Property Rules and Liability Rules for Genetic Data

By Jorge L. Contreras for BioLawToday.org, originally posted on Balkin.com.  For the Innovation Law Beyond IP 2 conference, March 28-29 at Yale Law School In 2009, the Texas Department of Health agreed to destroy a research biobank containing approximately 5.3 million infant blood samples. The samples, stored on index cards as dried blood spots, were collected over an […]

Fracking in Populated Areas: The Most Literal Application of ‘Not in My Backyard’

By Kirstin Lindstrom for EDRblog.com. With a not-insignificant modicum of success, a recent sea change in public, industry and non-profit collaborative efforts on public land issues has altered the atmosphere of environmental dispute discourse. Despite some notable failures, in the past few years there have been important advances in the public/private collaborative realm. Many collaborations […]

Why I take the bus

Written for GreenTeamBlog.org by Prof. Leslie Francis, Associate Dean for Faculty Research. I know there are very good environmental reasons for taking public transportation. But there are other reasons that I’d forgotten, but that I’ve been reminded of on my recent bus trips. Taking the bus makes me organize myself. I know the bus will […]

Ingenious EDR Designs are Human Centered

“When you let people participate in the design process, you find that they often have ingenious ideas about what would really help them. And it’s not a onetime thing; it’s an iterative process.” –Melinda Gates, Wired Magazine, November 2013 As organizations, agencies, and governments become more aware of the ever-rising cost of conflict (in economic, […]

First Annual Winter ULaw Clean Air Competition Results

Written for GreenTeamBlog.org. This February, the College of Law Green Team held the 1st Annual Winter ULaw Clean Air Competition to change commuting behavior to improve air quality, reduce traffic congestion, conserve energy, and save money. The Green Team asked those associated with the College of Law to team up with their class or Faculty/Staff/Admin/Friends, […]

Patent Exhaustion and Helferich’s Assertion Problem

By Professor Amelia Smith Rinehart, as published on PatentlyO.com.  Recently, the Federal Circuit held that the New York Times and others infringed patents claiming methods and systems for delivering content to smartphones.[1] In a related Patently-O essay, Professor Sam Ernst states that the Federal Circuit’s opinion in Helferichis “directly contrary to Supreme Court precedent and represents a […]

The Invisible Crime: Human Trafficking in Utah

By Liza Bacon and Gabrielle Barker for GlobalJusticeBlog.com. On February 12, 2014, the Center for Global Justice, S.J. Quinney College of Law and the Social Justice Student Initiative were honored to welcome Veteran Fire Captain Fernando Rivero for “The Invisible Crime: Human Trafficking in Utah.” The event was widely attended by over 200 attendees that […]

EDR: Three Pieces of Advice

By Mara Elana Burstein for EDRblog.org. “Starting complex negotiations without an assessment is like performing surgery without any diagnostic tests.” This is one of the jewels of knowledge in Howard S. Bellman and Susan L. Podziba’s article titled, Public Policy Mediation: Best Practices for a Sustainable World. This excellent read covers not only best practices […]

Reuse and Furniture Recycling

By The Green Team for GreenTeamBlog.org. This blog is about “reuse”, the important “middle R” from the dictum Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Reusing improves the bottom line as well as saves resources, for a win on both counts! In environmental terms, reuse or repurpose refers to extending the life of an object by using it again, […]

Tracking EDR Progress: Looking to the Past to Guide the Future

By Micah Fisher and Tina Sablan for EDRblog.org. Environmental challenges seem to have become more difficult and polarized over the years – climate change is a case in point, and one of many. As graduate students drawn to complex public policy dilemmas, we are convinced that multi-stakeholder collaborative processes provide distinctly viable options and a better way forward. […]