Dr. Debra M. Strauss
Associate Professor of Business Law
o: Dolan School of Business Rm 2118
Standards aim to strengthen food safety
In 2011, President Obama signed the Food Safety Modernization Act into law after it passed Congress with strong bipartisan support. The law empowers the Food and Drug Administration to regulate about 80 percent of the food supply with the exceptions of meat and poultry. "As each of these contamination issues came forward in the news, I would clip the article and put it in a folder," said Debra Strauss, an associate professor of business law at Fairfield University in Fairfield, Conn., and a 27-year proponent of food safety reform. "I watched that folder expand, and I knew it would reach a critical mass where the public would demand change."
Published in The News-Press (Fort Myers, Florida) on 4/6/13
Clerkship diversity gap - Minority clerk applicants face extra hurdles
Debra M. Strauss, J.D., associate professor of Business Law, Dolan School of Business, was interviewed by Todd Ruger, Capitol Hill Reporter, for an article on diversity of law clerks in the federal courts. A few weeks ago on Capitol Hill, few Congressional representatives questioned the federal judges testifying there about the lack of diversity in the law clerk representation in the judiciary and how that can be changed. As the author of the definitive book on judicial clerkships, Dr. Strauss commented and analyzed the recent statistics in comparison to the years she studied this issue as the director of a national study on judicial clerkships: The 2005 to 2009 statistics suggest "a troubling trend" that is cause for concern and worthy of more study, said Debra Strauss, a former law clerk who published a study on law clerk diversity in 2000 and is now an associate professor of business law at Fairfield University.
Published in The National Law Journal on 4/23/12
Yale, Harvard, Stanford ... UC Irvine?
Debra M. Strauss, J.D., associate professor of Business Law, Charles F. Dolan School of Business, was interviewed for thisintriguing article: Despite not yet having bestowed a single law degree, UC Irvine says it has placed nearly a fifth of its 2012 graduates with district and circuit court judges. That rate was recently surpassed only by Yale, with 27 percent, and Stanford, with 24 percent, according to the latest figures from U.S. News & World Report, which tracks clerkship placement. Had it been ranked, Irvine would have placed ahead of Harvard, which landed 18 percent of its graduates in federal clerkships in 2009. "It's an impressive rate," said Debra M. Strauss, professor of business law at Fairfield University and former director of the judicial clerkship program at Yale Law School. With just 58 students, UC Irvine's 2012 class is relatively small, but its results are "still striking," Strauss said. "These are very prominent judges ... truly prized clerkships."
Published in Thomson Reuters News and Insight on 12/11
FDA law shifts gov. from "reactive to proactive"
On Jan. 4, 2011, President Obama signed into law the Food Safety Modernization Act, which gives more power to the FDA and upgrades safety regulations. The law affects all whole and processed foods except for those under regulation by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. This new law is a big step forward for food safety; Fairfield University's own Professor Debra M. Strauss of Business Law explained the rules of the Food Safety Modernization Act and the impact it will have on Americans' food.
Published in Fairfield Mirror on 1/26/11
New law tightens FDA's grip on food safety
The Hartford Business Journal conducted a Q&A about food safety with Debra M. Strauss, J.D., associate professor of business law at Fairfield University's Dolan School of Business. This action has been prompted by recent incidents involving contamination, particularly in eggs, peanuts, and produce, she said.
Published in Hartford Business Journal in the January issue