Professor Sterio’s Paper on Humanitarian Intervention Selected for 2015 ASIL Research Forum

Professor and Associate Dean Milena Sterio’s paper proposal, entitled “Humanitarian Intervention ‘Exception’ and its Applicability to the Refugee Crises in Iraq and Syria,” was accepted through a blind peer review competitive process for the 2015 American Society of International Law Research Forum. The Research Forum will take place in Washington, D.C.., on October 23-24, and Professor Sterio will present her paper, along with other selected scholars.

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Professor Mika Presents at Legal Storytelling Conference at Seattle University School of Law

Professor Karin Mika presented at the 5th Biennial Applied Legal Storytelling Conference, held at Seattle University School of Law from July 21-23rd, along with Terri LeClercq, retired from the University of Texas. Their joint presentation was called, Orange is More than the New Black : The Struggle and Some Success at Achieving Prison Reform.

The presentation also discussed the work of Terri Leclercq, who travels nationally bringing to light problems with prisons and why we should care about reform. Two years ago, she wrote the graphic novel “Prison Grievances: When to Write, How to Write.” The book, written for prisoners reading at a fifth grade level, teaches inmates about their rights and educates them about the court system. The book has become a major staple in many prison systems and was named one of Amazon’s top 100 books for 2014. A link to the book is available through Amazon here.

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Sagers Press Appearances on Recent Antitrust Events

Chris Sagers, James A. Thomas Distinguished Professor of Law, was quoted in the national and trade press a number of times in recent weeks, as several major antitrust events drew public attention. He discussed the Justice Department’s investigation of airline price fixing with BuzzFeed News and the Wall Street Journal, an investigation arising from a controversial trade association meeting on which he had earlier commented for the New York Times.

Sagers also discussed the Apple computer corporation’s loss before a federal appeals court in the long running case against for fixing the price of ebooks, with Publishers Weekly, Global Competition Review (paywall) and Policy and Regulatory Report (paywall), as well as other antitrust problems facing Apple with Yahoo Finance.

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Professor Forte’s Commentary on Town of Greece v. Galloway Case Published by the Witherspoon Institute’s Public Discourse

David Forte’s essay, Religion and the Republic, a commentary on the case of Town of Greece v. Galloway (2014), has been published by the Witherspoon Institute’s Public Discourse. It can be accessed here: http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2015/07/14671/.

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Professor Witmer-Rich to Appear on Sound of Ideas (90.3 WCPN) on July 1

Professor Jonathan Witmer-Rich will be a guest on the Sound of Ideas (90.3 WCPN) on Wednesday, July 1, 2015, to discuss a recent decision from the United States Supreme Court concerning a case in Cuyahoga County. In Ohio v. Clark, decided June 18, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the Sixth Amendment’s Confrontation Clause did not prohibit the testimony of a preschool teacher, who testified at a Cuyahoga County trial that a three-year-old boy identified the defendant as his abuser. The young boy did not testify in the case, and the defendant argued that his lawyers should have been given some opportunity to ask the boy questions to test whether his statements were reliable. Professor Witmer-Rich will discuss how this local case impacts ongoing debates about the scope of the Confrontation Clause, and also discuss whether Ohio should put in place some procedure offering at least a limited right for defendants to ask questions of young children in these types of circumstances.

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Professor Robertson Criticizes Media Coverage of EPA’s Draft Assessment Report on the Impact of Hydraulic Fracturing on the Water Supply

Heidi Gorovitz Robertson, C|M|LAW’s Steven W. Percy Distinguished Professor of Law, has criticized media interpretations of EPA’s recently released draft assessment on the impact of hydraulic fracturing on the water supply. Robertson previously commented on this topic in a Letter to the Editor of the Plain Dealer, and on Friday, published a short piece, EPA’s report on fracking has been given a positive spin by much of the media in Crain’s Cleveland Business’ Energy Report. In short, many news outlets portrayed EPA’s draft assessment report as concluding that fracturing is safe for the water supply. In fact, EPA’s report concludes that it does not yet have sufficient evidence to conclude that harm or risk is systematic or widespread. The report notes many limitations in the analyzed data, including the short duration of many studies.

Professor Robertson’s comments in Crain’s are available here:

http://www.crainscleveland.com/article/20150626/BLOGS05/150629876/the-epas-report-on-fracking-has-been-given-a-positive-spin-by-much

Professor Robertson’s Letter to the Editor is available here:

http://blog.cleveland.com/letters/2015/06/epa_letter_to_the_editor_3.html

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Professor Robertson Speaks on Plenary Panel at Annual Meeting of the Common Core of European Private Law

On June 12-13, 2015, Heidi Gorovitz Robertson, C|M|Law’s Steven W. Percy Distinguished Professor of Law, was an invited speaker for the plenary session at the Common Core of European Private Law Annual Meeting at Gothenburg University’s faculty of Business, Economics and Law in Gothenburg, Sweden. Robertson’s talk, Access to Nature: Reducing inequality through public access to privately-owned land for recreation was part of the conference’s plenary panel on reducing inequality through access to commons.

Since 2013, Robertson has served as a United States Reporter for the Common Core of European Private Law project’s Access to Commons working group.

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