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Monday, October 10, 2011 - 8:22pm

Professor Jules Lobel has been elected President of the Center for Constitutional Rights. The Center is an organization headquarted in New York City that defends human rights and constitutional rights both domestically and internationally.  The organization has litigated some of the most important cases of the past fifteen years, arguing for the upholding of rights under the United States Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.


Link to website for the Center for Constitutional Rights

Monday, October 10, 2011 - 8:10pm

Professor Douglas Branson participated in the East Asian Law & Society conference.  This year's conference was held at Yonsie University in Seoul, South Korea.  On September 30, Professor Branson delivered a talk entitled “Dialogues and Dialectics in Asian Corporate Governance.”  On October 1, Professor Branson served as moderator and as a discussant for the plenary session  of the conference.  Scholars from the University of Washington, Korea University, University of Wisconsin and Gakushuin University (Japan) presented papers.  Discussants from the University of Sydney, Donisa University (Japan), and the American Bar Foundation delivered commentary.


Cponference description: link

Sunday, October 9, 2011 - 9:24pm

Professor Jasmine Gonzales Rose spoke at the sixteenth annual LatCrit Conference, held this year October 6-9 in San Diego, California.  The theme of this year's conference was "Global Justice: Theories, Histories, Futures."  Professor Gonzales Rose was a panelist for session entitled "Geography Matters." Her talk was "Juror Language Accommodation in Theory and Praxis."  Professor Gonzalez Rose also participated in the Junior Faculty Development Workshop, a separate phase of the LatCrit Conference co-sponsored by the Society of American Law Teachers.  The Workshop was aimed at helping those contemplating legal teaching careers to understand the processes involved.  Professor Gonzales Rose participated in a session designed to simulate and then discuss an interview at the AALS recruiting conference.


Program for the LatCrit Conference and Junior Faculty Development Workshop: link

Sunday, October 9, 2011 - 9:08pm

Professor Sheila Velez Martinez spoke at the sixteenth annual LatCrit Conference, held this year October 6-9 in San Diego, California.  The theme of this year's conference was "Global Justice: Theories, Histories, Futures."  Professor Velez Martinez was part of a panel on "Wealth Transfers, Corporate Rule, and Poverty."  The title of her talk was "Remittances from Puerto Rico: Unsuspected Transnational Localities in Times of Crisis."


Full program for the LatCrit Conference: link

Sunday, October 9, 2011 - 7:49pm

Professor David Harris discussed the relationship between Pittsburgh Police Chief Nathan Harper and the African American community in the Pittsburgh City Paper.  As a black Pittsburgher and an officer well known to the African American community throughout his entire career, Chief Harper began his administration with significant ties to and credibility with African Americans.  But recent incidents have strained that relationship.  Some African Americans see the beating of high school student Jordan Miles by three officers and other incidents as indications that Chief Harper has failed to insist that officers under his command treat blacks properly.


Pittsburgh City Paper article link

Thursday, October 6, 2011 - 9:05am

Pitt Law Professor Arthur Hellman commented to the Pittsburgh Tribune Review on the lawsuit West Penn Allegheny Health System has brought against competitior UPMC and insurance behemoth Highmark. The anititurst lawsuit claims that the medical and insurace giants conspired to monopolize the healthcare industry and drive West Penn out of business.  As the suit moves through the court system, Hellman suggests that it isn’t uncommon for federal judges to see their initial dismissals overturned. 


Read more here.  

Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - 2:21pm

Professor and Associate Dean Anthony Infanti presented his paper, entitled "Internation Equity and Human Development," on October 5, 2011at St. Louis University School of Law.  Professor Infanti presented his work as part of the School of Law's faculty workshop series. 


For an abstract of the paper, click this link.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - 11:44am

Professor Jasmine Gonzales Rose, the newest member of Pitt Law's faculty, presented her research to the Center on Race and Social Problems' Intergroup Relations Research Advisory Panel.  Professor Gonzales Rose discussed her article, "The Exclusion of Non-English-Speaking Jurors: Remedying a Century of Denial of the Sixth Amendment in the Federal Courts of Puerto Rico," which she has published in the Harvard Civil Rights - Civil Liberties Law Review.


The Center on Race and Social Problems is a research organization that is part of the School of Social Work at the University of Pittsburgh.  For more information on the Center, use this link.


For those wishing to see Professor Gonzales Rose' paper, clink on this SSRN link.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - 11:39am

Professor Larry Frolik and his co-author, Alison Barnes, have just published the 5th edition of Elder Law: Cases and Materials.  The book is published by LexisNexis.  The book, first published in 1994, was the first published  elder law case book.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011 - 11:15am

Professor Pat Chew has been named the inaugural recipient of the Keith Aoki Asian Pacific American Jurisprudence Award.  


This award was established by the Conference of Asian Pacific American Law Faculty in honor of the life and achievements of Keith Aoki, who was an outstanding and inspirational teacher, scholar, activist, musician and artist at the University of California, Davis, the University of Oregon, and many other places.  The award is given to an outstanding individual who has written or advocated on behalf of Asian Pacific American rights, or explored Asian Pacific American identity, history, or rights through law, art, music, or in other forms. 


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