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Regent Law Professors in the News

Just a week after President Obama’s inauguration and in light of the President’s goals to communicate through mediums such as YouTube, Law Professor Thomas Folsom spoke to Federal Computer Week about the possible ramifications governments face when using commercial media. Federal Computer Week, a part of 1105 Government Information Group, is the leading provider of integrated information and media for the government information technology market.

Professor Folsom recommended that the government consider posting to more than one commercial provider so that it wouldn’t seem to be endorsing that provider’s content or favoring one over the other. The full story can be found here.

Law Professor Kathleen McKee was interviewed in February by WAVY, a Hampton Roads news station, regarding how attorneys defend clients with mental health issues.

Her interview was prompted by the tragic story of a father who killed his son on February 10th, 2009 and subsequently was committed to a mental institution. Professor McKee, who serves a varied population through her work advising Regent’s Civil Litigation Clinic and years with Legal Aid, has significant experience with mentally ill clients. You can read the story here.

Reed Larson Professor of Labor Law Bruce Cameron was happy to read the February 24, 2009 Supreme Court decision handed down in Ysursa v. Pocatello Ed. Ass’n, (No. 07-869); it laid out a victory for him and his colleagues at the National Right to Work Foundation (NRWF).

The issue before the court was whether, under the First Amendment, a state legislature may bar political subdivisions from making payroll deductions for union political activities. In reversing the lower court’s ruling, the Supreme Court relied heavily on the NRWF’s victories in Davenport v. Washington Ed. Ass’n, 156 Wash. 2d 543, 130 P. 3d 352.

In addition to Professor Cameron’s contribution to the Ysursa case, Regent Law students were able to add to the amicus brief the NRWF submitted. Through the Right to Work Practicum, directed by Professor Cameron, students are asked to perform vital research. “The Court early on cites a series of cases (Letter Carriers and Mitchell) that I suggested be added to the amicus brief,” Cameron said. “Thus, we can say we helped in some small part in this victory.”

The Ysursa opinion can be read online here.

Prof. Scott Pryor, presently teaching on a Fulbright at National Law University, Jodhpur, India, was recently featured in an article in an internet-based Indian periodical. Read the article here.

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