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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

Tuesday, January 25, 2011 - 12:49pm

Professor David Harris told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that in documents filed in the case of an Armstrong County (Pa.) man arrested for biting two FBI agents, references to Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrants could signal a connection between the man's activities and terrorist activity.  The use of the FISA information in the case "tells you that they had this guy in their sights because of some connection, however slight, to some foreign power or some foreign terrorist group," Professor Harris said.   Link

Monday, January 24, 2011 - 5:45pm

Professor Larry Frolik was a featured speaker on January 10 at the annual meeting of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). Frolik's talk, entitled, "Health Care Reform and Elder Law: Still Waiting for the Train to Arrive," was one of many talks  during the 3 day conference that featured over 800 attendees. The AICPA focuses on the provision of financial planning for clients.

Monday, January 24, 2011 - 8:54am

Professor Pat Chew spoke at the symposium "Building a More Just Community" in honor of Martin Luther King Jr., on January 20, 2011. The symposium was sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh's Office of Cross-Cultural and Leadership Development in the Division of Student Affairs.

Monday, January 24, 2011 - 8:51am

Professor Lu-in Wang has been selected to speak at the Association of American Law School's annual Workshop for New Law School Teachers, held each year to assist new law professors as they begin their careers.  The workshop will be held in Washington, D.C. in June of 2011.  Professor Wang, who is also Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Pitt Law, will be a panelist for a forum on teaching methods and planning. Link to information on the Workshop for New Law School Teachers

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
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