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Improving the Processes of Politics
November 3, 2009

As media pundits begin reflecting on President Obama's first year in office, Professor Joel K. Goldstein penned an editorial for the St. Louis Beacon that commends Obama's improvement towards the process of governing. From his dealings with Congress over health care reform, to his lengthy review of the war in Afghanistan, Goldstein asserts that President Obama's "actions regarding the process of governing reflect a commitment to better practices that are geared to eliminating the procedural breakdowns of the past and making national government work again."

The Real Problem With Health Insurers
November 2, 2009

For a column devoted to whether the health insurance industry should be stripped of its antitrust exemption, writer Mitch Hiltzik of the Los Angeles Times spoke with Professor Thomas Greaney about the overwhelming lack of competition in the health care industry.

DOJ Cracks Down
October 30, 2009

Professor Thomas L. Greaney was interviewed by the St. Louis Business Journal regarding the federal government's antitrust enforcement among dominant firms.

Biden's Approval Ratings Drop
October 28, 2009

Recent polling shows that Vice President Joe Biden's approval ratings have significantly dropped since the beginning of 2008. In an interview by, Professor Joel K. Goldstein explains that when a President's public opinion lowers, it also affects the standings of the vice president.

Greaney Makes Media Rounds
October 23, 2009

In a series of articles for, the Associated Press/Chicago Tribune and, Professor Thomas L. Greaney was continually sought out for his analysis on the proposed removal of antitrust exemptions for the insurers industry. In interview after interview, Greaney stated that repealing the exemptions was not the "silver bullet" proponents are claiming. In fact, Greaney asserted that removing the exemptions would make very little difference when it comes to market competition.

Prof. Greaney Debates Impact of Antitrust Exemptions
October 19, 2009

While the Senate debates a plan that could potentially end insurance companies' exemption from federal antitrust laws, the sought out Professor Thomas Greaney's analysis about the likely effects of lifting the exemptions. Greaney noted that there has been no evidence to support the claim that lifting exemptions will immediately trigger industry consolidation.

Racial Disparities Still Exist in St. Louis
October 6, 2009

St. Louis has endured a long and sad history of racial inequality. Yet, even after many years of efforts by lawyers and human rights activists, it still remains one of the most segregated cities in America. Professors John J. Ammann and Roger L. Goldman were interviewed by the St. Louis Beacon for a special series on race relations in St. Louis.

Merger Guideline Revisions Imminent
October 5, 2009

When the Federal Trade Commission and the Justice Department announced that they would solicit public comments and hold joint public workshops about potentially updating health insurance merger guidelines, many officials in the medical and legal fields applauded such proactive steps. The American Medical News sought out Professor Thomas L. Greaney, who spoke about the imminent need for clarification within the existing guidelines.

Biden is Patron Saint to First-Termers
October 4, 2009

Since mid-August, Vice President Joe Biden has increasingly turned up at fundraisers for House Democrats, most of whom are first-term politicians. interviewed Vice Presidential expert and SLU LAW Professor Joel K. Goldstein about how Biden’s presence at these partisan events allows President Obama to be more selective when scheduling his appearances for party members.

BPD Implements Anti-Lying Policy
September 29, 2009

The Boston Police Department recently instituted a strict anti-lying policy for Boston police officers, which was hailed by criminal law experts, including SLU LAW’s Professor Roger L. Goldman. The policy states that if a police officer is found guilty of lying while in the line of duty, he or she faces immediate termination. The Boston Herald interviewed Prof. Goldman, who lauded BPD Commissioner Edward M. Davis’s new guidelines and encouraged other Massachusetts cities to follow suit.

FTC, DOJ to Rewrite Merger Guidelines
September 28, 2009

The Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice recently announced that they were in the process of planning the first rewrite of the guidebook on health care mergers since 1992. turned to Professor Thomas L. Greaney, a nationally recognized anti-trust law expert, for insight on these potential revisions.

Bring back the Guillotine?
September 22, 2009

In an editorial written for the St. Louis Beacon, Professor Chad Flanders examined the case of Ohio inmate, Romell Brown, who after two hours of trying, was unsuccessfully executed by corrections officials. Brown’s lawyers have filed new motions charging that attempting to execute an individual twice is cruel and unusual. Professor Flanders argues that in the rare event when executions are botched, it requires a reexamination of the death penalty.

Prof. Branham Discusses Prison Populations
September 21, 2009

When the state of California was ordered by a panel of federal judges to submit a plan to reduce its prison population, the numbers that the state came up with fell alarmingly short. In fact, the court is in the process of following up with its own plan. The California Daily Journal turned to SLU LAW Professor Lynn Branham, an expert in prison litigation, for analysis on the future of inmate populations in California. Prof. Branham expressed her optimism for policy change, largely due to the fiscal crisis that is putting pressure to cut the prison budget by more than $1 billion. “In some ways, the timing couldn’t be better for the state to step back and say, literally, ‘we can no longer afford the status quo,’” said Branham.

New York's AG Takes on Charles Schwab & Co.
September 18, 2009

In August of 2009, New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo filed lawsuits against the nation’s largest brokers and underwriters of auction-rate securities. All but one of the firms agreed to buy back a total of $61 billion worth of the paper: Charles Schwab & Co. Several days after the lawsuits were filed, founder Charles R. Schwab wrote a scathing editorial for the Wall Street Journal stating that Cuomo's legal actions would "essentially destroy his business model of offering low-cost brokerage-only service." In an article for, Professor Constance Wagner was interviewed about whether Schwab's op-ed could be interpreted as a very public bargaining tactic.

Dean Baris discusses joining BAMSL
September 11, 2009

Jon Baris, assistant dean for student services, was quoted in Saint Louis Lawyer about the benefits of becoming a member of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis. "BAMSL membership has given me tremendous opportunities to grow as a lawyer and a leader, while also serving the profession," explained Baris.

Prof. McCormick analyzes lawsuit against Ashcroft
September 7, 2009

Federal judges handed down a ruling that allows Abdullah Al-Kidd, a U.S. Citizen, to move forward with a civil lawsuit against against former U.S Attorney General John Ashcroft. Kidd maintained that his civil rights were violated when he was detained after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Professor Marcia McCormick was interviewed by KSDK-TV Ch. 5 shortly after the ruling was issued. McCormick explained that the ruling allows Ashcroft to be personally sued for damages by the plaintiff, but it remains to be seen what the end result of the lawsuit will entail.

The Criminal Statute Paradox: Too Vague and Too Broad
August 24, 2009

The aftermath of the Lori Drew cyberbullying case continues to rouse debate among Missouri legislators and media pundits. With the news of yet another online felony harassment case making headlines, Professor Chad Flanders uses this teachable moment not only for the students in his criminal law class, but also for the readers of the St. Louis Beacon. Prof. Flanders penned an editorial that breaks down the complexities of criminal statutes, while debating behavior that is criminal versus morally offensive.

Prof. Greaney Explains Medical Licensing
August 18, 2009

The Riverfront Times published an investigative piece about a West St. Louis County doctor accused of numerous complaints of medical misconduct. Yet, despite the multiple allegations, the doctor was able to continue practicing in Missouri and even obtained medical licenses in other states. The RFT contacted Professor Thomas L. Greaney for his insight about the miscommunications that can occur among state licensing organizations.

Personal Experiences Ignite Desire for Justice
August 10, 2009

The controversy arising from the arrest of African-American Harvard Professor, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. stirred up intense feelings and a nation wide-debate regarding race relations in the U.S. Professor Patricia Harrison penned an editorial for the St. Louis Beacon, in which she reflects back on growing up in a multiracial family and the injustices her brother, an African American male, constantly faced.

Googling vs. Browsing
August 9, 2009

With Microsoft’s recent acquisition of Yahoo, Professor Chad Flanders reflects on a time when searching for specific information required actual work – not just typing a request into Google. In an editorial for the Chicago Tribune, Prof. Flanders recalls a time when seeking answers occasionally led you to a library, not an internet search engine.

Joe Biden’s Affinity for Delaware
August 6, 2009

The Delaware Grapevine examined how since being elected, Vice President Joe Biden has visited his home state much more than any other vice president. Professor Joel K. Goldstein noted that Biden did spend 36-years in Delaware as a U.S. Senator and many of his constituents assisted him during his political rise. “Most vice presidents want to look out for their home base,” said Goldstein.

When the Law and Ethics Collide
July 31, 2009

A recent Missouri Lawyers Media article examined the potential conflicts that can arise when lawyers leave their law firm for an in-house position. Professor Carol Needham, an expert on legal ethics, weighed in on this topic saying “…at the general counsel level, there are all kinds of different arrangements companies can make,” Needham replied. “…Just because it isn’t commonly done, it doesn’t mean it’s improper.”

American Idealism and Walter Mondale
July 30, 2009

A major priority for the Obama administration has been to restore American idealism among the international community. In an editorial written for the Minnesota Post, Professor Joel K. Goldstein encourages current policymakers to rediscover the leadership skills displayed by former Vice-President Walter Mondale during the 1979 Indochinese refugee crisis. Thousands of refugees had been forced to flee from Vietnam and were either forced into overcrowded camps, or were dying in shark-infested waters as they searched for safe harbor. Among the many action items, Mondale, with then-president Jimmy Carter’s support, persuaded the State Department to denounce Vietnam for its inhumane policies, ordered the Sixth Fleet to rescue the stranded boat people and increased the number of refugees admitted to the U.S. Mondale then urged other nations to follow America’s example, when he led a U.S. Delegation to a U.N. Conference on the refugee crisis.

Religion and the Law
July 24, 2009

In an article published for Missouri Lawyers Weekly, area lawyers were interviewed about how their religious beliefs are able to coexist with their practice of law. SLU LAW Professor Amany Ragab Hacking spoke of how when she and her family immigrated to the United States, she encountered discrimination about her Muslim faith. Since becoming a lawyer, co-workers, clients and students constantly ask her questions about her religious background and she has now molded herself into the perpetual educator on all things Islamic.

Prof. Watson Offers Expertise On Health Care Reform Act
July 20, 2009

Amongst a crowd of passionate proponents and opponents, Representative Russ Carnahan held a town hall meeting at Forest Park Community College on July 20 to discuss health care reform. Rep. Carnahan’s constituents were encouraged to ask questions and share their concerns about the America 's Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009. In an attempt to help explain the complexities of the act to the public, Rep. Carnahan invited a panel of experts to speak including, Professor Sidney D. Watson. Having extensively studied the proposed legislation, Prof. Watson was able to emphasize the solutions that the act addresses, such as those who suffer from pre-existing conditions and the implementation of affordability credits.

Uninsured Young Adults Commonplace, Remarks Prof. Watson
July 17, 2009

When 24-year-old Sharin Muskrat decided to leave her job and become a full-time graduate student, her employer terminated her health insurance coverage. Undeterred, Muskrat concentrated on her studies until she began experiencing health issues. Several weeks later, Muskrat was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. While her university offers insurance coverage, it still is not enough to cover her chemotherapy treatments. Unfortunately, Muskrat’s story is not an isolated incident. In an article for the Columbia Daily Tribune, Professor Sidney D. Watson discusses the lack of affordable health care access among young adults and how people facing long-term illnesses often have to rely on family and friends to supplement insurance.

Prof. Goldman Analyzes Sotomayor Confirmation Hearings
July 17, 2009

As pundits across the country continue to analyze every minute detail of Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s testimony, St. Louis Beacon writer William H. Freivogel notes that one thing remains clear: “the Senate Judiciary Committee’s confirmation process is a strange ritual in which the political realities and the conventions of behavior often frustrate genuine enlightenment.” For additional U.S. Supreme Court perspective, the St. Louis Beacon interviewed Professor Roger L. Goldman about how a judge’s experiences affect judicial outcomes.

Prof. Greaney Invited To Speak Before U.S. Senate
July 16, 2009

Professor Thomas L. Greaney was invited to testify before the Senate Commerce Committee for its Hearing on Competition in Health Care on July 16. Prof. Greaney submitted written testimony that proposed guidelines the Federal Trade Commission could employ in interpreting the impact of health reform on antitrust law. Some of Prof. Greaney’s suggestions included: challenging hospital mergers, imposing sanctions on physician networks that are stifling competition and serving as a "competition think tank" to add research and information for use by legislators and courts.

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.

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.