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Wednesday, March 16, 2011 - 8:34pm

Professor Alan Meisel, director of the University of Pittsburgh's Center for Bioethics and Health Law and the Law School's Health Law Program, published "Informed Consent in Clinical Care: Practical Considerations in the Effort to Achieve Ethical Goals" (with co-author Yael Schenker of the Department of Medicine), in the current issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. Link

Wednesday, March 16, 2011 - 8:27pm

Professor David Harris discussed how law enforcement priorities can become dangerously warped by the incentive to seize cash in drug stings under forfeiture laws in a report by the Goldwater Institute, a conservative public policy think tank in Arizona.  The Institute investigated how the Chandler, Arizona Police Department staged drug deals as sting operations meant to trap not drug sellers, but buyers.  The Department would then seize the cash under Arizona's forfeiture laws, which allowed it to keep significant amounts of the money for its own use.  Such financial incentives, Professor Harris said, can cause police to take unnecessary risks in pursuit of funds.  “You want [the police] to try to break the drug mobs and the drug gangs,” Professor Harris said. “But if enforcing the law and breaking the gangs is not enough incentive, I don’t know what would be. That’s their mission.” Link to the Goldwater Institute's Report

Tuesday, March 15, 2011 - 9:00pm

Professor Vivian Curran recently made two presentations at the Collège de France in Paris.  On March 7, Professor Curran made a presentation at a colloquium  to celebrate the publication of the French translation of Justice Breyer’s new book.  The subject of Professor Curran's presentation was “Comparative Law and American Democracy.”  On March 8, Professor Curran spoke about the Second Circuit’s  opinion in “Kiobel v Royal Dutch Petroleum Company” and the future of the Alien Tort Statute. Link to the Program for the Colloquium

Tuesday, March 15, 2011 - 8:53pm

Professor Michael Madison appeared on Hearsay Culture, a national radio program broadcast by Stanford University and hosted by Professor David Levine of Elon University, on February 15, 2011.  The interview focused on Professor Madison's work on role of law and policy in cultural commons. Link to Hearsay Culture Link to Podcast of the Show

Tuesday, March 15, 2011 - 8:48pm

Assistant Professor Charles C. Jalloh has just completed an appointment as the Legal Consultant to the Defence Team in the case of former Liberian President Charles G. Taylor. He advised on the legal aspects of the final defence brief, focusing on the modes of criminal liability in International Criminal Law. Taylor’s trial in the Special Court for Sierra Leone in The Hague opened on June 4, 2007 and closed for deliberations on March 11, 2011.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011 - 8:44pm

Professor Larry Frolik has been named co-editor and contributing author for the upcoming 4th edition of ERISA Litigation (BNA), the leading treatise on the numerous and complex cases that arise as federal courts struggle to interpret and apply the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, the federal law that governs employee pensions and retirement benefits.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011 - 8:42pm

Professor Michael Madison spoke on Thursday, March 10, 2011 in Washington, DC at a symposium titled "The Future of Scientific Knowledge Discovery in Open Networked Environments."  The program was part of a two-day National  Symposium and Workshop organized by the Board on Research Data and Information in collaboration with the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board.  Both Boards are programs of the National Academy of Sciences. Professor Madison's presentation focused on legal barriers to conducting and sharing the products of emerging forms of data-intensive scientific research. Link to the meeting summary

Sunday, March 13, 2011 - 9:52am

Professor William Luneberg was interviewed on National Public Radio's Morning Edition on March 9 on whether a consultancy that contracted  to bring influential people to meet with Ghadaffi to "get the good word out" on him might have violated the Foreign Agents Registration Act. Link

Sunday, March 13, 2011 - 9:41am

Professor William Luneberg discussed the apparently illegal establishment of "Communication Management Units" within prisons by the federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP).  These units tightly restrict the telephone, visiting, and even letter writing privileges of inmates who are thought to have some connection to terrorism.  According to Professor Luneberg's comments in The Nation, the BOP failed to follow the Administrative Procedure Act when it proposed and established the units.  “It is not a normal thing for agencies legally bound by the APA to propose some new program, to start through the public rule-making process and then basically not complete it, and then to decide to go ahead and do it on their own.” Link

Sunday, March 13, 2011 - 9:39am

Professor Deborah Brake presented her recent paper, “Sport and Masculinity,” at a faculty workshop at the West Virginia University College of Law in Morgantown, West Virginia, on March 9.
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