blog postsHow will LGBT issues affect the 2016 election? An interview with Robin Fretwell WilsonSep 22, 2016 10:15 am560 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.Senior citizen financial exploitation growing with the swell of retiring baby-boomersOct 12, 2015 11:15 am555 views A Minute With...™ Matthew Andres, director of the Elder Financial Justice ClinicBattered women who kill in non-beating situation have self-defense rightAug 15, 2005 9:00 am548 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Answering critics of the "battered woman syndrome," a University of Illinois expert argues that the claims made by victims of domestic violence are a legitimate extension of the longstanding rules of self-defense.Research: Medical malpractice reform does little to contain health care costsJan 27, 2015 9:00 am544 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.Retirement expert: After 50 years, Medicare needs a major updateSep 1, 2015 9:45 am535 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.What are the conditions for a constitutional crisis?Feb 22, 2017 8:00 am534 views Constitutional crisis scenarios have yet to occur under Trump, U. of I. law dean and constitutional scholar says.With the demise of the Obamacare repeal-and-replace bill, what’s next for health care?Mar 27, 2017 3:00 pm532 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.Why don't they just legalize my office Super Bowl pool?Jan 18, 2008 9:00 am487 views A Minute With™... law professor Christine HurtIll veterans who had radiation exposure now caught in bureaucratic webApr 3, 2006 9:00 am478 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.Reading 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 law'Unfunded liabilities' a financial myth, expert saysApr 1, 2009 9:00 am456 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A growing chorus of complaints about the U.S. government's "unfunded" debts may be unsettling, but no cause to become unnerved, a University of Illinois tax expert says.Study: Stereotypes about race and responsibility persist in bankruptcy systemNov 29, 2017 8:45 am432 views Bankruptcy attorneys have little knowledge of the racial disparities that exist within the bankruptcy system, relying instead on common stereotypes about race, responsibility and debt, according to research co-written by Robert M. Lawless, the Max L. Rowe Professor of Law at Illinois and a leading consumer credit and bankruptcy expert.Gay adoption at the Supreme CourtJan 5, 2016 10:00 am422 views A Minute With...™ Sara R. Benson, an expert on sexual orientation and the lawCan President Trump pardon himself?Jul 27, 2017 3:45 pm421 views No provision of the Constitution prohibits it, but the threat of impeachment should function as a check on the president's clemency powers, said law professor Jason MazzoneWhat should we expect in the Supreme Court confirmation battle?Feb 1, 2017 4:30 pm418 views University of Illinois political scientist Alicia Uribe-McGuire describes the politics involved in the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch.Paper: Contract law can be a mechanism of empowermentApr 26, 2016 9:30 am407 views A new paper by University of Illinois legal scholar Robin B. Kar offers a novel interpretation of contract law, called “contract as empowerment.”Use of cameras to monitor nursing-home care is subject of controversyJul 27, 2004 9:00 am401 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The proposed use of Web or video cameras to monitor the care of residents in nursing homes has kicked up a storm.Paper: Same-sex marriage doesn’t have to be cultural flashpointJun 8, 2018 8:45 am395 views A new paper by University of Illinois legal scholar Robin B. Kar argues that same-sex marriage doesn’t have to be a flashpoint in the ongoing culture war between secular and religious values.Paper: ‘No admit-No deny’ settlements undercut accountability in civil enforcementMay 22, 2017 8:30 am379 views The failure of federal watchdog agencies to require admissions of guilt from the targets of civil enforcement can trigger calls for greater accountability from the public, says a new paper from U. of I. law professors Verity Winship and Jennifer K. Robbennolt.New book studies friction between religion, family lawOct 15, 2018 9:00 am373 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.”What comes now in the wake of Justice Kennedy’s retirement?Jul 2, 2018 10:45 am367 views An Illinois political scientist talks about the politics of replacing Justice Anthony Kennedy and the future direction of the Supreme Court.Sarbanes-Oxley Act fails to address corporate accounting flaws, scholar saysJun 28, 2004 9:00 am362 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Far from imposing an unreasonable burden on corporate America, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act has not tackled the core accounting conflicts that led to investor losses at Enron, WorldCom and other companies, according to an expert at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.Paper: ‘No money down’ bankruptcies prevalent among the poor, minoritiesNov 13, 2017 9:15 am350 views Bankruptcy attorneys are increasingly encouraging clients to file for the more expensive “no money down” option of Chapter 13 bankruptcy – a tactic that’s used more often with blacks than with whites, according to research co-written by Robert M. Lawless, the Max L. Rowe Professor of Law at Illinois and a leading consumer credit and bankruptcy expert.What role do judges play in employment harassment cases?Nov 27, 2017 9:15 am349 views Judges can unilaterally dismiss sexual or racial harassment cases through summary judgment, a legal maneuver that ends up favoring employers over employees, says Law professor Suja ThomasAttorneys in civil courts make bigger impact working the system than knowing the lawSep 3, 2015 9:45 am328 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.What does the future hold for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau?Jan 17, 2017 8:45 am326 views Why the sudden impetus to reorganize the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau? For starters, it was never a bipartisan effort.Paper: Atypical cases set bad precedent in federal civil litigationJan 19, 2016 1:15 pm314 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.Can the design elements of clothing be copyrighted?Jan 23, 2017 9:15 am306 views Professor and copyright librarian Sara R. Benson explains an upcoming Supreme Court case at the intersection of copyright and patent for functional designs.How would Merrick Garland's appointment change the Supreme Court?Mar 22, 2016 9:45 am298 views A Minute With...™ Vikram Amar, expert on constitutional law and the federal courtsDoes Supreme Court nominee Gorsuch fit the Scalia mold?Feb 14, 2017 8:30 am285 views Law professor Robin Fretwell Wilson: Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch similar to the late Justice Antonin Scalia.Study shows judges' backgrounds matter in high court selectionMay 18, 2009 9:00 am277 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Some federal judges are tossing out civil cases based on their own opinions, a disturbing trend that makes background checks even more important in the search for a new associate justice for the U.S. Supreme Court, a University of Illinois legal expert says.New paper explores promise, pitfalls of Trump as ‘deal-maker-in-chief’May 31, 2017 9:00 am272 views A style of governance that relies heavily on “deal-making” also has the potential to render President Trump’s administration prone to incompetence and corruption, said Robin B. Kar, a University of Illinois legal scholar.Multiple job duties yield multiple benefits for workers, U. of I. expert saysJun 2, 2008 9:00 am269 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Worn thin from wearing too many hats at work?Paper: Courts check presidential powers over immigration policyJan 11, 2019 9:00 am259 views Research by Michael LeRoy, a professor of labor and employment relations at Illinois, indicates that presidential powers over immigration have been significantly hamstrung by the courts, with plaintiffs winning all or part of 89 percent of the rulings in cases that consider immigration orders that affect employment relationships.Expert: Pervasive 'credential creep' bad for health care practitioners, consumersJan 27, 2015 9:00 am256 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 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 KesanExpert: Trump’s attitude toward immigrants, migratory laborers echoes past presidentsJan 14, 2019 8:45 am250 views President Trump’s approach to undocumented immigrants and migratory laborers follows the example of past presidents who relied on racial animus to scapegoat foreigners during times of cultural change, says U. of I. labor professor Michael LeRoy.Study: Key differences between bankrupt churches, small businessesMar 28, 2013 9:00 am248 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Although they share some important similarities, religious organizations, such as churches, that file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection differ from small business debtors in two significant ways - they seek to preserve the "going-concern value" of the organizations themselves, and their members are more integral to their successful reorganizations, says a new study by a University of Illinois law professor.Why the International Criminal Court is likely to face more criticism as it tries a Congolese rebel commanderJul 1, 2015 10:00 am242 views A Minute With...™ University of Illinois law professor Patrick KeenanEx-NFL player says Congress should regulate steroids in pro sportsJan 28, 2008 9:00 am225 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Congress should step in to regulate performance-enhancing drugs in professional sports because players and owners lack incentive to effectively police themselves, former NFL tight end Josh Whitman says.List of international leaders with U. of I. ties continues to growSep 26, 2007 9:00 am225 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The leader of a South American nation where thick rainforests straddle the equator earned his doctoral degree at a U.S. university in the shadows of cornfields a half a world away.Study: Starting kindergarten later gives students only a fleeting edgeAug 18, 2008 9:00 am208 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - New research challenges a growing trend toward holding kids out of kindergarten until they're older, arguing that academic advantages are short-lived and come at the expense of delaying entry into the workforce and other costs.Killer of Cecil the Lion could be prosecuted in either Zimbabwe or the U.S.Jul 31, 2015 9:00 am193 views A Minute With...™ Eric T. Freyfogle, expert on wildlife law and conservation issuesHow 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 What will be the effect of the Trump administration's immigration ban?Jan 31, 2017 12:15 pm186 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 am179 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.Scalia's legacy and a look at the year ahead for the Supreme CourtFeb 17, 2016 2:15 pm177 views A Minute With...™ Jason Mazzone, co-director of the Program in Constitutional Theory, History, and LawState vs. federal rules at issue in regulation of HMOsDec 1, 2005 9:00 am170 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The rise of managed health care has brought into focus a clash between federal and state jurisdiction over the regulation of health maintenance organizations, legal scholars at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign conclude.Puerto Rico: Bankruptcy is not an option (yet)Apr 18, 2016 11:30 am168 views A Minute With...™ Charles J. Tabb, expert in bankruptcy, contracts and commercial lawLoopholes in health care law could result in employee harassmentJul 23, 2013 9:00 am168 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The contrasting incentives of employers and employees under the Affordable Care Act ultimately may result in increased employee harassment and retaliation claims, two University of Illinois law professors say in a paper they co-wrote.