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Tuesday, August 27, 2013 - 4:34pm

David Garrow, Research Professor of History and Law in the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Law, on Wednesday, August 28 will appear on The Diane Rehm Show, airing locally at 10 a.m., to discuss the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Garrow will join a panel that includes Sherrilyn Ifill, director-counsel of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Legal Defense and Educational Fund; Anthony Cook, professor of law at Georgetown University; and Isabel Wilkerson, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of The Warmth of Other Suns. With guest host Frank Sesno, a journalist and former CNN correspondent, the panel will discuss the legacy of the 1963 March and the current state of civil rights in America.

Garrow is the author of Bearing the Cross: Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, which won the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for Biography.

The Diane Rehm Show can be heard locally from 10 a.m. to noon on 90.5 WESA. Click here to listen live

Garrow will also be quoted on the PBS feature The March which premieres August 27 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.  Read more about the show here.  

Monday, August 26, 2013 - 9:54am

David Garrow was quoted in a Washington Post Sunday Outlook essay by prominent political journalist Dan Balz addressing the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.

Read the full story here.  

Monday, August 26, 2013 - 9:48am

Professor David Harris commented the announcement by Attorney General Eric Holder that the Department of Justice would seek to find ways around mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders. Holder said that too many Americans are incarcerated for too long. Professor Harris explained that this was part of a change in thinking on crime: the politics behind the issue have changed. “There is a growing awareness of the fiscal and social costs of our great experiment in mass incarceration, and the balance has shifted from trying to look unrelentingly tough to asking what works best.’’

Read the full article here.  

Wednesday, August 21, 2013 - 11:12am

Pitt Law Professor David Garrow is quoted in a long August 21st USA Today story that examines how the 1963 March on Washington stimulated many subsequent 'marches on Washington' focusing on all sorts of different issues.

Read the full article here.  

Tuesday, August 20, 2013 - 3:20pm

A federal judge in New York has found the New York Police Department's intensive use of stop and frisk violated the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments, and Professor David Harris commented on the national and local implications of the ruling. Professor Harris told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that stops and frisks are used in all police departments, and can be good investigative tools, as long as they are used only when necessary and legally justified. "It's not a small thing to be put up against a wall and have a person feel through your clothes," he said.

Read the full story here.  

Monday, August 19, 2013 - 10:11am

The chief judges of 87 federal district courts sent a letter to Congressional leaders warning about the threats posed to the judicial system by shrinking court budgets, and Pitt Law Professor Arthur D. Hellman expressed support for their plea in an interview with the Daily Journal, the West Coast legal newspaper.

Hellman, described in the article as “a leading authority on the federal judiciary,” said, “This is a cry of pain from judges who feel the effect of these cuts every day in the work they do.” He added: “I don't remember an instance in which so many judges from all over the country have spoken with one voice on behalf of their courts. They are right in their basic point - they can't turn away ‘customers,’ and they can’t decline to carry out the tasks assigned to them by Congress and required by the Constitution.”

The article is available only by subscription. 

Friday, August 16, 2013 - 3:40pm

Pitt Law Professor David Garrow reviewed The March on Washington by William P. Jones for the New York Times Sunday Book Review. The civil rights history book by Jones, a professor of history at the University of Wisconsin, follows the path of A. Philip Randolph, the head of the March on Washington movement. A tireless civil rights leader and union activist, Randolph delivered the opening speech on Aug. 28, 1963 at the groundbreaking March on Washington.
In his review titled "The Long March," Garrow writes that Jones's most valuable contribution in The March on Washington is in "detailing the activities of black trade unionists, women as well as men, as they fought employment discrimination across the postwar decades."
David Garrow's biography of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Bearing the Cross, won the 1987 Pulitzer Prize in Biography. He has taught at Pitt Law since 2011 and is currently completing research on a pre-presidential biography of Barack Obama.
Read the book review on the NYT website or in print in Sunday's edition of the New York Times.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - 3:42pm

Pitt Law Professor Tony Infanti published an opinion piece with Politico entitled,"The DOMA Tax." The piece focuses on how states that purport to be defending themselves from not having the decisions of other states to recognize same-sex marriage imposed on them are actually forcing their own views on others by reaching outside their borders and basically levying what amounts to a tax on out-of-state, same- sex couples. 

Read the full op-ed here.  

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - 9:07am

David Garrow was quoted in a lengthy USA Today story on the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. King's "I Have A Dream" speech.

Read the full USA Today story here.  

Monday, August 12, 2013 - 11:10am

Frank Bruni's column in the August 11 New York Times on a prosecution for aiding suicide of a woman whose terminally ill father ended his life by taking an overdose of morphine quoted Pitt Law Professor Alan Meisel.

Read the full article here.

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