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Wednesday, December 14, 2011 - 2:30pm

Pat Chew has been invited to speak at two national seminars for U.S. Federal Magistrate Judges in 2012, sponsored by the U.S.  Federal Judiciary Center.  She will discuss her empirical work (conducted with Robert Kelley at Carnegie Mellon University) on judges. 

Wednesday, December 14, 2011 - 1:53pm

Pat Chew is participating in various events at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) in Washington D.C. in January 2012.  She will be attending the meetings of the Executive Council (the policy and governing board of the AALS).  She also will be a speaker at a special program on the legacy of Pitt Law graduate and former Harvard and NYU Law Professor Derrick Bell, and introduce and moderate a Presidential plenary program on “Law School Faculty Demographics and Law School Finance.”

Wednesday, December 14, 2011 - 1:28pm

On December 9, 2011, Assistant Professor Charles C. Jalloh presented a paper, The Meaning of “Greatest Responsibility” in International Criminal Law, at John Marshall Law School (Chicago). This faculty works-in-progress was organized by the International Criminal Law Interest Group of the American Society of International Law which Professor Jalloh co-chairs, along with Professor Beth van Schaack (Santa Clara) and Associate Professor Shahram Dana (John Marshall).   

Tuesday, December 13, 2011 - 9:23am

Professor Rhonda Wasserman was quoted in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review explaining how federal interpleader actions work.  The suit at issue was filed by the insurer of a trucking company whose truck had leaked asphalt onto the Pennsylvania Turnpike in late November, damaging hundreds of cars.  Since the insurance policy is for only $1,000,000, the insurer commenced the action to secure the court’s assistance in distributing the limited fund among the affected drivers.

 

Read the full article here.  

Thursday, December 8, 2011 - 5:13pm

Professor Larry Frolik will address the Elder Law Section of the Hawaii Bar Association in Honolulu on Wednesday, December 14. Professor Frolik will talk on “Dealing with the Partially Incapacitated Client – How to Prevent Financial Abuse, Undue Influence and Other Ills of Aging.”

Wednesday, December 7, 2011 - 3:41pm

On December 3, Professor Hamoudi presented a talk at Aston University in Birmingham, England at a conference on analytical and empirical approaches to Islamic finance.  The title of of the talk was "Islamic Bank Regulation and Muslim Belonging in North America."  

Thursday, December 1, 2011 - 1:56pm

For the second time this fall, Congress has passed federal-courts legislation that incorporates ideas and drafting suggestions of Pitt Law Professor Arthur D. Hellman. The bill is H.R. 394, the Federal Courts Jurisdiction and Venue Clarification Act of 2011 (JVCA). The JVCA, which President Obama is expected to sign, embodies the most far-reaching package of revisions to the Judicial Code since 1990. 

Key provisions of the JVCA revise the law governing the removal of cases from state to federal court and the determination of venue (the proper district within the federal judicial system). The authoritative legislative history of the JVCA is the Report issued by the House Judiciary Committee. That Report acknowledges Professor Hellman’s contributions to the bill: “Legal scholars from the law schools of the University of Houston, Chicago-Kent, Loyola, and Duke endorsed changes to the original text of the bill [considered in a previous Congress], which were developed by Professor Arthur Hellman of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, who testified at the 2005 Subcommittee hearing and contributed to the project in the 111th Congress.”

Report link here

Monday, November 28, 2011 - 8:16pm

With Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State coach accused of sexually assaulting young boys, out on bail, observers have been surprised to find that the judge who set bail had connections to The Second Mile, Sandusky's charity.  The judge had been both a Second Mile volunteer and a donor, and the organization's chairman held two fundraisers for the judge's campaign for office.  Professor John Burkoff said that though such conflicts are not unusual, but “[w]hat makes this one uncommon is the amount of public attention and national scrutiny.”

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Monday, November 28, 2011 - 11:59am

George H Pike recently wrote a article for Information Today discussing the implications of the previously introduced PROTECT-IP Act and its companion bill, the Stop Online Piracy Act. Both are intended to address the current issues of online piracy including the limitations of previous, outdated laws. Read more on George S Pike's account at http://newsbreaks.infotoday.com/NewsBreaks/Controversy-Surrounds-Stop-Online-Piracy-Act-as-MarkUp-Approaches-79077.asp.

Sunday, November 27, 2011 - 4:31pm

On November 18, 2011, Professor Ronald Brand lectured on “Shaping Rule of Law Through Legal Education” at a symposium on “The Shaping of Society and Economy Through Law” at the University of Augsburg Faculty of Law.  The Symposium celebrated the 40th anniversary of the founding of the Faculty of Law.  Later the same day, Brand was awarded the degree of Doctor Iuris Honoris Causa by the University of Augsburg Faculty of Law.  On November 21, 2011, Brand presented a lecture on “The Fifth Freedom in the European Union and the United States” in the course on EU Law, also at the University of Augsburg.

 

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