Faculty in the News - Archive
Sunday, September 28, 2008Professor Michael GreenbergerLas Vegas Sun, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
– Two pieces of legislation passed in 1999 and 2000, respectively, allowed commercial and investment banks to merge with other companies in other industries (e.g., insurance companies) and deregulated credit default swaps (CDS) – complex financial instruments that are at the heart of today’s subprime meltdown. Michael Greenberger, JD, a professor at the School of Law, warned against deregulation when he was the director of the Division of Trading and Markets at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission in the late 90s, but the Commodity Futures Modernization Act (CFMA) was passed in 2000 and CDS were deregulated. "The real match that lit the fuse was the CFMA," said Greenberger.
Sunday, September 28, 2008Professor Rena SteinzorThe Baltimore Sun
– Rena Steinzor, JD, a professor at the School of Law, and president of the Center for Progressive Reform, writes in an editorial, "An interesting subplot in the story of Wall Street's troubles is that suddenly everybody's in favor of federal regulation. Conservative advocates of deregulation, who had never met a federal regulation that they didn’t think was ‘intrusive,’ ‘harmful to the economy’ or a ‘federal power grab’ now stand shoulder-to-shoulder with lifelong advocates of sensible safeguards."
Sunday, September 28, 2008Professor Abraham DashThe Baltimore Sun
– Despite being fired, denounced, interrupted, and generally frustrated by their clients during the past several years, attorneys for four Maryland men accused of racketeering, murder, illegal weapons possession, and drug distribution dutifully rose to their defense recently through opening statements in what's expected to be a lengthy jury trial in federal court in Baltimore. The strategy has roots going back to the post-Civil War ratification of the 14th Amendment, which guarantees equal rights and led some slavery proponents to claim that the Constitution no longer applied to them, said Abraham Dash, JD, a professor emeritus at the School of Law.
Friday, September 26, 2008Professor Robert PercivalLegal Theory Blog
– Tseming Yang and Robert Percival, JD, professor at the School of Law, have posted "The Emergence of Global Environmental Law" on Social Science Resource Net. They write: "With the global growth of public concern about environmental issues over the last several decades, environmental legal norms have increasingly become internationalized. This development has been reflected both in the surge of international environmental agreements as well as the growth and increased sophistication of national environmental legal systems across the world."
Thursday, September 25, 2008Professor Sherrilyn IfillThe Daily Record
– Voting rights advocates fear that the Baltimore City Board of Elections is requiring felons to take extra steps to register for November's election. Several of them will meet Thursday afternoon with Chief Deputy Attorney General Katherine Winfree and members of Attorney General Douglas Gansler’s senior staff to discuss what they view as a possibly illegal barrier to ex-offenders' newly restored right to vote. Among those expected to attend Thursday’s meeting will be Sherilynn Ifill, JD, a professor at the School of Law and co-chair of the task force; Deborah Jeon, director of legal affairs at the ACLU of Maryland; Kimberly Haven, executive director of Justice Maryland; and Lu Pierson, president of the League of Women Voters of Maryland.
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