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Thursday, June 20, 2013 - 2:13pm


With the Supreme Court soon to announce its ruling on two same-sex marriage cases this month, Associate Dean and Professor Tony Infanti comments on how the legal landscape for thousands of gay couples could potentially change.

"I think the biggest misconception people have is that, 'Okay, this week or next week, we'll have the answer,'" said Infanti. "We'll have an answer."

Read more at Live Science or at MSNBC

Monday, June 17, 2013 - 11:23am


The United States Supreme Court has released its decision in Salinas v. Texas, a case challenging the Fifth Amendment’s Self-Incrimination Clause.  Professor David A. Harris is talking to KQV on 6-17-2013 at 11:30am about the decision, which was delivered by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Anthony Alito, Jr., and joined by Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., and Justice Anthony M.  Kennedy.

Listen live here.  

Monday, June 17, 2013 - 10:20am


Professor David Harris discussed the implementation of the verdict against Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio in a case in which the court found that "America's Toughest Sheriff" and his department had used profiling to target Latinos in Maricopa County (Phoenix), Arizona.  The likely outcome will be the imposition of new rules and a monitor to oversee the department.  According to Harris, the Arpaio verdict will have significant national impact because, "this will be the case that people think of when they talk about limiting racial profiling in immigration.”

Read the story and listen to the audio here.  



Sunday, June 16, 2013 - 9:26pm

Prof. Sheila Velez Martinez delivered the opening paper at the 2013 LatCrit South North Exchange on Theory, Culture and Law. The theme of the conference this year was “The Costs of Exclusion: Austerity Policies and  Anti-Social Governmental Strategies.” This year marked the tenth anniversary of the Conference.  Velez Martinez is one of the coordinators of the Conference. The SNX is part of the portfolio of projects of  Latino and Latina Critical Theory (LatCrit).

More information is here.

Sunday, June 16, 2013 - 9:23pm

On June 12, 2013, Assistant Professor Charles C. Jalloh was the academic panelist on the relationshiop between Africa and the International Criminal Court (ICC) for the Voice of America. In a popular one-hour TV show, Straight Talk Africa, broadcast weekly out of Washington DC, Professor Jalloh contributed answers on the credibility of the ICC in Africa, building on his path breaking research on the topic. The other guests included the Deputy Chair of the African Union, a senior prosecutor from the International Criminal Court, and the Director of the Africa Initiative at the Brookings Institution.

Link to the full show is here.   

Sunday, June 16, 2013 - 9:20pm

On June 7, 2013, Professor Ronald A. Brand lectured at the University of Prishtina Faculty of Law, Kosovo, on “The European Court of Justice and Private International Law: An American Perspective.”  While in Prishtina, he had meetings with the University of Prishtina Rector and Dean of the School of Law, as well as with Members of the Kosovo Assembly, the Ministry of Justice, and local USAID-funded missions, discussing Pitt Law collaboration with the School of Law.

Sunday, June 16, 2013 - 9:14pm

On June 12, 2013, Assistant Professor Charles C. Jalloh commented on the implications of a controversial Zimbabwean Constitutional Court judgment for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s flagship radio news show, The Current, hosted by Anna Maria Tremonti.

Link to the interview here.

Friday, June 14, 2013 - 11:04am


Arthur D. Hellman, Pitt’s Sally Ann Semenko Endowed Chair and professor of law, was invited to testify at a hearing before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet. The subject of the spring hearing was “An Examination of the Judicial Conduct and Disability System.”

Hellman testified that the system of decentralized self-regulation that Congress established in 1980 “is sound and does not require fundamental restructuring. At the same time,” he said, “the experience of the past few years has revealed gaps and deficiencies in the regulatory regime that warrant attention.” He suggested statutory amendments dealing with three aspects of the system—transparency and disclosure, disqualification of judges, and review of orders issued by chief judges and judicial councils. Click here to read Hellman’s complete statement.

Hellman has achieved a national reputation as a scholar of the federal courts. He is one of the leading academic commentators on issues of federal judicial ethics, and his unique series of empirical studies on the operation of precedent in the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. courts of appeals have been used as a basis for policy decisions at both the federal and state levels.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013 - 11:29am


Professor Arthur D. Hellman discussed President Obama’s three simultaneous nominations to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in a story published in USA Today. Hellman said of Obama, “He’s playing for the long term here. He sees his legacy as being decided to some substantial extent by the D.C. Circuit.”

Hellman also discussed the controversy over statistics on obstruction of nominations. “The longer you go with these things, the more statistics there are to throw around,” said Hellman.    

Read the full USA Today article here.  

Tuesday, June 4, 2013 - 9:25am

On May 30, 2013, Professor Deborah Brake presented her work, “Retaliation in an EEO World,” on the Labor Rights Panel, “An Agenda for Workplace Protection,” at the Annual Law and Society Conference in Boston, Massachusetts.  In addition, Professor Brake is one of the contributors to an edited collection, Masculinities and the Law: A Multidimensional Approach (Frank Rudy Cooper & Ann C. McGinley, eds. NYU Press 2012), that was featured in an Author Meets Reader session at the conference, and Professor Brake participated in that session as well.

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