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Wednesday, March 9, 2011 - 11:50am

Porfessor Tony Infanti of Pitt Law will deliver a talk at a Harvard Law School conference.  Profesor Infanti will discuss the estate tax and the LGBT community at  Harvard Law School Lambda's 6th Annual Legal Advocacy Conference, entitled "Queering Age: Exploring the Lived Experiences of LGBT Youth and Elders."   The conference takes place at Harvard on April 1 and 2.  Professor Infanti will also present his new paper,  "Inequitable Administration: Documenting Family for Tax Purposes," at the Law, Culture & Humanities conference in Las Vegas on  Friday, March 11, as part of a panel discussion called "Codifying Families."  Professor Infanti will also serve as the chair and discussant for another panel at the conference, entitled the "Corporate Forms."    Link to Harvard conference Link to Law, Culture, and Humanities conference 

Wednesday, March 9, 2011 - 11:38am

Professor David Harris told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that camera systems installed in police cars can have a strong effect in law enforcement, particularly when positioned to collect evidence.  For example, officers often position DWI suspects in front of the cameras during sobriety tests.  The resulting recordings can be powerfully persuasive.  "There's nothing like the evidence being on film like that.  All the prosecution has to do is turn on the tape and it's over." Link

Sunday, March 6, 2011 - 9:29pm

Visiting Professor Sheila Velez Martinez, quoted in the Trinidad and Tobago Guardian, discussed the granting of asylum claims in the U.S. for LGBT individuals persecuted in Carribean nations.  Professor Velez Martinez said that such claims may arise because of a lack of access to adequate anti-discrimination legislation in the Caribbean, sometimes resulting in discrimination and outright violence.  She attributed this to “the stigma and discrimination against all homosexual acts, gays, lesbians, transgenders and ‘all sexuals’ in Caribbean societies" resulting from "a longstanding heteronormative culture." Link

Sunday, March 6, 2011 - 9:16pm

Professor John Burkoff told WTAE-TV that the allegedly forged documents that caused a mistrial in the political corruption case against State Sen. Jane Orie could have grave consequences for the defense in the case, and for Senator Orie herself.  Burkoff compared the situation to the Watergate scandal, in which the attempt to cover up the initial crime led to Richard Nixon's downfall. As in Watergate, according to Professor Burkoff, "you have a criminal problem and the possible cover-up becomes as bad or worse than the crime itself." Link

Sunday, March 6, 2011 - 9:09pm

Professor David Harris discussed the use of arrest warrants in last week's raids on gang members on Pittsburgh's North Side. In the course of executing one of the warrants, FBI agents raided a house formerly occupied by the wanted suspect which now houses an unrelated family. Professor Harris pointed out that arrests warrants can only be used to raid a residence at which police have probably cause to believe the suspect lives. "Otherwise, a warrant for anyone could allow you to go anywhere that person could be." Link

Friday, March 4, 2011 - 9:23am

Professor John Burkoff told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that the mistrial in the case of State Sen. Jane Orie because of forged documents submitted by the defense was highly unusual.  The judge called the use of forged documents "despicable" and said a crime had likely been committed.  According to Professor Burkoff, "I've never seen anything like this. I think it's incredible, and it's shocking." Link

Thursday, March 3, 2011 - 10:45pm

Professor Rhonda Wasserman’s article, DOMA and the Happy Family: A Lesson in Irony, was published in a symposium issue of the California Western International Law Journal, 41 Cal. W. Int’l L.J. 275 (2010). The symposium on “DOMA and Issues Concerning Federalism and Interstate Recognition of Same-Sex Relationships,” included articles by Mark Rosen, Gary Simson, Dan Bulfer, Hillel Levin, Michael Solimine, Lynn Wardle, Barbara Cox, Lynn Hogue and Mark Strasser.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011 - 9:46pm

Professor Haider Hamoudi presented a talk on the to an invitation-only conference on the oil and gas industry.  Professor Hamoudi's talk concerned the evolution and development of the oil and gas provisions of the Iraq constitution as well as pertinent potential and existing legislation on matters relating Iraqi oil and gas.  The seminar, held at the University of Tulsa School of Law on February 26, 2011, featured key key legal scholars in energy law as well as others involved in the oil and gas industry.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011 - 4:04pm

Visiting Assistant Professor, J. Janewa OseiTutu, presented her work in progress at a Young Scholars Conference that was co-hosted by the Junior International Law Scholars Association and the Yale Journal of International Law.  The conference took place at Yale Law School on February 25-26, 2011. Professor OseiTutu's presentation was entitled "Valuing Diversity in Global Intellectual Property Law," and was present in a workshop called "Regulating the Economy." Link

Wednesday, March 2, 2011 - 3:49pm

Professor David Harris discussed the use of executive power by the Obama and Bush Administrations in the Harvard Political Review. Justice Jackson's opinion in the Youngstown Sheet and Tube case, the source of the modern framework for executive power in matters of foreign affairs and war, said that the president would have the most power in these matters when Congress ceded the field to him, the least power when Congress exercised its own authority, and a mixed amount of authority in between. President Obama has largely followed the Jackson template; the Bush Administration, especially in its first term, did not. Link
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