blog postsAre law enforcement agencies abusing civil asset forfeiture?Apr 13, 2017 8:45 am771 views The controversial practice of civil asset forfeiture gets a well-deserved bad rap, says U. of I. law professor and criminal law expert Kenworthey Bilz.Is Obamacare worth fixing?Apr 5, 2017 3:00 pm631 views Tom O'Rourke, a professor emeritus of community health at Illinois, has spent much of his professional career examining the nation's health care system. He spoke with News Bureau Life Sciences Editor Diana Yates about the prospects for Obamacare.With the demise of the Obamacare repeal-and-replace bill, what’s next for health care?Mar 27, 2017 3:00 pm683 views With the demise of the American Health Care Act all but rendering health care reform a moribund issue, tax reform likely will present its own challenges for President Trump and Congress, says Professor Richard L. Kaplan.What are the conditions for a constitutional crisis?Feb 22, 2017 8:00 am571 views Constitutional crisis scenarios have yet to occur under Trump, U. of I. law dean and constitutional scholar says.Does Supreme Court nominee Gorsuch fit the Scalia mold?Feb 14, 2017 8:30 am309 views Law professor Robin Fretwell Wilson: Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch similar to the late Justice Antonin Scalia.What should we expect in the Supreme Court confirmation battle?Feb 1, 2017 4:30 pm430 views University of Illinois political scientist Alicia Uribe-McGuire describes the politics involved in the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch.What will be the effect of the Trump administration's immigration ban?Jan 31, 2017 12:15 pm204 views The executive order on immigration sets U.S. policy back more than 50 years, says Illinois labor and employment relations professor Michael LeRoy, an expert on immigration and employment policy.Panel discussion on immigration executive order to be held at College of LawJan 31, 2017 9:45 am194 views The University of Illinois College of Law will host a panel discussion at noon Friday on President Trump’s executive order on immigration. The discussion will be moderated by U. of I. law professor Lesley Wexler.What quality of education are schools required to provide to students with disabilities?Jan 25, 2017 8:30 am1666 views Special education professor James Shriner on a case recently heard by the U.S. Supreme Court to decide the educational benefits that public schools are required to provide to students with disabilities.Can the design elements of clothing be copyrighted?Jan 23, 2017 9:15 am338 views Professor and copyright librarian Sara R. Benson explains an upcoming Supreme Court case at the intersection of copyright and patent for functional designs.What does the future hold for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau?Jan 17, 2017 8:45 am468 views Why the sudden impetus to reorganize the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau? For starters, it was never a bipartisan effort.What is driving Congress to potentially change Medicaid?Jan 6, 2017 9:30 am937 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.‘Cadillac tax’ may precipitate wholesale changes to employer-provided health care insuranceDec 12, 2016 9:00 am1194 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.What might the future of Medicare look like under a Trump presidency?Dec 9, 2016 12:00 pm584 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.Four years later, what effect has expanded video gambling had on Illinois?Oct 24, 2016 9:30 am1915 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.How will LGBT issues affect the 2016 election? An interview with Robin Fretwell WilsonSep 22, 2016 10:15 am578 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.Book: Juries robbed of power by federal government, statesJul 14, 2016 9:00 am753 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.Will it take shuttered schools to force a budget compromise in Illinois?Jun 9, 2016 10:30 am934 views Illinois budget impasse: A Minute With…™ Christopher Z. Mooney, expert on Illinois politicsWhy laws restricting bathroom access to transgender people won't workMay 26, 2016 11:30 am1318 views A Minute With...™ Robin Fretwell Wilson, director of the Program in Family Law and PolicyU.S. prison camps demonstrate the fragile nature of rights, says authorMay 24, 2016 10:00 am637 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.Study: Police more likely than others to say they are blind to racial differencesMay 16, 2016 8:45 am1164 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.Study: First Amendment offers scant protection for professorsMay 9, 2016 1:00 pm1091 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.‘Blurred Lines’ and ‘Stairway to Heaven’: Copyright lawsuits in popular musicApr 26, 2016 4:00 pm825 views A Minute With...™ Paul Heald, expert in patent, copyright and international intellectual property lawPaper: Contract law can be a mechanism of empowermentApr 26, 2016 9:30 am439 views A new paper by University of Illinois legal scholar Robin B. Kar offers a novel interpretation of contract law, called “contract as empowerment.”Puerto Rico: Bankruptcy is not an option (yet)Apr 18, 2016 11:30 am194 views A Minute With...™ Charles J. Tabb, expert in bankruptcy, contracts and commercial lawPaper: President has constitutional power to appoint, not just nominate, successor to ScaliaMar 24, 2016 11:00 am1127 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.How would Merrick Garland's appointment change the Supreme Court?Mar 22, 2016 9:45 am319 views A Minute With...™ Vikram Amar, expert on constitutional law and the federal courtsWill the president’s new cybersecurity plan keep our network infrastructure safe?Mar 1, 2016 11:30 am265 views A Minute With...™ law and technology expert Jay KesanScalia's legacy and a look at the year ahead for the Supreme CourtFeb 17, 2016 2:15 pm186 views A Minute With...™ Jason Mazzone, co-director of the Program in Constitutional Theory, History, and LawRetirement spending requires careful planning, expert saysFeb 8, 2016 9:15 am634 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.Paper: Atypical cases set bad precedent in federal civil litigationJan 19, 2016 1:15 pm342 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.Gay adoption at the Supreme CourtJan 5, 2016 10:00 am500 views A Minute With...™ Sara R. Benson, an expert on sexual orientation and the lawCan states choose whether to accept Syrian refugees?Nov 18, 2015 12:00 pm618 views A Minute With...™ Michael LeRoy, immigration law expert Senior citizen financial exploitation growing with the swell of retiring baby-boomersOct 12, 2015 11:15 am614 views A Minute With...™ Matthew Andres, director of the Elder Financial Justice ClinicHas fantasy sports crossed the line to become another form of online gambling?Oct 9, 2015 10:00 am1447 views A Minute With...™ John Kindt, expert on business and legal policyPaper: Constitution’s equal protection clause inadequate shield against discriminationSep 17, 2015 10:45 am1218 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.Attorneys in civil courts make bigger impact working the system than knowing the lawSep 3, 2015 9:45 am341 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 am542 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 pm138 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 am198 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 am218 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 am108 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 am275 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 am71 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 am1026 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 pm1150 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 am472 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 am184 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 pm169 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 am85 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.