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Sunday, February 27, 2011 - 8:53pm

Professor David Harris's remarks at the University of Arizona College of Law on Thursday, Feb. 25 on the state's immigration law and its effects on policing and national security were covered in a story in the Arizona Daily Star.  Explaining how strong intelligence gathering efforts depend on trust between police and all members of the public, Professor Harris said Arizona's S.B. 1070 will put immigrant communities in fear of the police. "The worst thing you could do is replace trust with fear...You replace trust with fear, people stop communicating. People begin not to talk, not to pass along information." Link

Thursday, February 24, 2011 - 1:33pm

Professor David Harris was heard in a two-part series on WDUQ public radio in Pittsburgh on the effect of the Jordan Miles case onpolice/community relations in Pittsburgh.  The case and the year-long unresolved investigation that has followed have contributed to tensions between police and community members, which hurt efforts to have cooperative strategies for crime fighting. Link to series

Thursday, February 24, 2011 - 1:14pm

Professor Alan Meisel addressed law students at the National Academy of Legal Studies and Research (NALSAR) University law school in Hyderabad, India on trends in end-of-life decisions.  He visited NALSAR and Mediciti Hospital to discuss possible research collaborations with the faculty at these institutions.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011 - 8:56pm

Professor Deborah Brake has written a chapter for a just-released anthology on race, gender and sports, “Reversing Field: Examining Commercialization, Labor, Gender, and Race in 21st Century Sports Law,” which was recently published by West Virginia University Press. Professor Brake’s chapter, “The Invisible Pregnant Athlete and the Promise of Title IX,” updates and revises an article that she had previously published in the Harvard Journal of Gender & Law. Link

Tuesday, February 22, 2011 - 4:13pm

Professor Haider Hamoudi spoke at a conference at Santa Clara University entitled "Religion and International Law" on Feb. 19. Professor Hamoudi  was part of a panel on Islam, and gave comments on a paper by Georgetown University Professor Lama Abu Odeh entitled "Islam and (Inter)national Law". Link

Tuesday, February 22, 2011 - 10:35am

Professor David Harris will participate in a conference at the University of Arizona's Rogers College of Law on “SB 1070’s Unaddressed Consequences: Issues on the Borders of the Immigration Debate.” The Feb. 24 conference, sponsored by the Arizona Journal of International and Comparitive Law, will feature presentations on consequences of Arizona's new immigration law that have been largely overlooked in the discussions of the controversial statute. Professor Harris will discuss the national security implications of the law. Link

Tuesday, February 22, 2011 - 10:24am

Professor Ann Sinsheimer is currently at Doha University in Qatar (with Pitt Law graduate Kerry Ann Fraas Stare) teaching English for Laywers (EFL), a one-week intensive course on legal language and common law reasoning. The course is a shortened version of the one that Professor Sinsheimer and Professor Teresa Brostoff teach at Pitt Law in the summer for international law students.  Professor Sinsheimer's teaching in Qatar is sponsored by Pitt Law's Center for International Legal Education, through a Department of Commerce grant.

Monday, February 21, 2011 - 11:23pm

Professor David Harris' 2002 book "Profiles In Injustice: Why Racial Profiling Cannot Work" (The New Press) was discussed in The New York Review of Books in a March 10 essay  by Darryl Pinckney.  The essay called the book "admirable," and compared it favorably to a new book on racial profiling by Charles Ogletree of Harvard Law School. Link

Monday, February 21, 2011 - 10:23pm

Professor Ron Brand comments on the possibility that a long-planned trip to Bahrain by four Pitt Law students to a moot competition may be postponed because of unrest in the country.  Professor Brand, who would lead the group of students, says that participating in the first-of-its-kind competition would be a tremendous experience for the students, but the risks involved in traveling to Bahrain might force a cancellation of the trip.  "Nobody had ever done this before, gotten six schools in the Middle East -- all Arab schools --together to do this kind of arbitration or moot court creates good relationships with their schools. It does positive things. But we don't want to do it at the risk of people getting hurt." Link

Monday, February 21, 2011 - 10:02pm

Professors John and Nancy Burkoff will be teaching for three weeks in March at the University of Navarra School of Law in Pamplona, Spain.  Both professors will be teaching (in English) in the prestigious Law School’s Anglo-American Law Program.  Professor John Burkoff will be teaching a course in U.S. Criminal Law to second-year students in that program.  Professor Nancy Burkoff will be lecturing on U.S. legal research topics to first-year students. Link
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