Faculty in the News - Archive
Thursday, September 20, 2007Professor Sherrilyn IfillThe Baltimore Sun
– In her Op-Ed "Disempowering an Ugly Symbol," Sherrilyn Ifill, JD, professor at the School of Law, discusses two recent incidents of nooses found hanging on school grounds at the University of Maryland, College Park and a high school in Jena, La., and asks, "What is it about the noose that gives it such lasting symbolic power in American culture?"
Thursday, September 20, 2007Professor Lawrence SungThe Daily Record
– Neuralstem Inc. of Rockville is claiming victory in an early round of its patent dispute with rival StemCells Inc. of Palo Alto, Calif., but both parties seem to agree there is a long way to go before reaching a resolution. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has rejected all four of the StemCells patents that have formed a center for the firms’ legal wrangling since StemCells filed a suit accusing Neuralstem of infringement in July 2006. The end of the case remains to be seen, said Lawrence Sung, JD, PhD, professor at the School of Law and director of the Intellectual Property Law Program. "The fact that the patent office has taken this in and simply rejected it in and of itself isn’t critical," Sung said. "It’s where it goes from here."
Wednesday, September 19, 2007Professor Jana SingerThe Baltimore Sun
– Maryland’s highest court rejected same-sex marriage yesterday and upheld the state’s 34-year-old statute defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman. While the court recognized that gays and lesbians face discrimination, it also notes that as a group they are not "politically powerless," and therefore not entitled to protections. "I don’t think that’s true," said Jana Singer, JD, a professor at the School of Law who was among the 58 professors from the University of Maryland and University of Baltimore law schools who filed friend-of-the-court briefs supporting the plaintiffs. "I think the fact that same-sex couples are excluded from the hundreds of protections of marriage indicates they are not politically powerful."
Wednesday, September 19, 2007Professor Mark GraberWBFF-TV, Ch. 45
- The Maryland Court of Appeals has rejected same-sex marriage in a 4-3 ruling and upheld the state’s statute defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman. Mark Graber, JD, PhD, MA, professor at the School of Law, said Tuesday’s decision was neither surprising nor final. "It means first immediately, gay marriage is not going to happen tomorrow. On the other hand, a 4-to-3 vote indicates no bets from Sunday."
Monday, September 17, 2007Professor William ReynoldsThe Baltimore Sun
– Gov. Martin O’Malley has a rare opportunity to reshape Maryland’s highest court in coming months, making Senate Republicans worry that he will transform it into an activist bench issuing liberal rulings on hot-button social issues. William Reynolds, JD, professor at the School of Law, said that while O’Malley has the opportunity to move the court to the left, circumstances make that hard to engineer. Much depends on the judges’ personalities, as a particularly persuasive judge can have a strong impact on a small court such as Maryland’s, Reynolds said. And much of a court’s path depends on the cases it chooses to hear as well as the ones that by law it must hear.
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