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Thursday, March 24, 2011 - 11:08am

Professor John Burkoff commented on the defense motions in the ongoing case against State Sen. Jane Orie.  Earlier this month, the judge stopped jury deliberations and declared a mistrial because documents submitted to the court by the defense appeared to have been forged.  The defense has now asked that the judge recuse himself from the upcoming retrial of the case, and has also asked that the court bar any retrial on grounds of double jeopardy.  Professor Burkoff said that “this is more of the offensive tactic of trying to paint this as a political prosecution. It seems the odds on [the judge] ruling in their favor on this are slim to none.”

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Thursday, March 24, 2011 - 11:06am

On March 24, 2011, Professor Ronald Brand attended the meeting of the Secretary of State’s Advisory Committee on Private International Law, where he provided for the group an overview of the EU Commission proposal for revisions to the Brussels I Regulation on jurisdiction and the recognition and enforcement of judgments in civil and commercial matters.

Thursday, March 24, 2011 - 11:05am

Professor George Pike, Director of the Barco Law Library, will be a panelist at a program about the impact of Wikileaks on law, poitics, and scholarship.  The event,  “Wikileaks: Current Critical Issues in Media Culture,” will take place on March 28, 12-1:30pm, in Room 501 of the Cathedral of Learning.  It  is  sponsored by DM@P (Digital Media at Pitt), and along with Professor Pike will feature Professor John Beverly (Hispanic Languages & Literature), and Steve Slota (School of Information Sciences).  The discussion will be moderated by Professor Annette Vee of the English Department.  Those wishing to attend are asked to email Prof. Vee at adv17@pitt.edu by Friday, March 25 to confirm a place for the event.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011 - 11:09am

Professor Doug Branson commented on the lack of women on corporate boards in Pittsburgh in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s March 22 “Top 50 in Business” special section.  Professor Branson, author of “The Last Male Bastion: Gender and the CEO Suite in America’s Public Companies,” said that despite registering a small increase in women directors between 2009 and 2010, Pittsburgh remains “a good ol’ boy town,” adding, “[i]t’s kind of like we take one step forward, then two steps back.”

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011 - 12:08pm

Professor David Harris discussed U.S. Department of Justice allegations of racial profiling by the New Orleans’ Police Department, which is itself majority black.  In an interview with Congressional Quarterly’s Justice blog, Professor Harris explained that racial profiling is not, first and foremost, a problem of racial bigotry.  Rather, it is a question of the police department’s culture, training, and customs.  All officers in the department, black and white, work within the same institutional influences.  If the department’s culture and approach encourage profiling of blacks, all officers will engage in it as the standard behavior.  “Black officers are going to be trained like all the others,” Professor Harris explained. “They’re going to want to fit in just like all the others.”

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011 - 12:06pm

From March 4 through March 9, Professor Ronald Brand was in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates, where he worked with Pitt Law students Kristine Long (J.D. ‘11) and Richard Kyle (J.D. ‘11) to assist the Vis International Arbitration Moot teams of Qatar University and UAE University in their preparations for oral argument at the competition to be held in Vienna in April.  The training sessions were funded by the Commercial Law Development Program of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011 - 12:05pm

Professor Haider Ala Hamoudi delivered a talk on March 22 to to students at Widener University School of Law (on its Harrisburg, PA, campus) on the legality and legitimacy challenges that faced the Iraqi constitution at its inception, and the means by which Iraqis have attempted to meet and overcome those challenges.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011 - 11:59am

On Monday, March 21, 2011, Professor Deborah Brake gave a talk at the University of Connecticut in Hartford, Connecticut.  The talk was sponsored by the University’s Women’s Center and was based on her book, “Getting in the Game: Title IX and the Women’s Sports Revolution.”

Tuesday, March 22, 2011 - 11:13am

Professor Jules Lobel discussed the right of canvassers to knock on doors in residential neighborhoods, even after dark, despite the misgivings of the authorities in some Pittsburgh-area municipalities.  Professor Lobel told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that the right to reach residents by canvassing is protected by the First Amendment, which prevents municipalities from passing broad limits on door-to-door solicitation.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011 - 11:12am

Professor Jules Lobel discussed the right of canvassers to knock on doors in residential neighborhoods, even after dark, despite the misgivings of the authorities in some Pittsburgh-area municipalities.  Professor Lobel told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that the right to reach residents by canvassing is protected by the First Amendment, which prevents municipalities from passing broad limits on door-to-door solicitation.

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