Faculty Highlights 2012
July 9–July 15
Prof. Vivek Sankaran talks to Michigan Radio about class biases in the foster-care system. He also comments on the differences between Michigan and Maryland's child-welfare systems in The Washington Post.
July 2–July 8
Prof. Leonard Niehoff comments on the unusual turns in a Michigan murder case in the Detroit Free Press.
PCWorld quotes one of Prof. Bill Miller's essays.
Prof. Erik Gordon is quoted in a WNYC News story about the GlaxoSmithKlein settlement.
Prof. Bridgette Carr and other experts are interviewed in a Legal Talk Network piece on human trafficking and the legislation addressing it.
Prof. Richard Primus comments in Politico on the CBS news story stating Chief Justice Roberts switched his vote on health-care reform.
June 25–July 1
Prof. Richard Friedman comments on the Supreme Court's ruling pertaining to Medicaid expansion in Bloomberg News.
Prof. Vivek Sankaran and his research are cited in the Concord Monitor, in a story about parents' right to an attorney in New Hampshire.
The Los Angeles Times quotes Prof. James Hathaway in a story about the fate of asylum-seekers bound by boat for Australia.
Prof. Erik Gordon, in the Philadelphia Inquirer, comments on the pharmaceutical industry's response to the Supreme Court's health-care ruling.
CBS News cites Prof. Richard Friedman in a story about Chief Justice Roberts' opinion in the Supreme Court's ruling on health care.
Prof. Richard Primus is quoted extensively in a New Republic story on how the Commerce Clause figures in the Supreme Court's health-care ruling.
In The Atlantic, Prof. Samuel Bagenstos comments on the Supreme Court's opinion on Medicaid expansion in its health-care ruling. Prof. Bagenstos was also cited in The New Republic.
Prof. David Uhlmann is cited in an InsideClimate News story about the aftermath of 2010's Enbridge oil spill in Michigan.
Prof. Chris Whitman, in Bloomberg Businessweek, describes why precedent should have the Supreme Court uphold the Affordable Care Act case—and why they'll probably strike it down anyway.
Prof. Michael Barr is interviewed by CNBC's Maria Bartiromo about securitized investments in rental properties.
A retired California judge writes in the San Jose Mercury News about the man she wrongfully sentenced to prison. His is one of the cases listed in The National Registry of Exonerations, a joint project of the University of Michigan Law School and Northwestern University School of Law. A Huffington Post blog highlights the number of wrongful convictions made by the Chicago Police Department, as revealed in The National Registry of Exonerations.
A ThinkProgress story cited Prof. Sam Bagenstos, who, during the Senate's HELP Committee hearing, responded to questions raised about the religious exemptions of ENDA.
Prof. Sam Bagenstos testifies to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions on workplace equality and the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.
Prof. David Moran talks to the Detroit Free Press about the Innocence Clinic case that exonerated David Gavitt—a man wrongly incarcerated for 27 years based on an incorrect verdict of arson.
Prof. Steve Sanders, in the Huffington Post, analyzes two same-sex marriage cases potentially on their way to the Supreme Court.
In a Reuters news service story, Prof. Steve Sanders comments on the 1996 Supreme Court case Romer v. Evans, whose decision, written by Justice Kennedy, will play a key role in rulings concerning the Defense of Marriage Act.
Speaking to On the Media, Prof. Jessica Litman places Google in the context of other brand names whose fate was "genericide."
May 28–June 3
Prof. John Pottow writes a Detroit Free Press op-ed on the problem with JPMorgan Chase's recent hedging decision.
On CNBC's website, Prof. Michael Barr writes a guest author blog about the financial practices of low-income Americans—the subject of his new book, No Slack.
Prof. Jill Horwitz coauthors the piece "Health Care Economics 101 and the Supreme Court" on the Health Affairs blog. MLaw student Kathryn Gilbert also contributed to the post
The Daily Beast interviews Prof. Adam Pritchard for a story on the handling of the Facebook IPO, which (although complaints have been made about it) most likely broke no laws.
"The most important goal of the [criminal justice] system is accuracy. Getting the right person and not getting the wrong person are obviously the most important goals. The only way to get those are to learn how we made our mistakes."
—Prof. Samuel Gross in The Huffington Post, which featured coverage on The National Registry of Exonerations, a database Prof. Gross was instrumental in creating
May 14–May 20
The work of Prof. Ellen Katz is cited in a D.C. Circuit court decision about the Voting Rights Act, reports the Election Law Blog.
"Exposure to the European economy through our global patterns of trade is significant, and the direct linkages through the financial sector are also significant, so it would weaken the U.S. economy."
—Prof. Michael Barr in a PBS "Frontline" piece about how the Greek crisis might affect the United States
"Hedges are risky, and while $2 billion or even $3 billion in losses alone is not going to bring down the financial system (or even JP Morgan), they remind us how quickly and dramatically things can turn bad."
—Prof. John Pottow in a Detroit Free Press op-ed on the problem with JPMorgan Chase's recent hedging decision
"The question is by what additional margin will they be energized by [Obama's] support for same-sex marriage and will his supporters be able to show their appreciation by counter mobilizing."
—Prof. Steve Sanders in a Bloomberg story on how the same-sex marriage debate in Colorado can affect the presidential race
"[Renouncing your citizenship well in advance of an IPO] is a very smart idea. Once it's public you can't fool around with the value."
—Prof. Reuven Avi-Yonah in a Bloomberg Businessweek story on the renunciation of U.S. citizenship by Facebook cofounder Eduardo Saverin before the social network goes public
In Other News This Week
Prof. Erik Gordon is quoted in a CNNMoney.com article on the FBI opening an investigation into JPMorgan Chase.
The Legal News profiles Prof. Vivek Sankaran.
Prof. John Pottow is quoted in a Detroit Free Press article about Ally Financial's decision to have its subsidiary Residential Capital file for bankruptcy.
Prof. Adam Pritchard is quoted in Reuters about Jamie Dimon calling JPMorgan Chase "sloppy" and "stupid".
Prof. David Uhlmann is quoted in a Bloomberg Businessweek article about a BP engineer's assertion that evidence may clear him in spill case.
Visiting Prof. Erik Gordon is quoted in a Bloomberg News story about Coty Inc.'s due-diligence request of Avon Products, Inc. as part of Coty's proposed takeover bid.
May 7–May 13
WXYZ 7 Action News interviews Prof. Josh Kay on an illegal child snatching in the Wayne Country courts.
April 30–May 6
"It is for sure a thin statement, but it is clearly within what we do all the time as democratic citizens. This is one of the ways we talk about politics in our society."
—Prof. Don Herzog in an AP story, picked up by The Washington Post, about a judge's ruling that Facebook's "like" button does not constitute protected speech
"We know what to do with criminals at 2 a.m. on a Friday night if we pick them up for selling sex. We have places to put them.... But what do you do at 2 a.m. if they are not a criminal? Where do you house them? How do you keep them safe? This is not easy stuff."
—Prof. Bridgette Carr in a New York Times story on applying sex trafficking laws to organized prostitution
"This is not a statute that prohibits speech at all. It prohibits only violent conduct.... There has to be enough evidence that the victim was targeted because of the victim's race or other protected status."
—Prof. Samuel Bagenstos
on NPR's Morning Edition
, in a story
on the federal hate crimes law
"We concluded that current laws leave the door open to future spills.... Oil pipelines are out of sight, but that doesn't mean the risks of these pipelines should be out of mind."
—Prof. Sara Gosman, in a New York Times blog about a report she authored on oil pipeline regulation
In Other News This Week
Prof. Gosman is also quoted in a Michigan Radio story about her report on oil pipeline laws.