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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.

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. 

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