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Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - 8:52pm

Professor Jules Lobel argued and won a case representing community activists who had gathered sufficient signatures to place a referendum on Peters Township's november ballot seeking to ban drilling in Marcellus Shale deposits. The Peters Township Council petitioned the Washington County Court of Common Pleas to remove the referendum from the ballot on the grounds that, if the ban was enacted by the voters, it would be unlawful.  On Monday, Oct 3, the Court rejected the Township's arguments and let the referendum proceed. Two students from Professor Lobel's Litigation and Social Change seminar wrote a draft reply brief in the case, attended oral argument in Washington County, and met with the community activists after the case to discuss their views of the role the case played in their activist efforts.


Articles about the case in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - 8:33pm

Professor Larry Frolik will attend the Third National Guardianship Summit being held at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City on October 13 - 15. Professor Frolik has attended both prior National Guardianship Summits.  The first, “Wingspread”, was held in 1988 in Racine, Wisconsin.  Professor Frolik is a voting delegate at the Summit; he represent the Real Property Trust and Estate Law Section of the American Bar Association. He will present a paper at the Summit that he co-wrote with Professor Linda Whitton, entitled “Substitute Decision Making Standards for Guardians: Theory and Reality.”

Information on National Guardianship Summit: Link

Monday, October 10, 2011 - 8:22pm

Professor Jules Lobel has been elected President of the Center for Constitutional Rights. The Center is an organization headquarted in New York City that defends human rights and constitutional rights both domestically and internationally.  The organization has litigated some of the most important cases of the past fifteen years, arguing for the upholding of rights under the United States Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.


Link to website for the Center for Constitutional Rights

Monday, October 10, 2011 - 8:10pm

Professor Douglas Branson participated in the East Asian Law & Society conference.  This year's conference was held at Yonsie University in Seoul, South Korea.  On September 30, Professor Branson delivered a talk entitled “Dialogues and Dialectics in Asian Corporate Governance.”  On October 1, Professor Branson served as moderator and as a discussant for the plenary session  of the conference.  Scholars from the University of Washington, Korea University, University of Wisconsin and Gakushuin University (Japan) presented papers.  Discussants from the University of Sydney, Donisa University (Japan), and the American Bar Foundation delivered commentary.


Cponference description: link

Sunday, October 9, 2011 - 9:24pm

Professor Jasmine Gonzales Rose spoke at the sixteenth annual LatCrit Conference, held this year October 6-9 in San Diego, California.  The theme of this year's conference was "Global Justice: Theories, Histories, Futures."  Professor Gonzales Rose was a panelist for session entitled "Geography Matters." Her talk was "Juror Language Accommodation in Theory and Praxis."  Professor Gonzalez Rose also participated in the Junior Faculty Development Workshop, a separate phase of the LatCrit Conference co-sponsored by the Society of American Law Teachers.  The Workshop was aimed at helping those contemplating legal teaching careers to understand the processes involved.  Professor Gonzales Rose participated in a session designed to simulate and then discuss an interview at the AALS recruiting conference.


Program for the LatCrit Conference and Junior Faculty Development Workshop: link

Sunday, October 9, 2011 - 9:08pm

Professor Sheila Velez Martinez spoke at the sixteenth annual LatCrit Conference, held this year October 6-9 in San Diego, California.  The theme of this year's conference was "Global Justice: Theories, Histories, Futures."  Professor Velez Martinez was part of a panel on "Wealth Transfers, Corporate Rule, and Poverty."  The title of her talk was "Remittances from Puerto Rico: Unsuspected Transnational Localities in Times of Crisis."


Full program for the LatCrit Conference: link

Sunday, October 9, 2011 - 7:49pm

Professor David Harris discussed the relationship between Pittsburgh Police Chief Nathan Harper and the African American community in the Pittsburgh City Paper.  As a black Pittsburgher and an officer well known to the African American community throughout his entire career, Chief Harper began his administration with significant ties to and credibility with African Americans.  But recent incidents have strained that relationship.  Some African Americans see the beating of high school student Jordan Miles by three officers and other incidents as indications that Chief Harper has failed to insist that officers under his command treat blacks properly.


Pittsburgh City Paper article link

Thursday, October 6, 2011 - 9:05am

Pitt Law Professor Arthur Hellman commented to the Pittsburgh Tribune Review on the lawsuit West Penn Allegheny Health System has brought against competitior UPMC and insurance behemoth Highmark. The anititurst lawsuit claims that the medical and insurace giants conspired to monopolize the healthcare industry and drive West Penn out of business.  As the suit moves through the court system, Hellman suggests that it isn’t uncommon for federal judges to see their initial dismissals overturned. 


Read more here.  

Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - 2:21pm

Professor and Associate Dean Anthony Infanti presented his paper, entitled "Internation Equity and Human Development," on October 5, 2011at St. Louis University School of Law.  Professor Infanti presented his work as part of the School of Law's faculty workshop series. 


For an abstract of the paper, click this link.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - 11:44am

Professor Jasmine Gonzales Rose, the newest member of Pitt Law's faculty, presented her research to the Center on Race and Social Problems' Intergroup Relations Research Advisory Panel.  Professor Gonzales Rose discussed her article, "The Exclusion of Non-English-Speaking Jurors: Remedying a Century of Denial of the Sixth Amendment in the Federal Courts of Puerto Rico," which she has published in the Harvard Civil Rights - Civil Liberties Law Review.


The Center on Race and Social Problems is a research organization that is part of the School of Social Work at the University of Pittsburgh.  For more information on the Center, use this link.


For those wishing to see Professor Gonzales Rose' paper, clink on this SSRN link.

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