blog postsLaws about pregnant women and substance abuse questionedNov 8, 2005 9:00 am4853 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - In Wisconsin, an expectant woman can be taken into custody if police believe her abuse of alcohol may harm her unborn child. In South Dakota, pregnant alcohol and drug users can be committed to treatment centers for up to nine months.U. of I. scholars collecting, analyzing constitutions from around worldFeb 12, 2007 9:00 am3642 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Thomas Jefferson believed that a country's constitution should be rewritten every 19 years. Instead, the U.S. Constitution, which Jefferson did not help to write (he was in Paris serving as U.S. minister to France when the Constitutional Convention was held in Philadelphia), has prevailed since 1789.What does the tax reform bill mean for the middle class?Dec 20, 2017 10:45 am3397 views The current tax bill fits with a 30-year trend that doesn’t favor income from work, says sociologist Kevin LeichtResearch: Poor math skills affect legal decision-makingApr 3, 2013 9:00 am3062 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The stereotype of lawyers being bad with numbers may persist, but new research by two University of Illinois legal scholars suggests that law students are surprisingly good at math, although those with low levels of numeracy analyze some legal questions differently.Is affirmative action in college admissions under threat?Aug 23, 2017 9:00 am1974 views An Illinois expert on affirmative action in higher education talks about the Justice Department’s plans to investigate possible racial discrimination in college and university admissions policiesProfessor makes legal case for schools to challenge cyberbulliesApr 3, 2018 10:00 am1597 views Schools have a limited ability to challenge cyberbullies, but an Illinois professor has made a legal study on how to change that.Parental liability laws misguided and simplistic, legal scholar saysDec 12, 2005 9:00 am1492 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Durwood Pickle was shocked to find that the Recording Industry Association of America had sued him because his grandchildren had used his computer to illegally download music during visits to his Texas home.Has 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 policyWho wins and loses in proposed tax reform?Dec 7, 2017 8:30 am1403 views Richard Kaplan, an internationally recognized expert on U.S. tax policy, discusses the Republican tax overhaul plan now before CongressHow do employers combat a resurgent white supremacy movement?Aug 15, 2017 9:30 am1386 views Labor and employment relations professor Michael LeRoy discusses his research about confronting a resurgent white supremacy movement.Four years later, what effect has expanded video gambling had on Illinois?Oct 24, 2016 9:30 am1384 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.What quality of education are schools required to provide to students with disabilities?Jan 25, 2017 8:30 am1257 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.How will upcoming Supreme Court case, teacher strikes affect organized labor?Apr 25, 2018 8:00 am1255 views A pending U.S. Supreme Court case could lead to the most significant changes in labor relations since the Taft-Hartley Act of 1947, says Robert Bruno, a professor of labor and employment relations at Illinois.Why laws restricting bathroom access to transgender people won't workMay 26, 2016 11:30 am1195 views A Minute With...™ Robin Fretwell Wilson, director of the Program in Family Law and PolicyFood displays, food colors affect how much people eat, researcher concludesMay 10, 2004 9:00 am1150 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Variety may be the spice of life - and a key contributor to an expanding waistline.Paper: President has constitutional power to appoint, not just nominate, successor to ScaliaMar 24, 2016 11:00 am1101 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.Illinois Supreme Court's pension ruling: Back to the drawing board?May 12, 2015 12:15 pm1101 views A Minute With™...Jeffrey Brown, director of the Center for Business and Public PolicyPaper: Constitution’s equal protection clause inadequate shield against discriminationSep 17, 2015 10:45 am1085 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.Scholars: In #MeToo movement, lessons of restorative and transitional justice importantApr 13, 2018 9:00 am1074 views A new paper from a team of U. of I. legal scholars explores restorative and transitional justice in the #MeToo movement.How should universities handle controversial speech?Aug 30, 2017 8:30 am990 views The proper way to register dissent with speech one finds offensive doesn’t involve blockades or threatening violence. It’s more speech, says lllinois law dean Vikram AmarStudy: First Amendment offers scant protection for professorsMay 9, 2016 1:00 pm982 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.Study: Judges as susceptible to gender bias as laypeople – and sometimes more soApr 19, 2018 8:30 am959 views A new study of trial court judges suggests these arbiters of the law sometimes let their personal ideas about gender roles influence their decision-making.Biomedical breakthrough: Carbon nanoparticles you can make at homeJun 18, 2015 10:30 am925 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.Will it take shuttered schools to force a budget compromise in Illinois?Jun 9, 2016 10:30 am922 views Illinois budget impasse: A Minute With…™ Christopher Z. Mooney, expert on Illinois politicsWhat is driving Congress to potentially change Medicaid?Jan 6, 2017 9:30 am819 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 am817 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.Study: Police more likely than others to say they are blind to racial differencesMay 16, 2016 8:45 am812 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.‘Blurred Lines’ and ‘Stairway to Heaven’: Copyright lawsuits in popular musicApr 26, 2016 4:00 pm775 views A Minute With...™ Paul Heald, expert in patent, copyright and international intellectual property lawShould the age for required minimum distributions from retirement accounts be raised?Sep 6, 2018 1:00 pm764 views Changes to the age for required minimum distributions from retirement accounts could be made after the 2018 mid-term elections, said Richard L. Kaplan, an internationally recognized expert on tax policy and retirement issues, and the Guy Raymond Jones Chair in Law at Illinois.Does revoking professional licenses prompt borrowers to repay student loans?Dec 11, 2017 3:45 pm764 views Even though several states have these regulations on the books, they’re really a last resort for collecting student loan debt, says Professor Angela LyonsBook: Juries robbed of power by federal government, statesJul 14, 2016 9:00 am731 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.Paper: To deter cyberattacks, build a public-private partnershipAug 25, 2014 9:00 am728 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.What keeps women from reporting sexual harassment?Dec 12, 2017 10:30 am691 views Women often don’t report sexual harassment because grievance procedures frequently take on the feel of litigation, an Illinois professor says.Paper: 'Pseudo-contract' creeps into digital terms and conditionsFeb 20, 2018 8:15 am671 views The boilerplate text that nobody reads when signing up for an online service has very tenuous legal footing, said Robin B. Kar, a University of Illinois legal scholar and internationally recognized expert in contract law.Are law enforcement agencies abusing civil asset forfeiture?Apr 13, 2017 8:45 am637 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.Does President Trump’s tax reform plan add up?Sep 28, 2017 10:45 am625 views President Trump’s much-hyped tax overhaul plan is tantamount to a 'tax-reform wish list,' said Richard L. Kaplan, an internationally recognized expert on U.S. tax policyRetirement 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.Can states choose whether to accept Syrian refugees?Nov 18, 2015 12:00 pm611 views A Minute With...™ Michael LeRoy, immigration law expert U.S. prison camps demonstrate the fragile nature of rights, says authorMay 24, 2016 10:00 am598 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.What is Anthony Kennedy’s legacy as a Supreme Court justice?Jul 5, 2018 8:30 am591 views Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has been the court’s “pivot point” between its liberal and conservative elements since Sandra Day O’Connor’s retirement in 2006, said Vikram Amar, dean of the University of Illinois College of Law and the Iwan Foundation Professor of Law.After two fiscal years without a budget, what’s next for the state of Illinois?Jul 14, 2017 8:45 am571 views "...fixing the major problems that Illinois has – both in policy and in finances – is going to require the governor to work in cooperation with rather than in opposition to the majorities in the General Assembly, and vice versa"Is Obamacare worth fixing?Apr 5, 2017 3:00 pm567 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.What might the future of Medicare look like under a Trump presidency?Dec 9, 2016 12:00 pm567 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.What now with gerrymandering? Are algorithms part of the answer?Jun 20, 2018 1:00 pm557 views The Supreme Court “punted” this week on the issue of partisan gerrymandering, but left the door open to future action. An Illinois professor hopes her research can be part of the solution.How will LGBT issues affect the 2016 election? An interview with Robin Fretwell WilsonSep 22, 2016 10:15 am547 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.Apologies may fuel settlement of legal disputes, study saysJun 2, 2010 9:00 am546 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Apologies may be good for more than just the soul, according to research by a University of Illinois professor of law and of psychology.Retirement expert: After 50 years, Medicare needs a major updateSep 1, 2015 9:45 am533 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.With the demise of the Obamacare repeal-and-replace bill, what’s next for health care?Mar 27, 2017 3:00 pm530 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.Senior citizen financial exploitation growing with the swell of retiring baby-boomersOct 12, 2015 11:15 am530 views A Minute With...™ Matthew Andres, director of the Elder Financial Justice ClinicWhat are the conditions for a constitutional crisis?Feb 22, 2017 8:00 am517 views Constitutional crisis scenarios have yet to occur under Trump, U. of I. law dean and constitutional scholar says.