Tagged: Expert commentary
David N. Cassuto, JD, PhD, is expert in animal law, board member of the Animal Legal Defense Fund, and founder of the Animal Blawg (animalblawg.wordpress.com), a blog focusing on animal law, policy and ethics.
Said Cassuto, “While it’s understandable that some people find it unnerving, the appearance of this cat is a victory for biodiversity. Any actions taken should account for both the opportunity and the risks that such animals embody. Those actions should also comply with the law. It bears remembering that car travel presents a far greater danger to people than this cat ever will. So, if there is indeed a mountain lion in our midst, we should celebrate nature’s resilience even as we take common sense measures to safeguard both people and the cat(s).”
Pace Law School Professor Bennett Gershman, an expert on criminal procedure and ethics, is available to speak to the press about the Supreme Court decision in US v. Jones.
“The unanimous GPS decision is a huge victory for constitutional protection of privacy. The Supreme Court got it right, although for different reasons, and the effect of this decision on other intrusive kinds of technology that do not encroach into a person’s private property is unclear. However, it appears that five Justices (Alito, Ginsburg, Breyer, Kagan, and Sotomayor) would go further than the Scalia group and require police investigators to obtain a search warrant if they want to use technology to secretly intrude into a person’s reasonable expectation of privacy, even if that intrusion does not involve a trespass onto a person’s private property as was the case in Jones.”
Pace Law School Professor David Cassuto, an expert on animal law and ethics, is available to speak to the press about the Supreme Court decision in National Meat Association v. Harris.
“The Court’s decision that the National Meat Inspection Act preempts California’s law requiring the euthanization of downed animals symptomizes the systemic legal conflation of “meat” and “animals.” Until the law recognizes that a live animal and a dead animal are two distinct legal entities, protecting the former from the brutalization of factory-farming will remain all but impossible.”
Pace Law School Prof. Elizabeth Burleson, who recently served as the legal expert for the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) delegation at the Durban climate negotiations, is available to speak to the media.
“The Durban climate negotiations provide a mandate with which all greenhouse-gas emitting countries will commit to a common UN legal regime by 2015. The new Climate Technology Centre and Network is well positioned to enhance environmentally-sound technologies. These developments increase the ability of countries to cooperate to reach Cancun commitments agreed to last year. Energy and ingenuity are core to bringing the Durban agreements to life. While we still struggle to agree on what constitutes a timely and robust response to climate destabilization, innovation is fueling common ground upon which to build multilateral trust.”
Pace Law School Prof. Randolph McLaughlin, a leading voting rights expert, is available to speak to the media about Attorney General Eric Holder’s speech Tuesday evening on voting rights. Prof. McLaughlin has litigated major voting rights cases for more than 20 years.
“The Voting Rights Act of 1965 has been the greatest tool in the civil rights arsenal to ensure and guarantee equal access to the ballot by racial and language minorities. In recent years, there has been a pushback by various conservative groups to roll back that statute and render it ineffective and useless. So far, the U.S. Supreme Court has resisted that effort. However, with the recent Texas redistricting case that the Court will consider, the Voting Rights Act is once again under attack by conservative groups—and perhaps the Court itself. We welcome Attorney General Eric Holder’s strong position that we need to ensure and protect the voting rights of all citizens and not disenfranchise voters under new ingenious devices designed to frustrate the franchise.”
Prof. Edward Pekarek, assistant director and supervising attorney at Pace Law School’s Investor Rights Clinic, is available to speak to the media about today’s testimony before the Senate Agriculture Committee by Jon Corzine and other MF Global executives.
Prof. Pekarek has previously commented in news reports about MF Global’s collapse. He is presently in the midst of authoring an article titled From Refco to Repo 105: Ponzinomic IPO, which chronicles and examines the largest brokerage bankruptcy, as well as its shadowy ties to a European “rogue trader” banking scandal. Prof. Pekarek has also authored two related articles, The Due Diligence Defense and the Refco IP and The BAWAG Banking Scandal: How Over a Billion in Concealed Currency Trading Losses Caught Up with an Austrian Bank Almost a Decade Later.