Dean Diller Receives AALS Rhode Award for Achievement in Public Service

Recognizing Dean Matthew Diller’s leadership in legal education and public service, the AALS Section on Pro Bono and Public Service Opportunities awarded him with the 2014 Deborah L. Rhode Award. Dean Diller has a decades-long record of distinguished work in public service, which includes legal representation, scholarly research, public advocacy, and innovative leadership in legal education.

Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Professor Dan Ravicher's Challenge to Gene Patents

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a major case that invalidates patents on two genes associated with hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. The case was brought by Professor Dan Ravicher of Cardozo School of Law, along with the ACLU.

Professor Deborah Pearlstein: Who Gets to Decide When We Go to War?

The Daily Beast - While Congress votes this week on President Obama’s modest request for authority to train and equip Syrian rebels to battle ISIS on their territory, the legal debate most occupying the opinion columns remains more about what the President has not yet sought: broad authority to deploy American military force to seek out and destroy the terrorist group ourselves.

Professor Marci Hamilton - "Mr. President: The Islamic State Is a Religion"

Verdict Justia - Last week, President Barack Obama addressed the nation to outline the measures the United States is using to deal with the latest terrorist threat, the Islamic State (“ISIS” or “ISIL,” as the Administration calls it).

Does Obama Need Congress to Attack Islamic State? Professor Deborah Pearlstein Weighs in on UK Wired

UK Wired - Deborah Pearlstein, a professor at Cardozo School of Law in New York, said Islamic State is no longer part of al-Qaeda. "They're enemies," she said. "By attacking today's [IS] we are in no sense attacking al-Qaeda."

Professor Hamilton on NCAA Lifting Bowl Ban, Scholarship Sanctions Against Penn State

The Virginia Gazette - Marci Hamilton, a Bucks County attorney who represented two of Sandusky's victims, was critical of the NCAA for backing down. She said the organization has put its credibility at risk by rescinding its punishment for Penn State's failure to protect children and instead covering up for a pedophile.

Why Smart Phones Should Help Us Avoid Selfie Sabotage

Forbes - Brett Frischmann, Director of Intellectual Property and Information Law Program at Cardozo School of Law, told us that when technology prompts us to think about how to handle a nude selfie, the process actually can enhance social learning and help a new level of common sense emerge.

Professor Kai Falkenberg in Crain's New York: New Market in Old Wall Street Names

Crain's New York - If a brand isn't used for three consecutive years and there are no plans for a revival, it's typically considered abandoned and others can take it, said Kai Falkenberg, a professor at Yeshiva University's Cardozo School of Law.

Professor Ekow Yankah: Ferguson's Easy Answers

Huffington Post - A young unarmed black man is suspected of committing a petty theft, is confronted by a police officer and, trying to flee, he is shot in the head and killed. His grieving family and angered community turn to the legal system to vindicate his life; to stand for the idea that no system can be labeled a justice system if it ignores the killing of a young man merely on suspicion of a minor crime.

Professor Susan Crawford: How Amazon Plans to Storm Cable's Castle

Bloomberg View - Amazon.com Inc.'s announcement last week that it would pay $970 million in cash to buy Twitch Interactive Inc., a hugely popular game-streaming service that is just over three years old, marks a key moment for telecommunications policy in the U.S. But the reason might be unexpected.