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Monday, July 8, 2013 - 10:54am

A final order has been issued in a judicial misconduct proceeding involving a Montana judge who forwarded a “racist” email involving President Barack Obama, but the contents of the order remain a mystery. Pitt Law Professor Arthur D. Hellman discussed the tangled proceeding and its implications in an interview with the Great Falls (Mont.) Tribune.

According to the story, Hellman said the lack of transparency in the federal judicial misconduct process has led to speculation about what the court’s nine-month investigation may have revealed. Hellman went on to say that Cebull’s abrupt retirement within days of the council issuing its order adds fuel to that speculation.

Read the full story here.  

Wednesday, July 3, 2013 - 3:33pm

Pitt Law Professor Tony Infanti continues to be a leading national expert on the same-sex marriage decisions recently handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court as well as on new questions that have now been raised.   

“These two decisions together will now open up a Pandora’s box about who will be considered married for federal purposes and how the disconnect between federal recognition of same-sex marriage and state-level non-recognition of same-sex marriage will play out,” Infanti said to new outlet Politico (read it again here).

Read Professor Infanti’s opinions are widely covered in articles featured in CNN Monday, Desert News, the Guardian, and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette below.

CNN Money

Same-sex couples: Beware the marriage penalty

Desert News

Supreme Court tackles DOMA, Prop 8; legal experts lay odds on decisions

The Guardian

US moves to end Doma discrimination after gay rights breakthrough

Doma ruling will allow 100,000 legally married gay couples equal rights

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Newly married lesbian couple from Monroeville proceed in unknown legal territory

Attorney with hand in crafting DOMA glad to see it go

Monday, July 1, 2013 - 2:56pm

Professor Vivian Curran's article, co-written with David Sloss, “Reviving Human Rights Litigation After Kiobel,” has been accepted for publication by the American Journal of International Law. 

Monday, July 1, 2013 - 2:52pm

On June 26, 2013, Professor Curran co-presented with Dean William Carter, Jr. on a joint paper, “The Use, Abuse, and Non-Use of International Law in the United States Legal Order:  A Critique”  at a Paris I – NYU workshop on the legacy of “ Van Gend en Loos” at the Collège de France in Paris.

Monday, July 1, 2013 - 9:00am

Pitt Law Professor Arthur D. Hellman shares his opinions on Ninth Circuit’s record in the Supreme Court term that just ended with San Fransisco-based newspaper, The Recorder.  He said in his interview that the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals experienced a better-than-average year at the United States Supreme Court, but this may have been "a calm before the storm."

Hellman noted that the Ninth Circuit’s own judges might have spared the Ninth Circuit more reversals by overturning liberal panel decisions through en banc review before they could reach Washington. But with five new judges appointed to the court by President Obama, Hellman remarks that, "we may see a return of the expected pattern in a couple of years.”

Read the full story posted on ALM here.  

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 - 3:36pm


The IRS — already stretched thin managing scandals, a complicated tax code and the implementation of the health care law — has a new task: providing federal tax benefits to gay couples.  Pitt Law Professor Tony Infanti talks with Policito about new questions raised with the decisions handed down by the Supreme Court. 

“These two decisions together will now open up a Pandora’s box about who will be considered married for federal purposes and how the disconnect between federal recognition of same-sex marriage and state-level non-recognition of same-sex marriage will play out,” Infanti said.

Read more here.  

Thursday, June 20, 2013 - 2:15pm


Professor Vivian Curran was just named a Titular Member of the International Academy of Comparative Law, the leading body of comparative law scholars in the world. Professor Curran has been an Associate Member for a number of years prior to being named Titular Member.

Thursday, June 20, 2013 - 2:13pm


With the Supreme Court soon to announce its ruling on two same-sex marriage cases this month, Associate Dean and Professor Tony Infanti comments on how the legal landscape for thousands of gay couples could potentially change.

"I think the biggest misconception people have is that, 'Okay, this week or next week, we'll have the answer,'" said Infanti. "We'll have an answer."

Read more at Live Science or at MSNBC

Monday, June 17, 2013 - 11:23am


The United States Supreme Court has released its decision in Salinas v. Texas, a case challenging the Fifth Amendment’s Self-Incrimination Clause.  Professor David A. Harris is talking to KQV on 6-17-2013 at 11:30am about the decision, which was delivered by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Anthony Alito, Jr., and joined by Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., and Justice Anthony M.  Kennedy.

Listen live here.  

Monday, June 17, 2013 - 10:20am


Professor David Harris discussed the implementation of the verdict against Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio in a case in which the court found that "America's Toughest Sheriff" and his department had used profiling to target Latinos in Maricopa County (Phoenix), Arizona.  The likely outcome will be the imposition of new rules and a monitor to oversee the department.  According to Harris, the Arpaio verdict will have significant national impact because, "this will be the case that people think of when they talk about limiting racial profiling in immigration.”

Read the story and listen to the audio here.  



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