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Archive for October 13th, 2011

Upcoming Free CLE Lectures at Case – Elections, International Arbitration, More

Case Western Reserve Law School is hosting the following free CLE lectures:

October 14, 2011, Friday,  1:30 – 5:00 p.m.  – Consumer Law – more information

October 15, 2011, Saturday, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 – Cuyahoga County Recovery – more information

October 17, 2011, Monday, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.  – Government Funded Campaigns – more information – live webcast available.

October 19, 2011, Wednesday,  4:30 – 5:30 p.m. – International Arbitration – more information – live webcast available.

October 20, 2011, Thursday, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. – Social Networking, Emerging Technologies and the Law – more information.

Helton Fellowship – Funding Opportunity for International Law Work

The American Society of International Law (ASIL) is seeking applicants for the Arthur C. Helton Fellowship Program. The program was established in memory of Arthur Helton, and ASIL member killed in the 2003 bombing of the UN mission in Baghdad. The Helton Fellowship provides micro-grants to individuals pursuing field work and research on international law, human rights, humanitarian affairs, and related areas. The Fellowship is open to law students and recent law graduates. The application deadline is January 9, 2012. For complete information, see the guidelines at ASIL.

Fair Housing Clinic Files Supreme Court Brief

C|M|LAW’s Fair Housing Clinic submitted its merit brief for the respondent in  First American Financial Corporation v. Edwards, U.S. Supreme Ct. Case No. No. 10-708.   According to the brief:

“Congress enacted Section 8 of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act of 1974 (“RESPA”), 12 U.S.C. § 2607, to protect homebuyers from the conflicts of interest that arise when a real estate professional accepts kickbacks for referrals—conflicts that tend to increase the cost and decrease the quality of settlement services. Congress prohibited the payment or receipt of kickbacks, id. § 2607(a), and authorized consumers to recover three times the settlement charge if they receive services in violation of that prohibition, id. § 2607(d)(2).

The question presented is:
Whether Section 8 of RESPA is a permissible exercise of Congress’s authority to enact “statutes creating legal rights, the invasion of which creates standing.” Lujan v. Defenders of Wildlife, 504 U.S. 555, 578 (1992) (quotation marks omitted).

See our prior post on the case.