Faculty in the News - Archive
Thursday, March 20, 2008Professor Sherrilyn IfillThe Philadelphia Inquirer
- Pennsylvania is one of six states that still allow voters to choose all of their judges in partisan elections. So it can’t be coincidence that most Pennsylvanians believe that judgeships are political positions and that judges are influenced by their contributors. The jury’s still out on whether merit selection would improve diversity, says Sherrilyn Ifill, JD, a professor at the School of Law. "Even when African-Americans are selected for a seat on the bench by the governor, it doesn’t answer whether those are the African-American candidates who are the candidates of choice for their community."
Tuesday, March 18, 2008Professor Michael GreenbergerWUSA-TV, Ch. 9
- Michael Greenberger, JD, a professor at the School of Law and director of the School’s Center for Health and Homeland Security, discussed in a live interview the controversial Washington D.C., gun ban and also the FCC’s battle with obscenities during on-air broadcasts.
Tuesday, March 18, 2008Professor Michael GreenbergerGlobeSt.com
- Despite concerns about so-called "moral hazard" and the painful hit Bear Stearns’ investors and employees have taken with the bailout, it is widely agreed that the Federal Reserve Bank averted a worse capital markets catastrophe with its engineered buyout of the firm by JPMorgan Chase & Co. But for how long is the question on many minds. "The real question is who is next?" wonders Michael Greenberger, JD, a professor at the School of Law and director of its Center for Health and Homeland Security who is a former director of the Division of Trading and Markets at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission under the Clinton administration. "If Bear Stearns can be discounted from $30 per share to $2 per share in 48 hours, it can happen to anyone," says Greenberger, who teaches mortgage-related financial classes at the School.
Monday, March 17, 2008Senior Judicial Fellow Judge John Fader IIThe Daily Record
- The days of a pharmacist simply standing behind the counter and distributing pills have gone the way of the drugstore soda jerk, yet in some ways Maryland holds today's pharmacists to the same standards as pharmacists practicing 75 years ago. John F. Fader II, JD, a retired Baltimore County Circuit judge, noted in a speech last week at the School of Pharmacy that with increased responsibility will come increased liability. Whether or not a pharmacist can be held liable for errors or inadvertence by the prescribing physician varies from state to state, Fader told 50 pharmacists, professors, and pharmacy students who attended the fifth annual Paul A. Pumpian Lecture, named after a former pharmacist and patent attorney who, like Fader, graduated from the law and pharmacy schools at the University of Maryland, Baltimore.
Thursday, March 13, 2008Professor Jane BarrettWBAL-TV, Ch. 11
-The School of Law’s Environmental Law Clinic filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Baltimore on Wednesday against the Velsicol Chemical Corp. for violations of the federal Clean Water Act at the company’s Chestertown manufacturing facility. The suit asserts that the plant continues to release pollutants into local waterways without the necessary permit. Jane Barrett, JD, associate professor at the School and director of the clinic, says the company is polluting waters in a tributary of the Chester River by dumping phosphorus and DEHP, a chemical used in the manufacturing process, and the Maryland Department of the Environment is not doing enough. A citizens group that Barrett represents was told that it would interfere in talks between the department and the company. Barrett says she hopes the lawsuit will provoke "transparency in government and more citizen involvement."
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