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  • ​A judge will have to decide whether entrustment includes a manufacturer putting a weapon into the stream of commerce that ends up in the hands of the customer, said Timothy Lytton, a professor at Albany Law School who has studied litigation against gun manufacturers. “Whether entrustment can encompass that idea depends on who is on the bench,” he said.

    From the article "Sandy Hook Families File Wrongful-Death Suit Against Gun Manufacturer" in The Wall Street Journal on Dec. 15, 2014.

  • ​Professor Timothy Lytton did an interview for NPR’s All Things Considered on the lawsuit by an injured teacher and the families of nine others who were killed in Newtown against the gun industry. The interview was picked up by public radio affiliates around the country.

  • ​"The court needs to decide whether they want to extend negligent entrustment from a retailer selling a gun to someone standing right in front of them to the theory that the manufacturer of the weapon is also responsible when the weapon they made is then sold by another party to a third person," Albany Law School Professor Timothy Lytton said Monday.

    Lytton, who has written a book about the history of lawsuits against gun companies, said an example of negligent entrustment would be the sale of a weapon by a gun retailer to a suicidal person. A negligent entrustment lawsuit would claim the retailer should have known not to sell that person a gun.

    From the article "Sandy Hook Families' Suit Against Gun Maker Will Test Federal Law" in the Hartford Courant on Dec. 15, 2014.

  • ​"This is an old story," said Timothy Lytton, an Albany Law School professor who specializes in regulation. "It's easy to pass a law that says we want to protect all consumers from a particular hazard. It's much harder to say we want to fund it.

    "Voters like big health and safety protections," Lytton said, "but they don't like the big tax bills and the big deficits that are required to fund them."

    From the article "Enforcement seen as key for county toxic toy ban" in the Albany Times Union on Dec. 13, 2014.

  • ​Professor Vincent Bonventre was a guest on Capital Tonight on Nov. 3, 2014, to discuss the Supreme Court’s pregnancy discrimination case, as well as the list of candidates to fill the New York Court of Appeals’ forthcoming vacancy.

  • ​Professor Vincent Bonventre was interviewed for the public radio segment "State's Highest Court Will Begin The New Year Down 2 Judges" that aired around New York state, including on WAMC, North Country Public Radio and WXXI, on Dec. 2, 2014.

  • ​Professor Vincent Bonventre was featured in a NCPR segment about "From Ferguson to Canton, why should we believe in the grand jury?" on Nov. 20, 2014.

  • ​"They’re marketing their integrity," explains Timothy Lytton, the leading scholar on US kosher regulation, in a telephone interview. And so far they’ve been wildly successful.

    From the article "More than holy, healthy and halal, Big Kosher is big money" in The Times of Israel on Nov. 16, 2014.

  • Professor Vincent Bonventre was interviewed for the public radio segment "Senate To Miss Deadline to Approve Court Pick" that aired on WXXI and other stations on Nov. 14, 2014.

  • ​Professor Ray Brescia previewed the law school's "FOIL @ 40" event on The Capitol Pressroom on Nov. 11, 2014.

  • ​Dean Alicia Ouellette was profiled in "10 minutes with Alicia Ouellette: Once a student, now acting dean" by the Albany Business Review on Oct. 31, 2014.

  • ​But Timothy Lytton, Professor at Albany Law School and expert on food regulation, says the GMO labeling issue creates, "tension in legislation between science and democratic accountability."

    From the article "Vote with your fork" in the Times Union on Oct. 29, 2014.

  • ​"Not everyone graduates law school and goes to a firm anymore," says Ouellette, who has worked at the law school for about 13 years, most recently as associate dean for academic affairs and intellectual life. "Some students do and we are absolutely going to make sure the students who go to firms have the tools they need. But a student who wants to do, say health care compliance work, has to have different skills than a student who wants to do criminal law."

    From the article "What lies ahead for Albany Law's acting dean?" in the Albany Business Review on Oct. 23, 2014.

  • ​President & Dean Penelope (Penny) Andrews was interviewed for the WAMC public radio segment "Albany Law School: Innovative Strategic Plan To Prepare The Next Generation Of Lawyers And Leaders" on Oct. 7, 2014.

  • ​Professor Vincent Bonventre was a guest on Capital Tonight to discuss the new Supreme Court term on Oct. 6, 2014.

  • ​But Albany Law School Professor Vin Bonventre said he wouldn't be surprised if the U.S. Supreme Court does take a same sex marriage case before the end of the year."

    By the time the U.S. Supreme Court finally decides to hear one of these cases, there's going to be tens of thousands, maybe hundreds of thousands, of same sex marriages in the U.S. They're not going to be able to undo that," said Bonventre.

    From the segment "Same-Sex Couples Can Wed in 5 More States, Experts Predict More to Follow" by Time Warner Cable News on Oct. 6, 2014,

  • ​Albany Law School Professor Timothy Lytton called the lack of some kind of limit on future claims in Spokane "highly unusual."

    "Any large organization needs some ideas of risks in the future, and they need to be able to plan," Lytton said.

    From the article "Case offers insight into archbishop's leadership" in the Chicago Tribune on Oct. 2, 2014.

  • ​Professor Vincent Bonventre was interviewed by North Country Public Radio for "Cuomo faces deadline to choose high court nominee" on Oct. 1, 2014.

  • ​Dean Penelope (Penny) Andrews was featured for "The savor of history" in the Times Union on Sept. 25, 2014.

  • ​“The church has increasingly been willing to pay out significant sums for these claims,” said Timothy Lytton, a professor at Albany Law School in New York and author of “Holding Bishops Accountable: How Lawsuits Helped the Catholic Church Confront Clergy Sexual Abuse.”

    “The other thing to keep in mind is if a case actually goes to jury verdict, there’s a significant amount of uncertainty as to what the damages might be. If those damages come in very large, you not only have a publicity problem, but you might have a big financial problem.”

    From the article "Trial nears in priest sex abuse case filed by former altar boy" in The Kansas City Star on Sept. 23, 2014.

  • Professor Timothy Lytton's book Kosher was cited in The Canadian Jewish News article "Bus shelter flyer raises claim of a 'kosher tax'" on Sept. 4, 2014.
  • Professor Ray Brescia wrote the op-ed "As School Year Begins, Thinking Outside the Tort" for The National Law Journal on 8/25/14.
  • Vincent Bonventre, an Albany Law School professor, said the lack of verified facts in the conflict and the broad discretion attorneys general have in how to act make judgments about Schneiderman's role difficult.

    "It's all very murky and a lot of it is because he's not talking and some of the people who are talking don't seem to be making it any clearer," he said. Bonventre noted some commissioners, including co-chairman William Fitzpatrick, were quoted by the Times in private emails complaining about interference by Cuomo, yet publicly say there was none.

    "But if there was something that pretty clearly ought to be investigated because it was suspicious, he should have investigated it," Bonventre said of Schneiderman. "What isn't clear is exactly what was going on. Fitzpatrick says everything was wonderful. But we're pretty sure everything wasn't wonderful."

    From the article "Moreland controversy becomes issue in AG's race" in Newsday on July 29, 2014.
  • Albany Law School professor Vincent Bonventre said he doesn’t expect Cuomo or his aides would face obstruction of justice charges or other legal problems for simply trying to control the panel.

    “But if he or anybody in his office interfered with subpoenas, with the activities of the commission, to cover possible crimes of corruption, that’s not legally permissible,” he said.

    From the article "Moreland Commission members being made deputy attorneys general could come back to bite Cuomo" by the New York Daily News on July 25, 2014.
  • Professor Vincent Bonventre appeared as a guest on Time Warner Cable News' Capital Tonight to discuss recent court decisions related to the Affordable Healthcare Act on July 22, 2014.
  • Professor Patrick Connors was interviewed for the article "NYRA turns it around" in the Schenectady, N.Y., Daily Gazette on July 13, 2014.
  • "We know for a fact, these children face a very perilous journey up through the southern board, it's not an easy journey and at some point there's opportunity to be exploited by human trafficking circles," said Sarah Rogerson, a professor at Albany Law School.


    "Children have been coming to this country for a very long time. The fact that we have a greater volume of children arriving at a certain point is something we need to address, but we have the infrastructure currently to welcome these children," said Rogerson.

    From the segment "Feds looking for place to house immigrant kids" by WRGB CBS 6 News in Albany on July 9, 2014.
  • Professor Gottlieb is a weekly commentator on WAMC Northeast Public Radio's "Northeast Report." (December 2003 - August 2005, May 2007 to present)
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  • Professor Vincent Bonventre talked about recent Supreme Court decisions with Susan Arbetter on the Capitol Pressroom on June 30, 2014. The same day, Professor Bonventre was also a guest on Time Warner Cable News' Capital Tonight with Liz Benjamin.
  • Newsday interviewed Professor Michael Hutter about his recent successful argument before the Appellate Division, Third Department, on behalf of a 9/11 volunteer for the article "9/11 responders, advocates seek workers' comp benefits" on June 22, 2014.
  • President & Dean Penelope (Penny) Andrews was profiled in the spring 2014 issue of Columbia Law School Magazine.
  • Patrick Connors, a professor of law at Albany Law School who is the chairman of the Racing Fan Advisory Council, suggested that the commission appoint a group to study New York takeout rates “to see if that would have an impact on business.”

    From the article "More transparency sought from New York stewards" in the Daily Racing Form on May 27, 2014.
  • "For a lively discussion and debate around these important issues, and Common Core certainly, it's hard to think of a more important issue that the state is grappling with right now," said Ray Brescia, the director of the Government Law Center.

    From the segment "Lawmakers, law students talk Common Core at annual breakfast" by Time Warner Cable News on May 20, 2014.
  • Professor Vincent Bonventre discussed the Supreme Court decision on prayer during town meetings as a guest on WCNY's Capitol Pressroom on May 9, 2014.

  • Professor Laurie Shanks was interviewed by NPR affiliate WAMC for the segment "Albany Law School Prof. Offers Thoughts On Legal Battle For Gloversville Chimp" on April 27, 2014.

  • Professor Melissa Breger of Albany Law School observed that, worldwide, two children are sexually trafficked every minute.

    From "Combatting Human Slavery at the United Nations" on Huffington Post April 25, 2014.
  • "What we are talking about is a near-total shutdown of lawsuits against manufacturers and a very narrow window for lawsuits against retail dealers," said Timothy Lytton, a professor at Albany Law School in New York who has written a book examining the history of lawsuits against the gun industry.

    From the article "Pawnshop that sold gun used to kill cop agrees to report more on sales" in the Chicago Tribune on April 22, 2014.
  • “There’s a perception that people don’t confess to crimes they didn’t commit,” says Laurie Shanks, clinical professor of law at Albany Law School in Albany, N.Y. “But the science is that absolutely they do.”

    From "How much can police lie to suspects? N.Y. rulings suggest there's a limit." in The Christian Science Monitor on Feb. 21, 2014.
  • "Securing a legacy has to be central to what it is that a cardinal does," said law professor Timothy Lytton, the author of "Holding Bishops Accountable."

    "It's not just the bishop's personal legacy. It's the church's legacy, what it is the church is bequeathing to future generations," Lytton said. "This has damaged the church's public role and ability to build a legacy."

    From the article "Church revelations leave faithful 'disappointed, saddened'" in the Chicago Tribune on Jan. 26, 2014.
  • That balance, between competition and cooperation, according to to Timothy Lytton, a professor at Albany Law School, is a delicate one, and this dispute could push that system in one way or another. Lytton, whose book Kosher: Private Regulation in the Age of Industrialized Food was published in 2013, said that awarding control over .kosher to OK-Kosher could bring to the certification agency a difficult-to-quantify ancillary benefit, namely, increased internet traffic.

    “If that could be translated into greater market control or greater control over public understanding of kosher standards,” Lytton said, “that might push [the American system of kosher certification] in the direction of centralized control.

    “On the other hand,” Lytton continued, “it might turn out that this is just another small marketing advantage that one agency has over another, and it really is just part and parcel of the competition between agencies.”

    From the article "OK-Kosher wins right to “dot-kosher” domain over competitors’ objection" in The Jewish Journal on Jan. 24, 2014.
  • Timothy Lytton, professor at Albany Law School in New York and author of the book Holding Bishops Accountable: How Lawsuits Helped the Catholic Church Confront Clergy Sexual Abuse, said the issue for the church remains accountability.

    "Its not whether the claims were true, because the church has acknowledged all along that almost all the allegations are true," Lytton said. "The issue is what church officials did to figure out what was true and what was false. What the victims want is accountability."

    From the article "Paper trail of tears: Church role in abuse cases aired" in USA Today on Sept. 21, 2014.
  • Professor Joseph Connors wrote "Resilience: Weathering The Survivorship Vortex With Clients Living With Cancer" for the National Cancer Legal Services Network Blog.
  • Professor Ray Brescia authored the piece "What D School Can Teach L School and the Law" for The Huffington Post on Jan. 6, 2014.