Faculty in the News - Archive
Tuesday, September 4, 2007Adjunct Professor James AstrachanThe Daily Record
– In his Op-Ed "Legal Advice," James Astrachan, JD, adjunct professor at the School of Law, discusses why publishers have enacted stricter rules governing submissions by freelancers.
Tuesday, September 4, 2007Professor Doug ColbertWYPR, 88.1 FM, WYPR.org
– Jury nullification is the term sometimes used to describe what happens when a jury renders a verdict that seems to run counter to the facts and law of a case. Douglas Colbert, JD, professor at the School of Law, said prosecutors must look at preparation of their cases if they want more convictions. He said they need to be sure that police officers appear credible on the stand, with consistent, accurate testimony.
Monday, September 3, 2007Professor Michael GreenbergerBusinessWeek
– Making sense of the current financial troubles with hedge fund companies, the bankruptcy filings by scores of mortgage lenders, the stalling of dozens of high-profile buyouts as the credit market has seized up, and the dropping value of U.S. stocks, is daunting. One good place to start is the ways various financial players indulged in layer upon layer of leverage, much of it far from transparent. "There’s embedded leverage all over the place, and no one knows how far it goes in the system," says Michael Greenberger, JD, professor at the School of Law, director of the Center for Health and Homeland Security, and a former director for trading and markets for the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission. "There’s billions and billions of dollars racing around the economy that no one can track."
Friday, August 31, 2007Professor Michael GreenbergerThe Baltimore Examiner
– With Baltimore’s mayoral race in the homestretch, Sojourner-Douglass College is putting the final touches on a political campaign management major. "A campaign manager is someone who keeps his or her head while all others are losing theirs and gets the candidate elected while not caring who gets the credit but accepts the blame when things go wrong," said Larry Gibson, LLB, School of Law professor and the architect behind the election victories of Kurt Schmoke, Baltimore’s first black mayor, and Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Africa’s first female head of state.
Thursday, August 30, 2007Professor Garrett PowerThe Baltimore Sun
– A Muslim group’s plan to purchase 224 acres of farmland in the Frederick County town of Walkersville to use for an annual convention and other activities has created a controversy. One of the town’s five commissioners has proposed a zoning amendment that would prohibit places of worship, schools and private clubs, among others, from building on land zoned for agriculture. It is unconstitutional to use regulatory power to discriminate against religion, said Garrett Power, LLM, LLB, professor emeritus at the School of Law. He said the proposed zoning amendment might violate the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act of 2000, a federal law intended to protect religious groups from discrimination in land-use cases. In the case of Walkersville’s proposed ordinance change, "My judgment is, if they go to a thoughtful and knowledgeable lawyer, they’ll be told, ‘Don’t do this,’" Power said.
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