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February 2006

Full-time Faculty

(listed in reverse alphabetical order)
  • Tim Wu appeared on NPR's "All Things Considered" on February 14 to discuss the role of American companies in helping the Chinese government censor the Internet. The following day, Prof. Wu spoke to BusinessWeek about Google's new China site in an article titled "The Web and China: Not so Simple." He also discussed Google's decision to submit to censorship by the Chinese government in Time magazine ("Google Under the Gun," February 13, 2006). Later in the month, Prof. Wu spoke about a hearing to penalize Research in Motion, the BlackBerry's maker, for violating the patents of Virginia-based NTP in U.S. News & World Report ("Patently Problematic," February 27, 2006) and on CBS Evening News (February 24, 2006).

  • Edward Morrison was quoted in a New York Times article about the Supreme Court hearing to resolve the dispute over Anna Nicole Smith's late husband's will (("Anna Nicole Smith to Face Supreme Court," February 28, 2006).

  • Eben Moglen was profiled in the latest issue of IP Law & Business, an American Lawyer Media publication that focuses on intellectual property issues ("Meet the DotCommunist," February 15, 2006).

  • Harvey Goldschmid '65 spoke about the role played by new SEC chairman Christopher Cox, who once worked to lobby against stronger securities regulation, in the American Prospect ("The Next Wall Street Scandal," February 2006).  Of Cox, Prof. Goldschmid said, "I don't doubt that he had the wrong instincts for quite a good period of time...But he has certainly made a moderate, and an encouraging, entrance." Prof. Goldschmid also spoke about a new rule that requires hedge funds to provide more information about their operations, which he voted for as a SEC commissioner ("Hedge Fund Rules," New York Law Journal, February 23, 2006).

  • A study by Philip Genty was cited in a story about women who lose custody of their children while serving time in jail ("Parental Rights -- A Law's Fallout: Women in Prison Fight for Custody," The Wall Street Journal, February 27, 2006). Prof. Genty's study found that parental-rights termination cases involving incarcerated parents more than doubled during the time period in which the Adoption and Safe Families Act went into effect.

  • Richard Gardner discussed the campaign strategy of Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi on the National Public Radio program "Worldview" (February 14, 2006). The program can be heard here (under "Italy--Prime Minister's Comments Cause a Stir," click on "listen").

  • Jeffrey Fagan appeared in the New York Sun on February 2 to comment on a new law that stiffens penalties for violence against police officers ("Case to Test Stricter Sentencing for Harming Officers"). Also, Prof. Fagan's testimony at a Senate Judiciary hearing on the death penalty, where he argued that capital punishment was carried out too rarely to constitute a real deterrent, was covered by Reuters ("Senate Hears Testimony for, Against Executions," February 1, 2006).

  • Michael Dorf spoke about a gender discrimination lawsuit filed against a department store that provided diaper changing stations in women's restrooms, but not in men's ("Changin' In the Boys' Room," The New York Times, February 5, 2006).

  • John Coffee was quoted in two New York Times articles on the expected retrial of former Cendant chairman Walter Forbes, whose previous trials have twice ended without a verdict ("A Second Mistrial Is Declared in Fraud Case Against the Former Chairman of Cendant," February 10, 2006, and "Cendant's Ex-Chairman Faces His Third Trial," February 15, 2006). Prof. Coffee said that if the government tried Mr. Forbes a third time, it would do best to streamline the complex accounting case for the jury. ''They should focus more narrowly on a few scenes from a fraud,'' he said.

    Earlier in the month, Prof. Coffee commented on the Enron prosecution in the Financial Times ("The Simple Truth is that Accounting Fraud is Complicated," February 4, 2006) and on the upcoming trial of former New York Stock Exchange chief Dick Grasso in the Wall Street Journal ("Delayed Duel: Spitzer, Grasso Still Await Trial," February 8, 2006).