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Thursday, May 19, 2011 - 11:19am

Professor Jules Lobel has given speeches and presentations on many topics during the past several months.  He was the keynote speaker at the Ontario annual meeting of community law clinics (the equivalent to legal services in the U.S.) in  Toronto on May 13.  He also gave the keynote address at a March 25 conference called "Litigating Palestine" at Hastings Law School, and at a national conference the legal aid and legal services managers in March in Nashville.


Professor Lobel spoke on a panel at Wayne State Law School in Detroit at a February 4 symposium on "The Legal  Landscape After 9/11: A Decade Later," and at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law's April 5 symposium,  "Developing the Law of the Marcellus Shale," co-sponsored by the Pittsburgh Law Review and the Innovation Practice Institute.  


Professor Lobel also spoke before the Murraysville (PA) Council, which was covered by the Pittsburgh Tribune Review, to the Progessive Book Club in Florida, which invites speakers from around the country to speak to them each year.

Thursday, May 19, 2011 - 11:14am

Professor Michael Madison gave a talk titled “Intellectual Property and Knowledge” at the fourth annual Progressive Property Scholars Workshop, held on May 16 and 17 at the McGill University Faculty of Law in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

The workshop is an outgrowth the Statement of Progressive Property, written by Cornell Law professors Greg Alexander, Laura Underkuffler, and Eduardo Penalver and Harvard Law professor Joseph Singer, and published in 2009 in the Cornell Law Review.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011 - 10:07am

Professor Hellman offers his insight as the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals prepares to hear arguments about whether President Obama's health care law is constitutional.  Read the full article here.

Monday, May 16, 2011 - 3:16pm

Associate Professor of Legal Writing Ben Bratman presented at the Second Annual Empire State Legal Writing Conference, held at St. John’s University School of Law on Friday, May 13, 2011. The presentation was entitled Would A Court Enforce What I Just Drafted? Introducing First-Year Students to “Preventive Law” and Raising the Stakes on the Inter-Office Memo.  From the conference program:

Professor Bratman discusses his integrated sequence of assignments designed to introduce first-year students to client interviewing, negotiations, drafting, and related skills in a context of seeking to prevent litigation. The sequence culminates in an inter-office memo in which students assess the quality of their own preventive work by predicting whether a court would enforce a contractual clause that they drafted.

Thursday, May 12, 2011 - 11:17am

A DUI case that involved a bike rider has resulted in an unsual court hearing in which two officers ended up testifying against each other.  Pitt Law Professor John Burkoff offered his thoughts on the dispute to the Pittsburgh City Paper.  Read the full article here

Wednesday, May 11, 2011 - 4:14pm

Pitt Law’s Innovation Practice Institute and Carnegie Mellon University recently hosted Investing in Innovation: Astrobotic Technology and Pittsburgh’s Quest for the Moon.


The event celebrated Pittsburgh’s potential to become an industry hub for planetary robotics and space commercialization, and featured Astrobotic Technology, Inc., a Carnegie Mellon spin-off space delivery company with a mission to enable the commercialization and exploration of the Moon and other planetary bodies.


The IPI plans to continue to host a series of Investing in Innovation conversations.  Read more about the first event here in the Pittsburgh Business Times. 

Sunday, May 8, 2011 - 8:48pm

Professor David Harris discussed the state of police/community relations in Pittsburgh in the wake of the decision by the U.S. Department of Justice not to prosecute the three police officers involved in the beating of CAPA High School student Jordan Miles.  Professor Harris told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that relations between police officers and African Americans in the city have become dangerously polarized, and that this constitutes a genuine danger to public safety.  "If you want to have real, sustained gains in public safety, the police must do it along with community support," Professor Harris said.  "What we're facing is a real crisis of confidence and trust. That is something that can only be repaired by rebuilding that trust."

Link to Post-Gazette article

Wednesday, May 4, 2011 - 9:09pm

Professor Haider Hamoudi has made several appearances in the media in the last two days.  On Tuesday, May 3, Professor Hamoudi was a guest on Robert Mangino's talk show on KDKA AM in Pittsburgh, discussing the death of bin Laden, the appeal and orthdoxy of his views within Islam, and the application of "shari'a law" in U.S. courts.  Professor Hamoudi took questions on these and other subjects from the host and callers.  On Wednesday, May 4, Professor Hamoudi appeared on KDKA TV, discussing the Obama Administration's decision not to release photographs of bin Laden's body.


Link to Story on KDKA TV

Wednesday, May 4, 2011 - 9:03pm

Professor Deborah Brake was a featured speaker at the annual NCAA Gender Equity Forum, held May 1-3, 2011, in Bethesda, Maryland.  Professor’s Brake workshop was titled, “Retaliation: Protecting Complainants and Avoiding Lawsuits.”  


Link to 2011 Gender Equity Forum Agenda 

Wednesday, May 4, 2011 - 4:59pm

The University of Pittsburgh School of Law, with the assistance and support of the Pennsylvania Securities Commission, has created a Securities Arbitration Clinic.


Alice Stewart, Adjunct Professor of Law, is one of three supervising attorneys who will oversee the clinic which offers free legal representation to small investors who cannot afford legal representation. The clinic is in the process of establishing an on-going clinical/educational program, which will provide quality legal representation to small investors.


Read the full article in the Pittsburgh Business Times here

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