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2014 News Archive

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Professor Robert Bloom
Bloom Talks to Reuters on Trial of Marathon Bombing Suspect

Jury selection began in the trial of the man accused of carrying out the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing that killed three people and wounded more than 260 others in the largest mass-casualty attack on U.S. soil since Sept. 11, 2001.

Professor Patricia McCoy
McCoy in NY Times on Bank's Role in Financial Crisis

Since the financial crisis, Wall Street firms have argued that they were victims, just like everybody else, of the bad mortgages that were churned out by subprime lenders like Countrywide and New Century.

Professor Ray Madoff
Madoff in SF Gate on Tax Deductions for Donor-Advised Funds

In exchange for making the nation’s third-largest individual charitable contribution of 2014, Nicholas and Jill Woodman — founders of the high-tech GoPro camera company — will receive a huge tax deduction for their donation of 5.8 million shares of company stock to a donor-advised fund at the Silicon Valley Community Foundation.

Professor Robert Bloom
Bloom on ABC Channel 5 to Discuss Jury Selection Decision in Tsarnaev Trial

The federal judge presiding over the trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev says he won't delay jury selection.  Judge George O'Toole Jr. said in his decision Friday that jury selection will start as scheduled on Monday, because it would be too inconvenient to delay it.

Professor Ray Madoff
Madoff in Barron's on Potential Abuses of Donor-Advised Funds

Congress has its sights on the donor-advised fund industry, whose assets swelled to $54 billion last year as charitably inclined folks continued to sock away money in giving accounts.

Professor Kari Hong
Hong on Greater Boston Discussing Court Decision in Inmate Sex-Change Case

Professor Kari Hong appeared on WGBH's 'Greater Boston' to talk about a federal appeals court decision overturning a ruling ordering Massachusetts prison officials to provide taxpayer-funded sex-reassignment surgery for an inmate convicted of murder.  

Professor David Olson
Olson in CNET on Verdict in Apple iPod Trial

Apple was found not guilty of anticompetitive conduct Tuesday in an almost ten-year-old antitrust case alleging the company harmed consumers and quashed digital music industry incumbents when it barred competing music stores' songs from playing on its iPod music player.

Professor Robert Bloom
Bloom on ABC Channel 5 to Discuss Judge's Ruling in Hernandez Trial

It was a victory for the Aaron Hernandez defense as text messages from Odin Lloyd have been tossed from his murder trial in Bristol County.

Professor Ray Madoff
Madoff Talks to CNBC & Bloomberg on Pros & Cons of Donor-Advised Funds

'Tis the season for giving, and charities are ramping up their appeals with mailers, email appeals and more. The challenge for donors is finding the most effective way to give.

Professor Ray Madoff
Madoff in NY Times on Rise of Donor-Advised Funds

Donor-advised funds run by huge money-management firms are exploding. Fidelity Charitable runs the second-ranked charity in the United States, according to the Chronicle of Philanthropy, behind United Way Worldwide. Charles Schwab’s is fourth and Vanguard’s is 10th.

Professor Hong's photo
Hong on WGBH and WBZ Discussing Future of Grand Juries

Grand juries are inherently one-sided and shrouded in secrecy. They often listen to weeks of testimony from prosecution witnesses, who are not cross-examined, and in most states, the proceeding must remain completely under wraps.

Professor Brian Galle
Galle in Montgomery Advertiser on Charitable Giving Among States

Alabamians don’t have a lot of money but they’re among the most likely to give to churches and charities, according to a new study.

Professor Robert Bloom discusses grand jury procedures.
Bloom on WGBH Discussing Transparency in Grand Jury Procedures

Local protests continue in response to last month’s grand jury decision in Ferguson, Mo., not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown, and this month’s grand jury decision in New York not to indict NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo in the death of unarmed Eric Garner.

Professor Daniel Lyons
Lyons in Herald on TV Programming Blackouts

TV viewers in Boston should get used to programming blackouts caused by showdowns between networks and cable and satellite providers like the recent one between CBS and Dish Network.

Professor Kari Hong
Hong Op-ed in Globe on Eliminating Grand Juries

It is clear to me that the best possible reform that can come from these complex tragedies is not to create special proceedings for police officers — but to get rid of grand juries for everyone.

Professor David Olson
Olson in CNET on Apple's iPod Class-Action Lawsuit

Professor David Olson recently discussed Apple's class-action lawsuit with CNET in two separate articles.

Professor Robert Bloom
Bloom in Herald on Grand Jury Indictments in Police Misconduct Cases

For the second time in as many weeks a grand jury has not indicted a white police officer for causing the death of a black man during an arrest, a “troubling” trend according to Professor Robert Bloom.

Professor Ray Madoff
Madoff Talks to CNBC on Donor-Advised Funds

The rise of donor-advised funds (DAFs) is a bane or boon for charitable causes, depending on whom you ask. DAFs continue to be the fastest-growing vehicle for charitable giving in the United States.

Professor Brian Galle
Galle Talks to WalletHub on Charitable Giving

According to the most recent available data from surveys and tax returns, charitable giving has rebounded as the stock market has climbed steadily in the last couple of years.

Dean Vincent Rougeau
Dean Rougeau Op-ed in Globe on Violence in Ferguson

Like so many other Americans, I waited anxiously for a decision from the Missouri grand jury and was not particularly surprised when I learned that Officer Darren Wilson would face no charges in the killing of the unarmed black teen Michael Brown.

Professor Daniel Lyons
Lyons in Herald & Daily Free Press on Broadcast Fee Disputes

The type of fee dispute that shut out nearly 400,000 Bay State Verizon FiOS customers from Fox 25’s broadcasts Thursday — including a Thanksgiving Day NFL game — will continue to threaten local access to big-time sports and TV events, including Patriots games on CBS for Dish Network customers.

Professor David Olson
Olson in CNET on EU's Proposed Breakup of Google

The United States doesn't seem to like the European Parliament's proposed breakup of Google. The US Mission to the European Union responded to news of a draft proposal by the European Parliament calling for an "unbundling" of Google's businesses with a disapproving tone

Professor Kari Hong
Hong Talks to Reuters on Obama's Immigration Order

Professor Kari Hong discussed President Obama's recent immigration order with Reuters in two separate articles.

Professor Patricia McCoy
McCoy in Bloomberg on Winding Down Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

Tim Johnson, the South Dakota Democrat who wrote a bill to eliminate Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, sat in the walnut-paneled chambers of the Senate Banking Committee yesterday and said Congress might never get rid of the two companies.

Professor Ray Madoff
Madoff Quoted in IBD on Drawbacks of Donor-Advised Funds

The crush of year-end charitable giving may be underway. But Noah Rosenfarb of Parkland, Fla., hasn't waited until the last minute. Earlier this year, he gave some of his Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) stock that had surged in value to the Jacobson Jewish Community Foundation, in Boca Raton, Fla., which administers donor-advised funds.

Professor Ray Madoff
Madoff in Palm Beach Daily News on Pitfalls of Donor-Advised Funds

The easiest way to donate to the charity of your choice may be through a donor-advised fund, which you often can find at your investment company or brokerage house.  With these funds, you get a charitable tax break for your gift and may have a say in how your money will be distributed. But beware that once you invest in one of these funds, your investment is irrevocable.

Professor Kari Hong
Hong on NECN to Discuss Obama's Immigration Plans

Immigration law expert Kari Hong from BC Law School joined BroadSide host Jim Braude to discuss whether the President can suspend deportations without approval of Congress.

Professor Richard Albert
Albert in Newsweek on Town's Proposed Tobacco Sales Ban

Residents of the small town of Westminster, Massachusetts, are fuming over a proposed ban on the sale of all tobacco products within town limits. A town meeting held Wednesday evening to discuss the proposal ended after barely 20 minutes when attendees refused to stop clapping and shouting.

Professor Kari Hong
Hong in Herald on Obama's Immigration Plans

President Obama’s anticipated executive orders to let 5 million illegal immigrants live and work here legally will mean open war between Capitol Hill and the White House, Republicans warned.  “We’re going to fight the president tooth and nail if he continues down this path,” House Speaker John Boehner said.

Professor Patricia McCoy
McCoy Talks to SNL Financial on Penalties Against Banks in Forex Scandal

The biggest U.S. banks are ensnared in the global foreign-exchange market fracas that resulted this week in billions of dollars in fines. They will likely face more financial stress, including hefty lawsuits, as well as reputational pain and the specter of criminal indictments — against individuals and possibly against the banks themselves, observers told SNL.

Professor David Olson
Olson on Fox 25 to Discuss the Future of Online Music

BC Law Professor David Olson spoke to Fox 25 about muscians such as Taylor Swift and their ability to make money from commercial music services like Spotify.

Professor Dan Kanstrooom
Kanstroom Talks to KGNS-TV on Deportation Laws

The community had a chance to learn about deportation laws and how they are enforced in the United States.  It’s all part of TAMIU and IBC bank's Keynote Speaker Series. Wednesday's speaker was Boston College law Professor, Daniel Kanstroom.  The presentation was based off his book, "Aftermath: Deportation Law and the New American Diaspora."

Professor Ray Madoff
Madoff in Globe on Fidelity's Donor-Advised Funds

Fidelity Investments, best known for mutual funds and retirement plans, now oversees more in charitable contributions than much better-known philanthrophic organizations such as the Salvation Army and the American Red Cross, and it is on the verge of surpassing the United Way.

Quinn in Globe on Advertising Firm Merger

Sapient Corp., the Boston marketing and consulting company that agreed to be bought for $3.7 billion by the French advertising giant Publicis Groupe, may not be known very well outside of its industry. Chances are, however, that you’ve downloaded one of its apps or shared a YouTube video it produced.

Galle Talks to ProPublica on Super PACs in Midterm Elections

In the final weeks before this year's elections, a super PAC called Key Questions, Key Answers started buying TV ads across Pennsylvania attacking Tom Wolf, the Democratic candidate for governor. "Don't vote for a wolf in sheep's clothing," the narrator says in one of the ads as a sheep with Wolf's face bleats the word "taxes."

Professor Mary Holper
Holper Talks to The Heights on Immigration and the Midterm Elections

Last Wednesday afternoon, the Boston College Graduate Students of Color Association (GSCA) hosted a panel on immigration, highlighting the issue for the upcoming midterm election. GSCA invited several professors to speak about the complexities and developments on immigration.

Professor Mary-Rose Papandrea
Papandrea in Business Week on Halloween Costumes and the Law

In the small French town of Vendargues, no one over the age of 12 is allowed to wear clown makeup or costumes today.

Professor Alice Noble
Noble on WGBH Morning Edition to Discuss Nurse's Ebola Quarantine

BC Law Adjunct Professor Alice Noble spoke to WGBH's Morning Edition about the quarantine for Maine nurse Kaci Hickox.

Professor Kari Hong
Hong Talks to Harvard Crimson on Deferred Prosecution Deals

Eldo Kim, the then-College undergraduate who was charged last week for allegedly sending emailed bomb threats that temporarily shut down campus last December, reached an “unusual” yet “fair” arrangement in avoiding a trial, law experts said this week.

Professor Mark Brodin in his office.
Brodin Talks to Bloomberg on Law Enforcement Reviews of U.S. Mail

The U.S. Postal Service granted 49,000 requests by law enforcement to track people’s mail in 2013 under a program that often lacked proper approval, adequate justification and required annual reviews, a recent audit found.

Professor Robert Bloom in his office.
Bloom on ABC Channel 5 to Discuss Phillipos Boston Bombing Verdict

BOSTON —A friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was found guilty Tuesday of lying to investigators about his actions in the days immediately following the attacks.

Professor Catharine Wells
Wells in Huffington Post on Race in Law Schools

(From the Huffington Post)--There is an unspoken rule here in Louisiana: Do not talk about race. The rule should surprise few. After all, race is intermingled with the state's history, institutions, and current policies. We were a slave state. We were a Jim Crow state. Our schools were segregated. Some of our schools are still segregated. Our prisons are disproportionately populated by men of color. The list goes on.

Professor Ray Madoff
Madoff Talks to New Yorker on Investment Firms and Philanthropy

In 1991, as the United States was emerging from a recession, Edward C. Johnson III, the chairman of Fidelity Investments, introduced what at the time was an unorthodox possibility: What if his company could facilitate charitable donations for its clients? The firm could help people get a tax benefit while making it easier for them to give to charities.

Professor Pat McCoy
McCoy Talks to Law 360 on MetLife Challenge To SIFI Designation

(From Law 360)--MetLife Inc. faces an uphill battle in its challenge to its proposed designation as a systemically important financial institution subject to Federal Reserve oversight, given factors such as the highly deferential standard of review favoring federal regulators, experts say.

Professor Zyg Plater
Plater Talks to Patriot Ledger on Eminent Domain in Quincy

Larry Tasney’s duplex in North Quincy could soon be the last house standing on a stretch of Hunt Street that city leaders want to see flattened and turned into a parking lot behind North Quincy High School. Still refusing to sell his home, Tasney remains the last holdout.

Professor Kent Greenfield
Watch: Greenfield in Jefferson B. Fordham Debate on Corporate Personhood

The subject of the 31st annual debate was “Be it resolved: Corporations should not be considered people under the U.S. Constitution.”

Professor Alfred Yen
Yen Talks to Globe on Converse Law Suit Against Look-Alikes

Converse Inc. sued some of the nation’s biggest retailers and sneaker-makers Tuesday in a legal blitz to defend its iconic and enduringly popular Chuck Taylor shoes against a crowd of purported copycat competitors.

Professor Ray Madoff
Madoff on MPRNews on Charitable Giving in Twin Cities

A nationwide study released this week reports that the Twin Cities was one of the areas in the country that saw the largest decline in charitable giving through the recession and early years of economic recovery.

Professor Cathleen Kaveny
Kaveny Op-ed in Commonweal on "That 70s Church: What It Got Right"

Unpacking some boxes after a recent move from South Bend, Indiana, to Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, I came across my confirmation stole, which I made in the spring of 1978.

Professor Michael Cassidy
Cassidy Talks to Globe on Potential New Trial in 1993 Murder

The case of two men convicted of killing a woman in Chelsea is expected to come before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court on Thursday, as justices weigh whether new DNA evidence merits a retrial after the men have spent more than 20 years behind bars.

Professor Kent Greenfield
Greenfield in Christian Science Monitor on Supreme Court and Gay Marriage

Some analysts sorting through the tea leaves say the high court’s decision Monday not to take up a same-sex marriage case suggests that the four conservative justices could not be sure Justice Kennedy – the potential deciding vote – would join them.

Professor Robert Bloom
Bloom Talks to Reuters on Friend of Accused Boston Bomber

(Reuters) - A friend of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect could not have lied to the FBI about visiting his dorm room and removing a backpack because he was too intoxicated by marijuana to remember what he did that day, his attorney said on Monday.

Paulo Barrozo
Barrozo Quoted in Christian Science Monitor on the Islamic State

More than 26,000 civilians have been killed or injured this year in the conflict in Iraq, according to a new United Nations report, which details an array of possible war crimes and crimes against humanity by the self-described Islamic State (IS).

Professor Ray Madoff
Madoff in NY Times on Charitable Giving

How can we increase the flow of money to charitable organizations? With the anemic economic recovery and cuts in government funding, the need for donations is greater than ever, yet funding for charities has remained largely stagnant.

Professor Zyg Plater
Plater TEDx Talk: Things I Learned from a Very Small Fish

Boston College Law Professor Zygmunt Plater presented a TEDx Talk on his new book, THE SNAIL DARTER & THE DAM: How Pork-Barrel Politics Endangered a Little Fish and Killed a River (Yale University Press). The Supreme Court case—a classic David and Goliath scenario—was an ingenious, but doomed, attempt to save a Tennessee way of life.

Professor George Brown in the Wall Street Journal on Holder resignation.
Brown in Wall Street Journal on Holder Resignation

Attorney General Eric Holder's announcement Thursday that he will resign signals an end to a turbulent tenure as the nation's top law-enforcement official and a potential reset for an administration looking to push through new laws on civil rights and sentencing reform next year.

Professor Kent Greenfield photo
Greenfield to Participate in Oct. 7 31st Annual Jefferson B. Fordham Debate

“Be it resolved: Corporations should not be considered people under the U.S. Constitution" will occur on October 7 at 5:30 pm, and will be streamed live online.

Tax Analysts Logo
Profs. Repetti, Ring Organize Tax Analysts Conference: "Reforming Entity Taxation"

BC Law is partnering with Tax Analysts to host a conference, Reforming Entity Taxation, at the Law School on Friday, October 10.

Professor Pat McCoy
Pat McCoy Featured in BC Chronicle as First Liberty Mutual Professor

Patricia McCoy, a leading expert on issues of financial services regulation, has joined the Boston College Law School faculty as the inaugural Liberty Mutual Insurance Professor in property and casualty insurance law.

Professor Sanford Katz
Second Edition of Katz's Family Law in America Now Available

Boston College Professor of Law Sanford N. Katz examines the present state of family law in second edition release of Family Law in America, available now.

Professor Michael Cassidy
Cassidy Named to Commission to Study ADA and Public Defender Salaries

BC Law Professor Michael Cassidy has been appointed to a new Commission by Governor Devall Patrick to study the salary of state Assistant District Attorneys and Public Defenders.

Professor Brian Quinn
Quinn in NY Times on Dollar General’s Hostile Bid for Family Dollar

(From the NY Times)--The three-way tug of war being hashed out in the discount retail industry just got a little bit more contentious.

Prof. Ray Madoff
Madoff, Galle, Bagley Organize Philanthropy Reform Conference

Professor Ray Madoff, with faculty colleagues Brian Galle and Bill Bagley, will convene a conference later this month to bring together scholars, philanthropic leaders, and others to consider whether current rules governing philanthropy adequately support the public good.

Prof. Michael Cassidy
Cassidy Op-ed on Educating Young Men about Rape in WBUR's Cognoscenti

The current spotlight on campus sexual assault will no doubt raise awareness among college students of their legal rights and obligations.

Prof. Pat McCoy
McCoy Quoted on Regulation of International Banking in The Banker

Proposals for an international deal to facilitate the resolution of systemic cross-border banking groups, driven by the US and UK regulators, are facing a rising tide of objections just as the crucial G20 summit in Australia approaches in November.

Professor Richard Albert
Albert on Term Limits in Calgary Herald

(From the Calgary Herald) Progressive Conservative leadership candidate Jim Prentice carved himself some wiggle room Sunday on term limits, suggesting his controversial pledge to restrict the number of years Alberta politicians hold office could be accomplished through internal party policy instead of legislation.

Professor Michael Cassidy
Cassidy Named to MA SJC Committee to Examine Jury Selection Process

BOSTON, MA -- The Justices of the Supreme Judicial Court today announced the formation of a committee that will examine the jury selection process in the five Trial Court departments that conduct jury trials.

Professor Ray Madoff
Madoff speaks to Globe on the Financial Power of the American Dead

(From The Boston Globe) The United States is a very good place to be dead — better than almost anywhere else, legally speaking.

Professor Daniel Kanstroom
Kanstroom Appointed to Editorial Board of International Migration Review

Professor Daniel Kanstroom has been appointed to a three-year term on the editorial board of the International Migration Review, an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal created to encourage and facilitate the study of all aspects of international migration. 

Professor Kent Greenfield
Greenfield Cited in Washington Post Op-ed About the Rights of Corporations

(From The Washington Post) “Checked the tax code,” wrote a friend who’s engaged to a woman from a low-tax country.

Professor Daniel Coquillette
Coquillette Discusses Legal Apprenticeship Models with the New York Times

(From the New York Times) When Chris Tittle meets new people and the topic turns to his work, he sometimes fishes in his pockets and produces a business card that reads “Abraham Lincoln.”

Professor Papandrea
Papandrea talks to Philly Inquirer on Public Employees and Free Speech Online

A federal judge's ruling that a former high school teacher who claimed she was fired for disparaging students in an online blog can't sue the district for violating her right to free speech is one of the first court decisions involving public employees and their online comments about the workplace, said Law Professor Mary-Rose Papandrea.

Professor Diane Ring
Ring on WBUR's OnPoint on Battle Over US Corporate Tax Inversion

It’s a neat trick for big American companies to avoid a heap of American taxes:  stop being American.

Professor Michael Cassidy
Cassidy on WBUR on Probation Department Corruption Verdicts

Professor Michael Cassidy was on WBUR to discuss MA probation department corruption verdicts in federal district court.

Professor Ray Madoff
Madoff Named to Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly's 'Top Women of Law' List

The Top Women of Law event celebrates outstanding achievements made by exceptional women.

Professor Daniel Kanstroom
Kanstroom in Globe on Poll Regarding Plan for Sheltering Migrant Children

Massachusetts voters are split on Governor Deval Patrick’s plan to provide temporary shelter for up to 1,000 unaccompanied immigrant children on a state air base or military training installation, according to a new Boston Globe poll.

Professor Dan Lyons
Lyons in Globe on Aereo's Attempt at Becoming a Cable Service

After more than a year of casting itself as the low-cost, online antidote to cable companies, Aereo now wants to be one of them—sort of.

Professor Papandrea
Papandrea in Commonwealth Mag on Judge Young's Use of Juror Questions

AT MOST TRIALS in state and federal courts, the jury is a blank and muted canvass for lawyers to paint their cases on throughout the proceedings, its collective voice heard loud and clear only when the verdict is announced.

Professor Kent Greenfield
Greenfield in Newsweek on 'Hobby Lobby' Case

In 2010, then-candidate Rand Paul, a libertarian Republican running for the open U.S. Senate seat in Kentucky, told the editorial board of the Louisville Courier-Journal that he disagreed with the Civil Rights Act of 1964 because it prohibited private businesses like restaurants and hotels from discriminating against black people.

Kaveny in Commonweal on Hobby Lobby Case: 'A Minefield'

The Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, where religious exemptions to the contraception mandate in the Affordable Care Act were extended to a private for-profit company, has produced jubilation among those who regarded the mandate as a grave threat to religious liberty and consternation from those who think access to no-cost contraception should be a fundamental component of health care for women.

Professor Kent Greenfield
Greenfield Op ed in Globe on 'Hobby Lobby' Case

We've been had. And so has Justice Anthony Kennedy.

Professor Richard Albert
Albert Elected Associate Member of IACL

Newton, MA – BC Assistant Law professor Richard Albert has been elected as an Associate Member of the International Academy of Comparative Law (IACL).

Professor Brian Quinn
Quinn in Herald on 'Hobby Lobby' Supreme Court Case

The Supreme Court yesterday indicated that its Hobby Lobby decision would only apply in a narrow set of circumstances, but the court left the door open for private corporations with “sincerely held” religious beliefs to blatantly discriminate, according to legal experts.

Professor Kent Greenfield
Greenfield Talks 'Hobby Lobby' Supreme Court Case

BC Law professor Kent Greenfield discusses the 'Hobby Lobby' Supreme Court case involving religious freedom of corporations.

Dean Rougeau in America Magazine: Legacy and Ongoing Challenge of Civil Rights Act

Few societies in modern history have been more invested in the social construct of race than the United States.

Greenfield on New Zealand Radio on 'Myth of Choice'

Professor of Law and Law Fund Research Scholar at Boston College Law School, and author of the 2011 book, The Myth of Choice: Personal Responsibility in a World of Limits, appears on New Zealand Radio.

Quinn in The Street on Relational's Manitowoc Stake

Wisconsin-based machinery firms have drawn the interest of activist investors, but it isn't entirely clear whether hard-charging hedge funds will have their way in the 'badger state.'

Greenfield in Herald on Implications of Abortion Ruling

The ripple effect of yesterday’s stunning U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down the state’s 35-foot abortion clinic buffer zone will be felt from Beacon Hill to City Hall, as officials scramble to figure out how to replace the now-banned law and keep the peace, experts warned.

Bloom in Wisconsin Reporter on 'John Doe' Raids

Troubling. That’s how one Fourth Amendment expert describes the manner in which search warrants were executed in a politically charged John Doe investigation into dozens of conservative groups.

Lyons Op-ed on Internet Interconnection Agreements in Free State Foundation

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler recently announced that the Commission had requested, and received, copies of interconnection agreements signed between Netflix and Internet service providers Comcast and Verizon.

Yen on Fox 25 to Discuss Redskins Trademark Issue

The US Patent office rules Redskins trademark should be canceled.

Quinn in Wall Street Journal on Valeant Takeover Bid for Allergan

The mudslinging between Allergan Inc. and Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. got more intense on Monday. But it was Morgan Stanley bankers who found themselves caught in the crossfire.

Lyons on Net Neutrality for Toronto Globe and Mail

Canada’s telecom regulator must soon decide whether to restrict billing practices associated with a handful of apps that let users stream live and on-demand television stations on their mobile devices.

Madoff on MA Senate 'Right Of Publicity' For The Dead for WBUR Radio Boston

Thirteen states have laws that allow the posthumous transfer of a person’s identity to their heirs or to the firms that represent them.

Cassidy for Cognoscenti: An Ode to Fatherhood

When my sons were younger, I used to long for a respite from the frenetic pace of parenting.

Lyons Op-ed on Cable Merger in Baltimore Sun

The proposed deal between Comcast and Time Warner could keep the companies from going the way of Blockbuster.

Jones Blogs on Officer and Director Bar as a Remedy for Fraud

In my forthcoming article, Unfit For Duty: The Officer and Director Bar as Remedy for Fraud, I focus on an underutilized weapon in the SEC’s enforcement arsenal: the power to bar individuals from serving as officers or directors of public companies.

Plater on Local Impact of President's Greenhouse Gases Plan

Last month, the Salem Power Plant shut down its coal-fired boilers for good. It was the last of the state’s so-called Filthy Five power plants, targeted by environmentalists for sending tons of carbon emissions into the atmosphere.

Cassidy in Boston Magazine on Juvenile Parole Hearings

Seven months after the highest court in Massachusetts ruled that it was cruel and unusual to keep murderers convicted as juveniles behind bars for the rest of their lives without the chance of release, the first batch of parole hearings have started to take place, drudging up a range of emotions for the family members of victims and calling into question what’s next if they actually leave prison.

Greenfield in Nation on Corporations and the Constitution

The big media talk a lot about stalemate in Congress, but they are missing the real story. While representative democracy is dysfunctional, the Supreme Court has taken over with its own reactionary power grab.

Libby Professor Kaveny in Commonweal on Gaps in Health Care for Poor

The consequences of hostility to health-care reform are devastating for the poor, writes Libby Professor of Law and Theology Cathleen Kaveny in Commonweal.

Lyons in Herald on Controversy Over FCC Adjustment of Open Internet Rules

Federal regulators will vote Thursday on proposed open Internet rules, a controversial process that has forced the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission to tweak his plan amid a heated debate over “net neutrality.”

Murray-Tjan in Huffington Post on Immigrants and US Citizenship

We Americans view U.S. citizenship as almost holy -- as holy as any secular status could be. The Supreme Court described the national sentiment in the 1967 case Afroyim v. Rusk: Our "citizenry is the country and the country is its citizenry."

Lyons on Comcast, Future of Video Competition in Providence Journal

(From the Providence Journal)--The cable company is one entity everyone likes to hate. Perhaps this knee-jerk animosity is to blame for the rush to condemn Comcast’s proposed $44 billion merger with Time Warner Cable.

Murray-Tjan on NPR on Controversy of Spouses of Tech-Saavy Immigrants Working in US

What does the new plan mean for the tech industry and the economy?

Lyons in World Magazine on Elimination of Phone Landlines

Residents of Carbon Hill, Ala., and Delray Beach, Fla., may be among the first to bid farewell to traditional landline phone service.

Madoff on Donor Advised Funds for Marketplace

Donor-advised funds are an increasingly popular, and controversial, form of charity. Law Professor Ray Madoff weighed in on American Public Media's "Marketplace."

Dean Rougeau in SJC Roundtable Discussion on Legal Education

Newton, MA--Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Roderick L. Ireland recently convened a roundtable discussion with the deans of Massachusetts' law schools and the SJC Justices to discuss legal education.

Lyons on WRKO Radio, The Blaze TV on Aereo Supreme Court Case

Newton, MA--Professor Daniel Lyons discussed the Aereo Supreme Court case with both WRKO Radio in Boston and "The Blaze" TV.

Lyons Discusses Net Neutrality and Verizon Decision in This Week in Law Podcast

(From This Week in Law Podcast)--Professor Lyons discusses some of the thornier issues in net neutrality and current events including the fallout of the Verizon v. FCC decision on the This Week in Law Podcast.

Madoff's Work on Donor Advised Funds Highlighted in Forbes

(From deep in House Ways & Means Committee Chair Dave Camp’s tax reform plan is a proposal to require donor-advised funds to distribute contributions within five years.

Plater Talks to Backstory Radio About Snail Darter Controversy

Newton, MA - Professor Plater discusses endangered species cases, the snail darter controversy, and how he used the Endangered Species Act to argue and win the Tennessee Valley Authority v. Hill case before the Supreme Court, preserving the habitat of a tiny, three-inch fish.

Brodin Featured Panelist for “Through a Glass Starkly: Civil Procedure Reassessed” Symposium

Newton, MA--BC Law Professor Mark Brodin was a featured speaker at the recent panel discussion "The Shape of Judicial Power" where he presented a paper "Screening Out Unwanted Calls: The Manipulation of Standing Doctrine."

Greenfield Tells CNN Roberts Court Has Chipped Away at Civil Rights Act

(From CNN)--As the nation celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, it's tempting to believe the battle over the law is over. But people are still clashing over it -- what it means, how long should it last and whether it discriminates against whites. According to Professor Kent Greenfield, the Roberts court is already chipping away at the legal architecture of the Civil Rights Act.

Lyons Discusses Net Neutrality in This Week in Law Podcast

(From This Week in Law Podcast)--Professor Lyons discusses internet law, antitrust law, and net neutrality on the This Week in Law Podcast.

Cassidy in Globe on Middlesex DA Ryan's Caseload

(From the Boston Globe)--R. Michael Cassidy, a former prosecutor who is now a Boston College Law School professor, said Middlesex DA Marian Ryan’s decision to continue prosecuting cases while preparing for a competitive primary could be good for morale in the district attorney’s office.

Brodin Featured on 'Affirmative Action in Education' Panel Discussion

Newton, MA--BC Law Professor Mark Brodin was a featured speaker at the recent panel discussion "Affirmative Action in Education: How It Began and Where We Are Today."

Kohler in Globe on Student-Athlete Compensation

(From the Boston Globe)--Bigfoot, the Loch Ness monster, and the NCAA power-conference “student-athlete” share a common trait. They’re all mythical creatures.

Bloom on Tsarnaev Defense Strategy in Boston Herald

Newton, MA--Professor Robert Bloom discusses how Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's attorneys can use evidence connecting his brother to the FBI during his trial in the Boston Herald.

Forbes Discusses Madoff Proposal Regarding Payout Rules for Donor Advised Funds

(From Forbes)--Among the less-than-pleasant surprises to be found in House Ways and Means Committee chair Rep. Dave Camp’s generally thoughtful and constructive tax reform proposal is one targeting donor-advised funds (DAFs).

Greenfield Op ed In American Prospect on Hobby Lobby Case

(From The American Prospect)--If businesses are allowed to discriminate citing religious beliefs, then get ready to see some ugly throwbacks to pre-Civil Rights Era America.

Galle in USA Today on Proposed IRS Rule Limiting Advocacy Over Nominees

WASHINGTON -- Should a nominee for the Supreme Court or Cabinet secretary be considered a "candidate" for federal office under tax law?

Greenfield on WGBH to Discuss Affordable Care Act and Religious Freedom

(From WGBH)--Two years after upholding the ACA's individual mandate, the Supreme Court will now hear challenges to the law's contraception requirement. Law Professor Kent Greenfield discussed the topic of religious freedom vs. public health as a guest on WGBH News.

Lyons on WRKO Radio to Discuss Netflix, Comcast Deal

(From WRKO Radio)--Professor Daniel Lyons helps break down the Netflix-Comcast deal.

Amicus Brief Co-authored by Greenfield Called "Persuasive" in NY Times

(From the New York Times)--This week, the owners of two secular, for-profit corporations will ask the Supreme Court to take a radical turn and allow them to impose their religious views on their employees — by refusing to permit them contraceptive coverage as required under the Affordable Care Act.

Lyons on Net Neutrality in Communications Daily

(From Communications Daily)--Law professors on the panel agreed that FCC action on net neutrality under Section 706 of the Communications Act carries a huge number of potential "land mines" for the agency to navigate.

Greenfield Article Cited in Business Law Prof Blog

(From Business Law Prof Blog)--A hearing in the Delaware Court of Chancery highlights the question raised in my earlier post of institutional shareholder activism and provides a timely example of one brand of shareholder activism:  issue activism.

IMF Confirms Analysis in Repetti Co-Authored Text on Estate Tax Reform and Economic Growth

(From TaxProf Blog)--In Occupy the Tax Code: Using the Estate Tax to Reduce Inequality and Spur Economic Growth, 40 Pepp. L Rev. 1255 (2013), Jim Repetti and I reviewed the economic literature that presents significant empirical evidence that inequality hurts economic growth.

Lyons Discusses Comcast-Netflix Deal in Free State Foundation

(From the Free State Foundation)--Last week, the blogosphere was abuzz with the news that Netflix and Comcast had signed a "mutually beneficial interconnection agreement."

Greenfield Oped on Corporations and Religious Liberty in Globe

(From the Boston Globe)--The best way to ensure corporations are positive influences in an economy, much less a society, is to construct a framework of financial, workplace, and environmental regulation. In other words, corporate conscience alone is no shield from bad behavior or a sufficient prompt for good, writes Law School Professor Kent Greenfield.

Madoff Talks to Chronicle of Philanthropy on House Tax Plan for Nonprofits

(From the Chronicle of Philanthropy)--The House is taking aim at nonprofit financial practices with an eye toward putting more gifts directly to work for charities. It would slap a tax on nonprofits that pay employees $1-million or more and would require gifts to donor-advised funds to be deployed to charities within five years.

Wirth Presents at 100th 'Renaissance Weekend'

Newton, MA--BC Law Professor David Wirth was invited to be a presenter at the recent Renaissance Weekend in Laguna Niguel, California.

Sherman on CT NPR About Max Security Facility for Girls

(From WNPR)--Each year, 1.4 million of the nation’s eleven- to 17-year-olds enter the juvenile justice system. Of these boys and girls, some 71,000 are sent to incarceration facilities, where they may remain for several months in seclusion from the outside world.

Cassidy Talks to Globe on MA US District Court Makeover

(From the Boston Globe)--The federal judgeship in Massachusetts is set to undergo the most sweeping makeover it has seen in 20 years, as new appointees fill four open seats and other veteran judges take more of a back-seat role in deciding many of the area’s most high-profile cases.

Bloom Talks to Boston Herald on Death Penalty Lawyer for Tsarnaev

(From the Boston Herald)--Another heavy hitter was added to accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s defense team yesterday, and a legal expert said the judge is trying to even the playing field, while a victim says “enough is enough.”

Quinn Talks to CCTV on Comcast-Time Warner Cable Merger

(From CCTV)--Brian JM Quinn, Associate Professor, Boston College Law School discusses the legal and economic implications to the merging between the top U.S. cable companies.

Cassidy Talks to Globe on Tragic Death of Joshua Messier

(From the Boston Globe)--Joshua Messier was having a schizophrenic attack, then died as Bridgewater state prison guards subdued him. The medical examiner called it homicide, then changed her mind. No one has been prosecuted, or even reprimanded, for the death of a young man in state care.

Quinn Talks to Fox Business News, Herald on Cable Merger

Newton, MA--Professor Brian Quinn was interviewed about the proposed merger of the two largest U.S. cable companies by Fox Business News and the Boston Herald.

Bloom on Tsarnaev Trial Date with Reuters, Herald

Newton, MA--Professor Robert Bloom discussed the trial date of accused Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev with Reuters and the Boston Herald.

Papandrea Talks to WBUR on Legal Battle Between NY Post and Boston-area Men

(From WBUR) — A legal battle continues Wednesday morning in Suffolk Superior Court between The New York Post and two Boston-area men who are suing the newspaper because they say it falsely portrayed them as suspects in last April’s marathon bombing.

Murray-Tjan Blogs in Huffington Post on Complexities of Immigration Law

(From the Huffington Post)--These days everyone, no matter her political stripe, apparently despises U.S. immigration law. It's either too enforcement-heavy or too soft; too cruel or too generous to immigrants. But can we pause for a moment to talk about another, very basic problem?

Greenfield, Jones, Quinn Signatories on Brief Filed with SCOTUS

Newton, MA--BC Law professors Kent Greenfield, Renee Jones and Brian Quinn have joined a group of corporate law scholars as signatories on a brief filed with the US Supreme Court

Yen Talks to Maine Public Radio on 13 Year Old Hockey Phenom

(From Maine Public Broadcasting)--He's only in seventh grade, but 13-year-old Oliver Wahlstrom is already a standout varsity hockey player at North Yarmouth Academy. In fact, he's so good that he recently became the youngest player ever to commit to an NCAA hockey team.

Yen in NY Times on Recruitment of College Athletes

(Frome New York Times)--SANFORD, Fla. — Before Haley Berg was done with middle school, she had the numbers for 16 college soccer coaches programmed into the iPhone she protected with a Justin Bieber case.

Quinn in Reuters on Time Warner Cable Takeover

Jan 22 (Reuters) - Time Warner Cable is borrowing a tactic from a three-year-old takeover battle as it seeks to fend off Charter Communications Inc's $37.3 billion unsolicited bid.

Galle in Globe: Has College Presidential Pay Reached an Inflection Point?

(From the Boston Globe)--THERE WERE signs in the recently released Chronicle of Higher Education report on college and university presidents’ paychecks that higher education is gaining a sense of limits.

Murray-Tjan in Huffington Post on Deporting the Mentally Ill

(From the Huffington Post)--Years ago, when I worked for a non-profit representing detained indigent immigrants, a particular immigration judge often called our office when the government sought to deport an apparently mentally ill person.

Lyons in Wall Street Journal on FCC's Options After Net Neutrality Ruling

(From Wall Street Journal Law Blog)--While striking down federal laws mandating equal treatment of Internet traffic, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit left the Federal Communications Commission with some some wiggle room to regulate Internet providers.

Cassidy in Commonwealth on Prosecuting Police Who Use Deadly Force

(From Commonwealth Magazine)--From the tiny town of Colrain at the Vermont border to the siren-pierced streets of Boston, state and local police have shot and killed 73 people across Massachusetts over the last 12 years. The deadliest year was 2013, when 12 people were killed. Every completed killing investigation found the police were justified in using deadly force; only three of the cases were presented to a grand jury or judicial inquest to determine if a crime was committed.

Madoff: Charities, Not Donors, Should Get Big Benefits From Advised Funds

(From the Chronicle of Philanthropy)--Donor-advised funds are in the process of taking over the charitable landscape. While giving to most charities has remained largely flat in recent years, contributions to donor-advised funds are growing at eye-popping double-digit rates.

Lyons on the Need to Allow Wireless Carriers to Experiment With Pricing Plans

(From US News)--Wireless carriers have used different pricing methods as a way to differentiate themselves from their competition. Although consumers benefit when companies experiment with new, different, and more efficient ways to meet consumer demand, new pricing methods will face FCC scrutiny if they are considered to be anticompetitive behavior.

Greenfield ACS Blog: Beware the Sleeper: Harris v. Quinn

(From ACS blog)--Most cases on the Supreme Court’s docket in any given year are not the likes of Windsor, Shelby County, or Fisher. Those get the headlines, of course, and rightly so. But most of of the Court’s caseload is dedicated to answering various arcane questions in eddies of the U.S. Code.

Lyons on Restoring Limits on FCC's Ancillary Authority

(From Free State Foundation)--Verizon's pending appeal of the Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality order presents one of the most significant legal questions in modern telecommunications policy: whether, and to what extent, the Commission can regulate Internet activity.

Galle in Chronicle of Higher Ed on University President Compensation

(From Chronicle of Higher Education)--When defending compensation of $1-million and more for college presidents, trustees and university officials often repeat a simple refrain: Attracting the best talent costs money.

Madoff on NECN to Discuss Donor Advised Funds

(NECN) - It's the time of year when many pull out their wallets and donate to charities - but there's a growing problem for traditional local charities of so-called donor advised funds.


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