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Wednesday, July 31, 2013 - 9:28am

David Garrow was quoted extensively in a lengthy Christian Science Monitor story surveying the new upsurge in abortion-restrictive legislative enactments in states around the country.

Read the full article here.  

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 - 4:44pm

The New Public Health blog has published an interview with Professor Mary Crossley about her participation in the recently launched public health Scholars in Residence fellowship program sponsored by the Network for Public Health Law and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. This summer Crossley is in residence at the San Francisco Department of Public Health working with officials there to identify innovative ways for California health departments to address the growing burden of chronic disease and the social and economic determinants of health.

Read the full interview here.  

Monday, July 29, 2013 - 1:52pm

Professor Rhonda Wasserman was quoted in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review on Saturday, July 27, 2013. The article discusses a recent Third Circuit Court of Appeals decision, which held that for-profit corporations cannot engage in religious exercise and therefore cannot challenge, on religious grounds, the portion of the health care law requiring them to provide insurance coverage for emergency contraception. Wasserman commented on the likely impact the appellate court's ruling would have on another case pending in the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

Read the full story here.  

Tuesday, July 23, 2013 - 8:49am

A pitched battle over President Obama’s judicial nominees is expected this fall, and the Wall Street Journal asked Pitt Law Professor Arthur D. Hellman for his assessment. "Things are set up now for what could be a very tense fall," Hellman said. "You're fighting not only today's battles, but all the old battles, as well." 

This was the second time in a week that Hellman was quoted by the Journal on battles in Congress over judicial nominations.  Read the full story here.  

Monday, July 22, 2013 - 9:28am

Professor Ben Bratman appeared on WESA FM's Essential Pittsburgh on Thursday, July 18, 2013. As part of the segment "Internships: Drawing the Line between Experience and Exploitation," Bratman discussed recent successful lawsuits against companies challenging their use of unpaid interns to perform primarily the basic tasks of an employee, in violation of wage and hour laws. 

Listen to the recorded interview here.  

Thursday, July 18, 2013 - 9:31am

The deal reached in the Senate avoids a change in the rules governing filibusters of executive nominations, but what will happen to judicial nominations? The Wall Street Journal addressed this question and asked Pitt Law Professor Arthur D. Hellman whether judicial nominations might be treated differently. As reported by the Journal, Hellman said that there exists a key difference between judicial and executive nominees. While it makes sense for a president to be able to choose officials who will be implementing his program, the issue is more complicated for judicial nominees, since “it is not their job to carry out the president’s agenda.”

Read the full story here.   


Tuesday, July 16, 2013 - 11:50am

A controversy over a new method of selecting judges has erupted in Kansas, and the Associated Press asked Pitt Law Professor Arthur D. Hellman to comment on the latest development. Hellman expressed support for Governor Sam Brownback’s decision not to release the names of all applicants for an open position on the Kansas Court of Appeals. According to the AP story, Hellman said there is little value in the early release of names when most applicants have little chance of being nominated, and he agreed that releasing applicants’ names will discourage some candidates.

Hellman also addressed the argument that the Governor’s approach is contrary to the procedure that was followed under the prior selection process. “When you switch the process, everything else is up for grabs,” he said. “I would not assume — when you make a major change like that — that you would necessarily hold anything over from the old model.”

Read the full story here.  

Monday, July 15, 2013 - 11:59am

Professor Ben Bratman appeared as a guest on Essential Pittsburgh, on WESA-FM, Friday July 12, 2013. Bratman commented on recent lawsuits against Starbucks challenging its policies on the distribution of collected tips and discussed the law governing employers' treatment of tips and tipped employees.

Listen to Bratman on the show here.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013 - 11:02am

WESA 90.5 Radio’s locally produced public affairs program Essential Pittsburgh will feature commentary at noon and 8 p.m. today from Anthony C. Infanti, associate dean for academic affairs at the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Law.

Appearing with American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Staff Attorney Molly Tack-Hooper, Infanti will discuss the federal lawsuit filed by the ACLU of Pennsylvania on behalf of 23 LGBTQ Pennsylvanians who wish to marry in the state or want Pennsylvania to recognize their out-of-state marriages. Essential Pittsburgh host Paul Guggenheimer will discuss the lawsuit with Infanti and explore what it might mean for Pennsylvania, as well as other states.

Tune in to 90.5 FM or listen online at

Infanti is the author of Everyday Law for Gays and Lesbians (and Those Who Care About Them) (Paradigm Publishers, 2007), which includes a chapter titled “Marriage and Its Alternatives” that provides discussions about the Defense of Marriage Act, state and U.S. Supreme Court rulings, and constitutional law.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013 - 10:49am

Victory at what price? Same-sex marriage rulings leave couples with quandaries, argues Professor Infanti.  

Read the full op-ed published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette here.  


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