SLU LAW Professors Give Expertise on Ferguson

August 15, 2014

 

Ever since the death of Michael Brown and the ensuing unrest in Ferguson, Mo., SLU LAW professors have been at the forefront of the conversation surrounding the multitude of legal isses related to the situation.

 

Professor Emeritus Roger Goldman

Expertise: Criminal Law, Police Conduct

Professor Goldman is the nation’s foremost expert on police licensing and license revocation laws. He has done interviews with multiple media outlets following the Ferguson police shooting regarding the police’s use of deadly force. He discussed cases related to the Ferguson shooting and explained the challenges involved with bringing a federal murder case against a police officer.

Press clippings

"Experts say municipal court reforms are coming, but don't know how or what" St. Louis Public Radio

"Justice Department investigation of Ferguson policing is just first step in instituting change" St. Louis Public Radio

"Grand Juror Doe May Have A Case, Say Legal Experts" St. Louis Public Radio

"Legal Roundtable: Another Grand Jury For Ferguson Case? Possible But..." St. Louis on the Air - St. Louis Public Radio

"Police Use Of Force: How Did We Get Here And Where Can We Go" St. Louis Public Radio

"Justice in Ferguson? When a mountain of evidence might be too much" National Post

"CTV News Channel: Ruling 'not a surprise'" CTV News Northern Ontario

"Grand Jury Wrangled With Confusing Instructions" St. Louis Public Radio

"Was The Grand Jury Procedure In The Wilson Case Fair?" St. Louis Public Radio

"Legal experts react to grand jury process in Michael Brown shooting" St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson Not Out of the Woods" NBC News

"What's Different About The Grand Jury Process In The Darren Wilson Case?" St. Louis Public Radio

"Wilson Could Go Free Even If Convicted, Legal Experts Say" St. Louis Public Radio

"What We Know - And Don't Know - About Michael Brown's Shooting" St. Louis Public Radio

"What federal charges could Darren Wilson face?" KMOV TV 4

"If Officer Wilson Is Not Indicted, McCulloch Vows To Release Grand Jury Transcripts, Recordings" St. Louis Public Radio

"What Could Happen if There's Not Indictment Or Conviction In Michael Brown's Death" St. Louis Public Radio

"SLU law professors urge action over Michael Brown killing" St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Goldman Appeared live with French international news channel French 24 to discuss police in Ferguson

"Hancock & Kelley: St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCullough" KMOX 1120 AM

"Ferguson Hired Officer With History Of Allegedly Hitting Children" Huffington Post

"What's A Grand Jury? How Will It Work In The Ferguson Case?" St. Louis Public Radio

"Your rights during police encounters" USA Today

"So Why Wasn't Officer Wilson Arrested? Plus Answers To Other Questions About The Law" St. Louis Public Radio

"What Are The Legal Issues Pertaining To The Ferguson Shooting, Aftermath?" St Louis On The Air

“For Michael Brown, Wheels of Justice May Turn Slowly” St. Louis Public Radio

“The 4th Amendment Discussed In Regards To Police Force” KTRS 550 AM

“Deadly Force: What Does The Law Say About When Police Are Allowed To Use It?” St. Louis Public Radio

 

Professor Emeritus Alan Howard

Expertise: Constitutional Law, First Amendment

Professor Howard is an expert on the First Amendment with particular focus on free speech. He spoke with the local media explaining the First Amendment rights of the protesters and the news media in Ferguson, and examining at what point those rights could have been violated.

Press Clippings

"St. Louis police officer under investigation following call to protester's employer" St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"St. Louis County Police Take Over Ferguson Security" St. Louis Public Radio

“Law expert: Rights may have been violated” KSDK TV 5

“Police Force And First Amendment Trespasses In The Ferguson Protests” St. Louis Public Radio

 

Associate Professor Sue McGraugh

Expertise: Criminal Law

Professor McGraugh is a veteran attorney with extensive experience working in Missouri criminal courts. With the Ferguson police shooting being investigated by a grand jury, Professor McGraugh spoke with KMOX 1120 AM to explain  just what a grand jury entails.

Press clippings

"Ferguson grand jury wanted to make public statement, documents reveal" Yahoo News

"Teaching Ferguson: Missouri law schools delve into the issue" Missouri Lawyers Media

"Walking in Ferguson: If you're black, it's often against the law" LA Times

"Legal Champions: John J. Ammann, Susan W. McGraugh and Brendan Roediger" Missouri Lawyers Media

"What Happened in Ferguson?" New York Times

"Mo. Atty. Gen: change deadly force law" Last Word With Lawrence O'Donnell (MSNBC)

"What If? Convicting Darren Wilson Would Have Been Difficult" NBC News

"Michael Brown Case Puts Attention On Grand Jury" All Things Considered (NPR)

"What's next for the city of Ferguson?" PBS News Hour

"After Grand Jury Declines To Indict, Ferguson Responds" On Point (NPR)

"Grand jury call not the end for police officer" USA Today

"Was Grand Jury the Best Option in Ferguson Case of Michael Brown?" NBC News

"Grand jury evidence may not be released" KSDK TV 5

"Records in Michael Brown Grand Jury Not Been Approved for Release" NBC Nightly News

"Ferguson braces for grand jury ruling" PBS Newshour

"Examining The Grand Jury Proceedings In The Michael Brown Case" All Things Considered (NPR)

"Ferguson Officials Deny Any Plans To Change Police Operations" St. Louis Public Radio

"Why is the Michael Brown grand jury taking so long?" KTVI TV 2

"SLU LAW Prof: Grand jury cannot let outside factors influence decision" KSDK TV 5

"US Justice Plagued by Allegations of Institutional Racism: Expert" RIA Novotsi

"Expert: law enforcement's approach to Ferguson protests inconsistent" KMOV TV 4

"Editorial: Time for Missouri's Supreme Court to enter the Ferguson fray" St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"For people living under threat of arrest around St. Louis, a constant stress" St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"Grand Jury Process Raises Questions About a Ferguson Indictment" TIME

"In atypical approach, grand jury in Ferguson shooting receives full measure of case" Washington Post

"2006 Ferguson case is example of what DOJ may look into" KMOV TV 4

"SLU law professors urge action over Michael Brown killing" St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"Grand jury starts on Michael Brown case: What you need to know" LA Times

"Going Inside the grand jury process" KSDK TV 5

“What Is A Grand Jury Anyway?” KMOX 1120 AM

"Ferguson Investigation Expected to Take Weeks" The Wall Street Journal

 

Assistant Professor Justin Hansford

Expertise: Civil Rights, Critical Race Theory, Legal Ethics

Professor Hansford’s research incorporates legal history, legal ethics, critical race theory, human rights and the Global Justice Movement. He spoke with Missouri Lawyers Weekly about civil rights in relation to the ongoing situation in Ferguson.

Press clippings

"Law experts argue against police-worn body cams" St. Louis American

"Justice Department says Ferguson violated rights: local reaction - disheartened but not surprised" St. Louis Public Radio

"How can Ferguson law enforecement break a pattern of bias?" PBS Newshour

"Police body-cameras promote transparency, but horrific footage leaves families shaken and questioning why standards have not been adopted" New York Daily News

"Where Does Ferguson Fit In?" Stay Tuned - KETC TV 9

"How Body Cams on Cops Brought a Murder Charge in New Mexico" TIME

"Botched grand jury instructions call Ferguson ruling into question" The Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC)

"Problems with Ferguson grand jury?" MSNBC

"Charlie Brennan - 10/15/14 - Kyle McClellan, Mike Shannon, Justin Hansford" KMOX 1120 AM

"SLU Law Offers free legal rights education to Ferguson protestors" St. Louis American

"SLU law professors urge action over Michael Brown killing" St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"BrotherSpeak: Hurt, anger and hope in Ferguson" The Washington Post's Post TV

"Brown attorney using familiar media strategy" Missouri Lawyers Weekly

"Ferguson grand jury could take months" CNN

 

Professor Marcia McCormick

Expertise: Constitutional Law, Federal Courts, Civil Rights

Professor McCormick spoke with local media to explain the legal process by which any charges could be brought up against the police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown. She also spoke about a timetable for such proceedings.

Press clippings

"Teaching Ferguson: Missouri law schools delve into the issue" Missouri Lawyers Media

"The next steps in teh Ferguson DOJ case" KSDK TV 5

"Steps to a sensible use of force law" St. Louis Post Dispatch

"'Flawed' Bills Won't Fix Confusion About Deadly Force" St. Louis Public Radio

"Should There Be New Ferguson Grand Jury? Can There Be?" St. Louis Public Radio

"Police Use Of Force: How Did We Get Here And Where Can We Go" St. Louis Public Radio

"Why It's So Hard To Hold Police Accountable For Excessive Force" St. Louis Public Radio

"Ferguson grand jury documents withheld" KSDK TV 5

"Will Michael Brown's Family Sue Darren Wilson? Why A Civil Suit Faces Hurdles" International Business Times

"Was The Grand Jury Procedure In The Wilson Case Fair?" St. Louis Public Radio

"SLU LAW professor talks Ferguson decision" KSDK TV 5

"What's Different About The Grand Jury Process In The Darren Wilson Case?" St. Louis Public Radio

"What Could Happen if There's Not Indictment Or Conviction In Michael Brown's Death" St. Louis Public Radio

"What's A Grand Jury? How Will It Work In The Ferguson Case?" St. Louis Public Radio

"Why Michael Brown's Legal Team Is Winning the PR War as Prosecutor, Accused Cop Sit Out" Riverfront Times

"So Why Wasn't Officer Wilson Arrested? Plus Answers To Other Questions About The Law" St. Louis Public Radio

"What Are The Legal Issues Pertaining To The Ferguson Shooting, Aftermath?" St Louis On The Air

 

Dean Michael Wolff

Expertise: Civil Procedure

Dean Wolff served 13 years on the Missouri Supreme Court and held the title of Chief Justice from 2005-2007. He is an expert on civil procedure in Missouri, and has spoken to several media outlets about the judicial process in Ferguson.

Press clippings

"'Flawed' Bills Won't Fix Confusion About Deadly Force" St. Louis Public Radio

"Should There Be New Ferguson Grand Jury? Can There Be?" St. Louis Public Radio

"Grand Juror Doe May Have A Case, Say Legal Experts" St. Louis Public Radio

"Grand Jury Wrangled With Confusing Instructions" St. Louis Public Radio

"Protester: 'There's A Lot Of Chaos Going On' After Grand Jury Decision Announced" St. Louis On The Air

"What's Different About The Grand Jury Process In The Darren Wilson Case?" St. Louis Public Radio

"Missouri Governor Declares State of Emergency Ahead of Grand Jury Decision" TIME

"Wilson Could Go Free Even If Convicted, Legal Experts Say" St. Louis Public Radio

"Editorial: Time for Missouri's Supreme Court to enter the Ferguson fray" St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"For people living under threat of arrest around St. Louis, a constant stress" St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"If Officer Wilson Is Not Indicted, McCulloch Vows To Release Grand Jury Transcripts, Recordings" St. Louis Public Radio

"Editorial: Mission matters: pursuing social justice" St. Louis Business Journal

"What's A Grand Jury? How Will It Work In The Ferguson Case?" St. Louis Public Radio

“Police Force And First Amendment Trespasses In The Ferguson Protests” St. Louis Public Radio

"So Why Wasn't Officer Wilson Arrested? Plus Answers To Other Questions About The Law" St. Louis Public Radio

 

Assistant Professor Kelly Dineen

Expertise: Health Law

Professor Dineen has extensive experience practicing, teaching and researching in the field of health law. She spoke with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch regarding HIPAA regulations in relation to media inquiries about the condition of a hospitalized shooting victim in the days following the Michael Brown shooting.

Press clippings

"Why we don't know more about shooting victims" St. Louis Post-Dispatch

 

 

Professor Anders Walker

Expertise: Constitutional Law, Criminal Law

Professor Walker researches intersections between constitutional law, criminal law, and legal history, especially in relation to Missouri and the St. Louis region. He spoke with St. Louis Public Radio about First Amendment rights in relation to the protests in Ferguson and with the Associated Press about what potential charges the officer who shot Michael Brown could face.

Press clippings

"Ferguson no-fly zone aimed at media" Associated Press

"SLU law professors urge action over Michael Brown killing" St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"Ferguson Shooting Q&A: What charges could police officer Darren Wilson Face?" Associated Press

"What's next for Darren Wilson? These numbers could be a clue" Washington Post 

 

Associate Professor Molly Walker Wilson

Expertise: Criminal Law, Law and Psychology

Professor Wilson is an expert on ways social science can inform law and policy. In her work, she uses social and cognitive psychology to inform questions about how members of society evaluate risks and how actors can influence others' choices by strategically manipulating the presentation of information.

Press clippings

"What's Different About The Grand Jury Process In The Darren Wilson Case?" St. Louis Public Radio

"What's A Grand Jury? How Will It Work In The Ferguson Case?" St. Louis Public Radio

 

Assistant Professor Brendan Roediger

Expertise: Civil Advocacy

Professor Roediger is an experienced civil litigator and is one of the supervisors of SLU LAW's Civil Advocacy Clinic. He also coordinates SLU LAW's Pro Bono Program. 

Press clippings

"A web of lawyers play different roles in different courts" St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"Fleece Force: How Police And Courts Around Ferguson Bully Residents And Collect Millions" Huffington Post

"Experts say municipal court reforms are coming, but don't know how or what" St. Louis Public Radio

"Ferguson Became Symbol, but Bias Knows No Border" New York Times

"Ferguson judge resigns, Missouri Supreme Court orders cases assigned to Appellate Judge Richter" St. Louis Public Radio

"Discrimination runs deep: Ferguson is surrounded by towns just like it" Fusion

"How Ferguson, Missouri, Uses Cops and the Courts to Prey on Its Residents" The Nation

"Justice, Race And Municipal Courts" On Point - WBUR 90.9 FM

New recommendations to improve St. Louis County municipal courts" KTVI TV 2

"Legal Champions: John J. Ammann, Susan W. McGraugh and Brendan Roediger" Missouri Lawyers Media

"Editorial: Missouri Supreme Court wades into Ferguson. Excellent." St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"Ferguson protesters win injunction to stop cops using tear gas" MSNBC

"Lawsuits: County municipalities' warrant fees are 'illegal'" St. Louis Business Journal

"Lawsuit filed against Ferguson, other area municipalities" Missouri Lawyers Media

"Lawyers sue 7 St. Louis County municipalities over court fees" St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"Amnesty International Panel: If Ferguson Is To Become A Movement, What Are The Next Steps?" St. Louis Public Radio

"Troubling lack of transparency in Michael Brown case" MSNBC

"SLU Law Offers free legal rights education to Ferguson protestors" St. Louis American

"Lawyers, Judge Discuss Court Fines, Fees" St. Louis Public Radio

"Ferguson courts warrant recall program gets silent start" St. Louis American

"Ferguson Sets Broad Change for City Courts" New York Times

"Ferguson tackles court changes, new laws" KSDK TV 5

"Cries for reform in traffic courts crow louder in wake of Ferguson" St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"SLU Law School professors, Arch City Defenders propose changes to municipal courts in Missouri" St. Louis Business Journal

"Ferguson pushes municipal court reform effort to forefront" Missouri Lawyers Media

"SLU law professors urge action over Michael Brown killing" St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"Saint Louis University Law Professors seek clemency for nonviolent in Ferguson" KTVI TV 2

"In Aftermath of Missouri Protests, Skepticism About the Prospects for Change" New York Times

"Legal observers keep an eye on rights as protest rules shift" Missouri Lawyers Media

"SLU Law professors ask for Ferguson clemency" KSDK TV 5

"Ferguson arrests evoke questions over legality" Missouri Lawyers Media

"Darren Wilson Was Low-Profile Officer With Unsettled Early Days" New York Times

"Skyrocketing Court Fines Are Major Revenue Generator for Ferguson" Governing Magazine

 

Assistant Professor Chad Flanders

Expertise: Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, First Amendment

Professor Flanders teaches and writes in the areas of criminal law, constitutional law and the philosophy of law. He wrote a commentary to St. Louis Public Radio on the constitutionality of Missouri's use of force statue.

Press clippings

"Teaching Ferguson: Missouri law schools delve into the issue" Missouri Lawyers Media

"Steps to a sensible use of force law" St. Louis Post Dispatch

"'Flawed' Bills Won't Fix Confusion About Deadly Force" St. Louis Public Radio

"Grand Juror Doe May Have A Case, Say Legal Experts" St. Louis Public Radio

"Commentary: The Wilson Case Illustrates Why We Should Change Missouri's Use Of Force Law" St. Louis Public Radio

"Grand Jury Wrangled With Confusing Instructions" St. Louis Public Radio

"Was The Grand Jury Procedure In The Wilson Case Fair?" St. Louis Public Radio

"Wilson Could Go Free Even If Convicted, Legal Experts Say" St. Louis Public Radio

"Commentary: Missouri's Use Of Force Statute Goes Against Constitutional Rulings" St. Louis Public Radio

 

Professor John Ammann

Expertise: Civil Procedure, State and Local Government

Professor Ammann is the former director of the SLU LAW Legal Clinics, and continues to serve as the supervisor of the Litigation Clinic. 

Press clippings

"Take jail off the table" St. Louis American

"New judge hears court cases in Ferguson" KSDK TV 5

"Ferguson Forward" Stay Tuned - KETC TV 9

"DOJ releases Ferguson investigation report" KSDK TV 5

"Legal Champions: John J. Ammann, Susan W. McGraugh and Brendan Roediger" Missouri Lawyers Media

"Class action lawsuits filed against Ferguson, other cities" KSDK TV 5

"Policymakers Eye Big Changes To Missouri's Municipal Courts" St. Louis Public Radio

"Charlie Brennan - September 9 - Thomas Harvey, Prof. John Ammann" KMOX 1120 AM

"Charlie Brennan - September 4 - SLU LAW Prof. John Ammann on Amnesty for Non-Violent Offenders" KMOX 1120 AM 

"Ferguson pushes municipal court reform effort to forefront" Missouri Lawyers Media

"Attorneys Ask Ferguson's Mayor To Commute Non-Violent Ordinance Offenses" St. Louis Public Radio

"Lawyers Ask Ferguson Mayor to Grant Amnesty for Nonviolent Warrants, Fines" Riverfront Times

 

Assistant Professor Patricia Harrison

Expertise: Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Family Law, Legal Ethics

Professor Harrison is the director of the SLU LAW Child Advocacy Clinic. She has extensive experience working in juvenile advocacy in the Missouri Public Defender System.  

Press clippings

"Lawsuit Filed for Alleged Michael Brown Juvenile Records" KMOX 1120 AM

 

 

If you are a media outlet interested in interviewing a SLU LAW professor, please e-mail us at lawmedia@slu.edu or call 314-977-7248.

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