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Wednesday, August 24, 2011 - 3:37pm

Pitt Law Professor Arthur Hellman talked with the LA Times about the fairness of a U.S. District Judge failing to rule on a number of eligible habeas corpus petitions for years. 

 

Read the full article here.  

Tuesday, August 23, 2011 - 8:30pm

Professor Harry Flechtner spent much of the summer working in Austria and Germany.  In Vienna on July 7, Professor Flechtner participated in the meeting of National Correspondents to the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (“UNCITRAL”); he is one of two National Correspondents for the U.S.  Under a grant from Pitt's University Center for International Studies (“UCIS”), Professor Flechtner taught for three weeks (June 20 – July 8) in the Summer Program in International Economic Law at the University of Augsburg (Germany), offering a course entitled Comparative International Sales Law.  While in Augsburg he also co-taught a seminar on Delivery of Non-conforming Goods under the CISG for graduate students focusing on business law.  Professor Flechtner's and his co-teacher, Professor Beate Gsell of the Augsburg Law Faculty, also worked together on a special joint research project about bridging differences in the interpretation of texts across legal cultures.  On June 29, Professor Flechtner also gave a lecture, sponsored by the German American Bar Association (Deutsch-Amerikanische Juristen-Vereinigung) at the University of Freiburg.  The lecture, entitled “The Latest U.S. CISG Decisions and What They Tell Us about the State of the Convention in the U.S. and World Legal Systems.”  

Tuesday, August 23, 2011 - 8:15pm

On August 22, 2011, Assistant Professor Charles C. Jalloh presented an invited paper at an interdisciplinary academic workshop on Morality, Jus Post Bellum and International Law at Vanderbilt Law School in Nashville, Tennessee.    

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.

 

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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.  

 

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