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Robert Kahn

Professor
Degree
Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University
J.D., New York University Law School
B.A., Columbia University
Office
MSL 315
Phone
(651) 962-4807
Toll Free
(800) 328-6819, Ext. 2-4807
Mail
1000 LaSalle Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55403-2015
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Born and bred in the Boston suburbs, Rob Kahn graduated Columbia University with a B.A. in History. The summer after his junior year Kahn studied in Madrid, Spain. Kahn then attended NYU Law School, where was a member of the Order of the Coif, as an editorial board member of The Commentator, NYU’s law student newspaper, and a Note and Comment Editor for the N.Y.U. Review of Law and Social Change. After law school, Kahn clerked for Magistrate-Judge Leonard I. Bernikow of the Southern District of New York and litigated social security disability cases with Harlem Legal Services.

Kahn also has a PhD in Political Science from Johns Hopkins University, where he studied comparative law and politics with an emphasis on comparative criminal procedure. In 2004 he published Holocaust Denial and the Law: A Comparative Study. The book, based on Kahn’s dissertation, examines how differing forms of criminal procedure (adversarial vs. inquisitorial) helped or hindered the prosecution of Holocaust denial. Kahn’s subsequent research has focused on hate speech directed at Muslims (including the Danish Cartoons), defamation of religions, cross-burning and memory laws. Kahn is currently working on a book length manuscript on how history, culture and geography make a society more or less likely to punish hate speech.

Kahn has taught legal writing for over a decade. At Brooklyn Law School, he taught Legal Research, Writing and Analysis and Fundamentals of Legal Drafting. In 2007, he joined the University of St. Thomas faculty, where he has taught Lawyering Skills I and II, and Islam and Civil Liberties. He has also supervised independent studies on a wide variety of subjects including animal law, drones, immigration and Islamic finance.

Kahn lives with his wife Jacqueline and his two children, Jenny and Jimmy, in St. Paul. When not going hiking or playing Magic: The Gathering with his children, Kahn closely follows the fate of the Boston Celtics, Boston Red Sox, and New England Patriots.

Robert Kahn Curriculum Vitae


Selected Publications

“Should it Matter Where Genocide Denial is Banned? A Critique of the NexusArgument,” in Uladzislau Belavusau and Aleksandra Gliszczynska-Grabias eds. Memory Laws: Remembering Genocides and Other Atrocities through Law (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2016).

“Rethinking the Context of Hate Speech Regulation (reviewing Michael Herz and Peter Molnar eds. Rethinking the Content and Context of Hate Speech: Responses and Regulation Cambridge University Press 2012),’ __ First Am. L. Rev., (forthcoming, 2016).  

“Does it Matter How One Opposes Hate Speech Bans? A Critical Commentary on Liberté pour l’Histoire’s Opposition to French Memory Laws,” 15 Wash. U. Global Stud. L. Rev. 55 (2016).

“The Overlapping of Fools? Drawing the Line between anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism in the wake of the 2014 Gaza Protests,” in A. Koltay ed. Comparative Perspectives on the Fundamental Freedom of Expression (Budapest: Wolters Kluwer, 2015).

“Offensive Symbols and Hate Speech Law, Where to Draw the Line? An American Perspective” in A. Koltay ed. Media Freedom and Regulation in the New Media World(Budapest: Wolters Kluwer, 2014).

“Why Do Europeans Ban Hate Speech? A Debate between Karl Loewenstein and Robert Post,’”41 Hofstra L. Rev. 545 (2013).

“Flemming Rose’s Rejection of the American Free Speech Canon and the Poverty of Comparative Constitutional Theory,” 39 Brook. J. Int’l. L. 657 (2014).

“Are Muslims the New Catholics? Europe’s Headscarf Laws in Comparative Historical Perspective,” 21Duke J. Comp. & Int’l. L. 567 (2011).

Holocaust Denial and the Law: A Comparative Study (Palgrave Macmillan 2004).

 

 

Fall 2018 Courses

Fall 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
LAWS 620 - 08 Lawyering Skills I - T - R - - - 1330 - 1455 MSL 238

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Time of Day:

1330 - 1455

Location:

MSL 238

Course Registration Number:

43330 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

Instructor:

Robert A. Kahn

This course introduces the analysis and writing skills essential for practicing lawyers. Students will learn to think logically and precisely about the law, and will learn how lawyers read, analyze, organize, write, and rewrite legal documents. These skills will help students analyze the law and write about specific fact situations in a way that meets legal readers’ expectations. This is a hands-on, practice-oriented course. Students will complete writing exercises, practice citation form, and edit their written work. Major written work will consist of at least two objective legal memoranda and a persuasive legal brief.

Schedule Details

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LAWS 716 - 01 Lawyering Skills for LLM Stud M - W - - - - 1030 - 1155 MSL 238

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M - W - - - -

Time of Day:

1030 - 1155

Location:

MSL 238

Course Registration Number:

43159 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

Instructor:

Robert A. Kahn

This course will introduce you to the basics of United States legal discourse including (1) how to read and brief cases; (2) how common law lawyers analyze, compare, and synthesize cases and interpret statutes; (3) how to write legal memoranda; (4) the basics of legal research (including use of secondary sources, ALRs, case reporters and digests); and (5) how to convey advice to a client in a letter. The class will also touch briefly on scholarly writing and law school exams.

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LAWS 950 - 12 Supervised Resrch & Writing - - - - - - - -

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Location:

Course Registration Number:

43342 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

Instructor:

Robert A. Kahn

Under the supervision of a faculty member, a student may receive up to two hours of course credit for researching and writing a substantial paper on a topic of the student's own choosing. The student must receive the instructor's per- mission to enroll in this course and must meet periodically with the instructor for discussion, review and evaluation. Each faculty member may supervise the research of no more than five students each semester.

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J-Term 2019 Courses

J-Term 2019 Courses
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Spring 2019 Courses

Spring 2019 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
LAWS 625 - 05 Lawyering Skills II - T - R - - - 1030 - 1155 MSL 244

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- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

1030 - 1155

Location:

MSL 244

Course Registration Number:

22767 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

Instructor:

Robert A. Kahn

This course, which builds on Lawyering Skills I, consists of two parts: research and writing/oral advocacy. During the research part of the course, students will learn how to develop research strategies that use primary and secondary sources efficiently to meet clients’ needs in a cost-effective, ethical way. These skills will help students in future courses that require research, as well as in their careers as law clerks and lawyers. The writing/oral argument part of the course will build on the analysis, organization, and writing skills developed in Lawyering Skills I, with a focus on ethical advocacy. Students will research and draft a summary judgment brief and advocate for their client before a moot court.

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LAWS 703 - 01 Privacy Law - T - R - - - 1330 - 1455 MSL 334

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Time of Day:

1330 - 1455

Location:

MSL 334

Course Registration Number:

22823 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

Instructor:

Robert A. Kahn

This course surveys the broad issues raised by privacy law with an emphasis on the challenges posed by informational privacy in the fields of media regulation, law enforcement, national security, medical records and consumer records. Topics to cover may include privacy torts, digital searches and seizures, NSA surveillance, HIPPA, the regulation of consumer data, and the regulation of privacy in Europe. This class will examine social, moral and political arguments made protecting and disclosing information and use privacy as a lens to examine how businesses, the government and individuals grapple with complex regulatory regimes.

Schedule Details

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LAWS 950 - 11 Supervised Resrch & Writing - - - - - - - -

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Location:

Course Registration Number:

22714 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

Instructor:

Robert A. Kahn

Under the supervision of a faculty member, a student may receive up to two hours of course credit for researching and writing a substantial paper on a topic of the student's own choosing. The student must receive the instructor's per- mission to enroll in this course and must meet periodically with the instructor for discussion, review and evaluation. Each faculty member may supervise the research of no more than five students each semester.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)