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Wednesday, October 26, 2011 - 8:19pm

Professor Haider Ala Hamoudi has been named a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Institute of Iraqi Studies at Boston University.  The Institute is part of Boston University's College of Arts and Sciences.  Senior Fellows of the Institute are "established scholars whose work contributes significantly to understanding Iraq."   The Institute's mission is "to enable, foster and encourage inter-disciplinary scholarship on contemporary Iraq, including but not limited to religious institutions and practices, politics, society, history and culture, as well Iraq’s regional and international relations."


Information on the Senior Fellows of the Institute of Iraqi Studies: link

Wednesday, October 26, 2011 - 4:06pm

The United States Senate has recently confirmed presidential nominations of 14 nominees to the federal courts.  Pitt Law Professor Hellman tells the Wall Street Journal that, " It's good news, and it's long overdue."  88 vacancies still remain the federal judiciary.


Read the full article here.  

Monday, October 24, 2011 - 9:32pm

On October 22, Professor Vivian Curran made a presentation at the annual meeting of the American Society of Comparative Law, University of the Pacific, McGeorge  School of Law.  Professor Curran's talk was entitled, “Comparative Law in Cultural and Interdisciplinary Context.”


American Society of Comparative Law meeting information here.

Monday, October 24, 2011 - 9:26pm

On Oct. 21, Professor Deborah Brake was a featured speaker at the National Sports Law Institute annual conference held at Marquette University Law School in Milwaukee.  The title of her talk was, “Moving Beyond Title IX to Keep Coach-Athlete Relationships in Bounds.”


Link to Conference Information here.

Monday, October 24, 2011 - 9:21pm

 On October 6-13, 2011, Professor Ronald Brand traveled with Pitt Law 3L students, Sarah Miley, Kimberly Stains, and Kaitlin Young, to Amman, Jordan, to train students from the University of Jordan and Baghdad University Schools of Law in preparation for participation in the Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot competition.  The training sessions were funded by the Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP) of the U.S. Department of Commerce, and will continue with distance support for the UJ and BU Vis teams, a spring Middle East Pre-Moot in Bahrain, and the Vis Competition in Vienna in March-April, 2012.  Pitt’s Center for International Legal Education (CILE) has worked with CLDP for five years to provide training in international commercial law and arbitration in Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, and the UAE, adding Iraq and Jordan in the current year.

Monday, October 24, 2011 - 9:07pm

Professor John Burkoff discussed the importance of elections for statewide appellate courts.  Often, these races get ignored, Professor Burkoff told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.  "These races aren't sexy. People don't think about judges until a judge does something they don't like. If it's not the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, people tend to go to sleep...But intermediate appellate courts are important — they correct errors. Criminal and civil trials are not perfect."

Sunday, October 23, 2011 - 9:53pm

Professor Anthony Infanti was part of a panel of academic experts at the ABA Tax Section meeting in Denver, Colorado.  The panel, titled "Critical Tax Theory: The Impact of the Tax Code on Traditionally Subordinated Groups," explored some of the various tax reform initiatives that have recently garnered public attention. In particular, the panel discussed possible inequities in the current tax system as it is applied to traditionally underrepresented groups, including gay taxpayers, undocumented residents, the working poor, and disabled individuals. Panelists introduced how critical tax and an analysis of race and tax presented a diverse viewpoint on current tax reform issues. Along with the discussion, the Tax Section Diversity committee convened a task force to address legislative and regulatory solutions to the issues discussed.

Sunday, October 23, 2011 - 9:39pm

Professor David Harris commented on the seizure of computers belonging to the State Senate in the continuing investigation into the conduct of State Sen. Jane Orie.  The Senate Republican Caucus had earlier taken possession of the computers issued to Orie.  Prosecutors will search the computers for evidence of who used them, allegedly with Senator Orie's password, to access and perhaps tamper with documents.  Professor Harris told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that "[t]he fact that they've gotten warrants and served them shows that they're following the trail wherever it leads them...Searching the information system of another branch of government is no small thing."

Wednesday, October 19, 2011 - 2:50pm

Professor David Harris commented on a D.C. law that allows police to arrest any driver with an expired license tag.  D.C. appears to be the only place in the country with such a law, and the city has had it in place since the 1970s.  Police used the law in poor, crime-ridden areas such as Southeast D.C. against suspected drug dealers and criminals.  Complaints only surfaced when affluent people coming into D.C. from neighboring Virginia got a taste of the same treatment.  “Police operate with a greater sense of impunity in areas like Southeast because you’re not going to run into people who can make a lot of trouble if you arrest them, whereas in [affluent, mostly white] Northwest D.C., who knows who you might be arresting if you get somebody with an expired tag?”


Washington Post article link

Wednesday, October 19, 2011 - 2:22pm

Professor Arthur Hellman discussed the judicial vacancies on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  The Ninth Circuit, among the largest and busiest of the U.S. Courts of Appeal, now has five vacancies due to deaths and to judges taking senior status.  Nominations for these positions are proceeding quite slowly, Professor Hellman said, in comments that first appeared in the Los Angeles Times and later in the ABA Journal.  "What we don't know is whether that is because the president is not asking people or whether he is being turned down."


Link to ABA Journal article


Link to Los Angeles Times article

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