Professor Ray Discusses Digital Contact Tracing

Pew Charitable Trust’s Stateline interviewed Professor Brian Ray for a story on digital contact tracing apps in the U.S. Ray, who has worked extensively on the privacy concerns these apps raise since the start of the pandemic, explained how the convergence of broad, widespread concern over surveillance combined with resistance to government measures like mask mandates and business closures to create widespread resistance to even the highly privacy-protective system co-created by Google and Apple.

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Professor Sagers Discusses App Fees on NPR

Chris Sagers, the James A. Thomas Professor of Law, appeared this week on NPR’s Morning Edition. He discussed the antitrust significance of the recent decision by both Apple and Google to cut the fees they charge for App Store purchases, fees that are the focus of ongoing antitrust scrutiny. 

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Professor Oh Publishes Op-Ed on the Dehumanization of Asian Americans

Professor Reginald Oh has published an op-ed on DemCast titled, “Thoughts on the Dehumanization of Asian Americans.” Professor Oh addresses the “senseless murders of six Asian women and the spate of anti-Asian violence amid the pandemic,” and argues the America’s history of dehumanizing Asian Americans is a key to understanding the problem.

He identifies a path forward through a process of “rehumanization”–“treating a dehumanized group as people once again.” This includes “learning about the victims and searching for their core humanity,” as well as “listening to their stories.” Rehumanization also includes “using the language of humanity in talking about Asians.” Professor Oh explains, “[t]he language of humanity and empathy needs to drown out the language of dehumanization.”

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Professor Kalir Presents on RBG’s Jewish Legacy; LGBTQ Rights in the Supreme Court

On March 10, as part of the Maltz Museum’s “Notorious RBG – The Life and Time of Ruth Bader Ginsburg,” Clinical Professor of Law Doron Kalir gave a presentation on “Jewish Justice: The Role of Judaism in Justice Bader-Ginsburg’s Judicial Philosophy.” In that lecture, Professor Kalir argued that, contrary to conventional wisdom, Justice Bader-Ginsburg’s judicial edifice was infused with Jewish wisdom, knowledge, and lessons. He explained that RBG’s Jewish identity has shone time and again through many of her writings. 

On March 3, professor Kalir was invited to speak in Bradley University in Chicago, where he discussed LGBTQ rights in the Supreme Court with pre-law college students. 

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Dean Fisher Receives Nonprofit Leadership Award

Dean Lee Fisher received the Nonprofit Leadership Award from the Case Western Reserve University Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Social Sciences on October 9, 2020.

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Sagers Co-Authors Law Professors’ Amicus Brief in Supreme Court Antitrust Litigation

Chris Sagers, the James A. Thomas Professor of Law, worked with Professor Mike Carrier of the Rutgers Law School to co-author a brief amicus curiae supporting the plaintiffs in the Supreme Court’s pending antitrust matter, NCAA v. Alston. The Alston plaintiffs are college athletes who successfully challenged the NCAA’s “amateurism” rules, convincing the lower courts that the rules should be modestly relaxed to limit their effect on competition for athletic talent. Over 60 professors of law, business, and economics from around the country joined the brief.  Among them was C|M|Law Professor Doron Kalir, a long time practitioner of antitrust law.

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Dean Fisher Co-Authors Op-Ed Seeking Repeal of Ohio’s Death Penalty

Dean Lee Fisher, together with Robert Taft and Jim Petro, have co-authored an op-ed in the Columbus Dispatch titled, “Former governor, attorneys general: Ohio death penalty broken, costly and unjust. It must be repealed.” Dean Fisher and Mr. Petro both served as Ohio attorney general, and Robert Taft is a former Ohio governor.

The authors explain that all three of them served in the Ohio legislature in the 1980s, some supporting the death penalty and one opposing. In the following years, however, their experiences with the administering the death penalty led them all to “understand this system’s grievous flaws and its outright failure to achieve the benefits we had intended.”

The authors make a number of points for why they all now support the repeal of Ohio’s death penalty. First, they note, “[w]e have learned there is no evidence the death penalty is a better deterrent than life imprisonment without parole.” Second, they observe that “the death penalty does not support the families of murder victims, but instead prolongs their pain and impairs the healing process.” They also explain that “our death penalty system convicts and nearly executes the innocent,” noting that nine death row convicts have been released from prison “after collectively serving 210 years for crimes they did not commit.”

The authors state they have also learned that the death penalty “is not applied fairly,” and “that race and place play an intolerable role in deciding who lives and who dies.”

Finally, they note that the death penalty does not save tax dollars, “because the death penalty costs far more than our other option of life imprisonment without parole.”

The authors conclude that “we have a broken and incredibly costly system that fails to protect or aid us in any way. It is time to retire Ohio’s death penalty.”

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Professor Sterio Participates in Training of Libyan Legal Professionals

Professor Milena Sterio participated in the training of Libyan judges, prosecutors, and attorneys on transitional justice issues, such as best practices regarding domestic law provisions on displaced persons, on reparations, and on accountability.  Professor Sterio participated in her capacity as independent expert; the trainings were organized by a consortium of NGOs and led by the International Legal Assistance Consortium.  The trainings took place over several virtual sessions during February and March 2021.  

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Professor Sagers Appears in Symposia, Podcasts, Other Media on Antitrust Issues

Chris Sagers, the James A. Thomas Professor of Law, made several recent appearances in academic symposia, podcasts, and the media.

He presented his views at a symposium of the George Mason Law Review entitled “Tech Platform Cases: Sound Enforcement, Politics, or Both?”, in which panelists discussed the flurry of recent U.S. and European antitrust actions against Big Tech platform firms.  And he appeared on a symposium sponsored by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the University of Kentucky College of Law, entitled Inframarginalism & Internet, organized to consider problems of wealth, power, and digital markets. Presenting on a panel called “The Meaning and Control of Bigness,” Sagers discussed a famous lawsuit against the Apple computer corporation, that happened to be the topic of his book United States v. Apple: Competition in America

He was featured on an episode of “Cybersecurity and Data Privacy: The New Frontier,” a new podcast of the American Bar Association, hosted by Jordan Fischer of the law firm Beckage and Drexel University School of Law. He discussed online data privacy and its significance as a problem in competition policy, and whether antitrust enforcement could be a solution to problems it poses. He also appears in an upcoming episode of the Mike Meltser Podcast with the prominent sports broadcaster Mike Meltser, to discuss the U.S. Supreme Court’s pending consideration of an antitrust case involving amateur athletics, called NCAA v. Alston.

Sagers also published the essay “A Proposed Pro-Labor Step for Antitrust” in Competition Policy International, with Russell Pittman, an economist at the U.S. Justice Department, and spoke with the National Journal about the opening of a new round of House Judiciary Committee hearings on antitrust reform legislation.

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Professor Sterio Moderates Discussion of Human Rights Documentation

Professor Milena Sterio moderated an expert roundtable discussion on “Human Rights Documentation: An Insider’s View” on Feb. 26th. The expert roundtable was hosted by the Public International Law and Policy Group. A recording of the discussion is available here: Expert Roundtable: An Insider’s View of Human Rights Documentation — PILPG (publicinternationallawandpolicygroup.org)

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