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Monday, February 7, 2011 - 10:29am

The Alabama Court of Civil Appeals recently cited Professor Rhonda Wasserman’s article, Parents, Partners and Personal Jurisdiction, 1995 U. Ill. Rev. 813, in Ex parte Diefenbach, -- So.3d --, 2010 WL 5030126 (Ala. Civ. App. Dec. 10, 2010).  The opinion relies on the article for the proposition that a court entering or modifying a child decree must have personal jurisdiction over the child’s parents.

Monday, February 7, 2011 - 10:24am

Professor Michael Madison was interviewed by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette this week in connection with a pair of recent intellectual property disputes.  He commented on a trademark and domain names dispute between a pair of Pittsburgh plumbing companies, on February 2. Link He was also quoted by the paper on February 4 on a copyright law topic, in connection with YouTube videos posted by a pair of Carnegie Mellon University students that were the basis, in part, for a skit that later appeared on the television program Saturday Night Live. Link

Friday, February 4, 2011 - 11:55am

Professor Ben Bratman spoke to third year law students at the West Virginia University College of Law about preparing for and taking the Pennsylvania bar exam.

Monday, January 31, 2011 - 6:00pm

Professor Arthur Hellman commented in the Washington Post about the U.S. Supreme Court's recent reversal of five opinion from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, using unusually strong language.  Professor Hellman called the cases a "combination of a cluster of decisions and language meant to send a message."

Sunday, January 30, 2011 - 7:56pm

Professor Michael Madison was quoted in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram in connection with a Super Bowl-week analysis of the rise of Pittsburgh from the collapse of the steel industry during the 1980s. Link to Article

Sunday, January 30, 2011 - 7:39pm

Professor Charles Jalloh spoke at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs about the relationship between peace and justice, as manifested in the challenges to international criminal justice in Africa posed by the International Criminal Court’s indictment against Sudan’s President, Omar al-Bashir for his role in events in Darfur.  Professor Jalloh's talk was sponsored by the Ford Institute. Link to Report on Professor Jalloh's Lecture

Friday, January 28, 2011 - 10:27pm

Professor Deborah Brake discussed her new book, Getting in the Game: Title IX and the Women's Sports Revolution (New York University Press) in an interview on Inside Higher Ed.  In the interview, Professor Brake discusses the immense strides women have taken in sports as a result of Title IX, as well as "the ways in which [Title IX] has allowed progress to stagnate or even recede." Link to Article

Wednesday, January 26, 2011 - 12:35pm

Professor Larry Frolik was the featured speaker at the Planned Giving Council in Miami, Florida, on January 17, 2011.  Frolik’s talk addressed the increasing use of the doctrine of undue influence by disgruntled heirs to attacks gifts or bequests by older individuals to charities, including universities, museums and community foundations

Tuesday, January 25, 2011 - 1:47pm

Professor Larry Frolik was quoted in the Orange County Register (California) that exposed irregularities and conflicts of interest in the Orange County Public Guardian Office. Frolik commented on the need for judicial oversight of guardians, whether public or private, and the inevitable misuse of a guardian’s power when the guardian is under a conflict of interest. Link

Tuesday, January 25, 2011 - 1:27pm

Three of Professor David Harris's articles on vehicle stops and pedestrian frisks were cited in a new opinion by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.  The case, which involved a vehicle stop followed by a frisk of one of the passengers, called upon the court to consider what evidence police officers must have in order to frisk a person found during a pretext-based stop of a car.  The dissenting judge cited the three articles published by Professor Harris to demonstrate the workings of pretext-based traffic stops, the use of such stops against minority motorists, and the erosion of the standards involved in stops and frisks, among other points. Link to the Court's Opinion
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