blog posts U. of I. scholars collecting, analyzing constitutions from around world Feb 12, 2007 9:00 am25509 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. Can employers legally require employees to vaccinate against COVID-19? Dec 7, 2020 8:30 am11388 views In most cases, an employer could require an employee to receive a COVID-19 vaccination. While that might seem like a violation of an employee’s personal freedom, “No one has a legally enforceable right to a specific job,” says Michael LeRoy, an expert in labor law and labor relations at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Can Biden pass comprehensive immigration reform? Feb 15, 2021 8:00 am9862 views One of the Biden administration’s first acts was to send Congress the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021, a long-promised immigration reform bill. But any legislative action on comprehensive immigration reform will face significant headwinds in the Senate, says Lauren R. Aronson, an associate clinical professor of law and the director of the Immigration Law Clinic at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign College of Law. Laws about pregnant women and substance abuse questioned Nov 8, 2005 9:00 am7510 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. What protections do no-show workers have during a pandemic? Mar 26, 2020 6:45 am7177 views The U.S. government can take measures to ensure that essential workers such as health care workers report to their jobs, but forced labor isn’t allowed under the Constitution, says U. of I. labor expert Michael LeRoy. Are President Biden's vaccine mandates lawful? Sep 20, 2021 9:00 am6318 views The expansive new set of vaccination requirements issued by the Biden administration affecting the federal workforce will likely be upheld by the courts, but the mandate emanating from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is on shakier legal ground, says Michael LeRoy, an expert in labor law and labor relations at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Research: Poor math skills affect legal decision-making Apr 3, 2013 9:00 am5681 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. What effect will COVID-19 have on consumer bankruptcies? Apr 29, 2020 8:15 am3873 views Most households struggle financially for two to five years before filing for bankruptcy, making a pandemic-related surge in consumer bankruptcy filings unlikely, said University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign law professor Robert M. Lawless, a leading consumer credit and bankruptcy expert. Can birthright citizenship be taken away? Nov 1, 2018 12:45 pm3706 views In adopting the 14th Amendment, Congress unambiguously intended that the children of immigrant workers would have birthright citizenship in the U.S., said University of Illinois labor and employment relations professor Michael LeRoy, an expert on immigration and employment law. What does the tax reform bill mean for the middle class? Dec 20, 2017 10:45 am3578 views The current tax bill fits with a 30-year trend that doesn’t favor income from work, says sociologist Kevin Leicht Parental liability laws misguided and simplistic, legal scholar says Dec 12, 2005 9:00 am2783 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. How should universities handle controversial speech? Aug 30, 2017 8:30 am2337 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 Amar Professor makes legal case for schools to challenge cyberbullies Apr 3, 2018 10:00 am2295 views Schools have a limited ability to challenge cyberbullies, but an Illinois professor has made a legal study on how to change that. Is affirmative action in college admissions under threat? Aug 23, 2017 9:00 am2257 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 policies Study: Judges as susceptible to gender bias as laypeople – and sometimes more so Apr 19, 2018 8:30 am2203 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. Food displays, food colors affect how much people eat, researcher concludes May 10, 2004 9:00 am2031 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Variety may be the spice of life - and a key contributor to an expanding waistline. Four years later, what effect has expanded video gambling had on Illinois? Oct 24, 2016 9:30 am1977 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. Should the government implement a vaccine passport system? Jul 29, 2021 8:00 am1893 views Vaccine passports strike the right balance between letting life go on for the vaccinated while still being realistic about the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, said Jacob S. Sherkow, a professor of law at Illinois and bioethics expert. Would changes to capital gains taxes spur the economy? Sep 4, 2019 9:00 am1790 views Indexing capital gains to inflation could be a simple fix to stimulate a teetering economy, but several significant implementation hurdles remain, said Richard L. Kaplan, an internationally recognized expert on U.S. tax policy and the Guy Raymond Jones Chair in Law at Illinois. What quality of education are schools required to provide to students with disabilities? Jan 25, 2017 8:30 am1699 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. Do labor laws need to be modernized with rise of gig economy? Mar 1, 2021 8:00 am1621 views The Protecting the Right to Organize Act would be the most significant revision of U.S. labor law since 1947, says Michael LeRoy, an expert in labor law at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. How do employers combat a resurgent white supremacy movement? Aug 15, 2017 9:30 am1595 views Labor and employment relations professor Michael LeRoy discusses his research about confronting a resurgent white supremacy movement. Expert: Public school speech case is potential watershed moment for cyberbullying Apr 19, 2021 8:00 am1482 views An upcoming U.S. Supreme Court case will be a major test of the First Amendment rights of K-12 public school students as well as the authority of school administrators to discipline students for cyberbullying, according to Benjamin Holden, a University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign journalism professor and media law scholar who studies free speech issues. Ill veterans who had radiation exposure now caught in bureaucratic web Apr 3, 2006 9:00 am1455 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Veterans suffering from cancers linked to exposure to radiation from atomic test explosions encounter a complex and error-ridden process that routinely denies them disability benefits, a University of Illinois scholar says. Scholars: In #MeToo movement, lessons of restorative and transitional justice important Apr 13, 2018 9:00 am1453 views A new paper from a team of U. of I. legal scholars explores restorative and transitional justice in the #MeToo movement. Has 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 policy Who wins and loses in proposed tax reform? Dec 7, 2017 8:30 am1434 views Richard Kaplan, an internationally recognized expert on U.S. tax policy, discusses the Republican tax overhaul plan now before Congress Should the age for required minimum distributions from retirement accounts be raised? Sep 6, 2018 1:00 pm1430 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. Do-it-yourself COVID-19 vaccines fraught with public health problems Sep 17, 2020 1:00 pm1409 views “Citizen scientists” developing homemade COVID-19 vaccines may believe they’re inoculating themselves against the ongoing pandemic, but the practice of self-experimentation with do-it-yourself medical innovations is fraught with legal, ethical and public health issues, says a new paper co-written by University of Illinois law professor Jacob S. Sherkow. How will upcoming Supreme Court case, teacher strikes affect organized labor? Apr 25, 2018 8:00 am1373 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. Study: Police more likely than others to say they are blind to racial differences May 16, 2016 8:45 am1364 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. Why laws restricting bathroom access to transgender people won't work May 26, 2016 11:30 am1358 views A Minute With...™ Robin Fretwell Wilson, director of the Program in Family Law and Policy Paper: 'Pseudo-contract' creeps into digital terms and conditions Feb 20, 2018 8:15 am1272 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. Paper: Constitution’s equal protection clause inadequate shield against discrimination Sep 17, 2015 10:45 am1267 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. ‘Cadillac tax’ may precipitate wholesale changes to employer-provided health care insurance Dec 12, 2016 9:00 am1252 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. Why don't they just legalize my office Super Bowl pool? Jan 18, 2008 9:00 am1246 views A Minute With™... law professor Christine Hurt Expert: Justice Department reversal on online gambling 'correct decision' Jan 17, 2019 12:00 pm1197 views In reversing an Obama-era decision that effectively allowed internet gambling, the Department of Justice has revitalized the Interstate Wire Act of 1961, an anti-gambling statute championed by then-Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy to fight organized crime, said John W. Kindt, a professor emeritus of business administration at the University of Illinois and a leading national gambling critic. Paper: President has constitutional power to appoint, not just nominate, successor to Scalia Mar 24, 2016 11:00 am1155 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 pm1151 views A Minute With™...Jeffrey Brown, director of the Center for Business and Public Policy What’s behind surge in unaccompanied minors crossing southern U.S. border? Oct 17, 2019 8:30 am1129 views The surge in unaccompanied children seeking refuge across the U.S. border can be attributed to poverty, natural disasters and the rise of gang recruitment in their home countries. But the biggest factor is that their countries of origin – Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Mexico – are effectively as violent as war zones, says Lauren R. Aronson, an associate clinical professor of law and the director of the Immigration Law Clinic at the University of Illinois College of Law. Study: First Amendment offers scant protection for professors May 9, 2016 1:00 pm1124 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. Does the US need to pursue transitional justice in the post-Trump era? Nov 18, 2020 8:00 am1119 views To promote accountability in government, President-elect Biden ought to pursue “transitional justice” in the aftermath of the Trump presidency, said Colleen Murphy, the Roger and Stephany Joslin Professor of Law at Illinois and an expert in political reconciliation. Housing instability undermines public health response to COVID-19 pandemic Jun 11, 2020 8:15 am1114 views Housing instability threatens to undermine the U.S. public health response to COVID-19, says a new working paper co-written by an interdisciplinary team of researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Biomedical breakthrough: Carbon nanoparticles you can make at home Jun 18, 2015 10:30 am1050 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. Would cutting payroll taxes help prevent recession? Aug 26, 2019 8:30 am1032 views Cutting the payroll tax could represent the middle-class tax cut that President Trump campaigned on – although changes would need to go through the legislative process and any economic stimulus likely wouldn’t been seen until after the November 2020 election, said Richard L. Kaplan, an internationally recognized expert on U.S. tax policy and the Guy Raymond Jones Chair in Law at Illinois. What effect will COVID-19 have on end-of-life and retirement issues? May 14, 2020 8:00 am1012 views The continued spread of COVID-19 ought to prompt adults to start seriously thinking about end-of-life issues such as writing a will, said University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign law professor and elder law expert Richard L. Kaplan. What now with gerrymandering? Are algorithms part of the answer? Jun 20, 2018 1:00 pm1012 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 has the #MeToo movement impacted the Kavanaugh nomination? Sep 24, 2018 1:30 pm994 views Without the #MeToo movement and the high bar of a lifetime seat on the Supreme Court, it’s doubtful that the sexual assault allegations leveled against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh would have surfaced, says Lesley Wexler, a University of Illinois law professor who studies anti-discrimination law. Scholar: TV show 'The Wire' accurately depicted how public schools help vulnerable students Mar 11, 2019 9:00 am982 views A new paper from University of Illinois law professor and education law expert Margareth Etienne explores the fictional portrayal of popular educational policy reforms favored by academics in the fourth season of “The Wire,” the critically acclaimed TV show on HBO from 2002-08, and reviews what the show got right and wrong in its depiction of how a large, urban public school functions in a community. What is driving Congress to potentially change Medicaid? Jan 6, 2017 9:30 am941 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.