Faculty in the News - Archive



Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Professor Michael Greenberger

Los Angeles Times Ė Congress has promised to crack down on seemingly unregulated commodities trading, which could be to blame for the soaring cost of oil and its subsequent trickle-down effect. While some economists and investors disagree and point the finger at a growing gap between supply and demand, other experts say Congress is taking a step in the right direction. Michael Greenberger, JD, professor at the School of Law and a former director at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, said, "You've got futures exchanges that are rife with the ability to manipulate and excessively speculate." Greenberger added: "Congress firmly believes that they've got to bring this speculation under control. And it is my thesis that if these markets were policed, the prices would drop very rapidly."

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Professor Susan Leviton

WBALTV.com, WBAL-TV, Ch. 11 - The WBAL-TV 11 News I-Team obtained photos that have never been seen by the public that raise troubling questions about a controversial juvenile detention facility that's currently the center of a civil rights investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice. "Itís nothing you should see anywhere," said Susan Leviton, JD, a professor at the School of Law. She said she has seen juvenile facilities all over the state, but said nothing was like the Lower Shore DRILL Academy. "Having people drink until they vomit. What is the purpose of that?" she said.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Professor Michael Greenberger

The Baltimore Sun - The Department of Homeland Security tripled its grant this year for security at Marylandís ports, sending $6.6 million to the state. The money will be used for an updated video surveillance system and technology that keeps tabs on truck traffic at the Port of Baltimore. Michael Greenberger, JD, professor at the School of Law and director of the Center for Health and Homeland Security, said the boost in funding is long overdue considering Baltimoreís proximity to the nationís capital. "The state and city worked very hard to put in a first-rate application that would support the funding that was needed," Greenberger said. "They worked very hard to make sure that the mistakes made by the federal government were not repeated."

Friday, May 16, 2008

Professor Michael Greenberger

Reuters - In an effort to battle record fuel costs, the U.S. Energy Department will stop adding to its Strategic Petroleum Reserve. Congress forced the Bush administrationís hand after passing legislation last week, which demanded that stockpiling cease until oil falls below $75 per barrel. But Michael Greenberger, JD, professor at the School of Law and a former director at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, said this move will only provide short-term relief for consumers. "In the long term, gasoline prices will soon continue their rapid rise," said Greenberger, "because those prices have little relationship to supply/demand factors [and] are being manipulated upward by energy traders."

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Adjunct Professor Andrew Levy

The Baltimore Sun - The state's highest court suspended a Baltimore County judge yesterday for making profane and uncivil comments from the bench, issuing the harshest punishment for a Maryland judge in more than two decades and, observers said, sending a message to judges to watch their behavior. Andrew Levy, JD, adjunct professor at the School of Law for more than 20 years, said he suspects the Court of Appeals was trying to send a message by upholding the judicial commission's recommendation. "Being a judge is not a license to be rude and abusive to people," Levy said. "Judges can be strict and can be no-nonsense. But this is about a judge seemingly willing to say anything that came to his mind."

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