It’s impossible to figure out exactly what the judge did wrong,” University of Pennsylvania Law Professor Kermit Roosevelt says, discussing Federal District Court Judge Shira Scheindlin’s removal from Floyd, et al. v. The City of New York, known as the “stop-and-frisk” case. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the Judge “ran afoul” of the Code of Conduct for United States Judges given her participation in media interviews and by making public statements about the “stop and frisk” case. The 2nd Circuit’s ruling did not provide further detail or examples. In this edition of Lawyer2Lawyer, your host J. Craig Williams invites Roosevelt to discuss Scheindlin’s removal, whether this action is a question of judge’s first amendment rights, and the possible outcomes of her appeal.
Roosevelt is a professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Working in a diverse range of fields, he focuses in constitutional law and conflict law. Professor Roosevelt was recently a part of a New York Times Room for Debate, discussing Scheindlin’s removal and what restrictions should be placed on judges. He has also served as a law clerk to Supreme Court Associate Justice David H. Souter and D.C. Circuit Court Judge Stephen F. Williams.
The role of religion in American public life has been challenged and questioned since the country’s founding. Both Thomas Jefferson and James Madison objected when Congress hired its first Chaplains back in 1789. Though the House and Senate have maintained the positions ever since, the controversy continues.
Today, the Supreme Court considers the Establishment Clause for the first time in 30 years. The case is Town of Greece v. Galloway, and it centers on whether the town council of Greece, located in upstate New York, can open its meetings with prayer.
A federal district court ruled in favor of the town in 2008, but the Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled for the plaintiffs because, as Judge Guido Calibresi wrote, the town council “virtually ensured a Christian viewpoint” with a “steady drumbeat of often specifically sectarian Christian prayers.”
Sarah Barringer Gordon, professor of law and history at the University of Pennsylvania, examines the Greece case and the historical role of religion in public life.
“The level of technical sophistication that is required to understand current issues is much, much higher than it used to be”—
Prof. Christopher Yoo, a top authority on law and technology and a professor at Penn Law. In August, Penn Law and the School of Engineering and Applied Science announced a new joint degree program allowing students to graduate with both a JD and a master’s degree in engineering. The four-year program is slated to begin next fall.
This year’s “A Day in the Life at Penn” on October 29, 2013 asked students, faculty, or staff members for photos to help us illustrate a single day on campus and Penn around the world. Penn Law students and staff enthusiastically shared their photos and life on campus. From class and studying, to pumpkin carving and “The Good Wife,” the life of anyone in the Penn Law community is never dull!
Here is the catalog of tweets from #PennLawLife#PennDayinLife! Winners of the photo prizes will be selected from Flickr, Twitter, & Instagram by Monday, November 4th.
Food trucks are fast, affordable, and delicious. Penn is home to so many different trucks, which can sometimes make it hard to know which truck to visit and what to order. Fear not, though, because here is a list of the 6 best food trucks near Penn Law!
What: This truck is perfect for a warm breakfast sandwich or lunch sandwich on any given day. It even offers healthier options like whole wheat bread and wraps, egg whites, and turkey bacon.
Where: 36th and Spruce
When: Monday-Friday; closes at 4
What to Order: Any type of egg sandwich on a wrap or bagel with vegetables; always ask for salt/pepper/ketchup!
Added Pros: Lyn will memorize your order if you come regularly.
What: This vegetarian food truck offers the most flavorful, healthy Mediterranean dishes. Everything comes with a free whole-wheat pita! Check out their website for a menu.
Where: 36th and Spruce/34th and Walnut (2 locations)
When: Monday-Friday; 11AM-3PM
What to Order: The Tofu Salad with their tahini dressing; tofu meatballs; Foo Chow
Added Pros: Their vegan cookies are to die for.
What: This dessert food truck is perfect for your sweet tooth. They offer all kinds of gourmet baked goods, all from a truck!
Where: 38th and Sansom
When: Monday-Friday 12- 6 PM
What to Order: Any kind of macaron, especially the Milk and Honey one; the crème brulee, which the truck owner blow torches right in front of you.
Added Pros: They switch up flavors based on seasons(i.e. autumn spice crème brulee and pumpkin custard.)
King of Shawarma
What: This truck is the only one in Philly to have an actual shawarma inside its truck, making the food extremely fresh and delicious. This is the best place around campus to go for your Middle Eastern food craving.
Where: 33rd and Spruce
When: Monday-Friday; 930AM-8PM
What to Order: The Falafel is amazing or any kind of lamb/chicken gyro
Added Pros: The location and late hours make this truck hard a must-try.
Kung Fu Hoagies
What: This vegetarian Vietnamese food truck is known for all of its delicious and homemade mock meat. The menu also has different kinds of pho and ramen for those not interested in hoagies!
Where: 38th and Sansom
When: Thursdays 11AM-3PM; follow their Twitter for their exact schedule.
What to Order: The Banh Mi Pi Chay (vegetarian Pork hoagie) or the BBQ skewers
Added Pros: They take credit cards
What: This Korean BBQ food truck offers tacos, burritos, sandwiches, rice bowls, and tacos. If you’re looking to satisfy your taco craving, this is the place to go.
Where: 33rd and Spruce
When: Monday-Friday 11AM-6PM
What to Order: Edamame Tacos or the Curry of the Week rice bowl
For residents of the 36 states who are eligible to get health insurance through federally-run exchanges, navigating and signing up through the website healthcare.gov has been quite a challenge. The President acknowledged the long waits to log on and technical difficulties in a speech from the Rose Garden on Monday. He said there was no excuse for the glitches and promised that the “kinks in the system” would be repaired quickly. Meanwhile, in the 14 states running their own online marketplaces, the technology is better with according to one estimate some 50,000 people enrolled. The online health care exchanges were promised to be an easy convenient way for people to comparison shop for insurance and then sign up, so why after all this time and planning, aren’t they working?
Prof. Jacques deLisle recently discussed the guilty verdict in the Bo Xilai case and the openness (or lack thereof) of political trials in China with BBC Radio. “It was a show trial to a certain extent— no one had any doubt about how the sentence would come out,” he said.
Other recent expertise from Prof. deLisle on this case:
NPR announced that it has named Southern California businessman Paul Haaga Jr. L’74 — a member of NPR’s board and former chairman of the L.A.-based investment firm Capital Research and Management Co. — as its new interim chief executive officer.
Haaga is joining NPR’s helm at a challenging time for public radio, which is facing pressure to adapt to smart phones and tablets and engage a younger, more diverse audience.
Both Jensen and Knell said in an email on Friday that Haaga is “intimately familiar” with the organization as vice chair of the board and chair of the finance committee.
"He is a passionate supporter of our journalism and programming and a skilled and effective business leader who understands complex organizations such as ours," Jensen and Knell wrote.
Haaga, a registered Republican, has been active in philanthropy in Southern California. He is a Huntington Library trustee and president of the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History’s board of trustees.
Haaga received a bachelor’s degree in economics from Princeton University, an MBA from Wharton School and a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
He spent the first part of his career in law. From 1974 to 1977, he was a senior attorney with the Securities and Exchange Commission’s investment management division. After that, he was a partner at a Washington law firm now known as Dechert.
Haaga and his wife, Heather, have two children, Paul III and Blythe.
In a bio on the SEC’s website, Haaga said he ran 21 marathons and coached 30 youth soccer and basketball teams “back when his knees still worked.” He has also, it turns out, had a tiny dinosaur named after him.