Faculty in the News - Archive
Friday, December 28, 2007Professor Michael GreenbergerThe Baltimore Sun, BaltimoreSun.com
– The troubled bond insurer ACA Financial Guaranty Corp. has agreed to give the Maryland Insurance Administration far-reaching authority in running the company’s operations, and could be forced to turn over control of the company to the state regulator. Michael Greenberger, JD, professor at the School of Law and the former director of the Division of Trading and Markets at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, said he met with the Maryland Insurance Administration in September to raise alarms about ACA’s business. "CDOs [collateralized debt obligations] are the biggest problem we face, even more than home loans going bad," Greenberger said. "All sorts of financial institutions believed they were stable bonds that were insured, but their value was assessed using blue smoke and mirrors."
Wednesday, December 26, 2007Professor Michael GreenbergerWTTG-TV, Ch. 5
– After the Department of Homeland Security’s warning this past July that al-Qaida had been rebuilt, the department did not issue any new terror warnings this holiday travel season. Michael Greenberger, JD, professor at the School of Law and director of the Center for Health and Homeland Security, said it’s because intelligence warnings are now more focused. "My guess is that we’re not hearing anything particular about this holiday season because there’s no raw intelligence to dictate it," he said.
Wednesday, December 26, 2007Professor Michael GreenbergerWUSA-TV, Ch. 9
– Michael Greenberger, JD, professor at the School of Law and director of the Center for Health and Homeland Security, discussed why the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether voter identification laws unfairly deter the poor and minorities from voting, stepping into a contentious partisan issue in advance of the 2008 elections. The justices will hear arguments this month in a challenge to an Indiana law that requires voters to present photo ID before casting their ballots. The state has defended the law as a way to combat voter fraud.
Wednesday, December 26, 2007Professor Kathleen DachilleThe Baltimore Sun, BaltimoreSun.com
– Maryland currently spends about 60 percent of the minimum recommended by the federal government on tobacco prevention programs less than a tenth of what tobacco companies spend on marketing in the state, according to a new analysis by anti-smoking groups. Kathleen Dachille, JD, assistant professor at the School of Law and the director of the Legal Resource Center for Tobacco Regulation, Litigation, and Advocacy, said given current funding, state tobacco programs are effective, but funding must be increased to create more prevention and cessation programs. Dachille said more anti-smoking media campaigns are necessary to keep children from starting smoking and to help adults kick the habit.
Tuesday, December 25, 2007Professor Douglas ColbertThe Baltimore Sun, BaltimoreSun.com
– In the Gulf Coast region of Mississippi where Hurricane Katrina roared through more than two years ago, frustrated homeowners still struggle. Their plight is again attracting the attention of the School of Law. Nearly 80 law students plan to forgo part of their winter vacation and chip in on a variety of legal matters affecting hurricane survivors in Louisiana and Mississippi. "What we’ve heard is that the immediacy of the problem isn't any less now," said Alicia Welch, a third-year law student and coordinator of the project. Douglas Colbert, JD, a professor at the School who leads a clinic on indigent defense, said the growth of the program from three dozen last winter to about 80 this year is a testament to the public-mindedness of the next generation of lawyers. The success of the program also drew in James Archibald, Maryland Class of 1975 and of counsel at Venable LLP law firm. A member of the law school’s alumni board, Archibald said he was so encouraged by the program’s track record that he and another alumnus will join the students traveling to Mississippi from Jan. 5 through 12. "I think it’s a great opportunity to help, as well as a time for alumni to ... interact with students," Archibald said.
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