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Scholars Urge Passage of Health Care Reform
February 26, 2010

Professor Thomas L. Greaney, along with other members of academia, signed a letter to Congressional leaders urging the passage of health care reform, which was subsequently published by the New York Times.

The Biden-Cheney Comparisons Continue
February 24, 2010

Professor Joel Goldstein was interviewed by about how Vice President Joe Biden has been very open with disclosing personal records with federal agencies, unlike his predecessor Dick Cheney.

Biden vs. Cheney
February 18, 2010

Professor Joel Goldstein was interviewed by WDEL-1150 A.M. (Delaware) about Joe Biden and Dick Cheney's "virtual debate" during recent appearances by both on the Sunday morning political talk show circuit.

Judges Should Not Be Elected
February 16, 2010

A proposed constitutional amendment threatens to replace the "Missouri Plan," the process by which judges are nominated and appointed by the governor, in favor of requiring all judges to be voted into office. Professors Chad Flanders and Matthew Hall penned an editorial for the St. Louis Beacon in which they defend keeping the Missouri Plan intact.

Not All Prisoner Lawsuits Are Frivolous
February 15, 2010

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review published an article that examined recent litigation brought forward by prisoners. Professor Lynn Branham, a noted expert in the area of inmate litigation, explained that a lot of the lawsuits filed by inmates revolve around Constitutional rights being violated.

Health Care Policy Advocates Unite
February 5, 2010

Professor Thomas L. Greaney was cited in the Huffington Post for a letter he and other health law policy professionals sent to Congress and President Obama encouraging health care reform.

Obama Must Reclaim His Presidency
January 27, 2010

Professor Joel K. Goldstein wrote an editorial for the St. Louis Beacon about how President Barack Obama can use his State of the Union address to redefine his presidency.

U.S. Inspector General Gives a Nod to Prof. Goldner
January 26, 2010

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Inspector General, Dan Levinson, recently referenced Professor Jesse A. Goldner’s article, Regulating Conflicts of Interest in Research: The Paper Tiger Needs Real Teeth." The Inspector General was speaking at the AHLA Academic Medical Centers Conference in Washington, D.C. on the subject of conflicts of interest. It was also noted that Levinson brought a copy of the Saint Louis University Law Journal and showed it to members of the audience while he spoke about Goldner’s article.

The Eagleton Experience
January 25, 2010

Professor Joel K. Goldstein was quoted in Congressional Quarterly Weekly regarding Minnesota Gubernatorial candidate Mark Dayton. Although Dayton has publicly admitted that he suffers from depression, Goldstein was quick to point out that the example of Sen. Thomas Eagleton showed, “that notwithstanding depression somebody could be an exemplary public servant.”

Profane Words Win Harassment Case
January 22, 2010

In an interview for, Professor Marcia L. McCormick provided insight into a recent 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision that favors plaintiffs in sexual harassment cases. McCormick remarked that this ruling was groundbreaking because it stressed that words can be enough to win a sexual harassment case. McCormick was also interviewed on News Talk 1010 (Toronto Talk Radio) and the John Tory Show (Toronto Talk 820) to discuss other sexual harassment lawsuits.

Professor Rollins Recognized By AALS
January 21, 2010

Professor Christine E. Rollins was cited by the EvidenceProf Blog (a member of the Association for American Law Schools) for a poster she created to help law students determine their best learning style.

Big Businesses Have Right to Free Speech
January 21, 2010

Professor Alan J. Howard, an expert on the First Amendment, was interviewed by Missouri Lawyers Weekly about the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision to overturn a 20-year-old ruling on campaign contributions by corporations. The new ruling allows corporations to have political speech rights just as individuals do. Professor Howard explained, “The court now is prepared to protect the right of all speakers regardless of their identity, including for-profit corporations.” Howard further commented that that does not mean contributions cannot be limited. In fact, the court has maintained that it is proper to prevent corruption by restricting direct payments to candidates.

SCOTUS Decision Ignites Fierce Debate
January 21, 2010

In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that "Government may not suppress political speech on the basis of the speaker's corporate identity” with regards to campaign contributions, Professor Roger Goldman provided historical context of prior decisions made by the Court for the St. Louis Beacon.

The Need for Ethics Instruction
January 20, 2010

Professor Chad W. Flanders penned an editorial for the National Jurist about how law schools should offer more clinical opportunities for their students. As Flanders states, “the focus should not be merely about teaching and learning ethics, but living it.”

New Bill Addresses Illegal Immigrants
January 20, 2010

Professor John J. Ammann was interviewed by KSDK-TV, regarding an ordinance that was passed in Lake St. Louis to identify and report illegal immigrants to the federal government. Ammann, Director of the SLU LAW Legal Clinics, represented opponents of a similar law that was eventually passed by the City of Valley Park.

Facts vs. Fear
January 19, 2010

Both the U.S. Supreme Court and the Missouri Supreme Court recently dealt with cases that address the issue of the rights of sex offenders under the law. In an editorial for the St. Louis Beacon, Professor Chad Flanders writes that this is an issue where statistical data needs to be closely analyzed and decisions must be guided by facts, rather than fear.

Men Behaving Badly
January 13, 2010

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently acknowledged that there is a growing trend in the number of men alleging same-sex sexual harassment. In an article for Newsweek, Professor Marcia L. McCormick was asked to clarify the definition of sexual harassment and to discuss what motivates this kind of behavior.

Lasting Lessons from Sen. Eagleton
January 12, 2010

In a recent interview Mark Dayton, the Minnesota gubernatorial candidate, publicly admitted that he suffers from bouts of mild depression. Professor Joel K. Goldstein penned an editorial for the Minnesota Post in which he sites politicians - most notably Sen. Thomas Eagleton - who have grappled with depression, but continue to have commendable public service records.

How To Be a Better In-House Counsel
December 30, 2009

Professor Carol A. Needham was interviewed extensively by Missouri Lawyers Weekly about how in-house counsel can provide better assistance in 2010.

If You Build It, They Will Come
December 26, 2009

Professor Thomas L. Greaney was interviewed by the Albuquerque Journal about how large populations affect the sustainability of new hospitals.

Dealing With Rogue Cops
December 26, 2009

The Charleston Gazette recently reported that the state of West Virginia has been experiencing an onslaught of police misconduct incidents. In fact, law enforcement officials admit that once a police officer is certified, it is difficult to remove their badges. However, Professor Roger L. Goldman, an expert on police certification, argues the West Virginia laws are broad enough to decertify problem officers. This story, along with a direct quote from Prof. Goldman, also appeared in a newsletter from the Criminal Justice Journalists (CJJ), which provides a daily list of the nation's top crime and justice news stories.

Death of the Public Option
December 10, 2009

Professor Thomas L. Greaney penned an editorial, which was picked up by The Health Care Blog, about how the public option in the health care debate has been completely watered down.

Power of Congress Trumps Constitutional Provision
December 10, 2009

Recently, Missouri State Senator Jane Cunningham proposed a constitutional amendment to nullify a proposed federal health mandate. Bills like Cunningham's have been introduced in a handful of states. However, professors Roger L. Goldman and Joel K. Goldstein were quoted in the St. Louis Beacon about how this kind of action by Cunningham is unconstitutional.

Advances in Technology Impact Legal Ethics
December 9, 2009

In an interview for the Bureau of National Affairs, Professors Carol Needham and Michael Downey provided commentary about the ABA Commission on Ethics introductory list of issues it plans to address with regard to evolving technology and globalization of legal practice.

Biracial Couples Still Face Social Hurdles
December 8, 2009

Adjunct Professor Richard Middleton was interviewed by the St. Louis Beacon about the challenges interracial couples face.

Vice President is Most Unbiased Adviser
December 7, 2009

Vice President Joe Biden has been a trusted source of information, especially with regard to international policy, for President Barack Obama. However, with President Obama's recent decision to deploy additional troops to Afghanistan, many in the media debated whether Obama was breaking from Biden's counsel. In an editorial for the History News Service, Professor Joel K. Goldstein argues that Biden, much like Vice-President Walter Mondale did for President Jimmy Carter, continues to provide substantive advice in the decision-making process. 

Professor Watson Explains Health Care
December 4, 2009

For a round table discussion regarding health care reform, Professor Sidney D. Watson was interviewed on KWMU-FM 90.7 to break down the intricacies and answer questions from callers.

Prof. McCormick Explains Family Medical Leave Act
November 24, 2009

The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) was established by Congress in 1993 to guarantee the right of working mothers and fathers to stay at home with their newborn child. However, FMLA is still a confusing law for expecting parents figuring out their options. Professor Marcia McCormick was interviewed by to clear up some of the biggest misconceptions about FMLA. Namely, that it is paid leave, which it is not.

Prof. Goldstein Takes to the Delaware Airwaves
November 22, 2009

For a discussion about Vice President Joe Biden, Professor Joel K. Goldstein was interviewed by 1150-AM WDEL Radio (Delaware).

Professor Wagner Discusses Insider Trading
November 19, 2009

The Hedge Fund Law Report interviewed Professor Constance Z. Wagner about when permissible market color becomes impermissible inside information.