Aug. 20, 2016
The Buffalo News - An article about a federal lawsuit filed in 2015 that claims state officials terminated a construction company’s $19.8 million contract to build the ice rink at Canalside and then arranged to have to contract turned over to a politically connected Rochester company notes that, over the past 10 months, the suit has been transferred six times because judges have been disqualified or recused themselves from the case. The article quotes Professors James Milles and Charles Ewing who both said they believe the judges are acting correctly by recusing themselves.
Aug. 18, 2016
Chicago Reader - An article about a Chicago teen charged with the murder of a friend who was in fact killed by police quotes Professor Guyora Binder who saw the charges filed under these circumstances as a red flag for police misconduct. “A felony murder charge for an arrestee where a police officer has killed somebody is an indicator that the police officer probably engaged in misconduct,” he said.
Aug. 13, 2016
Toronto Star - An article about a Canadian man battling severe mental illness, who killed people in the U.S. and Canada but received very different sentences from the two countries, interviews Professor Charles Ewing who said he couldn’t understand why a judge would have denied a continuance request, particularly in a trial without a jury. “I would want to know why the defense attorney changed his mind . . . and went from a defense of ‘I did it, but I was insane' to a defense of ‘I didn't do it' when the trier of fact had already been made aware of the insanity plea,” Ewing said.
Aug. 12, 2016
Politifact - An article about comments made by Rep. Chris Collins on MSNBC suggesting that, if elected president, Hillary Clinton will eliminate the Second Amendment, that she doesn’t believe in the First Amendment and that she does not support the 10th Amendment, which reinforces the idea of federalism, quotes Associate Professor Matthew Steilen who said executive actions and orders typically do not directly contradict the 10th Amendment. Politifact rated Collins’ claim as false.
Aug. 10, 2016
Village Voice - An article about an unarmed, mentally ill man who was shot at by New York Police officers in Times Square and charged with first degree assault because of bystanders who were wounded by police in the incident quotes Professor Guyora Binder who said it’s hard to see how charges against the man could possibly fit the case. “In terms of the understood meaning of the legal concepts involved, is this an appropriate use of the law? No,” he said.
Aug. 5, 2016
Toronto Star - An article about a Canadian man battling severe mental illness who crossed the U.S.-Canada border during a killing spree, but received very different sentences from the two countries, interviews Professor Charles Ewing who said a last-minute change in defense would have prejudiced the case. “I would want to know why the defense attorney changed his mind … and went from a defense of ‘I did it, but I was insane’ to a defense of ‘I didn’t do it’ when the trier of fact had already been made aware of the insanity plea,” he said.
Aug. 5, 2016,
The Christian Science Monitor - An article about a new Facebook algorithm that eradicates clickbait articles, judging and burying headlines that tantalize readers without revealing enough content, quotes Professor Mark Bartholomew who argued that Facebook should be held to the same standard as any other news organization. “The more we think about Facebook as a business run by people with their own biases and motivations and not simply a neutral conduit for information, the better,” he said.
Aug. 3, 2016
Winston-Salem Journal - Article about the UNC’s battle with the NCAA and the decision by school officials to accept responsibility for some of the allegations of academic fraud while pushing back on others quotes adjunct faculty Nellie Drew. “Is the NCAA going to think this is a battle we can’t win? Or is the NCAA going to think this is a battle we have no choice but to fight?” she said. “The problem is, if they back away, the perception is they backed away because it’s UNC. That’s also a problem because credibility becomes suspect. If it was a small Division III school, would they have gotten hammered? I don’t know, but that’s not the perception you want.”
July 30, 2016
Greensboro News & Record - An article about a revised notice of allegations of academic fraud that the NCAA will present to the University of North Carolina quotes Adjunct Faculty Nellie Drew. “Unless you can identify a specific violation pertaining to a particular program, you’re not likely to see a penalty that applies directly to that program,” she said. “But they’re still going to be impacted by a significant financial penalty or (other sanctions).”
July 29, 2016
WGRZ-TV - A story about the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, interviews Professor Meredith Kolsky Lewis who said the main critics of the TPP come from industries that could be negatively impacted. "In general, I would say the business community as a whole is largely in favor," she said. "However, industries with a large percentage of labor union representation would be more likely to be opposed."
July 29, 2016
Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin - An article in about the trial of a man who suffers from bipolar disorder and allegedly was in the midst of a manic episode when he drove his car at a state trooper and killed him reports Professor Charles Ewing spoke at the trial about the man’s psychiatric history and illnesses, and told jurors that he should be found not responsible by reason of mental disease of defect in the 2014 roadside death.
July 19, 2016
The Washington Post - An article about the legal fight between British luxury carmaker Jaguar Land Rover and Chinese carmaker Jiangling over “shanzhai,” a Chinese term for prideful counterfeiting, of the design of Range Rover’s Evoque and Jiangling’s Landwind X7 quotes Professor Mark Bartholomew. “It boils down to economics,” he said. “The Chinese economy doesn’t have this same tradition of the manufacturers like Ford or Hyundai or any of the folks who are making these cars. So if you don’t have these copyright laws, why pay if you can get away with it?”
July 18, 2016
Buffalo News - A letter to the editor by Professor Martha McCluskey suggests that penalties assessed by OSHA for violations are not only too low, but too often are reduced in informal settlements that favor employers even when workers have been seriously injured or killed. “Improved settlement policies, along with OSHA’s new power to adjust maximum penalties for inflation, will be a step forward,” she writes.
July 14, 2016
Associated Press – An article about the rejection by a federal appeals court of an appeal by New England quarterback Tom Brady of a four-game “Deflategate” suspension quotes Adjunct Faculty Helen “Nellie” Drew who said the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan acted correctly and that any changes to how the NFL handles arbitrations over player issues will have to be handled at the negotiating table. “It’s time to put this thing to bed,” she said. “If it was my kid, I’d say: ‘Let it go.’”
July 3, 2016
The New York Times - An article in about the decision by a Maryland judge to grant a new trial to “Serial” podcast subject Adnan Syed in the 1999 murder of his former girlfriend quotes Professor Charles P. Ewing who was interviewed in the podcast. “The state now has the burden of proving beyond a reasonable doubt that he is guilty, and that is much more difficult after 15-plus years,” he said. “Some of the evidence is no longer available, witnesses will be unavailable, evidence is stale and people’s memories are not the same after that period of time.”
July 2, 2016
Mashable - An article about the Supreme Court ruling that found two Texas abortion laws unconstitutional because they posed an undue burden to women and had no medical benefit, a case considered by many to be the most pivotal abortion rights case in decades, quotes Professor Lucinda Finley who said she believes the reproductive rights movement is powered in part by millennials who see legislators going too far in regulating people’s intimate decisions. "I think perhaps linked by marriage equality, LGBT rights, trans rights and contraception rights, this may be rekindling an awareness amongst [young] women that all this stuff is all related,” she said.
July 1, 2016
ABC News – An article about “Serial” podcast subject Adnan Syed being granted a retrial, quotes Professor Charles Ewing who says it will be difficult after 16 years to prove that someone is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Ewing says some of the evidence will be stale, some witnesses will no longer be available and people’s memories are not the same after that period of time.
June 18, 2016
The Buffalo News - An article about reluctance by U.S. Attorney William Hochul Jr. to release videos that allegedly show a Buffalo cellblock attendant attacking a handcuffed prisoner reports Hochul says he has an obligation to follow federal evidence laws and ensure the attendant receives a fair trial and notes videos have been made public in other cases. The article quotes Professor Charles P. Ewing who said, “The outrage won’t be anywhere near as significant as it is today. I don’t see any benefit to the prosecution for wanting to hold this. Prosecutors generally do whatever they can to convict a defendant, and they are not generally worried about adverse publicity.” The article also quotes Lecturer Nan Haynes who said “Citing the rules of evidence is like blowing smoke in my face. Let’s just discuss if it is subject to disclosure under FOIL, and it is. FOIL imposes a broad duty on government agencies to make their records available to the public.”
June 10, 2016
USA Today - Associate Professor Samantha Barbas was quoted about Gawker Media’s bankruptcy filing, saying “the public's overwhelming support for Hulk Hogan in this case, and its apparent distaste for Gawker, are signs that the public — and perhaps the courts — are no longer willing to take an ‘anything goes’ approach to newsworthiness.”
June 6, 2016
Associated Press – An article about a Baltimore police officer facing the most serious charge in the death of Freddie Gray, the black man whose neck was broken in the back of a transport wagon, who Monday waived his right to a jury trial and instead opted to have his case heard by a judge, quotes Professor Guyora Binder who says “The Freddie Gray case has gotten a lot of attention and there was a great deal of public outrage in Baltimore as well as across the country, so there is good reason for the defense to fear that a Baltimore jury would be very willing to convict a police officer as being responsible for Freddie Gray’s death.”
June 5, 2016
Buffalo News – An article about the movie “Marshall” which looks at Thurgood Marshall‘s career quotes Interim Dean James Gardner who said “It turned out that among the facilities that were segregated – public schools and all type of public facilities – the versions that were open to blacks were egregiously inferior. So the litigation strategy was to go around and sue states and localities under the separate-but-equal principle.”
May 26, 2016
Wall Street Journal - An article about a Silicon Valley billionaire who acknowledged that he helped finance Hulk Hogan’s legal fight against Gawker Media, in what amounts to a campaign to take down a media organization, quotes Associate Professor Samantha Barbas. “I think media organizations are going to be thinking twice before publishing anything sexual or sensational about a celebrity,” she said.
May 19, 2016
Chicago Daily Herald - An article about a report that Facebook downplays conservative news subjects in its “trending topics” feature quotes Professor Mark Bartholomew who said the company’s algorithms are “not transparent.” In the Silicon Valley view, Facebook is a democratic tool in which the most-liked articles rise to the top, he said. “There’s some truth to that, but also some anti-democratic stuff going on.”
May 19, 2016
The Washington Post - An article about a report that Facebook downplays conservative news subjects in its “trending topics” feature quotes Professor Mark Bartholomew who said the company’s algorithms are “not transparent.” In the Silicon Valley view, Facebook is a democratic tool in which the most-liked articles rise to the top, he said. “There’s some truth to that, but also some anti-democratic stuff going on.”
May 11, 2016
Newsday – An article about the surge in voter complaints about New York State’s closed primary system, in which only registered Democrats may vote for Democratic candidates and Republicans for Republicans, quotes Interim Dean James Gardner who said angry voters shouldn’t blame state officials. “The decision of whether to open or close a primary and to what degree is up to the political parties,” he said.
May 6, 2016
Los Angeles Times - An article about the dismissal of a lawsuit that challenged the mental competence of 92-year-old billionaire and media mogul Sumner Redstone quotes Professor Emeritus Anthony Szczygiel. “It starts from the basic premise that each of us has the right to make decisions about our own health care,” he said. “Once you set aside all the sexy details about this particular case, it really came down to that.”
May 4, 2016
Bloomberg Law - Professor Martha McCluskey was quoted on a story on new Consumer Finance Protection Bureau regulations restricting forced arbitration. “Using financial services like credit cards and loans should not mean giving up basic legal rights. What most Americans don’t realize is that many of these services come with potentially harmful strings attached, which they’re forced to accept in order to pay their bills and finance their education.”
May 2, 2016
ABC News - Professor Mark Bartholomew was quoted in an article about the case of a California woman who was ordered to unlock an iPhone using her fingerprint and the questions it raises about whether compelling a person to unlock their smartphone could infringe on their right against self-incrimination.
Apr. 25, 2016
Los Angeles Times - An article about a federal appeals court ruling that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady must serve a four-game suspension for his role in an alleged football-deflating scheme quotes Adjunct Faculty Helen “Nellie” Drew. “From a legal perspective, Brady is all but done,” she said.
Apr. 25, 2016
USA Today - An article about an agreement by the city of Cleveland to pay $6 million to the family of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old black youth fatally shot in 2014 by a white police officer in a tragedy caught on video, quotes Professor Guyora Binder who called the settlement “good news” because large settlements typically force cities to closely examine protocols and behavior.
April 18, 2016
ABC News - A story about a lawsuit filed in federal court by Microsoft for the right to be able to tell customers when law enforcement officials request their emails and other data quotes Professor Mark Bartholomew who said major Silicon Valley players are trying to make their brands stand for privacy. “One way to do that is to take these very public stances against the government,” he said.
Mar. 31, 2016
ABC News – An article about law enforcement officials in Arkansas who may be getting an assist from the FBI to help unlock an iPhone and an iPod belonging to two murder suspects quotes Prof. Mark Bartholomew, "I think you have seen in the context of the Apple San Bernardino case, local law enforcement officials are saying, 'This is a problem, we don't have access to these phones," he said. "In a sense, the Arkansas case shows local officials really want to access these phones in cases of criminal prosecution."
Mar. 29, 2016
Bloomberg News - An article about indications by Donald Trump that he’s not taking any delegates for granted after the Republican front-runner’s campaign signaled that he plans to file a formal complaint with the Republican National Committee contesting how Louisiana will allocate its delegates quotes Interim Dean James Gardner who said that absent allegations of fraud, Trump’s threat to sue the RNC seems to be based on the notion that the rules produced an outcome that he doesn’t like.
Mar. 28, 2016
Vox - An article about the makeup of the U.S. Supreme Court, which has not included a former criminal defense lawyer in 25 years, quotes Associate Professor Anthony O’Rourke, who looked at the backgrounds of Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Samuel Alito, and said that thanks to a "healthier appreciation of, let’s say, the diversity of professionalism" among police and prosecutors in the field, Sotomayor is arguably the most pro-defendant justice on the current Court.
Mar. 4, 2016
Buffalo News - Professor Mark Bartholomew is quoted in an article about how anger at Buffalo’s Delaware North is building online after the National Park Service and the new Yosemite National Park concessionaire changed the names of popular park attractions this week due to a lawsuit filed by Delaware North.
Mar. 1, 2016
Mashable.com – Prof. Lucinda Finley was quoted in an article about Whole Woman’s Health, a Texas clinic that has worked to create an environment where women can deal with the complicated emotions about abortion and leave feeling free of shame and stigma, and oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt.
Mar. 1, 2016
Associated Press - An article about the name changes that took place at midnight Monday in Yosemite National Park amid a bitter legal dispute between government officials and Delaware North, which operated many of the popular attractions from 1993 until Monday when competitor Aramark took over, quotes Professor Mark Bartholomew.
Feb. 29, 2016
Associated Press – An article about the bitter legal dispute over naming rights for some of Yosemite National Park’s most iconic attractions quotes Professor Mark Bartholomew who said Delaware North may want to preserve the value of the names at issue because iconic names will lose value if they are no longer used.
Feb. 24, 2016
Associated Press - Professor Mark Bartholomew was quoted in an article about the battle between Apple Inc. and the FBI over iPhone security looks at what individuals and Apple could do to FBI-proof their phones and shield private information from investigators and cybercriminals alike.
Feb. 23, 2016
Associated Press – An article about the fight between Apple Inc. and the FBI over accessing a locked and encrypted iPhone, which Apple wants to be presented before by Congress rather than decided by the courts, quotes Professor Mark Bartholomew who said Apple may have a compelling case arguing that it would be unfair to force it to make its devices less secure.
Feb. 4, 2016
USA Today - An article about potential legal obstacles for both the prosecution and defense teams in the Bill Cosby sexual-assault trial interviews Professor Anthony O’Rourke who said he believes there is no legal bar to suppress a deposition given by Cosby in 2006 and released by a judge in 2015.
Jan. 25, 2016
NY Daily Record - Christine P. Bartholomew, associate professor of law, was interviewed by the Daily Record about a Supreme Court case ruling on class-action lawsuits. (Available via paid subscription)
Dec. 8, 2015
Fusion.com - An article about global warming and Buffalo’s weather quotes Professor Jessica Owley. The article notes that Owley traveled to Paris this week with a group of six law students to attend the COP21 climate conference and plans to mobilize more young people from Buffalo around the issue.
Nov. 20, 2015
WGRZ-TV - Visiting Clinical Assistant Professor Christopher Moellering was interviewed in a story about a settlement involving a woman who was told she had to leave work after her manager learned that her estranged husband had threatened her.
Nov. 04, 2015
New York Times - Teaching Faculty Lise Gelernter responds to an article that, in her opinion, “illustrated how the Supreme Court’s recent arbitration rulings have eviscerated the notions of fairness and due process for average people trying to vindicate their consumer, employment or other individual rights.”
Oct. 23, 2015
Oct. 08, 2015
Bloomberg Big Law Business - Adjunct Faculty Helen "Nellie" Drew looks at the scandal surrounding DraftKings, the largest of the two primary Daily Fantasy Sports companies, and an employee who used proprietary information from its operations to win a $350,000 payout from rival FanDuel.
Oct. 06, 2015
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July 23, 2015