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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

Monday, February 21, 2011 - 9:58pm

Professor John Burkoff has published the second edition of  treatise, "Inside Criminal Law: What Matters and Why" (Aspen), co-authored with Russell Weaver of the University of Louisville. Link

Monday, February 21, 2011 - 8:12pm

Professor Deborah Brake participated in a conference on February 18 and 19  in Las Vegas, Nevada, jointly sponsored by the UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law and Suffolk University Law School. The conference, "Masculinities and Law: A Multidimensional Approach," was organized by the co-editors of a new anthology on Masculinities and the Law (professors Ann McGinley and Frank Rudy Cooper), forthcoming in 2011 from New York University Press. Professor Brake, a contributor to that anthology, presented her paper, "Sport and Masculinity: The Promise and Limits of Title IX."

Monday, February 21, 2011 - 6:20am

Professor David Harris told the Seattle Times that any attempt to prosecute police officers for criminal wrongdoing faces considerable difficulties, even in egregious cases.  The law gives the police the right to use force, and standards for what constitutes excessive force are often quite open ended.  In addition, prosecuting police goes against the grain for most jurors, who view police as "good guys"  who uphold the law.  "Putting a police officer on trial effectively turns the world upside down for the average person." Link

Friday, February 18, 2011 - 7:36pm

Professor John Burkoff has published the February 2011 edition of his two-volume treatise, Search Warrant Law Deskbook (West).  This treatise, which was first published in 1987, moves with this edition from a hardcover format with semi-annual page supplements, to a semi-annual, soft-cover format.  Each new edition contains from 150 to 250 new court decisions and an update on statutory search warrant law in every jurisdiction in the United States.  This treatise is one of four treatises that Professor Burkoff has authored that are also available in the WESTLAW database.  Search Warrant Law Deskbook is available by searching the database code: SRCHWARLAW. Link

Friday, February 18, 2011 - 3:47pm

Professor John Burkoff was a guest on the Mike Pintek show on KDKA Radio on February 18.  Professor Burkoff talked and answered questions about developments in the trial of Senator Jane Orie and her sister, Janine, on charges of using public resources for political ends over a period that stretched for nearly a decade.

Friday, February 18, 2011 - 12:14pm

John Burkoff told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that the lawyer for State Sen. Jane Orie has every reason to want to subpoena Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala as a witness.  Pulling in Zappala as a witness fits Orie's story that the whole prosecution is part of a political vendetta against her.  "If they can get him on the stand, they can try to make their political argument that they've had from the beginning -- that this is a vendetta," Burkoff said. "My guess is the judge won't let them do it." Link

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
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