Briefly Noted

Issue Date: 
April 4, 2011

Pitt Law School Forum on Marcellus Shale Set for April 5

Legal and extraction-industry scholars and experts will bring a spirited parley regarding Marcellus Shale laws and regulations to the University of Pittsburgh with a daylong forum hosted by the University of Pittsburgh Law Review and the Pitt School of Law Innovation Practice Institute, which trains lawyers to represent entrepreneurs and start-up companies. The symposium, “Developing the Law of the Marcellus Shale: Innovation for a Prosperous Community, a Safe Environment, and a Common Law,” begins at 8 a.m. April 5 in Ballroom B of the University Club.

This event is free to the public except for the lunch session, for which a $10 fee, payable by check, will be charged. More information about the event and scheduled speakers, as well as event registration, is available on the Pitt law school Web site at

—Morgan Kelly

William Pitt Debating Union to Host April 6 Public Debate On Marcellus Shale Drilling in Pittsburgh

The University of Pittsburgh’s William Pitt Debating Union will host a free public debate titled “Should Pittsburgh Permit Marcellus Shale Drilling?” from 6 to 8 p.m. April 6 in Parran Hall Auditorium, Room G-23, Graduate School of Public Health.

Arguing in favor of Marcellus Shale drilling will be Kathryn Zuberbuhler Klaber, president and executive director of the Marcellus Shale Coalition, and Jayson Myers, a Pitt junior majoring in history. Arguing in opposition will be Pittsburgh City Council member Doug Shields, key sponsor of a drilling ban ordinance, and Jeff Kurr, a Pitt senior majoring in finance.

A panel of scientists—including Radisav Vidic, William Kepler Whiteford Professor and Chair in Pitt’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering—will work with student debaters to shed light on technical aspects of the drilling.

The debate also can be viewed via webstream at (scroll down to “William Pitt Debating Union” in the Presentation Catalog window panel). Parking for the event will be at Soldiers and Sailors Parking Garage, Bigelow Boulevard, Oakland, and will cost $5. For more information, contact Pitt communication professor Gordon Mitchell at 412-624-8531 or

—Ashley Gredzinski

Harvard Professor to Deliver CRSP Lecture April 8

Kathyrn Edin, a professor of public policy and management at Harvard University, will deliver a free public lecture at noon April 8 titled “How the Urban Poor Navigate Social Space: Lessons From Chicago’s Gautreaux Mobility Program” in the University of Pittsburgh’s Center on Race and Social Problems (CRSP), School of Social Work Conference Center, 20th floor, Cathedral of Learning.

The talk is part of the Reed Smith Spring 2011 Speaker Series. Registration is not required; lunch will be provided. For more information, call 412-624-7382 or visit

Edin’s research focuses on urban poverty and family life, social welfare, housing, child support, and nonmarital childbearing. Her talk will refer to the Gautreaux Mobility Program, a housing desegregation project in Chicago initiated by an order from the U.S. Supreme Court in 1976. The court required that the Chicago Housing Authority provide scattered

Section 8 housing in the city or suburbs to hundreds of families in isolated public housing projects.

—Sharon S. Blake

Norwegian Supreme Court Justice to Deliver McLean Lecture April 4

Judge Erik Møse, justice of the Norwegian Supreme Court and a former judge on the U.N. International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), will deliver the University of Pittsburgh School of Law’s 19th annual McLean Lecture on World Law at 6 p.m. April 4 in the Barco Law Building’s Teplitz Memorial Courtroom.

Møse’s lecture is titled “Reflections on the ICTR and International Criminal Justice.” The free public event will be followed by a reception in the law school’s Alcoa Room; it is jointly sponsored by Pitt’s Center for International Legal Education and the Global Solutions Education Fund Pittsburgh.

Møse presided on the Rwandan Tribunal for 10 years. During his tenure, he served as both vice president and president of the tribunal’s judicial bench. Among his other international roles were serving as chair of the Committee of Experts for the drafting of the European Convention for the Prevention of Torture.

This lecture has been approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Board for one (1) hour of substantive credit. There is a $25 fee to obtain CLE credit. For more information, call 412-648-7023 or e-mail

—Patricia Lomando White