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While students traditionally head for the beaches on spring break, students in Professor John Reitz’s seminar on selected topics in comparative law will be heading for Moscow for spring break 2015. Reitz has been awarded a grant by the U.S. State Department to pay the travel costs for up to ten students in his seminar to travel to Moscow for five nights over spring break to work with Russian law students at the Higher School of Economics to compare U.S. and Russian law on a variety of common legal topics.
On October 17, Professor Pettys joined in a discussion Iowa Public Radio's River to River program on the politics and perception of the Supreme Court "to highlight some of the most significant cases currently before the Court, including a case that brings up the question: How much religious freedom do you have in prison? He also describes the implications of a case that deals with a husband threatening his wife via social media, who claims he has a first amendment right to do so."
Prof. Mark Osiel, Aliber Family Chair in Law, recently spent several days in Bogotá, Colombia, consulting with officials at the High Commissioner for Peace, Office of the President, concerning legal issues involved in ending the country’s longstanding civil war. This ongoing conflict has claimed, by all accounts, more than six million victims over the last sixty years.
Professor Arthur Bonfield led the Law Library from 1985 until 2014.
When Sir Geoffrey Palmer, a former Prime Minister of New Zealand and a former Iowa Law School Professor, was named to the International Whaling Commission, he wanted to learn more about the organization he was about to join. But he was disappointed to find much of the reading he sought was unavailable in his native New Zealand, a country with a rich whaling tradition dating back to its indigenous Maori people.