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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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.

Reporters Across the Nation Seek Prof. Goldstein's Analysis of President Obama's Inaugural Speech
January 22, 2009

Professor Joel K. Goldstein offered his insight on President Obama's inaugural speech, explaining that this inaugural address will be remembered more for what we saw — Obama looking back toward the spot where Martin Luther King Jr. looked out — than what we heard to the Goldstein's analysis was also sought after by reporters at KTRS-550 AM and Bloomberg News.

What Role Will VP Joe Biden Play in the New Administration? Prof. Goldstein Offers His Insight
January 21, 2009

Professor Joel K. Goldstein explains that Vice President Joe Biden will likely forge a role both larger and smaller than most of his recent predecessors to the Courier-Post Online.

Prof. Goldstein Discusses the Significance and Symbolism of President Obama's Inauguration
January 21, 2009

The inauguration of President Barack Obama welcomes a recommitment to basic American ideals and principles as America faces its current challenges, Professor Goldstein explains in an article covering the significance of the 44th president's inauguration for the St. Louis Beacon.

President Obama's Inauguration Will Make History for its Symbolic Importance Explains Prof. Goldstein
January 19, 2009

The inauguration of President Barack Obama will be "doubly historic" because of America's history with respect to race Professor Joel K. Goldstein explains to Delaware Online.

Prof. Goldstein Provides Expert Analysis on Vice President Dick Cheney's Unprecedented Power
January 17, 2009

Professor Joel K. Goldstein discusses Vice President Dick Cheney's rise of unprecedented power and provides invaluable insight on how Walter Mondale began the transformation of the office and on how Cheney became the most powerful vice president in American history in a two-part series with NPR reporter Nina Totenberg. This story was aired on NPR's "All Things Considered." Here are the links to Part I and Part II.

Will a Bipartisan Approach Work for Obama? Prof. Goldstein on How It's Worked in Past Administrations
January 15, 2009

Professor Joel K. Goldstein offers insight on President Obama's ability to govern from the center and how a "hands-across-the-aisle" approach can be a successful legislating style to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Hon. Mike Wolff Urges President Obama to Make Major Changes in U.S. Sentencing Practices
January 14, 2009

Visiting professor and Missouri Supreme Court Judge Michael Wolff's letter to President Obama calling for major changes in state and federal sentencing practices — which have resulted in the United States imprisoning a larger percentage of its population than any other country — was covered in the St. Louis Beacon.

Prof. Goldstein Discusses How Gov. Blagojevich's Trial Will Set Precedent for Future State Legislatures
January 13, 2009

Professor Joel K. Goldstein explains that the Illinois legislature is not only addressing the current situation but it is also setting precedents for future state legislatures to the St. Louis Beacon.

Prof. Ammann Nominated as Lawyer of the Year by Missouri Lawyers Weekly
January 9, 2009

Missouri Lawyers Weekly recently nominated Professor John J. Ammann as its 2008 “Lawyer of the Year.” The publication honored Ammann for championing the cause of 80 Bosnians whose applications for citizenship were repeatedly delayed. Under Ammann’s leadership, the School of Law Legal Clinic persuaded the government to accelerate the naturalization process. Ammann was also recognized for his lifelong devotion to advocating for the disadvantaged.

Will the U.S. Supreme Court Challenge Congress on Burris' Senate Seat? Prof. Goldstein Weighs In
January 6, 2009

Professor Joel K. Goldstein questions whether the Roberts Court is likely to challenge Congress on the Senate's ability to exclude Roland Burris in the St. Louis Beacon.

The Muzzle Is Off VP-Elect Joe Biden; Professor Goldstein Comments on the Record Silence
January 5, 2009

Professor Goldstein offers insight on why the Obama administration has kept Biden under wraps until now, explaining that the strategy lets the light shine brighter on the president-elect — and that Biden's reputation for gaffes and off-the-cuff quips weren't the only reasons behind the silent period to politico and

Sen. Biden Could Be Obama's Most Important Team Member, Prof. Goldstein Explains Why
December 19, 2008

Professor Joel K. Goldstein explains how former President Jimmy Carter and Vice President Walter Mondale transformed the vice presidency from "a national laughing stock to a true governing asset" — and why President-elect Barack Obama should create a Mondale model of the vice presidency to best tackle the nation's staggering challenges in an analysis he wrote for the St. Louis Beacon.

Professor Goldman Discusses Pressing Legal Issues on St. Louis on the Air
December 17, 2008

Professor Goldman was a featured panelist on KWMU-FM 90.7’s “Legal Roundtable.” He discussed significant U.S. Supreme Court 2008 rulings and debated if Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich actually committed a crime and if the recent sentence imposed on O.J. Simpson for armed robbery and kidnapping was too stiff on "St. Louis on the Air."