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Sunday, March 6, 2011 - 9:16pm

Professor John Burkoff told WTAE-TV that the allegedly forged documents that caused a mistrial in the political corruption case against State Sen. Jane Orie could have grave consequences for the defense in the case, and for Senator Orie herself.  Burkoff compared the situation to the Watergate scandal, in which the attempt to cover up the initial crime led to Richard Nixon's downfall. As in Watergate, according to Professor Burkoff, "you have a criminal problem and the possible cover-up becomes as bad or worse than the crime itself." Link

Sunday, March 6, 2011 - 9:09pm

Professor David Harris discussed the use of arrest warrants in last week's raids on gang members on Pittsburgh's North Side. In the course of executing one of the warrants, FBI agents raided a house formerly occupied by the wanted suspect which now houses an unrelated family. Professor Harris pointed out that arrests warrants can only be used to raid a residence at which police have probably cause to believe the suspect lives. "Otherwise, a warrant for anyone could allow you to go anywhere that person could be." Link

Friday, March 4, 2011 - 9:23am

Professor John Burkoff told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that the mistrial in the case of State Sen. Jane Orie because of forged documents submitted by the defense was highly unusual.  The judge called the use of forged documents "despicable" and said a crime had likely been committed.  According to Professor Burkoff, "I've never seen anything like this. I think it's incredible, and it's shocking." Link

Thursday, March 3, 2011 - 10:45pm

Professor Rhonda Wasserman’s article, DOMA and the Happy Family: A Lesson in Irony, was published in a symposium issue of the California Western International Law Journal, 41 Cal. W. Int’l L.J. 275 (2010). The symposium on “DOMA and Issues Concerning Federalism and Interstate Recognition of Same-Sex Relationships,” included articles by Mark Rosen, Gary Simson, Dan Bulfer, Hillel Levin, Michael Solimine, Lynn Wardle, Barbara Cox, Lynn Hogue and Mark Strasser.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011 - 9:46pm

Professor Haider Hamoudi presented a talk on the to an invitation-only conference on the oil and gas industry.  Professor Hamoudi's talk concerned the evolution and development of the oil and gas provisions of the Iraq constitution as well as pertinent potential and existing legislation on matters relating Iraqi oil and gas.  The seminar, held at the University of Tulsa School of Law on February 26, 2011, featured key key legal scholars in energy law as well as others involved in the oil and gas industry.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011 - 4:04pm

Visiting Assistant Professor, J. Janewa OseiTutu, presented her work in progress at a Young Scholars Conference that was co-hosted by the Junior International Law Scholars Association and the Yale Journal of International Law.  The conference took place at Yale Law School on February 25-26, 2011. Professor OseiTutu's presentation was entitled "Valuing Diversity in Global Intellectual Property Law," and was present in a workshop called "Regulating the Economy." Link

Wednesday, March 2, 2011 - 3:49pm

Professor David Harris discussed the use of executive power by the Obama and Bush Administrations in the Harvard Political Review. Justice Jackson's opinion in the Youngstown Sheet and Tube case, the source of the modern framework for executive power in matters of foreign affairs and war, said that the president would have the most power in these matters when Congress ceded the field to him, the least power when Congress exercised its own authority, and a mixed amount of authority in between. President Obama has largely followed the Jackson template; the Bush Administration, especially in its first term, did not. Link

Monday, February 28, 2011 - 3:53pm

On February 25, 2011, Professor Douglas M. Branson was the keynote speaker at a day-long symposium at the University of Dayton School of Law, “Perspectives on Gender and Business Ethics: Women in Corporate Governance.”  His remarks were entitled “A Wide Perspective on Women in Corporate Governance.”  The symposium featured Professor Branson’s  two recent books, No Seat at the Table – How Governance and Law Keep Women Out of the Boardroom and The Last Male Bastion – Gender and the CEO Suite at America’s Public Companies, which appeared in 2010.

Sunday, February 27, 2011 - 10:47pm

Michael Madison, Professor of Law and Faculty Director of Pitt Law's Innovation Practice Institute, and IPI Executive Director Justine Kasznica spoke to the Pittsburgh Business Times about how Pitt Law's Innovation Practice Institute will help local innovators, especially those in high-tech start up, get businesses going so that they can bring their ideas to market. "[Executive Director Justine] Kasznica plans to launch the first survey course [on innovation law] in spring 2012, and is working this year on securing partnerships and funding to make the program sustainable.  Seed funding came from the Innovation Economy program of the Heinz Endowment. The program’s faculty director, Michael Madison, who also teaches courses on intellectual property and contracts, would like the program to boost the region’s legal community so it operates as a network hub to foster connections between entrepreneurs and the larger business community." The article appeared on Friday, Feb. 25, 2011.

Sunday, February 27, 2011 - 8:57pm

Professor John Burkoff commented in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review on whether State Senator Jane Orie will testify in her own defense in her ongoing trial for using state resources for political purposes.  According to Professor Burkoff, taking the stand presents real risks.  "Ninety-five percent of the problem is you open yourself up to cross-examination," he said. "The other 5 percent is that you might act in a way that makes the jury nervous about you or question your credibility." Link
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