Our law faculty are frequently contacted by local and national media outlets to comment on issues of global importance.
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Below are recent samples of our faculty in the news.
06/15/2018 – The Buffalo News published an opinion piece by Professor Mark Bartholomew that looked at a bill in the New York State Assembly that proposes to supplement New York’s century-old “right of privacy” law with a new “right of publicity” that would let the famous exert more control over how their images are used by others, giving them veto power when someone else references their name, picture or certain other characteristics for advertising purposes or purposes of trade.
Writes Bartholomew, “There are plenty of problems our elected officials need to address. But one thing that doesn’t need to take up their time (particularly right before the legislative session is about to end) is expanding legal protections for celebrities – the movie stars and professional athletes that make their home in New York are doing just fine.”
06/27/2018 - The New York Times interviewed Professor Guyora Binder about a California challenge to the U.S. legal doctrine known as the felony murder rule, which holds that anyone involved in certain kinds of serious felonies that result in death is as liable as the actual killer. Said Binder, “This proposed bill is a very clever reform because it addresses the least popular and the least defensible aspects of the rule."
07/12/2018 - The New York Law Journal interviewed Professor Lucinda Finley in an article about threats by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to file a lawsuit if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade sometime in the future. Said Finley, “I do think the retirement of Justice Kennedy who was clearly the swing vote in preserving Roe does make it a very important time in New York to consider codifying access to abortion.”
07/12/2018 - Bloomberg Law Podcast interviewed Professor Rick Su who discussed a judge’s decision preserving most of California’s sanctuary laws aimed at protecting the state’s 2.6 million undocumented immigrants against a legal attack by the Trump administration.
07/03/2018 - Circa News, a U.S. online news service, interviewed Professor Rick Su about growing calls to abolish Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the feasibility of eliminating the nation’s primary immigration enforcement agency.
07/01/2018 – The Buffalo News interviewed Su for an article about growing revelations of sex abuse by priests in the Diocese of Buffalo and jurisdiction issues related to the investigation.
06/28/2018 - The San Francisco Chronicle interviewed Professor Su about the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding President Trump’s ban on U.S. entry from a group of mostly Muslim-majority nations. Su noted that, in its decision, the court had interpreted a federal law banning discrimination in immigration based on national origin to apply only to the issuing of visas, leaving the President the broad freedom to deny entry to everyone, including visa-holders, from a particular nation. Says Su, “[That] reopens the door to the discriminatory immigration restrictions of the past, the Chinese Exclusion in the late 19th century and the national-origin quotas in the early 20th.”
06/27/2018 - Professor Su was interviewed in an article distributed by Sinclair Broadcast Group about the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision upholding President Trump’s authority to bar immigration and travel from certain countries.
The article appeared in news outlets around the nation, including Circa, KATU-TV (Portland, Oregon), KUTV-TV (Salt Lake City), KOMO-TV (Seattle), WJLA-TV (Washington, D.C.,) WZTV-TV (Nashville) and WPEC-TV (West Palm Beach).
06/25/2018 - Bloomberg interviewed Su about the Trump administration’s announcement of a series of steps to reunite separated families at the southern border, made days before Trump said that people who enter the U.S. illegally should be deported immediately without court hearings or other judicial processes. Immigrants cannot be turned away at the border without a hearing “if they’re making a credible claim for asylum,” Su said. “And many of these Central Americans who are coming are in fact here to make that particular claim. Under those obligations they deserve at least a prescreening and, if they pass that, a hearing on their particular claim.”
05/14/2018 - The Wall Street Journal quoted adjunct faculty member Nellie Drew in a story about the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision opening the door to legal sports gambling across the country by invalidating federal prohibitions on such wagers. Drew was also interviewed by The Buffalo News, WGRZ and 103.3 The Edge: WEDG Buffalo.
04/25/2018 - WBFO-FM interviewed Bartholomew and law students Matthew Simeone and Matt McClellan about the role of online social media platforms, including Facebook and Twitter, as primary sources of information and communication.
04/26/2018 - USA Today interviewed Associate Professor Michael Boucai about Bill Cosby's conviction on three counts of aggravated indecent assault and the possible sentencing. The article appeared in news outlets around the world, including MSN in the U.S., South Africa, Canada, New Zealand and Australia, Pacific Daily News, KUSA-TV in Denver, KHOU-TV in Houston and WTSP-TV in Tampa.
04/16/2018 - Spectrum News reported on the outcomes of the Puerto Rico Recovery Assistance Legal Clinic. The story interviewed Kim Diana Connolly, vice dean for advocacy and experiential learning and director of Clinical Legal Education, and third-year student David Yovanoff. A story also appeared on WKBW-TV.
05/08/2018 - Nicole Hallett, assistant clinical professor and director of the Community Justice Clinic, presented testimony at a Department of Labor hearing held at the Erie Community College City Campus in support of a proposal to eliminate the tip credit and ensure that tipped workers make the full minimum wage. The hearings were covered by local media outlets WBFO-FM and WBEN-
Local new outlets reported on a study published by Hallett titled "Workers on the Brink: Low-Wage Employment in the City of Buffalo" that was presented at the 9th Annual Buffalo Poverty Research Workshop on April 13. Coverage was provided by local news outlets WBFO, WKBW, and The Buffalo News. Hallet also published an op-ed in April 20 edition of The Buffalo News on the findings from her report.
05/02/2018 - Bloomberg interviewed Professor Rick Su about the fate of a caravan of Central American migrants who arrived at the U.S. border asking for asylum and are being allowed across the border in small groups, despite pledges by the current Administration to keep them out.
04/03/2018 - The Atlantic’s CityLab interviewed Su about the grassroots reaction to the federal government’s attack on California’s sanctuary state laws. CityLab interviewed Su again later that month about the link between the legal battles over California’s sanctuary state policies and the historical struggle over cannabis legislation.
02/10/2018 - Yahoo Finance interviewed Assistant Clinical Professor Jonathan Manes about United States v. Microsoft, a data privacy case currently pending in the U.S. Supreme Court.
2/02/2018 - Mark Bartholomew contributed an article to The Conversation about how Super Bowl advertising has changed over time. The article appeared in news outlets including Business Standard, San Antonio Express-News, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, UPI and Connecticut Post.
02/05/2018 - WKBW-TV interviewed Helen “Nellie” Drew about the role a new football stadium could play in attracting a future Super Bowl to Buffalo. Drew said the NFL wants the big game held in more modern stadiums so it can entertain clients with Fortune 500 connections in style.
02/20/2018 - The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette interviewed Professor James Gardner about the continuing Pennsylvania gerrymandering fight that has led national Republicans to threaten to sue over the new Pennsylvania congressional map. A similar story about this issue ran in the Philadelphia Inquirer.
01/09/2018 - The Christian Science Monitor also interviewed Gardner for a story about a federal bill that would force all states to abide by each other’s gun permit laws.
03/26/2018 - An article in The Conversation by Nicole Hallett, assistant clinical professor and director of the Community Justice Clinic, looks at a measure in the $1.3 trillion federal budget that prevents the Trump administration from changing the law to allow employers to take workers’ tips.
02/04/2018 - The Community Justice Clinic filed a lawsuit on behalf of six former employees of William K’s, a restaurant in downtown Buffalo, challenging the restaurant's compliance with federal and state minimum wage laws. Hallett, who directs the Clinic, was interviewed by the local media that covered the story extensively. Media reporting on the story included The Buffalo News and local TV stations, including WKBW-TV.
03/24/2018 - A Buffalo News letter to the editor by Judith Olin, assistant clinical professor and director of the Family Violence and Women’s Rights Clinic, addresses a public official’s dismissal of intimate partner violence as a ‘family matter’.
03/13/2018 - Politico interviewed Professor Rick Su about a federal appeals court decision that formally overturned nearly all of an injunction aimed at blocking local governments in Texas from adopting so-called sanctuary policies.
01/26/2018 - Su was also interviewed on KJZZ-FM (Tempe, Arizona) about the current administration’s newly proposed DACA provisions.
01/18/2018 - An article in the New York Law Journal reported on students from the School of Law who are providing legal services to residents of Puerto Rico. The article quoted Kim Diana Connolly, vice dean for advocacy and experiential learning and director of Clinical Legal Education.
In a related story, School of Law student Jonathan Reyes-Colon, who was born in Puerto Rico, shares his reflections on the legal clinic and his experience since Hurricane Maria with the New York Law Journal.
01/25/2018 - WBFO-FM interviewed Professor Mark Bartholomew about an executive order signed Wednesday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo that aims to preserve net neutrality in New York State. Bartholomew said it remains to be seen whether the executive order can really be enforced.
01/23/2018 - WIVB-TV interviewed adjunct Hellen “Nellie” Drew about a new committee created by the National Football League to tackle social justice issues.
01/23/2018 - The Atlantic’s CityLab interviewed Professor Rick Su about a bill in the Massachusetts state legislature that would protect cannabis users from federal enforcement.
01/14/2018 – The Buffalo News interviewed Professor Mark Bartholomew in a story about the end of net neutrality, an Obama-era policy aimed at forcing internet service providers to allow the same access to all websites.
01/09/2018 - The Christian Science Monitor interviewed Professor James Gardner for a story about a federal bill that would force all states to abide by each other’s gun permit laws.
01/04/2018 - Canada’s National Post quoted Lecturer Stephen Paskey in an article about the allegations of sexual assault and harassment filed against the founding artistic director of Toronto's renowned Soulpepper Theatre Company. The article also appeared in The Western Star, The Telegram and CTV News.
12/22/2017 - A ProPublica article on the increasing rate of life-threatening complications for new mothers in the U.S. quotes Professor Lucinda Finley. Finley discusses the legal impact of tort law on women suffering complications related to pregnancy or childbirth. The article was distributed to more than 90 news partners.
12/14/2017 - WBFO-FM interviewed Professor Mark Bartholomew for a story on the Federal Communications Commission’s vote to end net neutrality.
12/01/2017 – Politifact.com interviewed Professor Rick Su on whether or not living in the U.S. as an undocumented immigrant is a crime or a civil violation.
11/06/2017 - The National Law Journal interviewed Professor S. Todd Brown in an article about Bestwall LLC, the latest firm to file for bankruptcy due to rising numbers of asbestos lawsuits filed against them.
10/10/2017 - WKBW-TV interviewed adjunct faculty member Helen "Nellie" Drew on a proposed NFL rule requiring players to stand during the national anthem.
11/09/2017 – Bloomberg News - Audio interviewed Professor Rick Su where he discussed efforts by the American Civil Liberties Union to release hundreds of Iraqis who have been detained by immigration authorities.
11/02/2017 - A story on WGRZ-TV interviewed Professor James Gardner about the New York Constitutional Convention and it's relevance in the 21st century.
11/02/2017 - The Times (UK) interviewed Professor Matt Steilen for an article about President Trump’s tweets and the troubling questions his social media use raise about separation of powers and the independence of prosecutors and the federal judiciary.
10/31/2017 – The Times of San Diego quoted Professor James Gardner in a story on allegations of voter fraud for a woman who voted in Georgia’s November 2016 election despite later swearing that she had been a resident of the East County, California district.
10/25/2017 - In a Bloomberg Law Brief podcast, Assistant Clinical Professor Jonathan Manes was interviewed about why the Department of Justice is moving to scale back the use of so-called “sneak-and-peek” searches.
10/20/2017 - CBS News interviewed Professor James Gardner in a story about a donation to the campaign of Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. and concerns over potential conflicts of interest.
10/15/2017 – Professor James Gardner was quoted by Business Insider in an article discussing the legality of Russian-bought ads that promote their fake news. The article also appeared in Business Insider editions in the UK, Australia, Singapore and Malaysia, as well as on Global Times.
10/14/2017 – Adjunct faculty member Helen "Nellie" Drew was quoted by the Greensboro News & Record in an article about a recent decision clearing the University of North Carolina of wrongdoing following allegations that the university set up a shadow curriculum designed to keep student-athletes eligible for play. The article also appeared in the Winston-Salem Journal.
10/12/2017 - United Press International quoted Professor Charles P. Ewing in a story about a new ordinance passed by the North Tonawanda Common Council that punishes the parents of children who bully others.
10/11/2017 - The New York Times quoted Professor Anthony O’Rourke in an article on different forms of amnesty found in the U.S. legal system.
10/06/2017 – Fox News quoted Professor Mark Bartholomew on Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996, implemented to help protect social media sites in their early years.
10/02/2017 - Vice.com quoted Assistant Clinical Professor Nicole Hallett in an article about DACA renewal clinics.
Professor Tara Melish testifies on gender equality before the Buffalo Common Council
09/15/2017 – Professor James Gardner was quoted in an article in The Washington Post on President Trump’s FEC nominee, James E. Trainor III, and Trainor’s stance on the principle that the public benefits from the disclosure of political donors, arguing that voters could be distracted from the content of political messages if they focus on who is financing ads.
08/31/2017 - Professor Rick Su appeared on Bloomberg Radio’s "Bloomberg Law" to discuss a court decision in Texas, which blocks the state’s plans to punish so-called sanctuary cities if they offer help to immigrants living in the United States illegally.
08/04/2017 - An article on The Hill by Professor Martha McCluskey looks at new credit contract clauses that call for forced arbitration if a financial institution refuses to correct a mistake or cheats consumers out of money.
07/17/2017 - A Reuters article about Takata Corp.’s U.S. bankruptcy, and the impact of the people injured by the company's defective air bags on the bankruptcy proceedings, interviewed Professor S. Todd Brown. The article appeared in news outlets around the world, including The New York Times, MSN, New York Daily News, Japan Times, NDTV in New Delhi, The Fiscal Times, Singapore’s Today Online, England’s Daily Mail, CNBC, Czechoslovakia’s 24 365 News, Yahoo Singapore and France’s Euronews.
07/12/2017 - An article on Reuters about Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Russian lawyer during the presidential race and the investigation into whether he violated U.S. election law quoted Professor James Gardner. The article appeared in news outlets around the world, including Yahoo News in the U.S., Singapore, India and England; India’s NDTV; China Daily; MSN Singapore; France’s Euronews; England’s Daily Mail; and Australia’s Sydney Morning Herald.
July 2017 - An article in The Atlantic about the decline in unions and the need for a new kind of labor organization that could address the grievances of workers who feel voiceless and powerless quoted Professor Matthew Dimick.