blog postsFaculty InterviewsLawCan the design elements of clothing be copyrighted?Jan 23, 2017 9:15 am0 views Professor and copyright librarian Sara R. Benson explains an upcoming Supreme Court case at the intersection of copyright and patent for functional designs.Faculty InterviewsLawWhat does the future hold for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau?Jan 17, 2017 8:45 am215 views Why the sudden impetus to reorganize the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau? For starters, it was never a bipartisan effort.Faculty InterviewsHealthLawWhat is driving Congress to potentially change Medicaid?Jan 6, 2017 9:30 am603 views Professor Richard Kaplan discusses the impetus behind congressional leaders’ desire to change Medicaid, the health insurance program with more than 74 million enrollees in the U.S.BusinessLaw‘Cadillac tax’ may precipitate wholesale changes to employer-provided health care insuranceDec 12, 2016 9:00 am350 views Even if the Affordable Care Act is ultimately repealed, the law’s so-called “Cadillac tax” on high-cost health care plans has already affected employers’ health insurance offerings, says Richard L. Kaplan, the Peer and Sarah Pedersen Professor of Law at Illinois.Faculty InterviewsLawWhat might the future of Medicare look like under a Trump presidency?Dec 9, 2016 12:00 pm487 views It remains uncertain that plans being floated to privatize Medicare by Speaker of the House Paul Ryan will have the support of President-elect Donald Trump, says Richard L. Kaplan, the Peer and Sarah Pedersen Professor of Law at Illinois.Faculty InterviewsLawFour years later, what effect has expanded video gambling had on Illinois?Oct 24, 2016 9:30 am592 views Giveaways to gambling interests in Illinois have robbed state coffers of billions of dollars, says John W. Kindt, an emeritus professor of business and legal policy at the University of Illinois.Faculty InterviewsLawHow will LGBT issues affect the 2016 election? An interview with Robin Fretwell WilsonSep 22, 2016 10:15 am502 views Although Americans overwhelmingly support nondiscrimination protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, no state has enacted significant new legislation protecting them against discrimination in housing, hiring and public accommodations since 2008, says Robin Fretwell Wilson, the Roger and Stephany Joslin Professor of Law and the director of the Program in Family Law and Policy at the University of Illinois College of Law.LawBook: Juries robbed of power by federal government, statesJul 14, 2016 9:00 am688 views Despite their significant presence in the Constitution, juries have largely disappeared from the U.S. legal system, according to a recently published book by University of Illinois law professor Suja A. Thomas.Faculty InterviewsLawWill it take shuttered schools to force a budget compromise in Illinois?Jun 9, 2016 10:30 am896 views Illinois budget impasse: A Minute With…™ Christopher Z. Mooney, expert on Illinois politicsFaculty InterviewsLawWhy laws restricting bathroom access to transgender people won't workMay 26, 2016 11:30 am896 views A Minute With...™ Robin Fretwell Wilson, director of the Program in Family Law and PolicyHumanitiesLawSocial SciencesU.S. prison camps demonstrate the fragile nature of rights, says authorMay 24, 2016 10:00 am517 views The U.S. has been a leading voice for human rights. It’s also run prison camps, now and in the past, that denied people those rights. A. Naomi Paik wanted to explore that contradiction – finding out why these camps were organized, how they were justified, how prisoners have been treated and their response to that treatment. The result is her book “Rightlessness: Testimony and Redress in U.S. Prison Camps since World War II,” published in April.Social SciencesLawStudy: Police more likely than others to say they are blind to racial differencesMay 16, 2016 8:45 am637 views A new study reveals that police recruits and experienced officers are more likely than others to subscribe to colorblind racial beliefs – the notion that they – and people in general – see no differences among people from different racial groups and treat everyone the same.LawEducationStudy: First Amendment offers scant protection for professorsMay 9, 2016 1:00 pm668 views When academics choose to litigate speech disputes with colleges and universities, they end up losing nearly three-quarters of the time – a finding that points to the growing tension between academic freedom and campus speech codes, says U. of I. labor and employment relations professor Michael LeRoy.Faculty InterviewsLaw‘Blurred Lines’ and ‘Stairway to Heaven’: Copyright lawsuits in popular musicApr 26, 2016 4:00 pm713 views A Minute With...™ Paul Heald, expert in patent, copyright and international intellectual property lawLawPaper: Contract law can be a mechanism of empowermentApr 26, 2016 9:30 am290 views A new paper by University of Illinois legal scholar Robin B. Kar offers a novel interpretation of contract law, called “contract as empowerment.”Faculty InterviewsLawPuerto Rico: Bankruptcy is not an option (yet)Apr 18, 2016 11:30 am125 views A Minute With...™ Charles J. Tabb, expert in bankruptcy, contracts and commercial lawLawPaper: President has constitutional power to appoint, not just nominate, successor to ScaliaMar 24, 2016 11:00 am1040 views In all 104 prior cases in which a president faced a Supreme Court vacancy and began the appointment process before a presidential election, a justice was confirmed, says a paper co-written by University of Illinois law professors Robin Kar and Jason Mazzone.Faculty InterviewsLawHow would Merrick Garland's appointment change the Supreme Court?Mar 22, 2016 9:45 am263 views A Minute With...™ Vikram Amar, expert on constitutional law and the federal courtsFaculty InterviewsLawWill the president’s new cybersecurity plan keep our network infrastructure safe?Mar 1, 2016 11:30 am228 views A Minute With...™ law and technology expert Jay KesanFaculty InterviewsLawScalia's legacy and a look at the year ahead for the Supreme CourtFeb 17, 2016 2:15 pm164 views A Minute With...™ Jason Mazzone, co-director of the Program in Constitutional Theory, History, and LawLawRetirement spending requires careful planning, expert saysFeb 8, 2016 9:15 am597 views Deciding how and when to withdraw funds from the patchwork of different retirement accounts represents the biggest financial planning challenge facing retirees, said Richard L. Kaplan, the Peer and Sarah Pedersen Professor of Law at Illinois.LawPaper: Atypical cases set bad precedent in federal civil litigationJan 19, 2016 1:15 pm276 views Limiting the exchange of information in lawsuits to save time and money will negatively affect typical, run-of-the-mill cases, says Suja A. Thomas, a University of Illinois law professor and expert in civil procedure.Faculty InterviewsLawGay adoption at the Supreme CourtJan 5, 2016 10:00 am319 views A Minute With...™ Sara R. Benson, an expert on sexual orientation and the lawFaculty InterviewsLawCan states choose whether to accept Syrian refugees?Nov 18, 2015 12:00 pm592 views A Minute With...™ Michael LeRoy, immigration law expert Faculty InterviewsLawSenior citizen financial exploitation growing with the swell of retiring baby-boomersOct 12, 2015 11:15 am405 views A Minute With...™ Matthew Andres, director of the Elder Financial Justice ClinicFaculty InterviewsLawHas fantasy sports crossed the line to become another form of online gambling?Oct 9, 2015 10:00 am1427 views A Minute With...™ John Kindt, expert on business and legal policyLawPaper: Constitution’s equal protection clause inadequate shield against discriminationSep 17, 2015 10:45 am893 views The Supreme Court's interpretation of the equal protection clause fails to acknowledge how many ordinary beliefs in race regularly function in prejudicial ways, says a paper co-written by Robin B. Kar, a University of Illinois professor of law and of philosophy.Social SciencesLawAttorneys in civil courts make bigger impact working the system than knowing the lawSep 3, 2015 9:45 am295 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.LawRetirement expert: After 50 years, Medicare needs a major updateSep 1, 2015 9:45 am513 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.Faculty InterviewsLawUnionization denied: What's next for the College Athletes Players Association?Aug 24, 2015 12:15 pm102 views A Minute With...™ Michael LeRoy, expert on collective bargaining in athleticsFaculty InterviewsLawHow viable are the various proposals to reform Social Security?Aug 13, 2015 11:00 am179 views A Minute With...™ Richard L. Kaplan, expert on U.S. tax policy, elder law and retirement issues Faculty InterviewsLawKiller of Cecil the Lion could be prosecuted in either Zimbabwe or the U.S.Jul 31, 2015 9:00 am164 views A Minute With...™ Eric T. Freyfogle, expert on wildlife law and conservation issuesLawVikram Amar, noted constitutional law scholar, named dean of U. of I. College of LawJul 6, 2015 9:00 am55 views Vikram Amar has been named the 13th dean of the College of Law, pending approval by the U. of I. Board of Trustees.Faculty InterviewsLawWhy the International Criminal Court is likely to face more criticism as it tries a Congolese rebel commanderJul 1, 2015 10:00 am138 views A Minute With...™ University of Illinois law professor Patrick KeenanLawPaper: New theory for prosecuting war crimes could lead to greater accountability, reparationsJun 30, 2015 9:00 am30 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.EngineeringLawLife SciencesBiomedical breakthrough: Carbon nanoparticles you can make at homeJun 18, 2015 10:30 am601 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.Faculty InterviewsLawIllinois Supreme Court's pension ruling: Back to the drawing board?May 12, 2015 12:15 pm1072 views A Minute With™...Jeffrey Brown, director of the Center for Business and Public PolicyFaculty InterviewsLawReading between the lines of oral arguments: Supreme Court considers same-sex marriageMay 11, 2015 11:45 am445 views A Minute With™...Sara Benson, an expert on sexual orientation and the lawBusinessLawPaper: Absence of copyright has its own economic value, social benefitsApr 13, 2015 9:00 am61 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.Faculty InterviewsLawWhat's the difference between Indiana's religious freedom law and Illinois'?Mar 31, 2015 1:15 pm97 views Robin Fretwell Wilson, expert on family law and policyBusinessLawPublic employee pensions continue to lose out to gambling giveaways, expert saysMar 24, 2015 9:00 am28 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.BusinessLawStructural reform litigation an effective tool for curbing police misconductMar 18, 2015 9:00 am50 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.Faculty InterviewsLawWhat can Illinois' new criminal justice reform commission accomplish?Feb 17, 2015 10:15 am39 views Eric A.Johnson, expert on criminal law and procedureBusinessLawTax changes loom for state of Illinois ahead of budget address, expert saysFeb 17, 2015 9:00 am52 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.BusinessLawResearch: Medical malpractice reform does little to contain health care costsJan 27, 2015 9:00 am198 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.BusinessLawExpert: Pervasive 'credential creep' bad for health care practitioners, consumersJan 27, 2015 9:00 am87 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.Faculty InterviewsLawWill a U.S. Supreme Court ruling finally close the marriage equality debate?Jan 22, 2015 4:45 pm16 views University of Illinois law professor Sara R. BensonFaculty InterviewsLawThe President's call to reform taxation on capital gainsJan 22, 2015 4:15 pm25 views Richard L. Kaplan, the Peer and Sarah Pedersen Professor of Law at IllinoisFaculty InterviewsLawShould the Sony hack be considered an act of cyberwar?Jan 7, 2015 9:00 am8 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.BusinessLawLabor expert: Hospitals at risk of no-show health care workers during Ebola outbreakOct 14, 2014 9:00 am22 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.