Friday, May 30, 2003

The February 2003 Maryland Bar Exam results are out in The Daily Record. The link for the results is in the right-hand column.

Thursday, May 29, 2003

International Business Transactions added to Fall schedule.
We are fortunate to have Timothy E. Punke, Chief International Trade Counsel for the U.S. Senate Finance Committee in Washington, DC teaching International Business Transactions this Fall. The class will be held Mondays and Wednesdays from 7:45 PM to 9:00 PM. This course focuses on legal implications in the global business arena.
Professor Punke's knowledge and expertise in this area is vast and impressive. He has worked on all aspects of the Finance Committee's trade and development agenda, leading to the passage of the Trade Act of 2002. Further, he oversaw ongoing trade negotiations, including the Free Trade Area of the Americas and the World Trade Organization. He also oversaw international trade litigation and disputes and Customs issues including port security. Finally, he organized and managed the Gore/Lieberman 2000 campaign for the state of Wyoming and served as the White House's International Economic Policy Advisor.

And now, you have the opportunity to learn from the expert. Read on to find out how to register.

Course description: International Business Transactions (3 credits) International regulation of world economic activity; legal implications of free market and free trade philosophy; institutions affecting and controlling world trade regional roles, e.g., Common Market; methods of doing business; anti-trust laws; multi-nations; claim settling; exchange controls; analysis of current problems and trends.

The course code is LAW 728, section number is 512, and class number is 2325. You can register for it through myUB.

Wednesday, May 28, 2003

A list of law student weblogs, or blawgs, can be found here.

Tuesday, May 27, 2003

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that State governments are subject to the provisions of the Family and Medical Leave Act. To see the full-text of the decision, Nevada Department of Human Resources vs. Hibbs, go to the Supreme Court Website.

Thursday, May 22, 2003

Professor Robert Rubinson of the University of Baltimore Law School was part of a special committee appointed by Chief Judge Bell that has produced a draft version of revised Maryland Lawyers' Rules of Professional Conduct. This would be the first comprehensive update to the Rules since the mid 1980's. To see a copy of the Report, go to the Maryland Judiciary website.

Friday, May 16, 2003

State and Federal authorities have recently started a new crackdown on "spammers." See the USA Today article for more information.

Wednesday, May 07, 2003

Expanded Library Hours
This Saturday, May 10th, the library will open at 8 am instead of 9 am.

Tuesday, May 06, 2003

More Faculty in the news:
... City workers in Seattle have sued the local government for keeping benefits from so-called "temporary" and "part-time" employees. King County, Wash., workers have won a similar lawsuit. Lawyers in Los Angeles County have challenged a set up where some county attorneys earn lower pay than colleagues because of their classification. And employees at Microsoft Corp. who were labeled "independent consultants" and denied many company benefits recently won a $97 million settlement.
"There's a much bigger percentage of employees in this situation," said Michael Hayes, a professor at the University of Baltimore School of Law. "What's happened in the last five years is workers are starting to respond. They're saying, 'I'm not satisfied with this. I want to be treated like a full time, regular employee.' "....
Read the whole article here.

Monday, May 05, 2003

UB Law Faculty in the news:
To most people, Jonathan C. Lipson's enthusiastic lecture would have been nearly incomprehensible. But as the University of Baltimore School of Law associate professor paced in front of the classroom, animated as he spoke in acronyms and Scrabble-winning words, 25 judges from around the state sat in rapt attention. ......

Read the rest of the Baltimore Sun article here.

Graduation!
The School of Law's commencement will be held Sunday, May 18, 2 p.m. at the Meyerhoff. Senator Paul Sarbanes is the keynote speaker

Friday, May 02, 2003

UB Law Faculty in the News
... University of Baltimore Law School professor Charles Tiefer cautioned Congress about rushing into such arrangements, noting authorization to expand share-in-savings programs in the just enacted E-Government Act has yet to be tested. "Surely the lessons in that report should be learned before further steps are taken," he said.
Tiefer also raised a red flag about bill provisions that could result in the outsourcing of work that now is performed well by government workers. "As a result of the combination of new A-76 and Sara, the government could informally, and without full competition, make the decision to shut down superior in-house operations without competition, dismantle irretrievably its proven workforce, and expose itself to mission failure, waste, and abuses," he said. Circular A-76 outlines how government and private businesses compete for commercial government work.

Read the whole article, from Information Week, here.

Thursday, May 01, 2003

Today's Event
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.

Don't Forget
Places still available in UB Law's Summer Program in Aberdeen, Scotland Application deadline: June 1.