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.

NY Times: Salvadoran Court Overturns Wartime Amnesty, Paving Way for Prosecutions; Professor Carolyn Patty Blum Worked on Salvadoran Human Rights Cases

The New York Times - “Every rock that was in the path is being thrown to one side,” said Carolyn Patty Blum, the senior legal adviser to the Center for Justice and Accountability, an organization based in San Francisco that has filed Salvadoran human rights cases against military officers in courts outside the country.

Professor Richard Bierschbach Quoted in The Wall Street Journal: "Contractor Ordered to Create PSAs After Manslaughter Conviction"

Mr. Bierschbach said he attributes the change to a growing frustration with corporate sentencing, in which there is no human being to imprison or personally punish.

“People are finding that a little bit unsatisfying,” he said. Judges may be looking for outcomes that feel more meaningful to victims, he said.

EU, U.S. Agree on Data Sharing Pact: Professor Felix Wu Quoted in USA Today

The new agreement could still face long-term attack by European privacy groups, said Professor Felix Wu, director of the Data Law Initiative at Cardozo Law School at Yeshiva University in New York City. The European Court could still decide that the extent of U.S. government surveillance makes the new Privacy Shield inadequate, he said. “It will probably take at least a couple of years though for a challenge to the Privacy Shield to reach the European Court of Justice, so it will be a while before we get a final answer to these questions,” Wu said.

Professor Felix Wu Comments in the AP on New Data-Sharing Rules for EU and U.S.

Associated Press - Professor Felix Wu of Cardozo Law School in New York said "someone is surely going to challenge it" but that on balance he anticipated the European Court would back Privacy Shield.

Professor Stewart Sterk Quoted in Journal News on Legality of 'Blockbusting'

The Journal News - Stewart Sterk, a law professor and director of the Center for Real Estate Law Policy at Yeshiva University's Cardozo Law School, said the state has many legal options. But even if the state takes action, what then? "The question is, how do you go about enforcing whatever prohibition you have?" Sterk said.

SPEAK FREE Act Would Silence Civil Rights and Public Interest Litigants: Professor Alex Reinert Writes Op-Ed in The Hill

The Hill - In 1948, an African-American man named G.W. McLaurin sued the University of Oklahoma to challenge a state law that banned colleges from educating blacks and whites together. As appalling as this law seems today, Mr. McLaurin had to fight hard to vindicate his rights, and his case ultimately paved the way for the complete desegregation of schools when he prevailed in United States Supreme Court.

Professor Elizabeth Goldman in Consumers Digest on New Rules for Financial Advisers

“Some firms may conclude that handling smaller accounts may no longer be profitable,” says Elizabeth Goldman of Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University.

Can Obama Pardon Millions of Immigrants? Professor Peter Markowitz Writes Op-Ed in New York Times

The New York Times - When the history of President Obama’s legacy on immigration is written, he will not go down as the president who boldly acted to protect millions of families from the brutality of our nation’s unforgiving immigration laws.

Professor Stanley Fish in TIME Magazine: "Here’s How Donald Trump Gets Away With Absurd Arguments"

TIME - Will this success continue in the general election? Trump’s problem (as many are telling him) is that he has to widen his appeal, but he can only widen his appeal in directions that take him away from the constituency he has so assiduously cultivated. If he loses that constituency by becoming more mainstream, he could lose the election.