Professor Anthony Infanti participated in a discussion at Pitt's Humanities Center on November 5 of the book "The Feeling of Kinship: Queer Diasporas and the Racialization of Intimacy" by David Eng (Professor of English and Asian American Studies at Penn). Professor Infanti was one of three invited to provide responses to the reading. The other responders were Benjamin Kahan, an Assistant Professor of English and Gender Studies at LSU who is a residential fellow at the Humanities Center this year, and Cathy Hannabach from Pitt's Women's Studies department.
Sunday, November 6, 2011 - 8:17pm
Sunday, November 6, 2011 - 7:07pm
Professor John Burkoff on the resentencing of former State Senator Vince Fumo. A resentencing has been ordered by an appellate court, and the prosecution has submitted incendiary emails Fumo has sent from a federal prison computer where he is incarcerated. The emails show Fumo is utterly unrepentant and has vowed to exact revenge against those responsible for his conviction. According to Professor Burkoff, this will certainly influence the judge. "How can [the judge] not factor into any new sentence Fumo's apparent total lack of repentance and understanding of the gravity of his offenses? These e-mails are bound to cost the ex-senator greatly."
Tribune-Review article: link
Sunday, November 6, 2011 - 6:58pm
Professor John Burkoff commented on the allegations of child sexual abuse and a failure to report the abuse, involving officials at Penn State University. "Whether those accused are guilty or innocent, this is a sad day for Penn State University," Professor Burkoff said. "It's a lot of mud to be thrown at an institution. This involves people in (Penn State's) chain of command."
Friday, November 4, 2011 - 9:23am
David Harris, a University of Pittsburgh professor of law, will testify at 10 a.m. Nov. 4 in a hearing before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security. The hearing, titled “Twenty-first Century Law Enforcement: How Smart Policing Targets Criminal Behavior,” will take place in Room 2141 of the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C.
Harris, Distinguished Faculty Scholar and associate dean for research at Pitt, is among four experts on law enforcement from around the country to testify. Harris was invited to testify by Rep. John Conyers Jr. of Michigan, the ranking member of the House Committee on the Judiciary.
“For our police to do the best job they can, they have to be smart on crime, not just tough on crime,” Harris said. “Being smart means using intelligence, and that means cultivating strong relationships and real partnerships with the communities police serve, because the best source of intelligence is the members of the community.”
Author of Profiles in Injustice: Why Racial Profiling Cannot Work (The New Press, 2002), Harris also noted that practices like racial and ethnic profiling that break down these bonds must be discouraged. “Being smart means using all of your assets, and a supportive community is the most important asset police can have,” he said.
Profiles in Injustice led to federal efforts to address profiling and to legislation and voluntary efforts in more than half the states and hundreds of police departments. Harris also is the author of Good Cops: The Case for Preventive Policing (The New Press, 2005), which uses case studies from around the country to show that citizens need not trade liberty for safety: They can be safe from criminals and terrorists without sacrificing their civil rights if law enforcement uses strategies based on prevention.
Harris does professional training for law enforcement officers, judges, and attorneys throughout the nation and internationally and with public officials and citizens’ groups locally and nationally to improve police services and public safety.
To view the hearing notice, click here.
Tuesday, November 1, 2011 - 9:28pm
The third quarter issue of Directors & Boards featured a profile of Professor Douglas Branson as a corporate governance scholar and as the W. Edward Sell Chair in Business Law at the University of Pittsburgh. The issue also contained an excerpt from one of Professor Branson’s recent books, The Last Male Bastion – Gender and the CEO Suite at America’s Public Companies. The excerpt was entitled “Susan Ivey Made It Happen for Women.”
Current Issue of Directors & Boards: link
Tuesday, November 1, 2011 - 9:15pm
Professor David Harris commented on proposed changes to Pennsylvania's death penalty statute that would bring it in line with U.S. Supreme Court law on the execution of the mentally disabled. The Supreme Court created new law on the subject some years back, but Pennsylvania has yet to update its law. Professor Harris said that "[a] s long as the state is not imposing the death penalty on anyone that might qualify as mentally disabled, [the lack of guidelines] isn’t a problem. But as soon as they get close to doing something like that, it becomes a problem.”
Link to Essential Public Radio story
Monday, October 31, 2011 - 9:27pm
Professor Deborah Brake participated in the Sixth Annual Seton Hall Employment and Labor Law Scholars’ Forum held on October 28-29, 2011, at Seton Hall Law School in Newark, New Jersey. Professor Brake was an invited senior scholar and presented commentary on scholarship by Junior Faculty at the Forum.
Monday, October 31, 2011 - 9:23pm
Professor Larry Frolik was a presenter at the University of Michigan Law School that hosted the conference “The Uniform Probate Code: Remaking of American Succession Law” on October 21, 2011. Frolik’s talk, “The Uniform Probate Code Substituted Judgment Standard for Guardian Decisions: A Proposal for Reform” will be published (his co-author is Professor Linda Whitton) in the Michigan Journal of Law Reform.
On October 22, 2011, Frolik was a featured speaker at Temple Law School Symposium on “Aging in the United States: The Next Civil Rights Movement?” Frolik’s talk was entitled “Guardianship: The Need to Balance Protection with the Individual’s Right of Autonomy.”
Monday, October 31, 2011 - 9:17pm
On Saturday, October 29, 2011, Professor Lu-in Wang spoke at the Western Pennsylvania Conference of the American Association of University Women, on “Not So Few, but …: Women in Law,” comparing and contrasting the progress of women in legal education and the legal profession with women’s progress as reported in the 2009 AAUW report, “Why So Few? Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.”
Monday, October 31, 2011 - 9:03pm
Professor David Harris commented on a case in which a judge withdrew a defendant's guilty plea and incarcerated him, without having the defendant's lawyer present. After the defendant pled guilty in an agreed-upon plea bargain with prosecutors, the defendant's attorney left the courtroom while the defendant underwent post-plea processing. When court personnel overheard the defendant muttering his dissatisfaction, the judge brought the defendant forward and asked him if he had any complaint. The defendant recounted some reasons for his unhappiness with the case. Without calling for the defendant's lawyer to return to the courtroom, the judge withdrew the defendant's plea and revoked his bond, putting him in jail, even though the defendant had not been held in custody before the plea, and the plea deal had not called for incarceration. Professor Harris told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that many defendants pleading guilty express "buyer's remorse," but that this was no reason to withdraw a plea, and that any such action certainly call for the presence of the man's attorney. "The judge, obviously, knew [the defendant] was represented, yet...made no effort to get his attorney back there," Professor Harris said.
Post-Gazette article link