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Monday, January 24, 2011 - 5:45pm

Professor Larry Frolik was a featured speaker on January 10 at the annual meeting of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). Frolik's talk, entitled, "Health Care Reform and Elder Law: Still Waiting for the Train to Arrive," was one of many talks  during the 3 day conference that featured over 800 attendees. The AICPA focuses on the provision of financial planning for clients.

Monday, January 24, 2011 - 8:54am

Professor Pat Chew spoke at the symposium "Building a More Just Community" in honor of Martin Luther King Jr., on January 20, 2011. The symposium was sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh's Office of Cross-Cultural and Leadership Development in the Division of Student Affairs.

Monday, January 24, 2011 - 8:51am

Professor Lu-in Wang has been selected to speak at the Association of American Law School's annual Workshop for New Law School Teachers, held each year to assist new law professors as they begin their careers.  The workshop will be held in Washington, D.C. in June of 2011.  Professor Wang, who is also Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Pitt Law, will be a panelist for a forum on teaching methods and planning. Link to information on the Workshop for New Law School Teachers

Monday, January 24, 2011 - 8:44am

Professor Lu-in Wang has published Negotiating the Situation: The Reasonable Person in Context, 14 Lewis & Clark L. Rev. 1285 (2010).  Her article appears in a symposium issue of the Law Review, entitled "Who Is the Reasonable Person?"  According to an abstract, Professor Wang's article "argues that our understanding of the reasonable person in economic transactions should take into account an individual’s race, gender, or other group-based identity characteristics—not necessarily because persons differ on account of those characteristics, but because of how those characteristics influence the situations a person must negotiate." Link to Professor Wang's article

Monday, January 24, 2011 - 8:32am

Professor Lu-in Wang has been elected to the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation. Link to information about the Fellows

Thursday, January 20, 2011 - 1:26pm

Professor Charles Jalloh will  give a presentation entitled "Should the U.N. Suspend the ICC Indictment of Sudan's President?" on January 26, 2011, sponsored by the Ford Institute for Human Security.  The International Criminal Court has indicted the president of Sudan for crimes against humanity in Darfur, but the African Union has asked the U.N. Security Council to suspend the legal process.  Professor Jalloh will discuss ways of devising legally sound and politically palatable options in light of the specific interests of African states.  The talk will take place from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on January 26 in Room 3911 of Posvar Hall on the Pitt Campus. Link

Thursday, January 20, 2011 - 10:46am

Professor Bill Luneburg played a major role in organizing, researching, and writing a new ABA report on federal lobbying law.  The report, issued by the Task Force on Federal Lobbying Law, is entitled "Lobbying Law in the Spotlight: Challenges and Proposed Improvements."  The Task Force was created by the ABA Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice, which Professor Luneburg chaired last year.  According to the Report, “[t]he proposals the Task Force offers are intended to restore the honor and enhance the efficacy of those in our profession who advocate for clients in the forum of public policy.” Link to the ABA Press Release on Task Force Report Link to C-SPAN Interview about the Task Force Report

Wednesday, January 19, 2011 - 10:48pm

Professor John Burkoff commented in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review on the reasons for the guilty plea by defendant Christina Korbe in the homicide case in which she shot and killed FBI Agent Samuel Hicks during a drug raid.  Korbe will serve less than sixteen years, and many in law enforcement said they felt betrayed by this "slap on the wrist."  But Professor Burkoff  said taking the case to trial involved risks for both the government and the defendant, resulting in a compromise.  "There will always be people who think she should have gotten more or should have gotten less time," he said. Link

Wednesday, January 19, 2011 - 11:09am

Professor Ron Brand has been named to the Chancellor Mark Nordenberg University Chair, in recognition of his many hears of international leadership in law, his first-rate scholarship, and his establishment of the Center for International Legal Education at the School of Law.   In a statement awarding Professor Brand this singular honor, Chancellor Mark Nordenberg  said that “[t]he quality of our international legal programs has become a distinguishing feature of our School of Law, and no one deserves more credit for that than Ron Brand. In all of his work, which has earned him respect around the world, Ron has placed students at the heart of his efforts and has found ways to effectively partner across the boundaries that too often divide disciplines, institutions, cultures, and countries.” Link

Monday, January 17, 2011 - 11:24am

Professor Pat Chew's work topped the charts in the ABA Journal for reader interest last year.  The ABA Journal “Law News Now” website (at recently announced its ten most popular article postings of 2010.  The article that drew the most reader attention for the year, entitled  “Race & Gender of Judges Make Enormous Differences in Rulings, Studies Find,” focused on an empirical study by Professor Chew and her co-author Professor Robert Kelley (of Carnegie Mellon University Tepper School of Business). Professors Chew and Kelley presented their work at the 2010 ABA Midyear Meeting Judicial Division Program.  The full study is published in the Washington University Law Review. Link to ABA Journal article Link to full study in Washington University Law Journal
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