blog postsAttorneys in civil courts make bigger impact working the system than knowing the lawSep 3, 2015 9:45 am306 views Civil courts are where many people meet the legal system. Those with attorneys – often a small minority – are much more likely to see a better outcome, says a new study. More surprising, perhaps, is that lawyers’ deep knowledge of the law explains little of their impact.Retirement expert: After 50 years, Medicare needs a major updateSep 1, 2015 9:45 am524 views Medicare exists in a time warp, making paying for health care in retirement confusing and costly, says a new paper from Richard L. Kaplan, the Peer and Sarah Pedersen Professor of law at Illinois.Unionization denied: What's next for the College Athletes Players Association?Aug 24, 2015 12:15 pm108 views A Minute With...™ Michael LeRoy, expert on collective bargaining in athleticsHow viable are the various proposals to reform Social Security?Aug 13, 2015 11:00 am191 views A Minute With...™ Richard L. Kaplan, expert on U.S. tax policy, elder law and retirement issues Killer of Cecil the Lion could be prosecuted in either Zimbabwe or the U.S.Jul 31, 2015 9:00 am173 views A Minute With...™ Eric T. Freyfogle, expert on wildlife law and conservation issuesVikram Amar, noted constitutional law scholar, named dean of U. of I. College of LawJul 6, 2015 9:00 am81 views Vikram Amar has been named the 13th dean of the College of Law, pending approval by the U. of I. Board of Trustees.Why the International Criminal Court is likely to face more criticism as it tries a Congolese rebel commanderJul 1, 2015 10:00 am176 views A Minute With...™ University of Illinois law professor Patrick KeenanPaper: New theory for prosecuting war crimes could lead to greater accountability, reparationsJun 30, 2015 9:00 am49 views A new approach to prosecuting the crime of pillage could lead to greater accountability for war criminals, says a paper from Patrick Keenan, a University of Illinois law professor and expert in international criminal law.Biomedical breakthrough: Carbon nanoparticles you can make at homeJun 18, 2015 10:30 am853 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Researchers have found an easy way to produce carbon nanoparticles that are small enough to evade the body’s immune system, reflect light in the near-infrared range for easy detection, and carry payloads of pharmaceutical drugs to targeted tissues.Illinois Supreme Court's pension ruling: Back to the drawing board?May 12, 2015 12:15 pm1087 views A Minute With™...Jeffrey Brown, director of the Center for Business and Public PolicyReading between the lines of oral arguments: Supreme Court considers same-sex marriageMay 11, 2015 11:45 am455 views A Minute With™...Sara Benson, an expert on sexual orientation and the lawPaper: Absence of copyright has its own economic value, social benefitsApr 13, 2015 9:00 am87 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A new study co-written by a University of Illinois expert in intellectual property law demonstrates that the value of creative works in the public domain such as books, images and music can be estimated at least as precisely as the value of commercially available copyrighted works.What's the difference between Indiana's religious freedom law and Illinois'?Mar 31, 2015 1:15 pm137 views Robin Fretwell Wilson, expert on family law and policyPublic employee pensions continue to lose out to gambling giveaways, expert saysMar 24, 2015 9:00 am49 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A legacy of giveaways to gambling interests continues to haunt the pension system in Illinois, a leading national gambling critic and University of Illinois expert warns.Structural reform litigation an effective tool for curbing police misconductMar 18, 2015 9:00 am71 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 has served as the basis for the reform of many police departments in cities across the country, including Cincinnati, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. And in what's now seen as an increasingly likely next step, Ferguson, Missouri, will undergo its own Department of Justice-administered police reforms.What can Illinois' new criminal justice reform commission accomplish?Feb 17, 2015 10:15 am48 views Eric A.Johnson, expert on criminal law and procedureTax changes loom for state of Illinois ahead of budget address, expert saysFeb 17, 2015 9:00 am73 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - As Gov. Bruce Rauner readies his first budget address, expect him to propose changes that could have major consequences for certain demographics, a University of Illinois expert on taxation issues says.Research: Medical malpractice reform does little to contain health care costsJan 27, 2015 9:00 am429 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Two papers co-authored by a University of Illinois expert in the regulation and financing of health care conclude that tort reform has had relatively little impact on the U.S. health care system.Expert: Pervasive 'credential creep' bad for health care practitioners, consumersJan 27, 2015 9:00 am147 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The outcome of a case argued before the U.S. Supreme Court last fall could potentially slow the trend of the ever-increasing number of occupations subject to state licensing, says a University of Illinois expert in the regulation and financing of health care.Will a U.S. Supreme Court ruling finally close the marriage equality debate?Jan 22, 2015 4:45 pm19 views University of Illinois law professor Sara R. BensonThe President's call to reform taxation on capital gainsJan 22, 2015 4:15 pm26 views Richard L. Kaplan, the Peer and Sarah Pedersen Professor of Law at IllinoisShould the Sony hack be considered an act of cyberwar?Jan 7, 2015 9:00 am18 views Jay P. Kesan, the H. Ross & Helen Workman Research Scholar at the University of Illinois College of Law, is a leading national scholar in the areas of technology, law and business.Labor expert: Hospitals at risk of no-show health care workers during Ebola outbreakOct 14, 2014 9:00 am23 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Hospitals and other health care agencies are at risk of doctors, nurses, janitors and other essential workers walking off the job during an infectious disease outbreak, says a University of Illinois expert in labor relations.Grand jury leaks and the Ferguson, Missouri, caseOct 9, 2014 9:00 am9 views A Minute With™... Andrew D. Leipold, the Edwin M. Adams Professor of Law, who is an expert on criminal law and the judicial processPaper: To deter cyberattacks, build a public-private partnershipAug 25, 2014 9:00 am693 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Cyberattacks loom as an increasingly dire threat to privacy, national security and the global economy, and the best way to blunt their impact may be a public-private partnership between government and business, researchers say. But the time to act is now, rather than in the wake of a crisis, says a University of Illinois expert in law and technology.Should the feds step in to reform the Ferguson, Missouri, police department?Aug 20, 2014 9:00 am4 views A Minute With™... Law professor Stephen Rushin Many solve civil justice problems on their own, rarely involving attorneys, says studyAug 19, 2014 9:00 am106 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Many of life's problems are also civil legal problems, but people don't see them that way. As a result, they often deal with them on their own, and rarely involve lawyers or courts, or even other third parties, according to a recent study.Patent examiners more likely to approve marginal inventions when pressed for timeAug 13, 2014 9:00 am38 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Haste makes waste, as the old saying goes. And according to research from a University of Illinois expert in patent law, the same adage could be applied to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, where high-ranking examiners have a tendency to rubber-stamp patents of questionable merit due to time constraints.Study: NCAA eventually prevails in most student-athlete lawsuitsJul 7, 2014 9:00 am61 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - When student-athletes sue the NCAA, they win the initial round of litigation almost half of the time. But according to a new study from a University of Illinois expert in labor relations and collective bargaining in athletics, the NCAA eventually wins more than 70 percent of the time on appeal - a finding that could pressure both groups to adopt a new model for amateur athletics that more closely aligns itself with the employment relationship.What's the big takeaway from Burwell v. Hobby Lobby?Jul 1, 2014 9:00 am20 views A Minute With™... Robin Fretwell Wilson, the Roger and Stephany Joslin Professor of Law and the director of the Program in Family Law and Policy at the College of LawPaper: Police reform law underenforced by Department of JusticeMay 29, 2014 9:00 am124 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A law designed to combat police misconduct is hamstrung by limited resources, a lack of transparency and "political spillover" at the U.S. Department of Justice, says a recently published empirical study by Stephen Rushin, a law professor at the University of Illinois and expert in criminal law and policing.Expert: Supreme Court decisions on patent cases a rebuke to 'baseless lawsuits'May 15, 2014 9:00 am15 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The U.S. Supreme Court recently handed down two decisions on patents, both of which were watched closely by technology companies because of their potential impact on nonpracticing entities, otherwise known - and pejoratively referred to - as "patent trolls." But according to a University of Illinois expert in intellectual property law, there's nothing inherently wrong with individuals and organizations that don't make things trying to enforce their rights as patent holders.Intellectual property expert on pending Supreme Court casesMay 15, 2014 9:00 am17 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Four cases before the U.S. Supreme Court focus on issues involving intellectual property, the specialty of University of Illinois law professor Paul Heald, who offers his take on each case:John D. Colombo named interim dean of U. of I. College of LawMay 1, 2014 9:00 am53 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - John D. Colombo, the Albert E. Jenner Jr. Professor, has been named interim dean of the University of Illinois College of Law, pending approval by the U. of I. Board of Trustees at its May 14 board meeting in Springfield.Income inequality partially driven by tax laws, University of Illinois expert saysApr 29, 2014 9:00 am28 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Income inequality is partly a self-inflicted problem, and elected officials have used the law to exacerbate the problem, a University of Illinois expert on taxation issues says.Labor relations expert: The NCAA prefers labor strife to an antitrust lawsuitApr 7, 2014 9:00 am35 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A labor dispute serves the NCAA's interests better than an antitrust lawsuit, which could potentially cost the governing body for college athletes millions of dollars in monetary damages, says a University of Illinois expert in labor relations and collective bargaining in athletics.Expert: Proposed change to discovery rules a potential 'game-changer'Mar 3, 2014 9:00 am39 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A seemingly innocuous proposal that would allow litigants to withhold evidence during the pre-trial phase of a lawsuit could make it easier for large corporations to conceal information in lawsuits, according to a University of Illinois expert in civil procedure.Biomass industry needs to prepare for water constraintsFeb 27, 2014 9:00 am32 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The viability of the bioenergy crops industry could be strengthened by regulatory efforts to address nonpoint source pollution from agricultural sources. That, in turn, means that the industry should be strategic in developing metrics that measure the ability to enact positive changes in agricultural landscapes, particularly through second-generation perennial crops, according to a paper by a University of Illinois expert in bioenergy law.Overhauling the National Security Agency's controversial phone data collection programJan 28, 2014 9:00 am2 views A Minute With™... law professor Stephen RushinA pension reform plan has been signed into law in Illinois. Is it constitutional?Dec 6, 2013 9:00 am4 views A Minute With™... law professors John D. Colombo and Laurie ReynoldsResearch: Explosion of lawsuits brought by 'patent trolls' erroneousNov 18, 2013 9:00 am14 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The number of lawsuits generated by so-called "patent trolls" is wildly exaggerated, and is mostly the byproduct of a slight change to a federal law, says a new paper co-written by a University of Illinois expert in technology and legal issues.Scholar: Empower Congress to bolster separation of powersOct 30, 2013 9:00 am20 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Although it may not receive high marks these days as a public body, Congress should actually be empowered so it can uphold the constitutional checks and balances that help to curb overreach by the other two branches of government, a University of Illinois expert in administrative law says in a newly published paper.Retirement expert: Financial planning important for non-retirees, tooOct 21, 2013 9:00 am19 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - As older workers increasingly contemplate delaying retirement or putting it off entirely, they should also consider the financial-planning options available in Social Security, Medicare and employment-based retirement plans such as IRAs and 401(k) accounts, says a University of Illinois expert on taxation and retirement benefits.Study: Renewable fuel standard needs to be modified, not repealedOct 14, 2013 9:00 am32 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Congress should minimally modify - and not, as petroleum-related interests have increasingly lobbied for, repeal - the Renewable Fuel Standard, the most comprehensive renewable energy policy in the U.S., according to a new paper from two University of Illinois researchers.Will a U.S. Supreme Court ruling finally close the marriage equality debate?Aug 28, 2013 9:00 am5 views A Minute With™... law professor Sara R. Benson'Causal overdetermination' provides middle ground for courtsAug 21, 2013 9:00 am24 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A disagreement among state courts on the subject of drunk-driving homicide can be resolved by requiring the prosecution to prove in these cases not that the driver's intoxication caused the fatal accident, but merely that it contributed to the causal mechanism behind the accident, says a forthcoming paper by a University of Illinois expert on criminal law.Smartphones: Where is the patent battle between technology titans headed?Aug 16, 2013 9:00 am9 views A Minute With™... U. of I. business professor Deepak SomayaExpert: Taxation of retirement income in need of reformAug 12, 2013 9:00 am12 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Although planning for a comfortable retirement is a mainstay of public discussion, far less attention has been paid to the tax consequences of generating retirement income, says a University of Illinois expert on taxation and retirement benefits.Are daily fantasy sports games a form of online gambling that requires regulation?Jul 29, 2013 9:00 am12 views A Minute With™... John Kindt, an emeritus professor of business and legal policyLoopholes in health care law could result in employee harassmentJul 23, 2013 9:00 am95 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The contrasting incentives of employers and employees under the Affordable Care Act ultimately may result in increased employee harassment and retaliation claims, two University of Illinois law professors say in a paper they co-wrote.