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Thursday, March 11

Harvard Law prof appointed to Vatican post
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The Boston Globe reports today that Harvard Law School Professor Mary Ann Glendon has been named to the presidency of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences by Pope John Paul II. The Pontifical Academy was established by the Pope in 1994 and consists of academics who advise the Catholic Church on issues of social policy. A member of the Academy since its establishment, Professor Glendon now becomes the church's highest-ranking female adviser with her new appointment. The Globe characterizes her as an "articulate antiabortion scholar" and key consultant to opponents of gay marriage in its full report here. Harvard's Crimson has more on her appointment here.

In other law school news today, the Daily Bruin reports on a $4 million gift made by the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians to the University of California at Los Angeles School of Law. The gift, believed to be the largest ever by an American Indian tribe to an academic institution, will fund a "tribal learning and educational exchange center" at UCLA, including new undergraduate, graduate, and extension courses in American Indian law. Read the Bruin's full report here.

Elsewhere, Elon University in Elon, NC announces that its trustees have voted in principle to endorse the idea of establishing a new law school, possibly in downtown Greensboro. They have, however, tabled further discussion for 60 days, to investigate whether adequate funding, including a suitable facility, can be assembled. Read Elon's own report here, and AP's here. According to AP, officials at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte are also entertaining the idea of adding to the state's stable of law schools.

Meanwhile, Thomas M. Cooley Law School is starting evening and weekend classes at its Rochester, MI campus, opened in September 2002. It plans to exponentially increase enrollment there to more than 500 students by May 2005, but is awaiting approval from the American Bar Association before introducing third-year courses. The Detroit News offers the full story here.

NOTE TO READERS: Paper Chase's Law School News Weblog returns from its abbreviated Spring Break publishing schedule on Monday, March 15.

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Tuesday, March 9

Supreme Court cites Michigan prof in doctrinal change
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The University of Michigan Law School reports that the Supreme Court has recognized the scholarship of Professor Richard Friedman by adopting his advocated interpretation of the Sixth Amendment's Confrontation Clause. In Crawford v. Washington [PDF], issued Monday, the Court abandoned a previously flexible rule in favor of a categorical one, and one allegedly more in tune with original understandings of the Clause. In making the change, it explicitly acknowledged the advocacy of Professor Friedman, whose remarks in response to the ruling are available from Michigan Law here.

In other law school news today, Capital University Law School has announced the appointment of Professor Jack Guttenberg of Cleveland State University's Cleveland-Marshall College of Law as its new dean. Guttenberg will make the intrastate move and begin his tenure with Capital on July 1. Capital's press release has more on his appointment here.

Finally, some law school news from our neighbors to the north. The Toronto Star reports today on mounting opposition from both faculty and students at York University's Osgoode Hall Law School, Canada's largest, to a $3,000 annual tuition increase being recommended by the school's dean in the face of persistent budget deficits. Osgoode's faculty council voted against the increase in principle on Monday, on the grounds that it "could price the school out of reach of all but the rich." Read Dean Patrick Monahan's rationale in his letter to the Osgoode community here, and read the Star's full report on subsequent opposition here.

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