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Monday, December 19, 2011 - 12:26pm

On Monday, December 12, Professor Haider Hamoudi participated in a panel entitled “Sharia, Halacha and Canon Law: Threat or Threatened?” at Congregation Rodef Shalom in Pittsburgh.  The event was jointly sponsored by Pitt Law and the Pittsburgh Area Jewish Committee. 


Posted on Twylah here.

Monday, December 19, 2011 - 12:20pm

Professor David Harris commented on the U.S. Department of Justice investigation of Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Arizona, who has made national headlines by using his agency aggressively against illegal immigration.  The federal investigation, released last week, includes findings of racial profiling against Latinos and other misconduct.  Professor Harris explained that a potentially long and difficult period of litigation may lie ahead.


Arizona Republic article

Wednesday, December 14, 2011 - 4:43pm

A new commentary written by Pitt Law Professor Hamoudi has been included in JURIST’s new feature on the Iraq War.  In the piece, entitled “Post-War Iraq: Slow and Steady Progress,” Professor Hamoudi addresses fears that Iraq may slide into chaos after US troops are withdrawn, and argues that it is far more likely that Iraq will continue to make slow advances in solidifying its legal and constitutional structure. JURIST has been providing unique coverage of the war for almost a decade, including breaking news reports, links to original source materials and commentary from legal professionals, law professors and experts directly involved in the prosecution of the war. JURIST’s latest feature provides a comprehensive overview of the war, as well as a retrospective of JURIST coverage, which includes analysis of the legitimacy of the conflict, the formation of the Iraqi constitution, the trial of Saddam Hussein, and allegations of war crimes and lawsuits. For full coverage, please visit


“For almost a decade, JURIST has been at the forefront of exploring and explaining the legal issues involved in the Iraq War,” said Matthew Shames, JURIST’s Executive Director. “The Iraq War has challenged legal systems like few other events of the past several decades. Given the imminent withdrawal of US troops from Iraq, as well as the fact that we are fast approaching the tenth anniversary of the start of the war, we strongly believe that the time is right to present a comprehensive review of the legal matters involved in the prosecution of the war. With the publication of this new feature, JURIST continues to document the law as it has developed, furthering our goal of empowering people to be actively involved in the further evolution of legal systems around the world.”


For more information about JURIST, please visit

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.”

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