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Two W&L Law School Professors on NPR Today

Two members of Washington and Lee’s School of Law are sharing their expertise with National Public Radio listeners today.

Jon Shapiro, professor of practice, was interviewed for a Morning Edition story about the decision by the “underwear bomber,” Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, to fire his lawyers and represent himself. Shapiro discussed general issues of self-representation, including Shapiro’s own work on the case of accused D.C. sniper John Allen Muhammad.

The story, including audio, is available on the Morning Edition site.

Meantime, Michelle Drumbl, associate clinical professor of law and director of the Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic at Washington and Lee University’s School of Law, appeared on NPR affiliate WMRA’s “Virginia Insight” as part of a panel that discussed whether the current tax debate includes class warfare. Drumbl is a former staff attorney in the Chief Counsel’s Office of the Internal Revenue Service.

She was joined on the live, call-in program by Tomiko Brown-Nagin, professor of history and the Thurgood Marshall Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Virginia, and Chris Saxman, conservative political activist and former chair of the Cost Cutting Caucus in the Virginia House of Delegates.

The audio from that program is below. Drumbl is introduced at the nine-minute mark in the show.