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Controversial Legal Cases Should Not Be Ignored, Says Prof. Flanders
July 15, 2009

One of SLU LAW’s newest faculty members, Professor Chad Flanders, recently penned an editorial for the St. Louis Post Dispatch. Prof. Flanders’s op-ed discusses the controversial case of Ricci v. DeStafano, in which white firefighters from New Haven, Conn., brought a lawsuit against the city, claiming that the city discriminated against them with regard to promotions. The U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled in favor of the firefighters, in effect overturning Supreme Court nominee Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s original ruling when she heard the case as a judge in the U.S. Court of Appeals Second Circuit. When Sotomayor and her fellow judges ruled on Ricci they issued a summary order – a ruling that cannot be cited by lawyers or judges as having precedential effect. In essence, future courts could ignore their opinion. Prof. Flanders’ editorial explains this procedural aspect of the case and asserts that even the most controversial cases deserve published opinions.

Empathetic Jurisprudence Is Essential, Remarks Prof. Goldstein
July 13, 2009

In an editorial written for the History News Service, Professor Joel K. Goldstein predicts that the word “empathy” will be debated a lot among Democrats and Republicans during Judge Sonia Sotomayor's Senate Confirmation hearings. In the weeks leading up to the hearings, conservative politicians voiced concern over the nomination of a judge who has been described as “empathetic”, rather than choosing a nominee who has been a proven, strict interpreter of the Constitution. Prof. Goldstein reminds readers that former President Richard M. Nixon celebrated former Chief Justice Earl Warren’s capacity for empathy when Warren retired from the U.S. Supreme Court.

Working with Neighborhood Organizations is Key to Success, Writes Prof. Salsich
July 8, 2009

Professor Peter D. Salsich wrote an editorial for the St. Louis Post Dispatch about the striking contrast in approaches to redeveloping North St. Louis and the Normandy School District. Prof. Salsich asserts that a redevelopment project must have the support of community leaders in order to achieve success.

Prof. Johnson Interviewed By NPR’s Talk of the Nation
July 2, 2009

Professor Emerita Sandra H. Johnson was interviewed by Neil Conan for the NPR Show Talk of the Nation. Prof. Johnson was among a group of panelists who discussed patients, prescription medications and the law. Prof. Johnson’s commentary begins at the 10-minute mark of the broadcast.

U.S. Supreme Court's Reversal of New Haven Case Won't Jeopardize Sotomayor's Confirmation, Says Prof. Goldman
June 30, 2009

In a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the city of New Haven, CT had discriminated against white and Hispanic firefighters by rejecting the results of a promotional exam in which African-American firefighters had scored poorly. The New Haven decision will very likely be brought up during the U.S. Supreme Court confirmation hearings of Judge Sonia Sotomayor, since Sotomayor backed the city of New Haven when she heard the case as a judge on the Second U.S. Court of Appeals. The Saint Louis Beacon sought out Professor Roger L. Goldman’s expert analysis on how the New Haven decision will play out during the Sotomayor hearings.

The Future of Media Has Cause For Concern, Contends Prof. Goldstein
June 28, 2009

A move by President Obama at a recent press conference stirred up significant controversy among the White House press corps. Reports indicate that President Obama planted a question from a blogger, in an attempt to communicate via social media with the citizens of Iran. While the White House denied that the question was planted, the query brought up uncertainty regarding the independent role of the press. Professor Joel K. Goldstein was interviewed by Townhall.com for his thoughts on the future of journalism and politics.

Liberal and Conservative Justices Align On Confrontation Clause
June 26, 2009

The recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Melendez-Diaz vs. Massachusetts, which addressed the Confrontation Clause of the Sixth Amendment, saw the joining of the two most conservative justices – Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas – with three of the more liberal ones – John Paul Stevens, David H. Souter and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The Saint Louis Beacon interviewed Professor Roger L. Goldman for his explanation on how certain justices interpret the text of the U.S. Constitution.

Jill Biden Keeping Low Profile As Second Lady, Remarks Prof. Goldstein
June 15, 2009

In an article for Vanity Fair, Professor Joel K. Goldstein explains how Dr. Jill Biden has stayed under the media radar, while still championing her main cause: education.

Presidents Wanting To Manage Their Encounters With the Press Is Not a New Trend, Explains Prof. Goldstein
May 31, 2009

Prof. Joel K. Goldstein was interviewed by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review regarding the Obama Administration’s tendency to try and regulate its encounters with the media. Prof. Goldstein asserted that American Presidents have historically tried to steer their interactions with the press, so that it produces positive news.

Paul McKee Must Work With Northside Neighborhood Groups, Says Prof. Salsich
May 30, 2009

Professor Peter W. Salsich wrote an editorial that was published in the Letters to the Editor section of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Prof. Salsich affirmed that Paul McKee's Northside development plan has a chance. However, it is imperative that McKee partner with Northside residents and neighborhood organizations for his inner-city redevelopment plan to achieve success.

Media Looks To SLU LAW for Comments On Judge Sotomayor’s Nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court
May 27, 2009

After weeks of speculation, President Obama announced his choice of Judge Sonia Sotomayor as nominee for the United States Supreme Court on May 26. While the entire nation debated the pros and cons of Obama’s pick, the St. Louis media immediately sought analysis from several SLU LAW professors. Professor Roger L. Goldman, whose area of expertise includes the U.S. Supreme Court, was interviewed by KMOX-AM 1120, the St. Louis Daily Record and KSDK-TV. Prof Goldman remarked in the interviews that Judge Sotomayor has been vetted twice and that five Republican senators voted to approve her nomination to the federal appellate court. Professor Joel K. Goldstein spoke to the Saint Louis Beacon about how Sotomayor’s biography resonates the American Dream, and provided insight about a prior comment Judge Sotomayor made wherein she described the court of appeals as being the place where policy is made. Professor Emerita of Law, Sandra Johnson, recounted her 1995 experiences with Judge Sotomayor for the Saint Louis Beacon. Prof. Johnson described Sotomayor as “extraordinarily prepared, very efficient and very easy to deal with.”

Cheney Is His Own Man Again, Says Prof. Goldstein
May 24, 2009

Professor Joel K. Goldstein was interviewed by the Associated Press for an article that ran in the San Francisco Chronicle about former Vice President Dick Cheney. Prof. Goldstein comments on Cheney's latest round of remarks to the media regarding the Obama Administration.

Choose a Nominee Who Serves America the Best, Advises Prof. Goldstein
May 20, 2009

In an editorial written for the Saint Louis Beacon, Professor Joel K. Goldstein makes the case that “Presidents serve both their country, and their legacy best when they look for potential greatness in filling court vacancies.” With President Barack Obama expected to name a nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court in the coming week, Goldstein reflects on the judicial selection of Louis D. Brandeis, and the 1962 Supreme Court nominee who never came to fruition, Paul Freund.

Prof. Harrison Calls For a Moratorium On Tasers In Op-Ed Piece
May 14, 2009

Several weeks ago, State Senator Joan Bray filed Senate Bill No. 328 to enact state policy prohibiting police officers from using tasers without proper training, recording and deployment. In support of this legislation, and drawing from her own interactions with adolescent clients who have been tasered, Professor Tricia Harrison wrote an editorial that was published in the St. Louis American. In it, Prof. Harrison asserts that there needs to be a safety evaluation period with tasers, until proper data collection and training policies are implemented.

Dick Cheney’s Recent Media Rounds Is Unique, Explains Prof. Goldstein
May 14, 2009

Professor Joel K. Goldstein was interviewed for the French newspaper CyberPresse about former Vice President Dick Cheney. Prof. Goldstein noted that the way Cheney has carried himself has been “very unique.” Past vice presidents ordinarily enter a period of hibernation, in order to give the new administration a chance to complete their tasks.

Talk of Health Care Legislation Reform Prompts Op-Ed Piece from Prof. Tim Greaney
May 12, 2009

Health care reform has long been a contentious topic, and with the new administration pushing for its health care agenda to be approved within a year, lawmakers are predictably lining up on party sides. Professor Tim Greaney composed an editorial for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch discussing whether health care reform legislation should include a plan controlled by the government or an independent agency, for those without insurance to choose from instead of competing private plans.

Prof. Harrison Trains Area Attorneys for Volunteer Opportunities
May 7, 2009

Due to budget cuts in 2007, the Missouri State Public Defender System eliminated its youth advocacy program in St. Louis. Since then Prof. Patricia Harrison has been taking SLU LAW students to the city circuit court every Monday to interview juvenile offenders. However, Prof. Harrison recently led training sessions at Husch Blackwell Sanderson on juvenile law and procedure for lawyers who are considering volunteering for defender duty. Missouri Lawyers Media profiled this collaborative effort between the School of Law and Husch Blackwell Sanderson.

The New York Times Publishes Piece By Prof. Goldstein
May 6, 2009

Professor Joel K. Goldstein penned a Letter to the Editor that was published in the Opinion section of the New York Times. Prof. Goldstein noted the civility that Jack Kemp and Al Gore exhibited during the 1996 Vice Presidential debate.

Jack Kemp Never Took the Political Low Road, Says Prof. Goldstein
May 3, 2009

With the recent passing of Congressman and former Vice-Presidential Nominee, Jack Kemp, Professor Joel K. Goldstein reflects in an editorial for the Saint Louis Beacon how Kemp was the type of politician more interested in discussing ideas, rather than vilifying his political opponents. Prof. Goldstein cites the 1996 Vice Presidential Debate between Kemp and Al Gore as the best example of a civil exchange of political visions.

Justice Souter Was Exemplary, But Not As Liberal As Justice Brennan, Notes Prof. Gloldstein
May 1, 2009

When Justice David H. Souter was nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court by the first Bush Administration, he was touted as a reliable conservative; a stark contrast to the liberal Justice William J. Brennan Jr. whom he was replacing. Yet, after almost 20-years on the bench, Souter has continually defied his backers by siding with the moderate and liberal majority of the Supreme Court. With the recent news of Souter's upcoming retirement, The Saint Louis Beacon asked Prof. Joel K. Goldstein for his thoughts on whether Souter was ultimately as liberal as his predecessor, Justice Brennan.

Sen. Specter’s Switch Signifies Polarization of the Parties, Prof. Goldstein Remarks
April 28, 2009

Professor Joel K. Goldstein was tapped by Pittsburghlive.com for his thoughts on Sen. Arlen Spector's decision to switch from the Republican to the Democratic party.

Biden Takes Pride In His Role, Says Prof. Goldstein
April 26, 2009

Professor Joel K. Goldstein explains how Vice President Joe Biden is comfortable with having a "lesser role than his predecessor," in a story for Delaware Online about Biden's first 100 days on the job.

Will the Supreme Court Review Resentencing Guidelines For Drug Cases? It's A Long Shot, Says Prof. Miller
April 24, 2009

In recent years, the courts have acknowledged that laws passed during the 1980s have allowed for a disparity between sentences for crack cocaine and white powder cocaine crimes. Disagreement still remains among district judges about how much discretion they should have when resentencing crack cocaine offenders post U.S. v. Booker. Missouri Lawyers Weekly interviewed Professor Eric J. Miller on whether the U.S. Supreme Court could step in and potentially rehear resentencing guidelines. Miller said that whether the U.S. Supreme Court takes action "may depend on what the 9th Circuit does," but it's still a long shot.

Prof. Goldstein Analyzes Cheney's Media Resurgence
April 22, 2009

The recent release of Bush-era memos, regarding the interrogation tactics of suspected terrorists, has sparked a bi-partisan debate over how the Obama administration should address the legal issues raised by the interrogations. With former Vice-President Dick Cheney publicly criticizing the Obama administration, the Christian Science Monitor tapped Professor Joel K. Goldstein for insight into Cheney’s impetus for remaining in the public eye.

Prof. Goldstein Weighs In On Nomination of Koh to State Department
April 21, 2009

As the U.S. Senate begins the process of confirming Harold Hongju Koh to the State Department, Professor Joel K. Goldstein discusses recent attacks on Koh from conservative bloggers. In an editorial piece for the Saint Louis Beacon. Prof. Goldstein asserts that Koh has spent his career championing individual liberty, democratic governance and the rule of law.

Students, Alumni and Faculty Member Honored by Women's Justice Committee
April 17, 2009

The Daily Record announced the winners of the 2009 Women’s Justice Awards, which include 12 female members of the SLU LAW community. The winning alumnae, current students, and faculty members are being recognized for improving the quality of justice and/or contributing to the betterment of the profession. On April 16, the following women will be honored at a ceremony taking place at The Four Seasons: Alisse Camazine ‘79; Deirdre Gallagher ‘86; Jane Dueker ‘92; Tessa Trelz ‘87; Honorable Nanette Baker ’94; Honorable Carolyn Whittington ‘79; Nicole Colbert Botchway ‘96; Marie Kenyon ‘86; Amy Gunn ‘96; Annie Harkins ‘09; Manasi Venkatesh ‘09 and Professor Carol Needham.

Prof. Miller Offers Insight Regarding Drug Courts
April 16, 2009

An amendment to a Missouri Bar-backed bill could potentially eliminate drug court commissioners in St. Louis, and convert them into associate circuit judgeships in other parts of Missouri, reported Missouri Lawyers Weekly. Studies have suggested that the supervision of drug courts work better and save taxpayers money. However, Professor Eric J. Miller asserted that all of the positive data regarding the success of drug courts' should be more closely examined.

Biden Should Follow the Walter Mondale Approach, Prof. Goldstein Suggests
April 15, 2009

In the Christian Science Monitor, Prof. Joel K. Goldstein discusses Vice President Joe Biden's positive relationships with his former colleagues in the Senate, and how former Vice President Walter Mondale is as a good model for Biden to emulate.

Prof. Walker Named Teacher of the Year By Students
April 15, 2009

Graduating law students have selected Anders Walker as the Saint Louis University School of Law Teacher of the Year. Prof. Walker has been a member of the faculty since 2006 and his areas of expertise include Constitutional and Criminal Law.

Dick Cheney’s Recent Media Rounds Has Been Unique, Explains Prof. Goldstein
April 14, 2009

Professor Joel K. Goldstein, J.D. was interviewed for the French newspaper CyberPresse about former Vice President Dick Cheney. Prof. Goldstein noted that the way Cheney has carried himself has been “very unique.” Past vice presidents ordinarily enter a period of hibernation, in order to give the new administration a chance to complete their tasks.

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