Category: School of Law

Early results suggest an effective Ebola vaccine

July 31st, 2015 in 2015, Ebola, Kevin Outterson, Marketplace, Newsmakers, School of Law 0 comments

Kevin Outterson, School of Law

The world is on the verge of an effective Ebola vaccine, according to findings published Friday in the medical journal the Lancet…

Expert quote:

“The only way you would come up with something that quickly is if the basic research had been done for a decade before.”

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The Best Legal Job Market for Millenials? Tax Law

July 30th, 2015 in 2015, Huffington Post, Newsmakers, Richard Ainsworth, School of Law 0 comments

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Richard Ainsworth, School of Law

According to the National Association for Law Placement, the job market for new law school graduates doesn’t look that great at first glance…

Expert quote:

“Today’s complex and global regulatory environment has made tax law one of the most challenging areas of practice, but also one of the most necessary areas of specialization for attorneys.”

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Experts Media Alert – Tom Brady and “Deflategate”

July 29th, 2015 in 2015, Adam Naylor, Chris Cakebread, College of Communication, Frank Shorr, Michael Harper, News Releases, Questrom School of Business, School of Education, School of Law, Susan Fournier 0 comments

Months after the “Deflategate” controversy sprung up in the wake of the New England Patriots‘ AFC Championship win against the Indianapolis Colts in January, NFL officials have again ruled to uphold Patriots QB Tom Brady’s four game suspension. Guilty or not, Brady will have to take the issue up in federal court to have his punishment reduced or revoked.

The following Boston University professors are available to comment:

Legal issues

Michael Harper, a School of Law professor, is available to discuss the appeal process and what Brady’s next steps may be. Contact Harper at 617-353-4422 or

Branding, advertising and image

Susan Fournier, a Questrom School of Business professor, can speak to what effect “Deflategate” will have on Tom Brady’s personal brand, as well as the Patriots’ brand. Contact Fournier at 508-878-5382 or

Chris Cakebread, a College of Communication advertising professor, can also comment on the effect this controversy will have on branding and advertising. Contact Cakebread at 617-353-3476 or

Frank Shorr, a College of Communication senior lecturer and expert in sports broadcasting, is available to comment on how “Deflategate” will affect the team’s image. Contact Shorr at 781-521-0416 or


Adam Naylor, a School of Education professor, can comment on “Deflategate” with regard to the nature of cheating. Contact Naylor at 617-358-6010 or

For additional commentary by Boston University experts, follow us on Twitter at @BUexperts

Indicting cops

July 27th, 2015 in 2015, David Rossman, Newsmakers, School of Law 0 comments

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David Rossman, School of Law

And in June 2010, two Georgia police officers shot and killed 35-year-old Caroline Small… 

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A Sikh, a Jew, a Muslim and a Catholic: Funniest moments from the Supreme Court’s 2014 term

July 27th, 2015 in 2015, Bloomberg, Jay Wexler, Newsmakers, School of Law 0 comments

Jay Wexler, School of Law

A Sikh, a Jew, a Muslim and a Catholic walk into a job interview at Abercrombie and Fitch…

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Five years on, Dodd-Frank bank rules still being written

July 18th, 2015 in 2015, Centers & Institutes in the News,, Cornelius Hurley, Newsmakers, School of Law 0 comments
Cornelius Hurley, Center for Finance, Law & Policy, School of Law

Dodd-Frank reforms help consumers, but repeal efforts seek to roll back new rules…

Expert quote:

“The whole law leaves the financial system vulnerable. The law was designed to eliminate bailouts and banks that are too big to fail, and it didn’t do that. Where Dodd-Frank went wrong was in not declaring its policy to break up the banks that are too big to fail.”

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U.S. court: citizenship law’s gender differences unconstitutional

July 8th, 2015 in 2015, Kristin Collins, Newsmakers, Reuters, School of Law 0 comments

Kristin Collins, School of Law

A U.S. law that treats mothers and fathers differently in determining whether their foreign-born children may claim U.S. citizenship is unconstitutional, a federal appeals court ruled on Wednesday, four years after the U.S. Supreme Court split 4-4 on the issue…

Expert quote:

“Statutes that actually on their face, by the letter of the law, discriminate based on gender are a rarity.”

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Apple conspired to fix e-book prices: U.S. appeals court

June 30th, 2015 in 2015, Keith Hylton, Newsmakers, Reuters, School of Law 0 comments

Keith Hylton, School of Law

A divided federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld a judge’s ruling that Apple Inc(AAPL.O) had conspired with five publishers to increase e-book prices, in a win for the U.S. Justice Department…

Expert quote:

“The DOJ could feel emboldened in pursuing those cases with this theory of conspiracy.”

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Letters: Regulators have failed to improve audit quality

June 30th, 2015 in 2015, Centers & Institutes in the News, Financial Times, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, School of Law, William Kring 0 comments

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By William Kring, Center for Finance, Law & Policy, School of Law

Sir, While I was deeply concerned to read Harriet Agnew’s report of Deloitte’s more assertive push into investment banking territory (“Deloitte lures investment expert”, June 25), I was rather unsurprised…

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High court rejects challenge to Obama health care law

June 25th, 2015 in 2015, Abigail Moncrieff, Boston Globe, Newsmakers, School of Law 0 comments

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Abigail Moncrieff, School of Law

The Supreme Court handed President Obama a major political victory Thursday when it rejected a conservative bid to undermine a key element of the Affordable Care Act, saying critics seized on an “implausible’’ argument…

Expert quote:

“Maybe there will not be any more existential threats to the statute but there is no doubt there will be more litigation to come. I thought this was a frivolous lawsuit that wasn’t going anywhere when it was first brought up.”

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