article by William G. Ross (Cumberland School of Law) was cited
in the recent ruling that set aside a judge's order to break up
the Microsoft Corp. The June ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals
for the District of Columbia Circuit quoted a 1989 article by Ross
in the Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics.
wrote that "any public comment by a judge concerning the facts,
applicable law or merits of a case . . . in his court or any comment
concerning the parties or their attorneys would raise grave doubts
about the judge's objectivity and his willingness to reserve judgment
until the close of the proceeding."
The federal appeals court said it had to nullify the break-up ruling
against Microsoft because of improper public comments made by a
U.S. District Judge in the case. Ross, a widely quoted expert on
legal ethics, said he thought the appeals court was right in its
Are the Peacemakers, a new book by Dr. Jonathan Bass (History),
has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize by its publisher, Louisiana
State University Press. Published in February, the book details
how civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. used his "Letter
from Birmingham Jail" to further his cause. It also tells
the story of the eight white clergymen to whom the letter was addressed
and how they responded to the racial crisis in the South.
Joseph O. Dean, Jr., (dean, McWhorter School of Pharmacy) has been
appointed by Alabama Governor Don Siegelman to the newly established
Health-Care Worker Task Force to research and identify short- and
long-range strategies to ensure an adequate supply of health-care
Dr. Paul Richardson (assistant dean,Performing Arts) presented a
session on The Missouri Harmony, an 1820 shape note tune book, at
the annual conference of the Hymn Society in the United States and
Canada in Independence, Mo., July 16.
Schlosser and Joy Whatley (Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing) have
been invited to present "ďA Renaissance in Nursing Education:
Thriving in a New Era" at the National League for Nursing Education
Summit 2001 in Baltimore in September. Theirs was one of 60 selected
from 235 abstracts submitted.
Jean Thomason (director, University Library) has been installed
as 2001-02 president of the Alabama Association of College and Research