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Monday, January 24, 2011 - 8:44am

Professor Lu-in Wang has published Negotiating the Situation: The Reasonable Person in Context, 14 Lewis & Clark L. Rev. 1285 (2010).  Her article appears in a symposium issue of the Law Review, entitled "Who Is the Reasonable Person?"  According to an abstract, Professor Wang's article "argues that our understanding of the reasonable person in economic transactions should take into account an individual’s race, gender, or other group-based identity characteristics—not necessarily because persons differ on account of those characteristics, but because of how those characteristics influence the situations a person must negotiate." Link to Professor Wang's article

Monday, January 24, 2011 - 8:32am

Professor Lu-in Wang has been elected to the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation. Link to information about the Fellows

Thursday, January 20, 2011 - 1:26pm

Professor Charles Jalloh will  give a presentation entitled "Should the U.N. Suspend the ICC Indictment of Sudan's President?" on January 26, 2011, sponsored by the Ford Institute for Human Security.  The International Criminal Court has indicted the president of Sudan for crimes against humanity in Darfur, but the African Union has asked the U.N. Security Council to suspend the legal process.  Professor Jalloh will discuss ways of devising legally sound and politically palatable options in light of the specific interests of African states.  The talk will take place from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on January 26 in Room 3911 of Posvar Hall on the Pitt Campus. Link

Thursday, January 20, 2011 - 10:46am

Professor Bill Luneburg played a major role in organizing, researching, and writing a new ABA report on federal lobbying law.  The report, issued by the Task Force on Federal Lobbying Law, is entitled "Lobbying Law in the Spotlight: Challenges and Proposed Improvements."  The Task Force was created by the ABA Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice, which Professor Luneburg chaired last year.  According to the Report, “[t]he proposals the Task Force offers are intended to restore the honor and enhance the efficacy of those in our profession who advocate for clients in the forum of public policy.” Link to the ABA Press Release on Task Force Report Link to C-SPAN Interview about the Task Force Report

Wednesday, January 19, 2011 - 10:48pm

Professor John Burkoff commented in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review on the reasons for the guilty plea by defendant Christina Korbe in the homicide case in which she shot and killed FBI Agent Samuel Hicks during a drug raid.  Korbe will serve less than sixteen years, and many in law enforcement said they felt betrayed by this "slap on the wrist."  But Professor Burkoff  said taking the case to trial involved risks for both the government and the defendant, resulting in a compromise.  "There will always be people who think she should have gotten more or should have gotten less time," he said. Link

Wednesday, January 19, 2011 - 11:09am

Professor Ron Brand has been named to the Chancellor Mark Nordenberg University Chair, in recognition of his many hears of international leadership in law, his first-rate scholarship, and his establishment of the Center for International Legal Education at the School of Law.   In a statement awarding Professor Brand this singular honor, Chancellor Mark Nordenberg  said that “[t]he quality of our international legal programs has become a distinguishing feature of our School of Law, and no one deserves more credit for that than Ron Brand. In all of his work, which has earned him respect around the world, Ron has placed students at the heart of his efforts and has found ways to effectively partner across the boundaries that too often divide disciplines, institutions, cultures, and countries.” Link

Monday, January 17, 2011 - 11:24am

Professor Pat Chew's work topped the charts in the ABA Journal for reader interest last year.  The ABA Journal “Law News Now” website (at ABAJournal.com) recently announced its ten most popular article postings of 2010.  The article that drew the most reader attention for the year, entitled  “Race & Gender of Judges Make Enormous Differences in Rulings, Studies Find,” focused on an empirical study by Professor Chew and her co-author Professor Robert Kelley (of Carnegie Mellon University Tepper School of Business). Professors Chew and Kelley presented their work at the 2010 ABA Midyear Meeting Judicial Division Program.  The full study is published in the Washington University Law Review. Link to ABA Journal article Link to full study in Washington University Law Journal

Monday, January 17, 2011 - 11:05am

Professor Michael Madison discussed the so-called 21st century revitalization of Pittsburgh in an article published in The Guardian (UK) on Sunday, January 16, 2011.  The article compared Pittsburgh, as a recovering post-industrial city, to Detroit, which is the subject of continuing anxiety during the current recession.  The article, which was also published in New Zealand and India, reads, in part: Other US cities have faced similar crises and come through. Pittsburgh, once the US steel capital, is often cited as an example. The city "took a giant sock to the stomach in the 1980s," says Mike Madison, law professor at the University of Pittsburgh. During that decade, unemployment hit 18%, three times the rate in the rest of the country, and the area lost 80,000 jobs.  But these days, Pittsburgh's private sector is thriving. Madison praises far-sighted city officials who backed investment in education and medicine decades before the steel industry folded. Unemployment today is lower than the rest of the US and has been for the past couple of years. The University of Pittsburgh Medical Centre employs 50,000 people, as many as US Steel once did. Link to the full article

Thursday, January 13, 2011 - 3:35pm

Professor David Harris was a guest on KQV AM Pittsburgh on Wednesday, January 12, to explain why the accused in the Tucson shootings must receive the benefit of all of the constitutional rights any other person would get, and why and how a lawyer would defend the accused, given the overwhelming evidence against him.  Professor Harris explained that giving the accused the same rights as everyone else, even when he is caught red handed doing something horrible, reinforces our constitutional values for everyone's benefit.

Thursday, January 13, 2011 - 3:33pm

On December 20, 2010 Professor Mirit Eyal-Cohen presented a paper, "Small Business and the Government:  A Theory of Path Dependence," at an international Law and Society Association conference, "Law, Interdependence, and Crises Within and Beyond National Borders," that took place in Israel.  Professor Eyal-Cohen presented her work as a member of a panel entitled "Markets, State, and the Law."
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