Law School Professor and
Director, Center for Health and Homeland Security
AB, 1967, Lafayette College
JD, 1970, University of Pennsylvania
Michael Greenberger is the Founder and Director of the University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security (CHHS) and a professor at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. CHHS works on a broad range of homeland security and emergency response issues for federal, state, and local governmental agencies, as well as universities and public health entities. CHHS has a staff of more than 60 professionals, many of whom are recent graduates of the School of Law. More information about CHHS can be found at www.mdchhs.com.
Since joining the School of Law in 2001, Professor Greenberger designed and teaches two courses focused on counterterrorism and emergency response, “Homeland Security and the Law of Counterterrorism,” introduced in 2002, and “National Security, Foreign Intelligence, and Privacy,” which was taught for the first time in the Spring 2014 semester. He also led the development and oversees the teaching of three related crisis management courses taught by CHHS senior attorney staff members at the law school: “Law and Policy of Emergency Public Health Response;” “Law and Policy of Cybersecurity;” and “Law and Policy of Emergency Management.” Professor Greenberger has also taught Constitutional Law and a seminar on “Futures, Options, and Derivatives,” and furthers the academic efforts of the University of Maryland, Baltimore as a member of the Faculty Senate and Faculty Senate Advisory Committee, as well as the Faculty Advisory Council for the Maryland Higher Education Commission.
Professor Greenberger is often called upon to lend his extensive professional expertise outside the Center and University. He is currently a member of the Baltimore Washington Cyber Task Force, serves by appointment of the Governor of Maryland on the Commission on Maryland Cybersecurity Innovation and Excellence, is a member of the American Bar Association’s Law and National Security Advisory Committee, and a member of The National Academies’ Committee on Science, Technology, and Law. He has also previously served as both the Vice Chair and Chair of the Maryland Governor’s Emergency Management Advisory Council. Professor Greenberger regularly comments on homeland security and emergency management topics for local and national media outlets, presents at professional conferences, and is among a handful of experts chosen in 2014 to sit on the inaugural Editorial Board for the international journal Disaster and Military Medicine.
In 1999, Professor Greenberger began service as Counselor to the United States Attorney General, and then became the Justice Department's Principal Deputy Associate Attorney General. In the latter capacity, Professor Greenberger assisted the United States Attorney General and Associate Attorney General in supervising the work of the Justice Department's Civil, Civil Rights, Environmental, Antitrust, and Tax Divisions. Also within his portfolio of responsibilities were several counterterrorism projects concerning both law enforcement and public health policy, including organizing a nationwide counterterrorism war game ("TOPOFF I").
From 1997 – 1999, Professor Greenberger was a top official with the Division of Trading and Markets at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) working directly for then-Chairperson Brooksley Born. He focused on issues relating to financial regulation and derivatives. He also served on the Steering Committee of the President’s Working Group on Financial Markets, and as a member of the International Organization of Securities Commission’s Hedge Fund Task Force.
Since that time, Professor Greenberger has frequently been asked to testify before Congressional committees on issues pertaining to dysfunctions within the United States economy caused by complex and unregulated financial derivatives. He has also served as the Technical Advisor to the United Nations Commission of Experts on Reforms of the International Monetary and Financial System and the International Energy Forum's Independent Expert Group on reducing world-wide energy price volatility. In 2014 Greenberger became a Faculty Advisory Board member for the University of Maryland’s Center for the Study of Business Ethics, Regulation, and Crime. Discussing financial regulation, Greenberger also routinely appears both in the media and at academic gatherings, including appearances on CNN, ABC's "World News Tonight," the CBS Evening News, the NBC Evening News, CNBC, MSNBC, The Jim Lehrer News Hour, NPR's "Fresh Air," PBS's "Frontline," BBC Radio, and C-SPAN. Professor Greenberger's recent testimony and related media can be found at www.michaelgreenberger.com.
Prior to entering government service, Professor Greenberger was a partner for over 20 years in the Washington, D.C. law firm of Shea & Gardner, where he served as lead litigation counsel before courts of law nationwide, including the United States Supreme Court.
Professor Greenberger is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Lafayette College and the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he served as editor-in-chief of the Law Review. He is a Life Member of the American Law Institute and he has served on the Board of Governors of the D.C. Bar and as a board member of three nonprofit public interest organizations. Professor Greenberger has also served on the D.C. Circuit Advisory Committee on Procedures and as a mediator for the United States Courts for the District of Columbia.
Maryland Public Health Emergency Preparedness Legal Handbook (2005) (prepared for Maryland Attorney General and Secretary of Health and Mental Hygiene).
Is Our Economy Safe? A Proposal for Assessing the Success of Swaps Regulation under the Dodd-Frank Act, in The Future of Financial Reform: Will It Work? How Will We Know? (2010). [Full Text]
Out of the Black Hole: Regulatory Reform of the Over-the-Counter Derivatives Market, in Make Markets Be Markets 99 (Robert Johnson & Erica Payne eds., 2010). [Full Text]
The Posse Comitatus Act and Disaster Response, in Homeland Security and Emergency Management: A Legal Guide for State and Local Governments (Ernest Abbott & Otto Hetzel eds., 2010) (with Arianne Spaccarelli). [Full Text]
State and Federal Emergency Powers, in Homeland Security: Legal and Policy Issues 21 (Joe D. Whitley & Lynne K. Zusman eds., 2009) (with Arianne Spaccarelli). [Full Text]
Indefinite Material Witness Detention Without Probable Cause: Thinking Outside the Fourth Amendment, in At War With Civil Rights and Liberties, (Thomas E. Baker & John F. Stack, Jr., eds. 2005). [Full Text]
Diversifying Clearinghouse Ownership in Order to Safeguard Free and Open Access to the Derivatives Clearing Market, 18 Fordham Journal of Corporate & Financial Law 245 (2013) [Full Text]
Closing Wall Street's Commodity and Swaps Betting Parlors: Legal Remedies to Combat Needlessly Gambling Up the Price of Crude Oil Beyond What Market Fundamentals Dictate, 81 George Washington Law Review 707 (2013). [Full Text]
The Maryland Personal Information Protection Act: Strengthening Maryland's Security Breach Information Law, 42 University of Baltimore Law Forum 129 (2012) (with Mathew Swinburne).
The Extraterritorial Provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act Protect U.S. Taxpayers from Worldwide Bailouts, 80 UMKC Law Review 965 (2012). [Full Text]
Overwhelming a Financial Regulatory Black Hole with Legislative Sunlight: Dodd-Frank’s Attack on Systemic Economic Destabilization Caused by an Unregulated Multi-Trillion Dollar Derivatives Market, 6 Journal of Business & Technology Law 127 (2011). [Full Text]
Governance and Biosecurity: Strengthening Security and Oversight of the Nation's Biological Agent Laboratories, 13 DePaul Journal of Health Care Law 77 (2011) (with Talley Kovacks & Marita Mike). [Full Text]
Book Review, George J. Annas, Worst Case Bioethics: Death, Disaster, and Public Health, 27 Journal of Contemporary Health Law & Policy 314 (2010).
Teaching New Dogs Old Tricks: Reshaping the Department of Homeland Security's Technology Development Infrastructure, 47 Jurimetrics Journal 281 (2007). [Full Text]
Did the Founding Fathers Do "A Heckuva Job"?: Authorization for the Use of Federal Troops to Prevent the Loss of a Major American City, 87 Boston University Law Review 397 (2007).
You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet: The Inevitable Post-Hamden Conflict between the Supreme Court and the Political Branches, 66 Maryland Law Review 805 (2007). [Full Text]
The Alfonse and Gaston of Governmental Response to National Public Health Emergencies: Lessons Learned from Hurricane Katrina for the Federal Government and the States, 58 Administrative Law Review 611 (2006). [Full Text]
Preparing Vulnerable Populations for a Disaster: Inner-City Emergency Preparedness - Who Should Take the Lead?, 10 DePaul Journal of Health Care Law 291 (2007).
Choking Bioshield: The Department of Homeland Security's Stranglehold on Biodefense Vaccine Development, 1 Microbe 260 (2006). [Full Text]
False Conflict: Who's In Charge of National Public Health Catastrophes, 31 Administrative & Regulatory Law News, Spring 2006, at 2. [Full Text]
Yes, Virginia: The President Can Deploy Federal Troops to Prevent the Loss of a Major American City from a Devastating Natural Catastrophe, 26 Mississippi College Law Review 107 (2006). [Full Text]
The 800 Pound Gorilla Sleeps: The Federal Government's Lackadaisical Liability and Compensation Policies in the Context of Pre-Event Vaccine Immunization Programs, 8 Journal of Health Care Law & Policy 7 (2005) [Full Text]
The Role of the Federal Government in Response to Catastrophic Health Emergencies: Lessons Learned from Hurricane Katrina (2005). [Full Text]
Is Criminal Justice a Casualty of the Bush Administration's "War on Terror"?, Human Rights, Winter 2004, at 19. [Full Text]
The Threat of Smallpox: Eradicated but not Erased, Journal of Homeland Security, Feb. 2004 (with others) [Full Text]
Rights-in-Data Policies Affecting Department of Defense Acquisition of Computer Software and Related Products, 9 Computer Law Journal 447 (1989) (with Michael S. Kane).
Judicial Review of Administrative Action and Responsible Government, 63 Georgetown Law Journal 7 (1974) (with Warner W. Gardner).
Note: Relocation, Accidental Inequities and the Equal Protection Doctrine, 117 University of Pennsylvania Law Review 579 (1969).
Michael Greenberger of the School of Law and the Center for Health and Homeland Security appeared on the Diane Rehm Show for the segement "The Government Spending Bill: What's In It For Banks, Big Business And The Middle Class."
Michael Greenberger of the School of Law and the Center for Health and Homeland Security was quoted in the article "House-Approved Budget Goes Easy on Banks and Elizabeth Warren Hates It" on gobankingrates.com
Michael Greenberger of the School of Law was quoted in the article, "All About That Wall Street Giveaway That Elizabeth Warren Hates," in Mother Jones.
Michael Greenberger of the School of Law and the Center for Health and Homeland Security was quoted in the Marketplace article "Why D.C. is up in arms about derivatives ... again."
Michael Greenberger of the School of Law and the UM Center for Health and Homeland Security was quoted in the Irish Times article "A sure thing? Trading often and with leverage likely to cost you money."
Michael Greenberger of the School of Law was quoted in the American Banker article "Three Takeaways from the Foreign-Exchange Pricing Scandal."
UMB President Jay A. Perman was interviewed and Michael Greenberger of the Center for Health and Homeland Security in the School of Law was featured in the article "CHHS' Greenberger Appointed to National Academies' Committee" on UMB News.
Michael Greenberger of the School of Law and UM Center for Health and Homeland Security was interviewed for the Daily Record article "Quarantine Q&A - Five Questions with the Center for Health and Homeland Security's Michael Greenberger."
Michael Greenberger, of the School of Law and UM Center for Health and Homeland Security, is quoted in the Daily Report article "CDC Lawyer Urges Looking at the Law as Ebola Emotion Swirls."
Michael Greenberger of the School of Law and UM Center for Health and Homeland Security was quoted in the Complex.com article "10 Things 'Rolling Stone' Taught Us About the Koch Brothers."
Barbara Gontrum, Michael Greenberger, and Diane Hoffmann of the School of Law were quoted in the Daily Record article, "A law degree for people who don't need one."
Michael Greenberger of the School of Law and UM Center for Health and Homeland Security was mentioned in the Baltimore Sun article "State to appeal ruling on voting by disabled."
Michael Greenberger of the School of Law and UM Center for Health and Homeland Security was interviewed on Fox 5 Morning News to discuss the "ISIS Terror Threat."
Michael Greenberger of the School of Law, and the UM Center for Health and Homeland Security, was mentioned in the Baltimore Sun article "Judge orders Maryland to adopt online voting tool." Similar stories appeared in The Capital and TMCnet.com.
Michael Greenberger of the Center for Health and Homeland Security at the UM Carey School of Law was mentioned in the article "Application of 'Security-Based Swap Dealer' and 'Major Security-Based Swap Participant' Definitions to Cross-Border Security-Based Swap Activities" on insurancenewsnet.com.
Michael Greenberger of the UM Carey School of Law and UM Center for Health and Homeland Security was quoted in the article "Maryland State Board of Elections Continues Attempts to Implement Online Ballot Delivery System" on baltimore.citybizlist.com.