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Jan 13, 2016, 13:05 ET from ProfNet

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  • Extradition Process of 'El Chapo'
  • Oil Volatility Leads to Collapse in Commodity Deals
  • Building Awareness of Child Abuse
  • Deposition Tips for Camille Cosby
  • State of the Union Address


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  • Public Transportation Writer – Chicago Tribune (IL)
  • Digital Content Producer – FOX31 (CO)
  • Staff Writer/Reporter – Faribault County Register (MN)


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Extradition Process of 'El Chapo'
Jordan Paust
Professor of International Law
University of Houston Law Center
"The president of Mexico will have the ultimate choice on behalf of Mexico whether to extradite El Chapo under the U.S.-Mexico Extradition Treaty and its Protocol, especially under Article 15 with respect to extradition of persons who are serving their sentence in Mexico."
Paust is available to discuss the extradition process. He has served on several committees on international law, human rights, laws of war, terrorism, and the use of force in the American Society of International Law, the American Branch of the International Law Association, and the American Bar Association, and was the co-chair of the American Society's International Criminal Law Interest Group (1992-2008).  He was also the chair of the Section on International Law of the Association of American Law Schools and was on the Executive Council and the President's Committee of the American Society of International Law.  He is one of the most widely cited law professors in the United States and is ranked among the top 2 percent in Leiter's studies for 2000-2007 and 2005-2009.  Two of his articles were cited by the U.S. Supreme Court.  He has published over 190 articles, book chapters, papers, and essays -- many of which address treaties, customary international law, jurisdiction, human rights, international crimes, and the incorporation of international law into U.S. domestic law.
Contact: Carrie Criado,

Oil Volatility Leads to Collapse in Commodity Deals
David Baay
Energy Litigator
Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP, Houston
The oil price collapse has sparked an increase in disputes over failed commodity deals, and now new turmoil in the Middle East may lead to further volatility. A buyer and seller may reach pre-contract agreement on the price and other terms for oil, gas or coal, but a plunge or brief spike in the price may lead one of the parties to back out. Says Baay: "They might claim a credit problem or a contract issue before the contract is inked. However, in most states, including Texas, the law often finds that agreement has been reached even without a signed contract. Also, in some states, there is an implied duty of good faith and fair dealing that allows the aggrieved party to recover the actual loss plus damages for the loss of bargain. Each case depends on the specific facts. But based on case law, a judge most likely will find that the non-breaching party is entitled to full damages. As long as the turbulence in the commodity markets remains, we expect this trend to continue."
Contact: Kit Frieden,

Building Awareness of Child Abuse
Michael Ian Bender
The Law Office of Michael Ian Bender
"Whether it's a respected local authority figure or an all-star national athlete being accused of alleged abuse against a child, it's daunting to hear that awareness of this unacceptable behavior is not necessarily leading to its elimination. It's an issue that needs to be discussed openly so that awareness leads to education and ultimately, the end of any type of abuse against children."
With most recent U.S. statistics estimating that close to 700,000 children were victims of abuse and neglect, Bender advocates tirelessly for the rights and well-being of children. He served as Cook County, Ill., Judge in the Domestic Relations Division. He now draws upon his experience to help mothers, fathers, and grandparents confidentially resolve their family related disputes outside of the public courtroom through the mediation process. He welcomes the opportunity to share his insights on this very important and timely topic, the resources that are available to parents who are struggling, and the steps parents can take to stop the abuse from starting.
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Contact: Victoria Walden,

Deposition Tips for Camille Cosby
Joe Ahmad
Executive Employment Lawyer
Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C., or AZA
Camille Cosby, wife of comedy legend Bill Cosby, may have received a temporary reprieve when a magistrate judge delayed her deposition in a civil defamation case. However, it's a safe bet she will be called to testify at some point in the civil or criminal proceedings over her husband's alleged sexual misconduct. Given the high stakes and Mrs. Cosby's high profile, she needs to gird herself for a lengthy and difficult proceeding. Says Ahmad: "The other side's lawyers are going to try to put her on edge and make her lose her cool, and she can't let them. She also needs to resist the temptation to make disparaging comments about Mr. Cosby's accusers. That doesn't go over well with anybody. Her goal needs to be to avoid making the opposing side's highlight reel with a big mistake that they could use to help make their case."
Contact: Amy Hunt,

State of the Union Address
We distributed an expert roundup yesterday on President Obama's final State of the Union address, featuring experts on climate change, gun control, immigration, the Affordable Care Act, terrorism and more. You can view the roundup here:



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