"If chimpanzees have rights, then how about dogs?" asked Laurie Shanks, professor at Albany Law. "Would that mean you couldn't legally euthanize? Would it mean we can't eat animals? Where are you going to draw the line?"
Shanks credited the creativity behind the Nonhuman Rights Project effort and called its petition a serious attempt at expanding how the law protects animals. But she believes the petition won't succeed, because the intent behind habeas corpus is to protect humans (and only humans) from unreasonable imprisonment.
From the Advocate column "Rights or not, caged chimp deserves better" in the Times Union on Dec. 8, 2013.
Dean Penelope (Penny) Andrews participated in a PBS NewHour
roundtable to discuss "How Mandela forever changed South Africa" on
Dec. 6, 2013.
Professor Vincent Bonventre was interviewed by North Country Public Radio for "No consensus on raising judicial retirement age to 80."
"You need somebody with wisdom," said Vincent Bonventre, an Albany Law School professor who favors extending the retirement age. "We just lose too many of the very best judges when they're hitting their stride."
From the article "Just warming up at 70?" in the Times Union on Oct. 19, 2013.
Professor Timothy Lytton's book Kosher: Private Regulation in the Age of Industrial Food was reviewed for Jewish Book World magazine.
Professor Paul Finkelman examined "The Civil War: The Dakota War of 1862" for C-SPAN on Aug. 24, 2013.
Professor Ray Brescia authored the piece "Amid The Debate, J.D.'s True Value Gets Lost" for The National Law Journal on Aug. 5, 2013.
President & Dean Penelope (Penny) Andrews' book From Cape Town to Kabul was reviewed by CUNY Law Professor Ruthann Robson on JOTWELL, an online journal for legal academics to identify, celebrate and discuss the best new legal scholarship.
Professor Christine Chung was interviewed about Detroit's
bankruptcy and related issues for Upstate New York on WCNY's The Capitol
Pressroom with Susan Arbetter on July 25, 2013.
Professor Timothy Lytton's book Kosher was reviewed by The
Jewish Press on May 22, 2013.
Professor Robert Batson discussed native-state relations on the WWKB-AM radio program "Let's Talk Native" on April 14, 2013.
Professor Stephen Gottlieb appeared on WAMC's The Roundtable
to discuss same-sex marriage and other legal issues on March 27, 2013.
Melissa Breger, a professor of law at Albany Law School, said that overall, no-fault divorce has been a “welcome alternative” for litigants who do not wish to reveal traumatic facts in public, air dirty laundry in court or, in some cases, perjure themselves by accusing their spouse of behavior that never occurred in order to end their marriage.
Prior to the law’s passage, Breger had “some serious concerns” about no-fault divorce, as did advocates for domestic violence and other groups, such as the New York chapter of the National Organization for Women and the New York State Catholic Conference.
The big concern, Breger said, was how the law would impact survivors of domestic violence. Would it make it easier for women to get out of abusive relationships? Or would victims lose their bargaining power when it came to issues such as custody?
“There was a concern there would be no accountability for offenders, and that litigants wouldn’t have their day in court,” Breger said. She said that it’s probably too early to ascertain what the impact of the law has been on domestic violence survivors.
Professor Vincent Bonventre was interviewed for the article "Rivera Would Face Steep Learning Curve On NY's Top Court" on the Law360 website on Jan. 23, 2013.
Professor Vincent Bonventre appeared on YNN's Capital Tonight to discuss Professor Jenny Rivera's nomination to the state Court of Appeals on Jan. 16, 2013.
Dean Penelope (Penny) Andrews appeared on WAMC's The Roundtable to talk about her new book From Cape Town to Kabul: Rethinking Strategies for Pursuing Women’s Human Rights on Jan. 9, 2013.
Timothy Lytton, law professor at Albany Law School and author of “Holding Bishops Accountable: How Lawsuits Helped the Catholic Church Confront Clergy Sexual Abuse,” says the Catholic Church is losing its credibility as a moral voice in America.
“Whereas the Catholic bishops have traditionally been highly respected advocates for a range of moral issues related to economic justice, human rights and peace, in the wake of the scandal, many Americans no longer take much notice when they speak out. I can only imagine that, as the crisis spreads to other countries, the church will suffer a similar diminishment of prestige.”
Lytton continues to say, “The church has been engaged in an internal struggle for three decades about how to address this issue adequately. The first step is that bishops and other high church officials must take responsibility for their failings. Without this, the culture is unlikely to change, and new policies to protect children are likely to be less effective. If the Church fails to repair the damage to its moral standing through real accountability and institutional change, one can only imagine that it will erode support for the church and its mission.”
From the article "Child Abuse And The Catholic Church: A Gospel Of Tragedy" by Mint Press News on Jan. 9, 2013.
But Albany Law School professor Vincent Bonventre said Cuomo hasn’t shown much of an ideological hand in his nominations.
“If he’s like his dad, he won’t stick to just liberal Democratic appointments,” said Bonventre. “His dad appointed as many Republicans as Democrats and as many conservatives as liberals.
“Certainly, he’s been interested in diversity, like his dad was,” Bonventre added, noting that the younger Cuomo made Randall Eng the state’s first Asian-American presiding judge for the Appellate Division, one step below the Court of Appeals.
From the article "Andy can court all new judges" in the New York Post on Jan. 1, 2013.