Faculty in the News - Archive
Friday, September 12, 2008Professor Michael GreenbergerThe (Baltimore) Examiner
– The Center for Health and Homeland Security (CHHS) invited experts to discuss the ongoing anthrax investigation and case against Dr. Bruce Ivins, the Army scientist who committed suicide after he became the FBI’s prime suspect. Scott Shane, a reporter who has covered this story extensively for The New York Times, and Claire Fraser-Liggett, PhD, a professor at the School of Medicine whose research helped pinpoint the origin of the anthrax used in the attacks, spoke to an audience of more than 100 students and faculty at the School of Law. "None of the science we used in this was new," Fraser-Liggett said. "It was applied in a new way and I think we moved the field of microbial forensics forward in a way that we had never expected." The forum was moderated by Michael Greenberger, JD, a professor at the School of Law and director of CHHS.
Friday, September 12, 2008Professor Rena SteinzorOccupational Health & Safety
– The U.S. Labor secretary's much-criticized proposed rule, "Requirements for DOL Agencies’ Assessment of Occupational Health Risks," is open for public comments, and the few posted so far on the government's rulemaking Web site (www.regulations.gov) are united: They want the rule withdrawn. One of the comments posted Wednesday comes from a group of 39 academics and professionals headed by Rena Steinzor, JD, a professor at the School of Law and president of the Center for Progressive Reform. This comment says the 30-day comment period afforded so far is inadequate, the docket is incomplete because DOL has not included studies and a review it used in drafting the rule, and rulemaking is the wrong way for DOL for modify its risk assessment policies in the first place.
Friday, September 12, 2008Adjunct Professor Keith SeatCorporateLogo.com, BigPromotions.net
– Business disputes are never pretty, and they can be very costly. Mediation is often the best approach for working out serious disputes and saving business relationships, writes Keith Seat, JD, a full-time mediator, facilitator, and arbitrator, with experience mediating business, commercial, and workplace disputes, and an adjunct professor of alternative dispute resolution at the School of Law.
Thursday, September 11, 2008Professor Frank WuDetroit News
– On Jan. 20, in his West Quad dormitory at the University of Michigan, Peng Song fashioned a pair of paper shoes and set them on fire on fire, because according to custom, the needed objects can only be transported (to his late grandfather in the afterlife) by fire. A smoke alarm went off. University officials say the dormitory had to be evacuated. The university police turned the case over to the Washtenaw County prosecutor, who charged Song with setting a fire in a university building a misdemeanor that carries a penalty of up to 10 days in jail. Frank Wu, the former dean of the Wayne State University Law School and visiting professor at the School of Law, plans to fly in from Washington, D.C., where he now lives, to testify as an expert witness. "It makes you scratch your head and wonder, "Is this how the law should work?" asks Wu.
Thursday, September 11, 2008Professor Lisa Fairfax
Harvard Law School Corporate Governance Blog – Forty-six corporate and securities law professors, including Lisa Fairfax, JD, professor at the School of Law, filed this week an amici curiae brief in the case of Lucian Bebchuk vs. Electronic Arts, Inc.. The case focuses on a shareholder proposal that recommends that the EA board submit to a shareholder vote a charter or bylaw amendment that, if adopted, would require the company (to the extent permitted by law) to include in the company’s proxy materials qualified proposals for a bylaw amendment. EA excluded the proposal from the company’s ballot, and the case focuses on whether the SEC’s shareholder proposal rule (Rule 14a-8) allows the company to do so.
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