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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.

U.S. Supreme Court's Reversal of New Haven Case Won't Jeopardize Sotomayor's Confirmation, Says Prof. Goldman
June 30, 2009

In a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the city of New Haven, CT had discriminated against white and Hispanic firefighters by rejecting the results of a promotional exam in which African-American firefighters had scored poorly. The New Haven decision will very likely be brought up during the U.S. Supreme Court confirmation hearings of Judge Sonia Sotomayor, since Sotomayor backed the city of New Haven when she heard the case as a judge on the Second U.S. Court of Appeals. The Saint Louis Beacon sought out Professor Roger L. Goldman’s expert analysis on how the New Haven decision will play out during the Sotomayor hearings.

The Future of Media Has Cause For Concern, Contends Prof. Goldstein
June 28, 2009

A move by President Obama at a recent press conference stirred up significant controversy among the White House press corps. Reports indicate that President Obama planted a question from a blogger, in an attempt to communicate via social media with the citizens of Iran. While the White House denied that the question was planted, the query brought up uncertainty regarding the independent role of the press. Professor Joel K. Goldstein was interviewed by for his thoughts on the future of journalism and politics.

Liberal and Conservative Justices Align On Confrontation Clause
June 26, 2009

The recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Melendez-Diaz vs. Massachusetts, which addressed the Confrontation Clause of the Sixth Amendment, saw the joining of the two most conservative justices – Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas – with three of the more liberal ones – John Paul Stevens, David H. Souter and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The Saint Louis Beacon interviewed Professor Roger L. Goldman for his explanation on how certain justices interpret the text of the U.S. Constitution.

Four SLU LAW Alums Receive Coveted St. Louis Business Journal Award
June 4, 2009

The St. Louis Business Journal selected its 2009 class of 30 under 30. The award honors 30 outstanding St. Louis-area business leaders under the age of 30. Among the named recipients were four SLU LAW graduates: Melissa Glauber '06; Kate Heideman '06; Kate Murray '09 and Sarah Mullen-Dominguez '08. The winners will be featured in the Business Journal’s special section July 10 and celebrated at an awards reception July 16.

Presidents Wanting To Manage Their Encounters With the Press Is Not a New Trend, Explains Prof. Goldstein
May 31, 2009

Prof. Joel K. Goldstein was interviewed by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review regarding the Obama Administration’s tendency to try and regulate its encounters with the media. Prof. Goldstein asserted that American Presidents have historically tried to steer their interactions with the press, so that it produces positive news.

Paul McKee Must Work With Northside Neighborhood Groups, Says Prof. Salsich
May 30, 2009

Professor Peter W. Salsich wrote an editorial that was published in the Letters to the Editor section of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Prof. Salsich affirmed that Paul McKee's Northside development plan has a chance. However, it is imperative that McKee partner with Northside residents and neighborhood organizations for his inner-city redevelopment plan to achieve success.

SLU LAW Graduates Discuss Challenging Economy
May 29, 2009

Four SLU LAW graduates were interviewed by Missouri Lawyers Media in an article regarding the challenging job climate for recent law school grads. The former students, Latasha Barnes, Jessica Benton, Katie Jones and Manasi Venkatesh, came across as articulate, humble and expressed gratitude for the job offers they had received.

Media Looks To SLU LAW for Comments On Judge Sotomayor’s Nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court
May 27, 2009

After weeks of speculation, President Obama announced his choice of Judge Sonia Sotomayor as nominee for the United States Supreme Court on May 26. While the entire nation debated the pros and cons of Obama’s pick, the St. Louis media immediately sought analysis from several SLU LAW professors. Professor Roger L. Goldman, whose area of expertise includes the U.S. Supreme Court, was interviewed by KMOX-AM 1120, the St. Louis Daily Record and KSDK-TV. Prof Goldman remarked in the interviews that Judge Sotomayor has been vetted twice and that five Republican senators voted to approve her nomination to the federal appellate court. Professor Joel K. Goldstein spoke to the Saint Louis Beacon about how Sotomayor’s biography resonates the American Dream, and provided insight about a prior comment Judge Sotomayor made wherein she described the court of appeals as being the place where policy is made. Professor Emerita of Law, Sandra Johnson, recounted her 1995 experiences with Judge Sotomayor for the Saint Louis Beacon. Prof. Johnson described Sotomayor as “extraordinarily prepared, very efficient and very easy to deal with.”

Cheney Is His Own Man Again, Says Prof. Goldstein
May 24, 2009

Professor Joel K. Goldstein was interviewed by the Associated Press for an article that ran in the San Francisco Chronicle about former Vice President Dick Cheney. Prof. Goldstein comments on Cheney's latest round of remarks to the media regarding the Obama Administration.

Latasha Barnes Is Awarded the 2009 David M. Grant Clinic Student Award
May 21, 2009

The ceremony for the 20th Anniversary of the David M. Grant Award was standing room only at the Queen’s Daughter’s Hall on May 14. The event attracted speakers and spectators as far away as Rome, Italy and Atlanta, Georgia. David Grant’s daughter, Gail Milissa Grant, presented the award to this year’s recipient, Latasha Barnes. Latasha’s work was even profiled by two newspapers: The St. Louis Daily Record and the St. Louis American.

Choose a Nominee Who Serves America the Best, Advises Prof. Goldstein
May 20, 2009

In an editorial written for the Saint Louis Beacon, Professor Joel K. Goldstein makes the case that “Presidents serve both their country, and their legacy best when they look for potential greatness in filling court vacancies.” With President Barack Obama expected to name a nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court in the coming week, Goldstein reflects on the judicial selection of Louis D. Brandeis, and the 1962 Supreme Court nominee who never came to fruition, Paul Freund.

Prof. Harrison Calls For a Moratorium On Tasers In Op-Ed Piece
May 14, 2009

Several weeks ago, State Senator Joan Bray filed Senate Bill No. 328 to enact state policy prohibiting police officers from using tasers without proper training, recording and deployment. In support of this legislation, and drawing from her own interactions with adolescent clients who have been tasered, Professor Tricia Harrison wrote an editorial that was published in the St. Louis American. In it, Prof. Harrison asserts that there needs to be a safety evaluation period with tasers, until proper data collection and training policies are implemented.

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