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Vol. 39 No. 9

A new course at Southwestern Law School will soon require students to surf the Internet and blog about Hollywood. In Entertainment Law and Web 2.0, students will earn academic credit while honing both tech skills and getting a pulse on legal issues in the world of entertainment.
Professor Melissa Hart of the University of Colorado Law School has filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Wal-Mart v. Dukes  on behalf of 31 civil procedure and class action law professors. The 39-page brief focuses on the appropriate construction of Rule 23, particularly in light of the overall structure and purpose of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.


The University of Georgia School of Law will welcome PepsiCo general counsel Larry Thompson as its newest law professor. Thompson joined PepsiCo in 2004 and helped guide the company through some of the largest mergers and acquisitions in its history.


To foster a stronger relationship between doctors and lawyers so they may better understand the evolving health-care landscape, the University of Baltimore School of Law and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine have announced that they will forge an unusual formal collaboration. Opening in July, the center will be part academic institution focused on educating practitioners and students of medicine and law and part think tank aimed at influencing health-care policy.


Capital University Law School recently announced that its 2011–12 tuition increase will be just 1.9 percent—the lowest since at least 1976. Dean Rich Simpson said they are able to manage next year’s tuition by tightening operational budget items that don’t directly impact the students’ educational experience.

Monty, a certified therapy dog, briefly joined the collection at the law library at Yale Law School. Monty is owned by a library staff member and was available for 30-minute checkout by students during a three-day pilot program. According to a memo sent by library staff, visits from therapy dogs can result in “increased happiness, calmness and overall emotional well-being.”

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