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Monday, March 21, 2011 - 12:11pm

On March 10, 2011 Professor Peter Oh presented his latest paper, “Veil-Piercing Unbound,” in London at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, sponsored by Queen Mary University of London School of Law.  The lecture was attended by prominent academics, doctoral students, and members of the public.

Monday, March 21, 2011 - 12:10pm

On March 17, 2011, Professor Deborah Brake was a featured speaker at the Sixth Annual Audrey-Beth Finch Women’s Studies Conference, “Leveling the Playing Field: Examining Gender, Social Justice and Sports,” held at California University of Pennsylvania.  Professor Brake’s speech was based on her book, “Getting in the Game: Title IX and the Women’s Sports Revolution.”

Monday, March 21, 2011 - 12:09pm

Professor Jesse Allen’s blog “Blackstone Weekly,” which discusses Blackstone’s Commentaries, will be featured weekly on the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s new legal blog, Ipso Facto.  Every Thursday, the Post-Gazette will do a post inviting people to read their way through Professor Allen’s views on the Commentaries.  Ipso Facto also features links to Pitt Law Faculty Blog stories, Jurist, and other news items.

Link to the inaugural post

Wednesday, March 16, 2011 - 8:46pm

Professor Bernard Hibbitts gave a talk entitled “Who Do You Think You Are? Military Lawyers in Historical Perspective” at the 2011 Judicial Conference of the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces in Washington, DC on March 9. The talk explored the records of eight notable military lawyers: William Tudor (the legal advisor to General Washington during the Revolution, and the first US Judge Advocate), Norton Parker Chipman (prosecutor in the Andersonville war crimes trial, held after the Civil War), William Winthrop (author of the first US treatise on military law), Samuel Ansell (reformer of the court-martial system after World War I), Thomas Green (administrator of martial law in Hawaii during World War II), Phyllis Propp-Fowle (the WAC who became the first female Judge Advocate), Charles Kades (primary military drafter of the post-war Japanese constitution during the MacArthur occupation) and Ben Bruce Blakeney (military defense counsel for accused Japanese war criminals at the 1946-48 Tokyo Tribunal). Other speakers at the conference included the Vice Chief of Staff of the US Army, the Canadian Judge Advocate General, and law professors from NYU and Ohio State. Link

Wednesday, March 16, 2011 - 8:34pm

Professor Alan Meisel, director of the University of Pittsburgh's Center for Bioethics and Health Law and the Law School's Health Law Program, published "Informed Consent in Clinical Care: Practical Considerations in the Effort to Achieve Ethical Goals" (with co-author Yael Schenker of the Department of Medicine), in the current issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. Link

Wednesday, March 16, 2011 - 8:27pm

Professor David Harris discussed how law enforcement priorities can become dangerously warped by the incentive to seize cash in drug stings under forfeiture laws in a report by the Goldwater Institute, a conservative public policy think tank in Arizona.  The Institute investigated how the Chandler, Arizona Police Department staged drug deals as sting operations meant to trap not drug sellers, but buyers.  The Department would then seize the cash under Arizona's forfeiture laws, which allowed it to keep significant amounts of the money for its own use.  Such financial incentives, Professor Harris said, can cause police to take unnecessary risks in pursuit of funds.  “You want [the police] to try to break the drug mobs and the drug gangs,” Professor Harris said. “But if enforcing the law and breaking the gangs is not enough incentive, I don’t know what would be. That’s their mission.” Link to the Goldwater Institute's Report

Tuesday, March 15, 2011 - 9:00pm

Professor Vivian Curran recently made two presentations at the Collège de France in Paris.  On March 7, Professor Curran made a presentation at a colloquium  to celebrate the publication of the French translation of Justice Breyer’s new book.  The subject of Professor Curran's presentation was “Comparative Law and American Democracy.”  On March 8, Professor Curran spoke about the Second Circuit’s  opinion in “Kiobel v Royal Dutch Petroleum Company” and the future of the Alien Tort Statute. Link to the Program for the Colloquium

Tuesday, March 15, 2011 - 8:53pm

Professor Michael Madison appeared on Hearsay Culture, a national radio program broadcast by Stanford University and hosted by Professor David Levine of Elon University, on February 15, 2011.  The interview focused on Professor Madison's work on role of law and policy in cultural commons. Link to Hearsay Culture Link to Podcast of the Show

Tuesday, March 15, 2011 - 8:48pm

Assistant Professor Charles C. Jalloh has just completed an appointment as the Legal Consultant to the Defence Team in the case of former Liberian President Charles G. Taylor. He advised on the legal aspects of the final defence brief, focusing on the modes of criminal liability in International Criminal Law. Taylor’s trial in the Special Court for Sierra Leone in The Hague opened on June 4, 2007 and closed for deliberations on March 11, 2011.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011 - 8:44pm

Professor Larry Frolik has been named co-editor and contributing author for the upcoming 4th edition of ERISA Litigation (BNA), the leading treatise on the numerous and complex cases that arise as federal courts struggle to interpret and apply the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, the federal law that governs employee pensions and retirement benefits.
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