Faculty in the News - Archive
Tuesday, October 23, 2007Professor Lisa FairfaxThe Washington Post, Washingtonpost.com
Ė Shareholders have rebuffed Sunrise Senior Living, the McLean, Va., assisted living provider, on two issues of corporate governance, including approval of a resolution to elect all nine of the companyís directors every year, rather than three per year. Lisa Fairfax, JD, professor and director of the Business Law Program at the School of Law, said measures such as the one to hold annual board elections have become popular in recent years to counter signs of "board entrenchment and uncooperativeness."
Monday, October 22, 2007Professor Rena SteinzorOMBwatch.org
Ė A subcommittee of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works held a hearing last week on the current state of Superfund, the federal governmentís toxic waste cleanup program. Rena Steinzor, JD, professor at the School of Law, testified about the funding shortfalls and the unfortunate consequences: "In constant dollars, revenue appropriated for the Superfund program now stand at levels 40 percent lower than the amounts Congress specified when it last reauthorized the program in 1986." Steinzor argued the programís budget has been cut even though many Superfund sites pose a serious threat to communities.
Sunday, October 21, 2007Professor Sherrilyn IfillDIVERSE: Issues In Higher Education
Ė In the months since a noose dangled from a schoolyard tree in Jena, La., the infamous symbol of racial hatred and prejudice has been at the forefront of three high-profile racially charged incidents on college campuses. Whether the culprits are prosecuted or not, one thing remains clear, said Sherrilyn Ifill, JD, professor at the School of Law and author of On the Courthouse Lawn: Confronting the Legacy of Lynching in the Twenty-first Century. "There has been this long-standing silence about lynching. We now have an opportunity to discuss the history associated with this symbol and why it is particularly odious," Ifill said.
Thursday, October 18, 2007Adjunct Professor Andrew LevyThe Annapolis Capital
Ė When an alleged assault victim didnít show up in court to testify in the case against her boyfriend, Anne Arundel Circuit Court Judge Paul Harris said it didnít matter what a police officer saw. Andrew Levy, JD, adjunct professor at the School of Law, said the judge "probably" could have convicted the defendant with only the officerís testimony. "Itís not like there is a rule saying you canít get a conviction without the victimís testimony," he said, noting judges infer murder victims didnít want to die all the time.
Wednesday, October 17, 2007Professor Michael GreenbergerAssociated Press (published in 15 newspapers and 22 Web sites)
- A bright flash lit up an old city bus followed by a loud explosion from a simulated "dirty bomb" to open what organizers say is the largest terrorism exercise in the nation. The fourth national TOPOFF drill short for "top officials" was staged yesterday in Portland, Ore., to test the response of local, state, and federal agencies and to measure how well they work together in a crisis. "Itís very confusing when you have an event that calls into play the state, federal, and local governments," said Michael Greenberger, JD, professor at the School of Law and director of the Center for Health and Homeland Security, "and we had that in the Hurricane Katrina situation." But he said disaster response has improved since Katrina, and the lessons from it and exercises such as TOPOFF are invaluable in planning to reduce casualties and provide vital supplies and services.
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