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Wednesday, February 16, 2011 - 9:06am

Professor John Burkoff explained why a prosecution witness testified that he was especially nervous doing political work for State Sen. Jane Orie after another state lawmaker was convicted for similar activity.  In an interview in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Professor Burkoff said that awareness of the other lawmaker's conviction would put other politicians on notice that doing political work on state time violated the law.  "If the jurors get the idea this has happened before... then other (legislators) should be aware you can't do this," Burkoff said.  Link

Tuesday, February 15, 2011 - 2:54pm

Assistant Professor Charles C. Jalloh presented his work in progress on February 5, 2011,at the Northeast Regional Scholarship and Teaching Development Workshop held at Albany Law School. Link to Conference Information

Monday, February 14, 2011 - 8:59pm

Professor Pat Chew of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and Robert Kelley of Carnegie Mellon University Tepper School of Business will be featured speakers in the "Influential Voices" speaker series at the Seattle University School of Law on March 8.  They will also be conducting a workshop for state and federal judges.  Their topic will be their empirical work and its implications for judicial decision-making. Link to Influential Voices Series

Monday, February 14, 2011 - 8:51pm

Visiting Assistant Professor J. Janewa OseiTutu presented her work in progress at the Northeast Regional Scholarship and Teaching Development Workshop,  which was held at Albany Law School on February 4-5, 2011.

Monday, February 14, 2011 - 8:49pm

Professor David Harris has published "Picture This: Body Worn Video Devices ('Head Cams') as Tools for Ensuring Fourth Amendment Compliance by Police" in the Texas Tech Law Review. Link to SSRN post

Sunday, February 13, 2011 - 11:32pm

Professor Anthony Infanti will speak at symposium at Georgetown.  The symposium, organized by the Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law, concerns the intersection of tax law, gender, and sexuality. Professor Infanti is the principal speaker and paper for the panel on the intersection of tax law with sexual orientation and gender identity.  His paper is tentatively titled “LGBT Taxpayers: A Collision of ‘Others.’” Link to conference announcement

Sunday, February 13, 2011 - 11:26am

Professor John Burkoff told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that the prosecution and defense were presenting starkly different narratives as testimony began in the trial of State Sen. Jane Orie.  ""The strategy, obviously, is that the prosecution wants to show this is a clear pattern... The defense strategy is that these were minor events, or they were done on comp time because these people had an interest in the political future of the Orie sisters. There's two different narratives being spun." Link

Friday, February 11, 2011 - 3:00pm

Professor David Harris was the lead witness in a City Council hearing on a set of legislative proposals designed to increase accountability and transparency of Pittsburgh police operations.  Professor Harris helped draft the legislation with various community members, in conjunction with the staff of Councilman Rev. Ricky Burgess.  Professor Harris testified that real gains in public safety could come only through a genuine partnerships based on trust between police and the community, because such a partnership would bring the police information from the community that would allow them to conduct targeted, effective enforcement operations.  "No trust, no relationship. No relationship, no information. No information, public safety is slow to come, if it comes at all." Link

Thursday, February 10, 2011 - 5:56pm

Professor David Harris worked with the Yale Visual Law Project, a new program at Yale Law School in which film makers, law students, and others make documentary films on current legal topics.  Professor Harris met with the Project in New Haven, where he was filmed for a documentary on racial profiling.  The Project's web site describes itself as " student-initiated alternative law journal that aims to produce smart, engaging documentaries on cutting-edge legal issues." Link to the Yale Visual Law Project

Thursday, February 10, 2011 - 5:55pm

Professor Pat K. Chew published  "The Missing Minority Judges," 14 Iowa Journal of Gender, Race & Justice 179 (2010) (coauthored with Luke Kelley-Chew).  Here is the abstract: This article explores the absence of Asian-American judges on federal bench and considers its effect on the outcomes of racial harassment cases in which Asian-Americans are plaintiffs.  Having more Asian-American judges may theoretically benefit Asian-American plaintiffs, but it is so statistically improbable that an Asian-American plaintiff would have an Asian-American judge, these benefits would rarely occur.  Thus, the article concludes that having more Asian-American judges would benefit the justice system more broadly and serve an important symbolic purpose, but would not benefit Asian-American plaintiffs directly.
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