Tuesday, August 23, 2011 - 8:01pm
Professor John Burkoff commented on a case in which an Allegheny County judge reversed herself. When a defense lawyer was hired at the last minute before a trial, the lawyer asked for a continuance to prepare. The judge denied the request. A week later, after the jury had been selected, the lawyer renewed his request for a continuance, saying he still had not yet had adequate time to prepare. This time the judge granted the request. "The good news in all this is that a judge who may have made the wrong decision didn't simply stick by it and instead reconsidered and did the right thing," Professor Burkoff said.
Link to the story
Sunday, August 21, 2011 - 8:37pm
Professors Larry Frolik and Anthony Infanti both contributed chapters to a new publication by the ABA Senior Lawyers Division. Written for lay people, “The ABA Practical Guide to Estate Planning,” edited by Jay Soled, contains 33 chapters that cover the many aspects of later-life and estate planning. Professors Frolik wrote the chapter on “End-of-Life Decision Making”, and Professor Infanti authored the chapter on “Special Concerns of Lesbian and Gay Couples.”
Thursday, August 18, 2011 - 9:30pm
Professor David Harris was the lead U.S. speaker at the "Roundtable on Current Debates, Research Agendas, and Strategies to Address Racial Disparities in Police-Initiated Stops in the UK and USA," at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York on August 11 and 12. The conference, sponsored by the Open Society Institute and John Jay, brought together academics, policy makers, advocates and law enforcement officers for two days of comparative analysis and discussion of stop and frisk law and practices in the U.S. and the U.K., and the produced agendas for further research and a plan for action by advocates. Papers by Professor Harris and other participants will be published as an edited volume in 2012.
Link here to the Roundtable agenda.
Thursday, August 18, 2011 - 9:16pm
Professors John Burkoff and Arthur Hellman commented on the conduct of a Pennsylvania judge who used email to give advice to one side in a highly political case which the judge was asked to decide. Lackawanna County Judge Terrence R. Nealon has admitted to "a lapse of ethical judgment" in the case. Professor Burkoff commented, ""Actually, it's pretty hard to believe...The first thing that is absolutely clear is that under the judicial canons of ethics a judge has to be nonpartisan and neutral." Professor Hellman called the judge's behavior "almost incredible...If he did this, it violates so many basic rules ... This isn't in the debatable realm. This is core misconduct if he did this."
Link to the story here.
Wednesday, August 17, 2011 - 8:42pm
Assistant Professor Charles C. Jalloh has just published a comment on the International Criminal Court Decision on the Authorization of an Investigation in Kenya in the American Journal of International Law, July 2011, Volume 105, Number 3 at pp. 540-547.
Wednesday, August 17, 2011 - 8:34pm
Professor John Burkoff commented on the guilty pleas entered by aides to the former Pennsylvania Speaker of the House. Professor Burkoff explained that with a guilty plea, the prosecution gets a certain conviction and conserves it resources for other cases. It also usually gets cooperating witnesses it can call against the remaining defendants. In exchange, defendants typically get lighter sentences on reduced charges.
Link to the article here.
Wednesday, August 17, 2011 - 8:23pm
Professor John Burkoff discussed the decision of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to allow telecasts of arguments. Arguments will be taped and not broadcast live. Professor Burkoff supports the idea. "There are cameras everywhere. You're being watched on the street. I think that there is a generational tilt toward more openness, and cameras in the courtroom is essentially inevitable."
Link to the article here.
Tuesday, August 16, 2011 - 7:46pm
Professor Vivian Curran participated in a workshop on August 7 and 8 on “Intercultural Legal Competence” in Lake Tahoe, Nevada. The workshop was organized by the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law Global Center for Business and Development.
Thursday, August 11, 2011 - 8:09am
Professors Ronald Brand and Harry Flechtner taught in the 2011 Institute in Commercial Law and Dispute Resolution in Zagreb and Zadar, Croatia, in July. This is the second year for the unique summer program operated as a joint venture of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, the University of Zagreb Faculty of Law, and the Touro Law Center. Students received an overview of international business transactions, a week of instruction in substantive international commercial law, and a week of coverage of international commercial arbitration. They then prepared and presented written and oral submissions in an arbitration setting. This year, Brand provided part of the IBT coverage, and Flechtner provided the coverage of the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods. One-third of the students were from law schools outside the United States, providing a strong element of diversity in the classroom, which included instruction by eight professors from four different law schools.
Thursday, August 11, 2011 - 8:06am
On Friday, August 5, 2011, Assistant Professor Charles C. Jalloh gave a talk to permanent and visiting faculty at the Institute for International and Comparative Law at the University of Pretoria Faculty of Law in South Africa. The paper, which was drafted while he was a Visiting Research Fellow at the same institute, was entitled Prosecuting those "Who Bear the Greatest Responsibility": The Experiences of the Special Court for Sierra Leone. It will be published next year.