blog postsStudy: First Amendment offers scant protection for professorsMay 9, 2016 1:00 pm1004 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 pm791 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 am404 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 am166 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 am1104 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 am297 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 am253 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 pm173 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 am616 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 pm312 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 am420 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 pm611 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 am547 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 am1441 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 am1107 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 am324 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 am534 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 pm118 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 am193 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 am190 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 am93 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 am236 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 am57 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 am944 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 pm1106 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 am463 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 am98 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 pm149 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 am62 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 am103 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 am59 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 am79 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 am535 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 am243 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 pm22 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 am26 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 am30 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 am739 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 am6 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 am147 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 am46 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 am73 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 am26 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 am147 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 am23 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 am22 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 am61 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 am31 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.