed on them are actually forcing their own views on others by reaching outside their borders and basically levying what amounts to a tax on out-of-state, same- sex couples. 

Read the full op-ed here.  

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - 9:07am

David Garrow was quoted in a lengthy USA Today story on the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. King's "I Have A Dream" speech.

Read the full USA Today story here.  

Monday, August 12, 2013 - 11:10am

Frank Bruni's column in the August 11 New York Times on a prosecution for aiding suicide of a woman whose terminally ill father ended his life by taking an overdose of morphine quoted Pitt Law Professor Alan Meisel.

Read the full article here.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013 - 9:57am

Pitt Law Professor Tony Infanti published an op-ed piece with Bloomberg today. It addresses the difficulties that the IRS and same-sex couples will face in grappling with the implementation of the Supreme Court's decision in United States v. Windsor. 

Read the full op-ed here.  

Monday, August 5, 2013 - 9:41am

Jessie Allen was quoted in a Pittsburgh Post Gazette article about a non-disclosure agreement in the settlement of a Marcellus Shale damages case. Professor Allen commented on the agreement's extraordinary inclusion of two young children in a purported lifelong ban on speaking about the Marcellus Shale, gas industry or fracking.

Read the full article here.  

Friday, August 2, 2013 - 1:28pm

The University of Pittsburgh conferred emeritus status to Pitt Law professors William Luneburg and Stella Smetanka, effective July 2013. The title of Professor Emeritus is granted to professors nearing retirement who have made career-spanning meritorious contributions to the scholarly mission and programs of the University.
Smetanka, who has spent years fostering law students' skills in Pitt Law's Health Law Clinic, has a long history of dedicated public service combined with legal instruction. She previously received the Chancellor's Distinguished Public Service Award of the University of Pittsburgh in 2004. Smetanka is a member of the board of directors of Neighborhood Legal Services Association, a past board member of KidsVoice, and she volunteers at the Uptown Legal Clinic based in Bethlehem Haven.
Luneburg has taught at Pitt Law since 1978, focusing initially on Civil Procedure and Legislation and later focusing his research and instruction on Environmental Law. Among his many accomplishments, Luneburg became a nationally-renowned researcher in environmental law, litigating environmental cases on behalf of local and regional environmental organizations in the 1990s. In 1997 he joined the EPA's subcommittee for Ozone, Particulate Matter, and Regional Haze Implementation Programs (part of the EPA's Clean Air Act Advisory Committee)  for which prepared the groundwork for implementation of tighter national ozone and particulate matter standards.
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