blog postsU. of I. scholars collecting, analyzing constitutions from around worldFeb 12, 2007 9:00 am15024 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.Laws about pregnant women and substance abuse questionedNov 8, 2005 9:00 am5437 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.Research: Poor math skills affect legal decision-makingApr 3, 2013 9:00 am3509 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 does the tax reform bill mean for the middle class?Dec 20, 2017 10:45 am3446 views The current tax bill fits with a 30-year trend that doesn’t favor income from work, says sociologist Kevin LeichtIs affirmative action in college admissions under threat?Aug 23, 2017 9:00 am2079 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 policiesParental liability laws misguided and simplistic, legal scholar saysDec 12, 2005 9:00 am2034 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.Professor makes legal case for schools to challenge cyberbulliesApr 3, 2018 10:00 am1746 views Schools have a limited ability to challenge cyberbullies, but an Illinois professor has made a legal study on how to change that.Four years later, what effect has expanded video gambling had on Illinois?Oct 24, 2016 9:30 am1650 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.Can birthright citizenship be taken away?Nov 1, 2018 12:45 pm1564 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.How do employers combat a resurgent white supremacy movement?Aug 15, 2017 9:30 am1448 views Labor and employment relations professor Michael LeRoy discusses his research about confronting a resurgent white supremacy movement.What quality of education are schools required to provide to students with disabilities?Jan 25, 2017 8:30 am1446 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.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 am1413 views Richard Kaplan, an internationally recognized expert on U.S. tax policy, discusses the Republican tax overhaul plan now before CongressFood displays, food colors affect how much people eat, researcher concludesMay 10, 2004 9:00 am1381 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Variety may be the spice of life - and a key contributor to an expanding waistline.How will upcoming Supreme Court case, teacher strikes affect organized labor?Apr 25, 2018 8:00 am1303 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.Scholars: In #MeToo movement, lessons of restorative and transitional justice importantApr 13, 2018 9:00 am1279 views A new paper from a team of U. of I. legal scholars explores restorative and transitional justice in the #MeToo movement.Why laws restricting bathroom access to transgender people won't workMay 26, 2016 11:30 am1243 views A Minute With...™ Robin Fretwell Wilson, director of the Program in Family Law and PolicyStudy: Judges as susceptible to gender bias as laypeople – and sometimes more soApr 19, 2018 8:30 am1184 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.How should universities handle controversial speech?Aug 30, 2017 8:30 am1137 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 AmarPaper: Constitution’s equal protection clause inadequate shield against discriminationSep 17, 2015 10:45 am1125 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.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 PolicyPaper: President has constitutional power to appoint, not just nominate, successor to ScaliaMar 24, 2016 11:00 am1105 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.Study: First Amendment offers scant protection for professorsMay 9, 2016 1:00 pm1022 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.Biomedical breakthrough: Carbon nanoparticles you can make at homeJun 18, 2015 10:30 am960 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.‘Cadillac tax’ may precipitate wholesale changes to employer-provided health care insuranceDec 12, 2016 9:00 am946 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.Will it take shuttered schools to force a budget compromise in Illinois?Jun 9, 2016 10:30 am924 views Illinois budget impasse: A Minute With…™ Christopher Z. Mooney, expert on Illinois politicsStudy: Police more likely than others to say they are blind to racial differencesMay 16, 2016 8:45 am891 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.Should the age for required minimum distributions from retirement accounts be raised?Sep 6, 2018 1:00 pm889 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.Expert: Justice Department reversal on online gambling 'correct decision'Jan 17, 2019 12:00 pm862 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.How has the #MeToo movement impacted the Kavanaugh nomination?Sep 24, 2018 1:30 pm836 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.What is driving Congress to potentially change Medicaid?Jan 6, 2017 9:30 am830 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.Does revoking professional licenses prompt borrowers to repay student loans?Dec 11, 2017 3:45 pm824 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 Lyons‘Blurred Lines’ and ‘Stairway to Heaven’: Copyright lawsuits in popular musicApr 26, 2016 4:00 pm794 views A Minute With...™ Paul Heald, expert in patent, copyright and international intellectual property lawWhat keeps women from reporting sexual harassment?Dec 12, 2017 10:30 am743 views Women often don’t report sexual harassment because grievance procedures frequently take on the feel of litigation, an Illinois professor says.Paper: To deter cyberattacks, build a public-private partnershipAug 25, 2014 9:00 am740 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.Book: Juries robbed of power by federal government, statesJul 14, 2016 9:00 am737 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: 'Pseudo-contract' creeps into digital terms and conditionsFeb 20, 2018 8:15 am731 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.What now with gerrymandering? Are algorithms part of the answer?Jun 20, 2018 1:00 pm682 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.Are law enforcement agencies abusing civil asset forfeiture?Apr 13, 2017 8:45 am667 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 am646 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 policyWhat is Anthony Kennedy’s legacy as a Supreme Court justice?Jul 5, 2018 8:30 am624 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.Retirement 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 am609 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 effect will Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony have on the #MeToo movement?Oct 5, 2018 1:30 pm599 views The lasting impact of Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee will be the image of a lone woman speaking truth to power, says Lesley Wexler, a University of Illinois law professor who studies anti-discrimination law.Is Obamacare worth fixing?Apr 5, 2017 3:00 pm578 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.Apologies may fuel settlement of legal disputes, study saysJun 2, 2010 9:00 am578 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.After two fiscal years without a budget, what’s next for the state of Illinois?Jul 14, 2017 8:45 am578 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"Five named to Swanlund Chairs, campus's premier endowed recognitionDec 4, 2012 10:15 am569 views Five professors at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have been named Swanlund Chairs, the highest endowed titles on the Urbana campus.What might the future of Medicare look like under a Trump presidency?Dec 9, 2016 12:00 pm569 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.