Wednesday, April 30, 2003

From today's How Appealing weblog:
All in good humor: Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Orrin G. Hatch (R-UT) just stated during today's hearing on the nomination of John G. Roberts, Jr. to serve on the D.C. Circuit that sometimes Senator Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) asks "dumb ass questions" of judicial nominees at such hearings. By the way, the portion of the hearing focusing on the Roberts nomination has just concluded.

Tuesday, April 29, 2003

Life after law school
Lawyer whose family owns food firm files for council
A South Baltimore lawyer whose Little Italy roots date back more than a century is running for City Council.
Nicole Pastore-Klein, a commercial attorney for Saul Ewing LLP, filed her candidacy Friday at the board of elections. Pastore-Klein, 30, is seeking the council seat in the new 10th District in South Baltimore. The first-time candidate will be running against two-term incumbent Councilman Edward L. Reisinger.
Her family's Pastore Foods company owns the Sun of Italy label. She graduated in 1995 from Tulane University in New Orleans. She earned a law degree at the University of Baltimore Law School in 2000 and founded the Key Highway Community Association. She also was co-host of a fund-raiser for Mayor Martin O'Malley this year.

Faculty in the News
"What plaintiffs often do is settle with the weaker defendant to put pressure on the stronger," said University of Baltimore law professor Bob Lande. "The jury might interpret it as evidence there was something there."

Read the whole article here.

Monday, April 28, 2003

Supreme Court rejects appeal on Ten Commandments

Friday, April 25, 2003

Can't make it in person? Watch the investiture of UB's seventh president, Robert L. Bogomolny, on the web!

Wednesday, April 23, 2003

UB Greens video
Today, Wednesday, April 23rd at 6 pm in the Moot Court Room. The video is Voices for Hope: Renouncing Terror and War (2002 84 mins):

In September 2002 family members of those killed in the 9/11/01 attacks in the U.S. came together with those representing others victimized by terrorism and war from Afghanistan, Iraq, the Philippines, and Hiroshima to call for peaceful solutions as part of a national speakers tour that visited five cities in the United States. Also included were readings from Palestinian and Israeli family members of those killed in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This program is the September 9 part of the tour held at Fanueil Hall in Boston. This very moving reminder of pain, eloquent statement against Washington's war, and call for non-violent solutions included David Potorti and Kristina Olsen from the September 11 Families for Peaceful Tomorrows; Rangina Hamidi (Afghanistan); Amirah Ali Lidasan (Philippines) Sinan Antoon (Iraqi-American); Miyoko Matsubara (Hiroshima); Souad Dajani; and Hilda Silverman. The purpose of this unique and moving evening attended by over 300 people was to communicate that many of those on all sides victimized by September 11 and the ensuing war have come together to insist: "Our grief is not a cry for war!"

Tuesday, April 22, 2003

In other news, it looks as if the Supreme Court might reconsider their decision in Miranda v. Arizona.

The U.S. Supreme Court is considering taking a case relating to websites and jurisdiction; specifically, whether a website provider can be sued in the jurisdiction where the reader accessed the material, but in which the website provider has no physical presence. For a discussion of the case, Healthgrades.com vs. Northwest Healthcare Alliance, Inc.,and the issues surrounding it, see the article at Law.com.

Monday, April 21, 2003

Don't forget:

1. UB Greens meeting, Tuesday, April 22 at 5pm in the Ravens' Roost Lounge. Everyone's welcome!

2. BLSA awards banquet, Thursday, May 1st @ Martin's East, 7 - 11 pm. Tickets are $ 45. For details, email MsUBLaw@aol.com or call (410) 837-4683.

Yet another list of law-related weblogs.

Thursday, April 17, 2003

UB Greens events
Meeting: Tuesday, April 22 at 5PM in the Ravens' Roost Lounge. All are welcome!

The next video screening will be Wednesday, April 23rd at 6 pm in the Moot Court Room. The video is Voices for Hope: Renouncing Terror and War (2002 84 mins):

In September 2002 family members of those killed in the 9/11/01 attacks in the U.S. came together with those representing others victimized by terrorism and war from Afghanistan, Iraq, the Philippines, and Hiroshima to call for peaceful solutions as part of a national speakers tour that visited five cities in the United States. Also included were readings from Palestinian and Israeli family members of those killed in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This program is the September 9 part of the tour held at Fanueil Hall in Boston. This very moving reminder of pain, eloquent statement against Washington's war, and call for non-violent solutions included David Potorti and Kristina Olsen from the September 11 Families for Peaceful Tomorrows; Rangina Hamidi (Afghanistan); Amirah Ali Lidasan (Philippines) Sinan Antoon (Iraqi-American); Miyoko Matsubara (Hiroshima); Souad Dajani; and Hilda Silverman. The purpose of this unique and moving evening attended by over 300 people was to communicate that many of those on all sides victimized by September 11 and the ensuing war have come together to insist: "Our grief is not a cry for war!"

The Attorney Grievance Commission maintains an online list of attorneys disciplined since 2001. Unfortunately, it's a long list.

Shaefer for Mayor, again?

Wednesday, April 16, 2003

Today's Front Pages is a site brought you by the Newseum. The site provides the front pages of 222 newspapers from 31 countries. The opening page of the website has the thumbnails of the first 48 newspapers, and if you hover over one a larger image will open on the right-hand side. Click on the thumbnail and a still larger image will open, which will also give you the option of loading the image in .pdf format (which you'll need Adobe Acrobat to read). The pages can be slightly slow to open, so you may need to be a little patient!

Students lose lawsuit challenging this spring's midyear tuition increase.

Tuesday, April 15, 2003

A Washington Post survey indicates that Americans have mixed feelings about government use of the Internet. 49% of survey respondents indicated that they thought it was okay for the government to search its existing databases for information that could help it track down terrorists, but 42% disagreed, saying that "privacy should be a top priority." The survey also provided a number of other interesting statistics: 68% of respondents have access at home, school or work; 7 in 10 go online at least once a day; and 66% have used a credit card online.

Monday, April 14, 2003

Don't forget to attend the Liss Lecture today at 5 pm in the Moot Court Room. The speaker will be Stuart E. Eizenstat, former U.S. Ambassador to the European Union, Under Secretary of Commerce, Under Secretary of State, and Deputy Secretary of the Treasury from 1993 to 2001, and author of: Imperfect Justice: Looted Assets, Slave Labor, & the Unfinished Business of World War II.

Saturday, April 12, 2003

American Lawyer Media is an excellent online source for legal news and information.

End of the line for F. Lee Bailey?

Friday, April 11, 2003

Justice Kennedy criticizes mandatory minimum sentences.

Everyone welcome! The 24th Annual Black Law Students Association Awards Banquet will be held on Thursday, May 1st, 2003 @ Martin's East 7-11 pm. Tickets are $45.00. It will be a great evening of dinner, dancing, networking, door prizes and open bar all night!!!! Call 410-837-4683 or email MsUBLaw@aol.com for details.

Thursday, April 10, 2003

Now for something totally different. Did you know that Dave Barry has a weblog?

Congressional Republicans, working with the Bush administration, are maneuvering to make permanent the sweeping anti-terrorism powers granted to federal law enforcement agents after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Read about it here.

Wednesday, April 09, 2003

Read a review of Stuart Eizenstat's book, Imperfect Justice Looted Assets, Slave Labor & the Unfinished Business of World War II. Eizenstat will be the featured speaker at this year's Solomon Liss Lecture, Monday, April 14th at 5 pm in the Moot Court Room.

Tuesday, April 08, 2003

Ruling backs anti-spam activist. Read all about it here.

Be sure to attend the Solomon Liss Lecture, Monday, April 14 at 5 pm in the Moot Court Room. The speaker will be STUART E. EIZENSTAT, former U.S. Ambassador to the European Union, Under Secretary of Commerce, Under Secretary of State, and Deputy Secretary of the Treasury from 1993 to 2001, and author of: Imperfect Justice: Looted Assets, Slave Labor, & the Unfinished Business of World War II.

Monday, April 07, 2003

The Supreme Court upholds state ban on cross burning. Read the slip opinion here.

OUT WITH THE OLD - IN WITH THE NEW - PASSWORD REQUIRED

As of April 1, 2003 all UB students have new campus network and e-mail accounts. At present these are in addition to the accounts you may have already created. Starting June 1, these new accounts will replace current network and e-mail accounts for students.

So, if you expect to graduate in May, you can pretty much forget about these new accounts. If, however, you will be using the labs and/ or a UB email account over the summer or next Fall, you will have to learn all about them.

The new network and e-mail accounts are two facets of a single package. The username and password is the same for both. The username (seven characters beginning with UB) is identical to the one for the MyUB portal program-- which you use for registration, financial aid applications and grades. But, the portal and the network/e-mail accounts are not part of the same program. So, if you change the password for the MyUB portal, it will not automatically change for the network and e-mail accounts. (You may keep them in sync or not, as you prefer).

E-mail is delivered using a package called Outlook Web Access (OWA) which, unlike WebMail, operates at web speed. From off-ampus direct your web browser to http://mail.ubalt.edu. UB lab PCs have a link in the Start Menu (Start > Ubnet Applications > New! UB E-Mail - Web Access). Or, go to mail.ubalt.edu with your web browser. On campus or off, you will open a page that has links to help screens and a logon button. Note that in the labs you must log on to OWA even though you have logged on to the network using the same username and password; this is to keep your e-mail account secure if you forget to log off from the network.

The new email accounts are a significant improvement over the old UBMail accounts. In addition to the faster web access, they allow you to delete messages when you exceed your storage capacity (10Mb). Mail forwarding, and setting an auto-reply message (e.g., "Leave me alone; it's exam week") are simple, menu-driven tasks.

With the new e-mail account you will have a new e-mail address in the form: firstname.lastname@ubalt.edu. In the case of two people with the same name, numbers will be added. Please note that in OWA you do not use your e-mail address as the username; for that you use the UBxxxxx username that logs you on to the network and MyUB. If you store old messages in your current UBMail account, you will have to send them to the new account before June 1, or they will disappear when the old accounts are deleted.

A new and welcome feature of the new network accounts is that they remain in effect as long as you are registered, without periodic renewals. On the downside, documents stored on the network-share M drive with the old network accounts will have to be saved on a floppy or transferred to the new network account before June 1. The computer services department is working on transfer instructions; these should be available in the near future.

You can log on to your new network and e-mail accounts now, using the username and password that was mailed to you. Or, you can wait-- but only for a few weeks.

Friday, April 04, 2003

For all the legal news that's fit to print, check out Findlaw's Legal News & Commentary.

Thursday, April 03, 2003

A unanimous Supreme Court Wednesday upheld the power of states to regulate privately-run managed care plans, handing a defeat to the health insurance industry that had hoped a federal law would prevail.

Maryland approves the settlement of a 10-year-old racial profiling lawsuit against the State Police that mandates new training for troopers and closer monitoring of traffic stops.

Wednesday, April 02, 2003

From a story in the Maryland Gazette: A Montgomery County woman who managed to stabilize her mental illness should not have been denied a chance to be reunited with her 10-year-old
daughter two years ago, the state's highest court has ruled.

Did you know that you can get forms for the District Court of Maryland online?

Tuesday, April 01, 2003

The Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments today on two affirmative action cases from Michigan, Gratz v. Bollinger and Grutter vs. Bollinger. See the NPR website for background on the cases.