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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.

Glowing Book Review for Prof. Walker
November 19, 2009

Professor Anders Walker's new book, The Ghost of Jim Crow: How Southern Moderates Used Brown v. Board of Education to Stall Civil Rights, examines the formative years of the civil rights movement and the legacies of three governors: LeRoy Collins of Florida, Luther Hodges of North Carolina and Jampes P. Coleman of Mississippi. During a dual interview and book review, the Tallahassee Democrat asserts that Walker "has made an important addition to the scholarship of the civil rights era."

SLU Moot Court Teams Advance to Nationals
November 18, 2009

Professor Christine Rollins was interview by Missouri Lawyers Media regarding two of SLU LAW's moot court teams taking the top spots at the regional competition. "They've basically been eating and sleeping this competition, and it's wonderful to see that their work has paid off," said Rollins. Unfortunately, due to competition rules, only one of the teams was allowed to advance to the national competition in New York City.

Gay Rights Movement Must Change Goals
November 9, 2009

Proposition 1, a bill that if passed would have allowed the legalization of gay marriage, was recently voted down in Maine. In response to this and the voting down of Proposition 8 in California, Professor Jeff A. Redding penned an editorial that was published by the Miami Herald calling for the Gay Rights Movement to completely revamp its goals and tactics.

Wall Street Journal Taps Prof. Greaney
November 9, 2009

Since 1945, the McCarran-Ferguson Act has given states the power to regulate insurers and freed companies from federal antitrust authority. But will repealing the antitrust exemption from the health insurance industry make local insurance markets more competitive? Yes, say House Democrats who are behind the push to repeal the exemption. For historical analysis on the McCarran-Ferguson law, the Wall Street Journal interviewed Professor Thomas L. Greaney.

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.

Health Law Symposium Attracts Large Crowd
October 23, 2009

More than 100 people filed into the William H. Kniep Courtroom on Friday, Oct. 23 for the 2009 Center for Health Law Studies symposium: Controlling Waste, Fraud & Abuse After Health Care Reform. Co-sponsored by the law firm of Stinson Morrison Hecker LLP, the theme of this year's conference was exploring policy and legal issues involved in controlling abuses in the payment and delivery of health care services in the current era of reform and financial crisis. Rounding out the distinguished list of speakers was Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster, who spoke at length about the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, and was later interviewed by Missouri Lawyers Media about his speech at the symposium.

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.

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