Faculty in the News - Archive
Thursday, October 11, 2007Associate Dean Michael Van AlstineThe Daily Record
– A private school can recover a full year’s tuition, interest and attorneys’ fees from parents who withdrew their child after the cancellation date, even if the school suffered no loss, the state’s highest court has held. The decision will impact any contract that includes a "liquidated damages" clause, in which both sides agree in advance on an amount that will be paid if the contract is breached. "The specific narrow holding of the Court of Appeals is a significant one as it clarified that in the case of a valid liquidated damages clause, the ‘avoidable consequences’ rule does not apply," said Michael Van Alstine, JD, MJurComp, DrJur, associate dean for research and faculty development at the School of Law. "It is a very clear, bright-line case that will provide great certainty for future contractors."
Thursday, October 11, 2007Professor Kathleen Dachille"The C4 Show," WBAL-AM 1090
– Baltimore health officials have proposed a requirment that all cigarettes sold in the city meet enhanced fire-safety standards a move that they say would help prevent tragedies like the May fire that killed eight people in East Baltimore. "All the consumer product research has shown that smokers don’t notice that they’re smoking a different kind of cigarette other than if they walked away from it in a bar, it’s partially burned down rather than completely burned down," said Kathleen Dachille, JD, assistant professor at the School of Law, director of the School’s Legal Resource Center for Tobacco Regulation, Litigation and Advocacy, and a legal advocate for stricter tobacco regulation.
Wednesday, October 10, 2007Professor Michael GreenbergerWUSA-TV, Ch. 9
- The State Department is considering phasing out or curbing the use of private security guards in Iraq, in the wake of two deadly shootings of Iraqi civilians. "This is becoming a major issue in the country, and it’s an issue that’s beginning to divide the United States from Iraq itself," said Michael Greenberger, JD, professor at the School of Law and director of the Center for Health and Homeland Security. "The Iraqi government and the Iraqi people are very upset about these episodes."
Friday, October 5, 2007Professor Sherrilyn Ifill"Out in the Open," CNN
–Sherrilyn Ifill, JD, professor at the School of Law, discussed the increasing number of incidents where nooses have been found on high school and college campuses. "[We need] to open the conversation about race, to open the conversation about a part of our racial history we don’t talk about," Ifill said.
Thursday, October 4, 2007Senior Judicial Fellow John Fader IIThe Daily Times (Salisbury)
– The Wicomico County State’s Attorney’s Office withdrew its case Wednesday against a former Salisbury patrolman charged with rape, but vowed to recharge him again in November. "The defense has no right to object [to the delay] because the prosecutor is elected by the people of Wicomico County and has a responsibility to proceed in the best interest of the people," said John Fader II, JD, senior judicial fellow and lecturer at the School of Law and retired Baltimore County Circuit Court judge.
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