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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.

Prof. Gilchrist Honored With Award For Her Commitment To the Needs of the Elderly
April 14, 2009

Professor Barbara J. Gilchrist received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. The award was announced in April at the National Academy meeting in Washington, D.C. Prof. Gilchrist has been a leader on issues related to Medicaid and Medicare eligibility, as well as other public benefits for the elderly.

Prof. Fogel Assesses Recent Mo. Court of Appeals Ruling
April 9, 2009

In its April 7 decision, the Missouri Court of Appeals Eastern District ruled on a contentious probate case, Klinkerfuss v. Cronin, ending a nine-year legal battle. The case, which was dubbed "ludicrous litigation" in the opinion, allowed the court to take a first look at a portion of the state's Uniform Trust Code related to attorney's fees and costs. Professor Bradley E.S. Fogel remarked in The Missouri Lawyers Weekly that it was unusual for a court to go after an individual beneficiary for legal fees, and even rarer for a beneficiary to accumulate the large amount of of legal fees that were accrued in an effort to remove the trustee.

Prof. Goldstein Suggests VP Biden's Long Career In Senate Will Prove Helpful
April 8, 2009

While former Vice President Dick Cheney preferred working behind the scenes, current Vice President Joe Biden has been front and center when it comes to enforcing the Obama administration's agenda. Professor Joel K. Goldstein discusses Biden's approach to his new role, in comparison to his predecessors, in an article for the Washington Times. Goldstein points out Biden's penchant for reaching across party aisles and keeping the lines of communication open when advancing programs from the Obama administration.

Prof. Goldstein Commemorates R-Tenn Address
April 6, 2009

To commemorate the 20th Anniversary of Senators Thomas F. Eagleton, D-Mo., and Howard Baker's, R-Tenn address to the United States Senate, Professor Joel K. Goldstein wrote an article for the Saint Louis Beacon. Prof. Goldstein asserts that the Eagleton-Baker speech, which stressed the importance of bipartisanship government, is as relevant now as it was two decades ago.

Vice President Biden Must Sustain Focus, Advises Prof. Goldstein
April 5, 2009

In a story for the Congressional Quarterly Politics, Professor Joel K. Goldstein comments that Vice President Joe Biden runs the risk of becoming too consumed with the minutiae of the stimulus oversight initiative.

Prof. Harrison Provides Insight Into Recent Missouri Supreme Court Decision
April 2, 2009

The Missouri Supreme Court came to a split decision on March 31 regarding an attorney’s failure to file a timely post-conviction notice of appeal for his incarcerated client. In the case of David Gehrke v. State of Missouri, the Supreme Court ruled that the lawyer’s failure to file a complete notice of appeal constituted ineffective assistance of counsel and not abandonment. The Missouri Lawyer Weekly interviewed Professor Patricia Harrison for her thoughts on the 4-3 decision. Harrison said, “The issue of wanting to have timely resolution and closure of matters is the motivating force in having it be so narrow in their findings.”

Prof. Ammann Weighs In On Property Owner Responsibilities
April 2, 2009

The recent death of a seven-year-old Edwardsville girl, due to the collapsing of an older structure upon her, has sparked a closer look at how property owners maintain their land. Professor John Ammann was quoted in a St. Louis Post-Dispatch story about abandoned properties and the dangers they pose to curious trespassers, especially children. Ammann remarked that it is the responsibility of the owners to secure their properties and that the responsibility continues even after owners stop using properties.

University of Frankfurt Welcomes Prof. Tim Greaney
March 27, 2009

Professor Tim Greaney gave a lecture to bankers, academics and students in Frankfurt Germany, titled: “Bank Mergers and Competition Policy during the Global Financial Crisis" at the Institute for Financial and Monetary Security, University of Frankfurt.

Prof. Ammann and Students Appeal to the Missouri Supreme Court and Win
March 18, 2009

Professor John J. Ammann and SLU LAW students won an appeal in the Missouri Supreme Court on behalf of a family seeking adoption subsidies from the state. The St. Louis Daily Record reported that the court determined the state agency was not promulgating regulations governing applicants' qualifications for adoption subsidies.

Wall Street Journal Taps Prof. Miller on Hawaiian Apology Resolution
March 15, 2009

Professor Eric J. Miller explains if the Hawaii Supreme Court opinion stands, then future apologies for historic wrongs from Congress might become rarer still. In 2008, the Hawaiian Supreme Court blocked the state from transferring any of the 1.2 million acres of land back to the Native Hawaiian people. Miller comments to the Wall Street Journal that the Hawaii case might be the first in which an apology receives legal weight.

Prof. Amany Ragab Hacking Gives Overview of the Missouri Court of Appeals
March 15, 2009

The Missouri Court of Appeals isn't supposed to act as three separate courts, however some attorneys are asking for more uniformity between the branches. Professor Amany Ragab Hacking was featured prominently in the March 16 edition of The Missouri Lawyer Weekly. Hacking explains how each of the appellate districts focus primarily on precedents set in their own district rather than looking to the other courts for guidance.

Public Law Review's Property Ownership Conference Features Developer Richard Baron
March 1, 2009

The Public Law Review's "Property Ownership and Economic Stability: A Necessary Relationship?" conference featured developer Richard Baron, who presented the keynote lecture, "Urban Neighborhoods: Can the Stimulus Package Reverse the Course of the Last 40 Years?" The conference and Baron's talk were profiled in the St. Louis Beacon. St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Tim Logan also covered the conference and emphasized Baron's message that an integrated, comprehensive approach is key to successful urban redevelopment programs in Logan's "Building Blocks" column on And Professor Peter Salsich appeared on KTVI-2 to promote the conference.

Prof. Goldstein's Reaction to President Obama's Speech: He's Got "Mount Rushmore Potential"
February 28, 2009

Professor Joel K. Goldstein offers his expert opinion on Barack Obama's speech and applauds the new president for his plans to take on some of the most intractable problems in American government: energy independence and climate change, health care and educational equity — while cutting the deficit in half to the

Obama's Dogma? Prof. Goldstein Says the President Is Remarkably Pragmatic
February 24, 2009

Professor Joel K. Goldstein explains that President Obama is a pragmatist who shares basic Democratic values and believes in rational problem-solving and consensus politics to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Prof. Goldstein Sheds Light on the New Illinois Law and Roland Burris' Resignation
February 23, 2009

Burris' appointment will likely run until the 2010 election unless it was interpreted to run until the election of Rahm Emanuel's successor. Alternatively, the Senate could expel Burris by 2/3 vote if that was thought to be appropriate or Burris could resign, perhaps trying to use that as leverage with the authorities as Agnew did, Professor Joel K. Goldstein explains to the St. Louis Beacon.

School of Law Forms Medical-Legal Partnership to Establish Children's Health Advocacy Project
February 18, 2009

Professors Jesse Goldner and Patricia Harrison were featured in a St. Louis Post-Dispatch story about the $573,000 grant that Legal Services of Eastern Missouri recently received from the Missouri Department of Health to fund the Children's Health Advocacy Program, a pilot project Prof. Goldner spearheaded in 2005. The grant will fund a new medical-legal partnership with the School of Law's Legal Clinics and Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center, St. Louis Children's Hospital and Grace Hill Neighborhood Health Centers.

Vice President Joe Biden's Infamous Gaffes Could Undermine His Stature, Prof. Goldstein Explains
February 17, 2009

Professor Joel K. Goldstein explains that the media's "lighthearted yuks" aimed at Vice President Biden could undermine his stature to the New York Daily News.

Law Students Place at Jessup International Moot Court Super Regional Competition
February 16, 2009

Congratulations to law students Erin Doyle, David Morin, Osita Onyia, Andrew Wold and team captain, Kathryn Young. Their written memorial received third place at the Jessup International Moot Court Super Regional Competition last weekend in Houston, Texas. Through their excellent written and oral advocacy the team advanced to the quarterfinals of the competition. Also, Osita Onyia took home the fifth place oralist award from a field of 92 oralists. The team was coached by Beth Anderson Jennings, Professor Kim Novak Morse and alum Patrick Foppe.

Prof. Ammann and Legal Clinics Represent Sheltered Care Home
February 10, 2009

Professor John J. Ammann — who led the Legal Clinics representation of several unnamed residents of the Sheltered Care Home in a lawsuit over the closing of the Madison County home — was interviewed about the recent settlement, which will provide a source of funds to help create new supportive housing facilities and a safety net of funds to assist residents in their new placements. Interviews appeared in the following media outlets: KWMU-FM 90.7, the Belleville News Democrat and The Alton Telegraph.

Meet Dr. Jill Biden ... Prof. Goldstein on the Second Lady's Promotion of Her Doctorate in Education
February 4, 2009

Aside from the teasing of Jill Biden for going by "Dr. Biden," Professor Joel K. Goldstein explains that she is "unique" because she is the first second lady to hold down a regular paying job while her husband serves as the vice president to the Los Angeles Times and the

Prof. Goldstein Offers Insight on How Republicans Can Impact America's Most Pressing Problems
February 3, 2009

Professor Joel K. Goldstein offers expert suggestions on how Republicans can impact the issues America now faces. His recommendations: Think of ways to use the stimulus package to strengthen the role of state governments, envision plans to make certain the proposed spending package is not permanent or address some of Wall Street's flagrant abuses that contributed to the economic crisis. The story ran in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, and Real Clear Politics.

Can Historic Tax Credits Be Used to Renovate Closed Schools? Prof. Salsich Offers His Insight
January 31, 2009

Professor Peter W. Salsich Jr. explains that using historic tax credits on residential housing projects can be controversial in some instances, but he explains that if the credits can keep dozens of historic closed city schools from being razed, he sees no problem with their use to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Biden Expected to Serve as Mondale Did For Carter, Prof. Goldstein Explains Why
January 27, 2009

Professor Joel K. Goldstein predicts Vice President Joe Biden will serve as a troubleshooter and senior advisor, much like Mondale did for Carter. He also noted other similarities — foremost their Capitol Hill expertise — between the two vice presidents to Delaware Online.

Prof. Goldstein Sheds Light on the Impeachment Trial of Gov. Rod Blagojevich
January 26, 2009

Professor Joel K. Goldstein explains that the Illinois courts would likely look to Nixon v. United States for guidance. In that case, the court held that the Senate's duty to "try" an impeached official was not subject to judicial review, Goldstein explained to the St. Louis Beacon.