Archive for ‘In the Media’

October 20, 2014

Philadelphia Inquirer Reports on Sovern Research

Jeff Sovern

Jeff Sovern

The Philadelphia Inquirer story, Consumers Rarely Use the Right to Cancel a Contract reports on Professor Jeff Sovern’s article, Written Notice of Cooling-Off Periods: A Forty-Year Natural Experiment in Illusory Consumer Protection and the Relative Effectiveness of Oral and Written Disclosures, forthcoming in the University of Pittsburgh Law Review. The article also quotes from an interview with Professor Sovern. The article states:

Sovern, who teaches consumer law and civil procedure at New York’s St. John’s University Law School, analyzed survey responses from 155 businesses that informed consumers of their right to cancel a deal. It rarely seemed to matter. . . .

“I’ve been teaching these laws for more than a quarter-century, and I’ve been wondering if they actually helped anybody,” [Sovern] told me last week.

For the full story, with additional quotes and discussion of Sovern’s research go to the full article.

September 18, 2014

Gregory Interviewed by NBC News and The New York Times

David Gregory

David Gregory

Professor David Gregory was interviewed by Brian Williams for the September 16th broadcast of the NBC National Evening News.  He was featured during the segment on the current crisis facing the National Football League.

Professor Gregory was also interviewed by The New York Times to discuss the issues facing the NFL.  He was quoted in the article “In League Ruled by Fiat, Response Seen as Flailing” in the September 16th issue.

November 12, 2013

McGuinness on United States v. Bond Arguments

Last week, Professor Margaret “Peggy” McGuiness, Co-Director of the law school’s Center for International and Comparative Law,  participated in a podcast on United States v. Bond, which is currently before the United States Supreme Court.  The Court heard oral argument in Bond on November 5.  Bond considers Congress’s treaty powers and competing interpretations of the Chemical Weapons Convention Implementation Act.  The podcast is featured on the Opinio Juris, the international law blog that Professor McGuinness co-founded with Professor Christopher Borgen.


November 11, 2013

Sovern Quoted on Technology and the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act

Professor Jeff Sovern was quoted in an article on Law360, CFPB Aims To Fill Gaps With Coming Debt Collection Rules [link at]. After noting that the existing federal statute, the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, antedated the creation of text messages, email and social media, the article notes:

The statute does not take any of these modes of communication into account, and that has led to confusion about how it applies to them — as well as confusion’s sometime byproduct, litigation, said St. John’s University School of Law professor Jeff Sovern.


October 4, 2013

Salomone Essay in Times Higher Education

Professor Rosemary Salomone has authored Unity Through Diversity in Times Higher Education. Here is an excerpt:

As the debate over the Supreme Court decision['s decision in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin] has swirled through the US and French press, what has struck me is how the diversity rationale gets lost in numbers, centered on inputs in terms of students admitted and outputs in terms of student achievement and career success. This obscures the educational process that mediates between the two. While leveling the playing field for disadvantaged students, compensating racial minorities for past social injustices and integrating them into the professional classes are important goals, equally important is the value of student diversity in enriching classroom interaction and strengthening social and political cohesion. The more diverse the classroom, the more textured the discussion and the better students come to respect other views and develop the tools for civil discourse. Of course, this assumes that academics are willing and able to harness those differences positively.


Rosemary Salomone

Rosemary Salomone

September 17, 2013

Nelson Constitution Day Reuters Essay

Professor Janai Nelson authored A call for a right-to-vote amendment on Constitution Day for Reuters to mark Constitution Day.  Here is an excerpt:

A right-to-vote amendment would open the door to voting access for excluded groups, such as the homeless, citizens convicted of a felony, and residents of the District of Columbia, among others. In addition, a constitutional amendment process centered on the right to vote would build civic awareness,  inspiring a new vision of participatory democracy.

Without an affirmative right to vote, we are left vulnerable to the whims of partisan politics and inept election administrators to determine when, how and under what conditions we can vote.

So, as we honor our Constitution’s birthday, let’s not only blow out the candles — let’s breathe new life into it with a positive, explicit and unfettered right to vote.

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September 3, 2013

Salomone Essay Appears in University World News

Professor Rosemary Salomone’s essay, Should the ‘Veil’ Be Banned in Higher Education?, appeared last week in Issue 285 of the University World News Global Edition. The piece discusses competing approaches to the uniquely French concept of “laicite,” a form of secularism, and the current debate in France over a proposal from the High Council for Integration to ban ostensible religious signs or clothing from French public universities. Though the proposal does not mention Islam, Professor Salomone argues that the target clearly is the wearing of the Islamic “hijab” or headscarf. Professor Salomone questions the reasons offered for the ban, based on alleged incidents of religious conflicts in universities, which the Minister of Higher Education and Research and the president of the Conference of University Presidents refute. She warns that banning the veil would unjustly deny some Muslim young women their only option for higher education and further isolate them culturally and religiously.  She further suggests that the debate ignores the forces of globalization, transnationalism, and European integration, the consequent rise of “world citizens” among the younger French population, and the gradual integration of Muslims into French society that inevitably will loosen the French approach to “laicite,” and perhaps sooner than the current debate would lead us to believe.

Rosemary Salomone

Rosemary Salomone


August 30, 2013

Nelson Reuters Essay on Martin Luther King’s Democracy Dream

Professor Janai Nelson has written King’s Deferred ‘Dream’ of Democracy for Reuters.  The piece opens:


In the midst of current retrenchments on voting rights, the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech provides an important opportunity to consider whether his “dream” has been realized. Or, is it now, in the words of the famous poet Langston Hughes, a “dream deferred.”

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August 6, 2013

Slate Article Mentions Fannell and SJU Sports Program

An article in Slate about the likelihood that Yankee player Alex Rodriguez will win his appeal, Suspend Your Disbelief, relied on and thanked Jeff Fannell, Adjunct Professor and Deputy Director of the International and Comparative Sports Law Program at St. John’s School of Law.

July 22, 2013

Salomone Essay “The Rise of English in Academe – A Cautionary Tale” in University World News (London)

Rosemary Salomone, Kenneth Wang Professor of Law, published an article, “The Rise of English in Academe – A Cautionary Tale”,  in University World News (London).  In this piece, she uses a recent regional court decision from Italy to explore the legal issues and policy challenges facing Italian and French universities in particular as they increasingly move toward using English as the language of instruction.  Professor Salomone explains,

Driving the debate over English are three related forces: the articulated need among European universities to remain competitive in recruiting students; the expressed concern among faculty members to remain relevant in the growing stream of scholarship conducted in English; and the increasing interest among students in expanding their options in a flagging job market where English proficiency carries considerable weight.

The full article may be found here.

Rosemary Salomone

Rosemary Salomone


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