blog postsPaper: Police reform law underenforced by Department of JusticeMay 29, 2014 9:00 am142 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.New book studies friction between religion, family lawOct 15, 2018 9:00 am142 views A spate of Supreme Court decisions on the tension between religious freedom and the protective function of government has caused a sense of unease among religious people, says Robin Fretwell Wilson, the Roger and Stephany Joslin Professor of Law at Illinois and editor of the book “The Contested Place of Religion in Family Law.”Active self-defense strategy best deterrent against cyber-attacksJun 27, 2011 9:00 am125 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - With the threats of cybercrime, cyberterrorism and cyberwarfare looming over our hyper-connected world, the best defense for the U.S. might be a good offense, says new research by a University of Illinois expert in technology and legal issues.Placebo effect largely ignored in psychological intervention studiesJul 9, 2013 3:00 pm119 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Many brain-training companies tout the scientific backing of their products – the laboratory studies that reveal how their programs improve your brainpower. But according to a new report, most intervention studies like these have a critical flaw: They do not adequately account for the placebo effect.Expert: Ruling in private pension case could have implications for retireesJun 9, 2011 9:00 am117 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision could have a great deal of significance for employees and retirees with a private pension plan, a University of Illinois elder law expert says.Unionization denied: What's next for the College Athletes Players Association?Aug 24, 2015 12:15 pm113 views A Minute With...™ Michael LeRoy, expert on collective bargaining in athleticsExpert: Cutting-edge gains not always death knell for old-guard firmsNov 27, 2007 9:00 am112 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - For every technological breakthrough that spawns new industry giants such as Microsoft or Intel, old-guard companies wither or die, according to an evolutionary theory of capitalism embraced for well over a half-century.Track record of anti-poverty 'Enterprise Zones' is mixedFeb 20, 2006 9:00 am110 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Since Ronald Reagan's presidency in the 1980s, attempts to alleviate poverty have shifted away from urban renewal and centralized government planning to so-called "market-based solutions."Program helping poor in India become better informed buyers, sellersMar 19, 2007 9:00 am102 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A University of Illinois professor has started a grassroots program to help poor people in India improve their consumer and business skills.Structural reform litigation an effective tool for curbing police misconductMar 18, 2015 9:00 am99 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.Paper: Absence of copyright has its own economic value, social benefitsApr 13, 2015 9:00 am97 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.Study takes rare look at how materialism develops in the youngDec 11, 2006 9:00 am97 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - As Christmas approaches, many people blame advertising for stoking the desire among teenagers to own the latest and best in computers, clothes, toys, video games, jewelry, sports equipment and cosmetics.Market failure to blame for sex discrimination at Wal-MartJun 15, 2011 9:00 am94 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Wal-Mart's relentless pursuit of efficiency has yet to fully extend to its own workforce, as sex discrimination is still a major issue for the ubiquitous big-box giant, according to research published by a University of Illinois expert in employment discrimination.Vikram 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.Tax changes loom for state of Illinois ahead of budget address, expert saysFeb 17, 2015 9:00 am76 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.Students at Illinois devise plan to redevelop abandoned coke oven plantApr 1, 2005 9:00 am73 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The task was to create a range of alternatives for redeveloping a derelict vestige of Chicago's once booming steel industry. The time frame: four days.Study: NCAA eventually prevails in most student-athlete lawsuitsJul 7, 2014 9:00 am69 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.Research: NCAA football exploits players in 'invisible labor market'Aug 23, 2012 9:00 am69 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - College football exploits players in an "invisible labor market," and the only plausible way for student-athletes to address their interests is the credible threat of unionization, according to research from a University of Illinois expert in labor relations and collective bargaining in athletics.Are state proposals for pension reform constitutional?Apr 3, 2013 9:00 am66 views A Minute With™... law professors John D. Colombo and Laurie ReynoldsStudy: Crop diversity myths persist in mediaNov 2, 2011 9:00 am63 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The conventional wisdom that says the 20th century was a disaster for crop diversity is nothing more than a myth, according to a forthcoming study by a University of Illinois expert in intellectual property law.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.Sarbanes-Oxley Act unfair when company is bankrupt, law scholar saysAug 16, 2005 9:00 am58 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Sarbanes-Oxley Act - sometimes referred to as SOX - has come under heavy fire from business groups for adding to the cost of annual corporate audits. Another problem with the law is its encroachment on the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, according to an article in the University of Illinois Law Review.What can Illinois' new criminal justice reform commission accomplish?Feb 17, 2015 10:15 am57 views Eric A.Johnson, expert on criminal law and procedurePublic employee pensions continue to lose out to gambling giveaways, expert saysMar 24, 2015 9:00 am56 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.Paper: New theory for prosecuting war crimes could lead to greater accountability, reparationsJun 30, 2015 9:00 am56 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.Expert: Proposed change to discovery rules a potential 'game-changer'Mar 3, 2014 9:00 am55 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A seemingly innocuous proposal that would allow litigants to withhold evidence during the pre-trial phase of a lawsuit could make it easier for large corporations to conceal information in lawsuits, according to a University of Illinois expert in civil procedure.Study: Regulatory hurdles hinder biofuels marketJul 21, 2011 9:00 am55 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Regulatory hurdles abound for the successful commercialization of emerging liquid biofuels, which hold the promise of enhancing U.S. energy security, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and serving as a driver for rural economic development, according to new research at the University of Illinois.Star status among financial analysts overrated, new study saysApr 10, 2008 9:00 am53 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Some Wall Street analysts are hailed as stars, packing enough wallop to send stock prices soaring or tumbling as their earnings forecasts ripple through a growing landscape of financial news outlets.Labor relations expert: The NCAA prefers labor strife to an antitrust lawsuitApr 7, 2014 9:00 am49 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A labor dispute serves the NCAA's interests better than an antitrust lawsuit, which could potentially cost the governing body for college athletes millions of dollars in monetary damages, says a University of Illinois expert in labor relations and collective bargaining in athletics.Law needs to be changed to make it easier to prosecute domestic violenceDec 23, 2003 9:00 am47 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - To deal effectively with domestic violence offenders, criminal laws should be changed to include the kind of evidence now admissible for prosecuting child molesters and rapists, a scholar at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign argues.The possible national, long-term effects of Wisconsin's labor legislationMar 1, 2011 9:00 am46 views A Minute With™... labor and employment relations professor Ariel AvgarPatent examiners more likely to approve marginal inventions when pressed for timeAug 13, 2014 9:00 am44 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.New business facility at Illinois blends instruction, sustainabilityAug 19, 2008 9:00 am44 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - University of Illinois business students will study this fall in a new, $60 million-plus building filled with high-tech classrooms, counseling and career services, and a state-of-the-art laboratory that simulates real-time market trading.Rise of unincorporated businesses linked to regulatory, ethical issuesAug 22, 2005 9:00 am44 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The rapid expansion of non-incorporated businesses, such as limited liability companies (LLCs) and limited liability partnerships (LLPs), raises questions ranging from government regulation to professional ethics, according to the latest issue of the University of Illinois Law Review.Scholar questions sanctioning of gambling on U.S. military basesMay 13, 2004 9:00 am42 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - She served at the naval station at Keflavik, Iceland, and in the cold and darkness of the arctic winter fed quarter after quarter into slot machines on the U.S. military base. Some nights Senior Airman Lenyatta Tinnelle won. But over the course of a year she lost $28,000.Study: Renewable fuel standard needs to be modified, not repealedOct 14, 2013 9:00 am42 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Congress should minimally modify - and not, as petroleum-related interests have increasingly lobbied for, repeal - the Renewable Fuel Standard, the most comprehensive renewable energy policy in the U.S., according to a new paper from two University of Illinois researchers.Scholar's plan addresses 'spousal refusal,' nursing-home cost burdenApr 2, 2007 9:00 am41 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Spousal refusal, an increasingly popular way for elderly couples to qualify for Medicaid coverage to avoid nursing-home costs, has been painted by critics as an abuse of public funds.Does the U.S. need 'potty parity' legislation?Jul 16, 2010 9:00 am41 views A Minute With™... Kathryn Anthony, a professor in the School of ArchitectureGM, Chrysler bankruptcies created troubling legacy, legal scholars sayNov 10, 2010 9:00 am41 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Chrysler and General Motors bankruptcy reorganizations represented a sea change in corporate restructuring, one that could portend the end of our current system of bankruptcy reorganization, according to a published article by two University of Illinois experts in bankruptcy law.Why did the European Union deserve the Nobel Peace Prize?Oct 16, 2012 9:00 am40 views A Minute With™... Bryan Endres, the director of the European Union Center and a professor of agricultural lawCenter to focus on entrepreneurial education as academic disciplineMar 4, 2004 9:00 am39 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Developing entrepreneurial education as an academic discipline is the goal of a center being established by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.Internet opens new avenues for con artists seeking to bilk the elderlyMar 23, 2007 9:00 am39 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - As more elderly Americans use the Internet, the potential for Internet fraud that targets the elderly grows, according to an article in the latest issue of the Elder Law Journal.Illinois' pending parental notification law for minors seeking abortionsJun 24, 2010 9:00 am38 views A Minute With™... Leslie J. Reagan, a professor of law, of history and of women's studiesBiomass industry needs to prepare for water constraintsFeb 27, 2014 9:00 am37 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The viability of the bioenergy crops industry could be strengthened by regulatory efforts to address nonpoint source pollution from agricultural sources. That, in turn, means that the industry should be strategic in developing metrics that measure the ability to enact positive changes in agricultural landscapes, particularly through second-generation perennial crops, according to a paper by a University of Illinois expert in bioenergy law.Interpreting the Supreme Court's health care rulingJul 2, 2012 9:00 am35 views A Minute With™... Kurt T. Lash, the Alumni Distinguished Professor of Law at IllinoisRetirement expert: Medicare already means-testedApr 29, 2013 9:00 am34 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Obama administration's controversial proposal to "means-test" Medicare recipients is ostensibly aimed at generating more cash for the government from those who can afford it - or squeezing more money out of upper-income seniors, depending upon one's point of view. But according to a University of Illinois expert on retirement benefits, the Medicare program is already means-tested.Study: News media bias can net mistakes at the ballot boxJun 25, 2008 9:00 am33 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The media slant political news to the left or right to increase ratings and profits, spinning up an information vacuum that can lead to mistakes at the ballot box, a new study by three University of Illinois economists says.Gun rights still fuzzy despite high court ruling, U. of I. expert saysJun 28, 2010 9:00 am33 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The long-debated question over the right to bear arms remains unsettled despite a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that extends Second Amendment guarantees to state and local gun-control laws, a University of Illinois legal expert says.'Causal overdetermination' provides middle ground for courtsAug 21, 2013 9:00 am33 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A disagreement among state courts on the subject of drunk-driving homicide can be resolved by requiring the prosecution to prove in these cases not that the driver's intoxication caused the fatal accident, but merely that it contributed to the causal mechanism behind the accident, says a forthcoming paper by a University of Illinois expert on criminal law.Loser-pays-all rule in criminal cases could work for wealthy defendantsNov 5, 2012 9:00 am33 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Adopting a loser-pays-all rule for criminal litigation would likely be feasible only if the rule applied to defendants who are wealthy, says a study from a University of Illinois law professor.