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Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - 12:11pm

On November 12 and 13 Professor Harry Flechtner and two Pitt Law alums – Professor Milena Djordjevic, LL.M. 2002, a member of the University of Belgrade (Serbia) Faculty of Law, and Francesco Mazzotta, LL.M. 2000, J.D. 2005, currently a law clerk for Federal District Judge Joy Flowers Conti – participated in a conference entitled “Global Challenges of International Sales Law” at the University of Florida in Gainesville.  The conference attracted participants from around the world, including (in addition to the United States), many EU member counties, the Balkans, Argentina, South Africa, Egypt, Nigeria, Israel, New Zealand, Australia, Lithuania, Japan, the People’s Republic of China, and Canada, as well as representatives of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (“UNCITRAL”).  At the conference Professor Flechtner presented a paper on conformity of goods and notice of lack of conformity under the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sales of Goods (“CISG”).  He also delivered a keynote address honoring the recently-deceased Professor John O. Honnold of the University of Pennsylvania and former Secretary of UNCITRAL.  

Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - 11:21am

Professor Lawrence A. Frolik offered his opinion to the New York Times on Joe Paterno’s more recent decision to transfer full ownership of his home to his wife for $1.00.  Frolik questioned the decision, stating that, “I can’t see any tax advantages. If someone told me that, my reaction would be, ‘Are they hoping to shield assets in case if there’s personal liability?’ ” He added, “It sounds like an attempt to avoid personal liability in having assets in his wife’s name.”


Read the full New York Times article here.  

Tuesday, November 15, 2011 - 9:26pm

Professor Brake (with coauthor Joanna Grossman) wrote a two-part series for Verdict (formerly Findlaw) on the Penn State scandal.  The columns were entitled "The Penn State Scandal: Why is No One Talking About Title IX?“  Part One ran on November 14, and Part Two ran on November 15.  The columns explored the question of whether Penn State’s cover-up of the sexual abuse scandal might have violated Title IX, the federal law prohibiting sex discrimination by federally funded schools.


Part One: click here


Part Two: click here

Tuesday, November 15, 2011 - 9:13pm

Professor Harry Gruener was interviewed by two national news organizations concerning the best and worst states in which to get divorced.  Professor Gruener told that fault-based divorce is now extremely rare; the law makes it much easier now to get divorced than it would have been in the past.  Professor Gruener described the difficulties of divorce for gay couples to


Link to article


Link to article

Monday, November 14, 2011 - 8:41pm

Professor Elena Baylis presented her paper, “Justice Junkies on the Move,” at the American Society of International Law’s inaugural Research Forum, on November 5, 2011.  The paper was competitively selected for the conference through a double blind procedure.   It presents the first set of findings from Professor Baylis’s recent empirical research study of internationals working in post-conflict justice.   


Details of the Research Forum: click here. 

Monday, November 14, 2011 - 8:31pm

Professor Deborah Brake participated as a panelist in a discussion of the film “Misrepresentation” on November 11.  The film and discussion were part of a community broadcasting event hosted by WYEP FM in Pittsburgh.  "Misrepresentation" explores how harmful images of women in advertising impact women and society.

Monday, November 14, 2011 - 8:26pm

Dean Mary Crossley presented at the 8th Annual Wiley A. Branton/ Howard Law Journal Symposium at Howard Law School in Washington, D.C. on November 4.  The symposium was titled "Health Care Reform and Vulnerable Communities: Can We Afford It? Can We Afford to Live Without It?"  Dean Crossley spoke on how the provision of the Affordable Care Act requiring tax-exempt hospitals to conduct community health needs assessments might be used as a tool for addressing racial and ethnic disparities in health care.


For a description of the Symposium, click here.

Monday, November 14, 2011 - 8:14pm

Professor David Harris discussed the large donations given to establish the National Law Enforcement Museum in Washington, D.C., by companies that sell millions of dollars of public safety gear to police departments every year.  Professor Harris told USA Today that while many corporations make donations to public causes for the good will these gifts engender, large gifts by vendors of equipment to public entities calls for a degree of caution.   "The question is this: Are companies doing this out self-interest, to get a better hearing when it comes to selling a new product? You see this in a number of industries, but what's different here is that (public safety) involves public, taxpayer money. You want to make sure that there are appropriate safeguards in place."


Link to USA Today article

Sunday, November 13, 2011 - 8:33pm

Professor Pat Chew recently attended the Fall meeting of the Executive Committee of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) in Washington, D.C.  Beginning in January, Professor Chew will begin the second year of her three-year appointment to the Executive Committee, which serves as the governing board for the AALS.  She also will serve as the Chair of the Audit and Investment Committee for the AALS.

Sunday, November 13, 2011 - 8:18pm

Professor Pat Chew presented at a symposium at Cardozo Law School in New York City on November 8.  The symposium was titled "Culture, Religion and Conflict Resolution: What's Identity and Faith Got To Do With It?"  Professor Chew spoke on disputes on end-of-life decision making in Asian-American cultures.

Brief conference description: link

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