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Kurt Schmoke

A former mayor of Baltimore City, Kurt Schmoke is Dean of Howard University School of Law.

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Kagan's symbolic choice

That act demonstrated her commitment to the highest standards of professional achievement, and it also signaled her commitment to the ongoing quest to achieve equal justice under law for all citizens regardless of race or gender.

By Kurt Schmoke | May 10, 2010; 12:49 PM ET | Comments (0)

God still in charge

The symbolic actions of the airline executives is good public relations.

By Kurt Schmoke | April 20, 2010; 04:59 AM ET | Comments (0)

Financial manifesto

If you accept the premise that the public has lost confidence in government, then it complicates the ability of the country to handle the truth about the government budget deficits.

By Kurt Schmoke | February 3, 2010; 12:48 PM ET | Comments (0)

Putting in charitably

It should come as no surprise to anyone that Joe Lieberman's statements and votes on the health care legislation would help to protect a major employer in his state.

By Kurt Schmoke | December 21, 2009; 01:31 PM ET | Comments (9)

Big cities, corporate solutions

The philanthropy that has served cities well in recent years is that which helps bring together government agencies, local charities and other groups to address hard-to-solve problems.

By Kurt Schmoke | November 18, 2009; 03:26 PM ET | Comments (0)

Understated leadership

In the current political environment, elected leaders are not rewarded for quiet, calm and understated leadership.

By Kurt Schmoke | October 19, 2009; 02:32 PM ET | Comments (0)

No Downside to Greed

Private-sector pressures on Wall Street business leaders mean we are unlikely to see significant change in the business culture, and appropriate government intervention will be necessary.

By Kurt Schmoke | September 18, 2009; 06:29 AM ET | Comments (14)

A Necessary Question

It will take a courageous leader to decide against escalating the war in Afghanistan.

By Kurt Schmoke | August 25, 2009; 10:56 AM ET | Comments (1)

The Unripe Moment

The fear factor for many in Congress at this point is voter retribution not presidential retribution.

By Kurt Schmoke | August 18, 2009; 10:24 AM ET | Comments (8)

We Need More Details

Obama needs to "recalibrate" his message to explain in detail the shared sacrifice needed to achieve the benefits he outlines for health care reform.

By Kurt Schmoke | July 28, 2009; 09:51 AM ET | Comments (1)

Biography Is Not Destiny

Learning about a leader's personal history can us understand them, but a problem arises when we make predictions about a person's decision-making solely based on their personal history.

By Kurt Schmoke | June 8, 2009; 02:50 PM ET | Comments (0)

Organizations Over Individuals

Former leaders should step aside gracefully, offering both advice and criticism on a private basis when requested by their successors.

By Kurt Schmoke | May 12, 2009; 07:13 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Big "Ask"

Leadership often requires careful cultivation. President Obama did well on his initial cultivation trip abroad. Let's see what happens when he returns for the big "ask."

By Kurt Schmoke | April 8, 2009; 07:47 AM ET | Comments (0)

Gender Is Not Destiny

While it is clear that society should promote greater diversity in leadership positions in all walks of life, we should not expect that a person's gender will be a predictive factor in his or her approach to problem solving.

By Kurt Schmoke | March 9, 2009; 02:57 AM ET | Comments (1)

Seeing the Individual

Layoffs are unavoidably painful, but organizational leaders can help the newly unemployed keep a sense of self-worth by offering job forums, counseling or other services.

By Kurt Schmoke | February 9, 2009; 10:24 AM ET | Comments (0)

Outstanding Leadership on HIV/AIDS

From the point of view of an African child born free of HIV, George W. Bush is a great leader.

By Kurt Schmoke | January 5, 2009; 10:54 AM ET | Comments (2)

Full and Prompt Disclosure

Presidents have learned through bitter experiences that the public will forgive them for making mistakes, but won't forgive them for lying about those mistakes.

By Kurt Schmoke | December 15, 2008; 10:04 AM ET | Comments (2)

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