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Friday, February 1, 2008

CrimProf Spotlight: Susanna L. Blumenthal

Blumenthal This week the CrimProf Blog spotlights University of Minnesota School of Law CrimProf Susanna L. Blumenthal.

CrimProf Blumenthal researches and teaches in the areas of American legal history, criminal law, property, and trusts and estates.  She is currently working on a book that traces changing conceptions of human agency and responsibility through the history of American law.  Professor Blumenthal received her A.B., magna cum laude, from



and then spent a year on fellowship at



She earned her J.D. from




, where she was a Coker Teaching Fellow and an editor of the Yale Law Journal. She was also awarded a Ph.D. in history from



, and her dissertation received the George Washington Egleston Prize for the best dissertation in American history.  Her most recent articles, which explore the historical relationship between law and the human sciences, appear in the Harvard Law Review, UCLA Law Review, and Law and History Review. 

Before joining the


faculty, she served as a law clerk to Judge Kimba M. Wood, Southern District of New York, and as a Samuel I. Golieb Fellow in Legal History at NYU School of Law.  In 2003–2004, she was a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at



, and also held a fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies. [Mark Godsey]

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Safety Tips and Precautions

Research has shown that most residential burglaries occur when your home is unoccupied. By following some simple safety tips and precautions and making them a part of your daily security program, you can reduce your exposure and perhaps minimize the probability of becoming just another crime statistic.

Remove Obscurity
Make sure your there are no bushes that obscure windows and may hide burglars from being seen, breaking in.

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Personal Information
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Clean Your Lawn
Yes, clean your lawn. An unkempt lawn is an indication that the homeowner is away for a long period! Keep your lawn clean and have it moved regularly.

Daily Safety Checks
Make sure to turn on your security alarm system at night and in your absence.
Use doors that feature wide-angle peepholes at heights everyone can use.
Also include electronic motion sensors near peripheral doors and install glass break detectors near the windows of your residence.
Keep all doors locked at night and every time you leave your home.

Posted by: Sam | Jun 18, 2008 8:38:45 AM

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