Faculty in the News - Archive
Friday, December 21, 2007Professor Robert CondlinCapital News Service (published in five newspapers and nine Web sites)
- The number of lawyers sanctioned by the state has fallen in the last 10 years, with the biggest drop happening in the last fiscal year, when only 57 of the state’s 33,018 lawyers were disciplined by being disbarred, suspended or reprimanded. In its annual report, the Attorney Grievance Commission attributed the downward trend in sanctions to professionalism and continuing education courses. Robert Condlin, JD, LLM, professor at the School of Law, is skeptical about the downward trend. "It’s weird," Condlin said. "Maryland law schools have had a long-standing ethics requirement since the 1960s. The standards have not changed, the commission personnel have not changed, [ethics] rules have not changed. There is no way to explain what is happening."
Wednesday, December 19, 2007Professor Michael GreenbergerWUSA-TV, Ch. 9
– Michael Greenberger, JD, a professor in the School of Law and director of the Center for Health and Homeland Security, discussed today’s legal proceedings against a former Prince George’s County police officer, who is accused of shooting two men, killing one of them. Greenberger also talked about the decision of a federal judge to explore whether the U.S. had violated a court order to preserve evidence when the CIA destroyed videotaped interrogations of two terrorism suspects in 2005. "The destruction of these tapes has become a monumental issue," he said.
Tuesday, December 18, 2007Professor Douglas ColbertThe Baltimore Sun, Baltimoresun.com
– In his Op-Ed, "Can't Afford Bail So Sit in Jail," Douglas Colbert, JD, professor at the School of Law, writes, "After weeks in the judicial trenches trying to keep poor people awaiting trial out of jail, my students almost always have the same question: Why does the state’s pretrial justice system incarcerate so many people, typically 30 days and longer, because they can’t afford bail? Before courts recess and move to a modified holiday schedule, Maryland’s administrative judges should direct defenders and prosecutors to review bail conditions of each detainee charged with a nonviolent offense and determine whether pretrial release is warranted."
Monday, December 17, 2007Adjunct Professor Dan FriedmanThe Baltimore Examiner
– Maryland Republicans, hoping to stop tax hikes passed by the Democratic legislature, have filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a recent special session. Dan Friedman, JD, an adjunct professor in the School of Law who wrote a 2005 reference guide to the Maryland Constitution, said the arguments for overturning the tax increases are not persuasive. "What they couldn’t win in the political process, they’re trying to get as a result of procedural issues," he said.
Saturday, December 15, 2007Professor Danielle CitronRador.Oreilly.com
– Following a symposium on reputation economies in cyberspace at Yale Law School’s Information Society Project, the fog surrounding reputation is clearing, but the emerging landscape is different from what many expected. Danielle Citron, JD, assistant professor at the School of Law, made a presentation concerning harassment of women online. She hammered home the extent of the problem with alarming anecdotes (such as the famous death threats against programmer/author Kathy Sierra) and statistics. Citron also looked at the history of terror as well as the sociological literature on group harassment, and pointed out that all the contributory factors are accentuated in the online world, while inhibitory factors are reduced.
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