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Tuesday, April 12, 2011 - 9:08pm

Three members of the Pitt Law's Barco Law Library staff have an accepted an offer of publication.  Cataloging and Systems Librarian Sallie Smith, eResearch and Technologies Librarian Susanna Leers, and Acquisitions and Serials Librarian Pat Roncevich will publish their paper, Database Ownership: Myth or Reality?,  in the forthcoming Spring 2011 issue of Law Library Journal (Volume 103, number 2). The prepublication draft is also posted on SSRN.

Monday, April 11, 2011 - 9:08pm

Three Pitt Law professor have accepted publication offers in the last week.  Assistant Professor Jessie Allen will publish her article Documentary Disenfranchisement  in Volume 86, Issue 2, of the Tulane Law Review.  Assistant Professor Mirit Eyal-Cohen will publish her work Why is Small Business the Chief Business of Congress? in the Rutgers Law Journal.  And Visiting Professor Jan Osei Tutu will publish her article,  Value Divergence in Global Intellectual Property Law in volume 87 of the Indiana Law Journal.

Monday, April 11, 2011 - 8:55pm

Professor Haider Hamoudi spoke on Islamic finance at the University of California at Berkeley School of Law on April 9, 2011.  His talk, titled "What is an Islamic Bank, and How Do We Regulate it," was part of a conference called "Ethics and Regulation: Critical Approaches to Islamic Banking."  A brief summary of Professor Hamoudi's remarks:


There is an irony to the desire of Islamic financial institutions to seek bank licenses and function under applicable regulatory authority as “banks” given that, in their highly idealized conceptions in the form of the famed “two tier mudharaba”, they would be quite different institutions.  They would be equity driven where banks are debt driven, and they would not serve, or would not serve as effectively, some of the primary functions of banks, which are to use economies of scale to manage information asymmetries and liquidity mismatches as they arise in the market.  While it is true that these institutions do notexist in such idealized forms, and in fact regularly employ instruments and adopt transactional forms that resemble debt rather than equity, these are frequently justified within the practice as transitional, “borderline” transactions, to use Usmani’s term, en route to a purer and more “Islamic” system of financing.  There is thus something of a tension as between what Islamic institutions are, what they purport to want to be, and the institutional form pursuant to which they wish to be recognized for regulatory purposes.  This presentation explores this tension in some depth.


Link to conference program

Monday, April 11, 2011 - 8:40pm

 George Pike, Director of the University of Pittsburgh's Barco Law Library and Assistant Professor of Law, was interviewed on Lawyer2Lawyer, the main talk/interview program on the the Legal Talk Network.  He discussed the collapse of the negotiated settlement of the Google Books case, which occurred when a judge rejected the proposed settlement.


Legal Talk Network , which bills itself as the “Premier Online Legal Media Network,” is a combination of legal magazine and legal radio shows in an exclusively online environment. 


Link to podcast of program 

Monday, April 11, 2011 - 4:59pm

Pitt Law Professor Arthur Hellman comments on Justice O'Connor’s coexisting continued court participation and public policy debates.  He states that she should consider stopping her participation in court cases if she "wants to engage in this level of political or politically related activity."

Read the full Associated Press article here. This AP article was picked up by thousands of media outlets nationwide. 

Friday, April 8, 2011 - 9:10am

Professor Anthony Infanti spoke at Harvard Lambda's 6th Annual Legal Advocacy Conference at Harvard Law School on April 1st and 2nd. The title of the conference was "Queering Age: Exploring the Lived Experiences of LGBT Youth and Elders."  Professor Infanti spoke about same-sex couples and transfer taxes on the panel on Elder Law and Services.      


Link to conference description


Link to description of panels

Thursday, April 7, 2011 - 11:18am

Pittsburgh entrepreneurs looking for legal advice are getting help through programs that are initiating a collaborative legal model for growing companies in the region. Pitt Law's Innovation Practice Institute assists this growing entrepreneurial sector.


Read the full article here

Wednesday, April 6, 2011 - 9:08pm

Professor Michael Madison presented a paper on Friday, April 1, 2011 at Texas Wesleyan School of Law in Ft. Worth, Texas as part of a conference titled "Evolving Economies: The Role of Law in Entrepreneurship and Innovation."  The conference featured presentations on work to be gathered into a book of the same title, to be published by Edward Elgar and edited by Texas Weslayan Professor Megan Carpenter.


The title of Professor Madison's contribution and presentation is "Contrasts in Innovation: Pittsburgh Then and Now," adapting the title of a classic article by the late economist Ben Chinitz.



Wednesday, April 6, 2011 - 9:05pm

Professor Pat Chew and her co-researcher, Robert Kelley  of CMU, conducted a workshop for state and federal judges in Seattle, Washington, sponsored by the University of Seattle Law School and the Washington State Access to Justice Board on March 7.  The workshop was titled "A Conversation on Race and Judicial Appointments," and reviewed recent data on the diversity of the federal judiciary and empirical research on the relationship between the judges' race, the plaintiffs' race, and outcomes in racial harrasment cases.  The next day, Chew and Kelley presented in the "Influential Voices" speaker series at the law school on "Dear President Obama" with a presentation on the same topics.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011 - 8:57pm

Professor Pat Chew presented a faculty workshop at Case Western Reserve Law School on April 4, 2011.  She discussed her empirical work on how a party's race can make a difference in case outcomes.  In particular, she discussed the plaintiff-employee's race in racial harassment cases. 

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