blog postsU. of I. scholars collecting, analyzing constitutions from around worldFeb 12, 2007 9:00 am22331 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 am7204 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 am6754 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.Research: Poor math skills affect legal decision-makingApr 3, 2013 9:00 am5068 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.Can employers legally require employees to vaccinate against COVID-19?Dec 7, 2020 8:30 am3843 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.What effect will COVID-19 have on consumer bankruptcies?Apr 29, 2020 8:15 am3668 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.What does the tax reform bill mean for the middle class?Dec 20, 2017 10:45 am3564 views The current tax bill fits with a 30-year trend that doesn’t favor income from work, says sociologist Kevin LeichtCan birthright citizenship be taken away?Nov 1, 2018 12:45 pm3404 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.Parental liability laws misguided and simplistic, legal scholar saysDec 12, 2005 9:00 am2581 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.Is affirmative action in college admissions under threat?Aug 23, 2017 9:00 am2232 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 am2173 views Schools have a limited ability to challenge cyberbullies, but an Illinois professor has made a legal study on how to change that.Study: Judges as susceptible to gender bias as laypeople – and sometimes more soApr 19, 2018 8:30 am2005 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 am1992 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 AmarFour years later, what effect has expanded video gambling had on Illinois?Oct 24, 2016 9:30 am1931 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.Food displays, food colors affect how much people eat, researcher concludesMay 10, 2004 9:00 am1832 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Variety may be the spice of life - and a key contributor to an expanding waistline.Would changes to capital gains taxes spur the economy?Sep 4, 2019 9:00 am1784 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 am1680 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 do employers combat a resurgent white supremacy movement?Aug 15, 2017 9:30 am1583 views Labor and employment relations professor Michael LeRoy discusses his research about confronting a resurgent white supremacy 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 policyWho wins and loses in proposed tax reform?Dec 7, 2017 8:30 am1431 views Richard Kaplan, an internationally recognized expert on U.S. tax policy, discusses the Republican tax overhaul plan now before CongressScholars: In #MeToo movement, lessons of restorative and transitional justice importantApr 13, 2018 9:00 am1421 views A new paper from a team of U. of I. legal scholars explores restorative and transitional justice in the #MeToo movement.Should the age for required minimum distributions from retirement accounts be raised?Sep 6, 2018 1:00 pm1421 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.How will upcoming Supreme Court case, teacher strikes affect organized labor?Apr 25, 2018 8:00 am1363 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.Do-it-yourself COVID-19 vaccines fraught with public health problemsSep 17, 2020 1:00 pm1344 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.Why laws restricting bathroom access to transgender people won't workMay 26, 2016 11:30 am1322 views A Minute With...™ Robin Fretwell Wilson, director of the Program in Family Law and PolicyStudy: Police more likely than others to say they are blind to racial differencesMay 16, 2016 8:45 am1241 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.Paper: Constitution’s equal protection clause inadequate shield against discriminationSep 17, 2015 10:45 am1237 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 insuranceDec 12, 2016 9:00 am1220 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.Expert: Justice Department reversal on online gambling 'correct decision'Jan 17, 2019 12:00 pm1172 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 ScaliaMar 24, 2016 11:00 am1150 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 pm1150 views A Minute With™...Jeffrey Brown, director of the Center for Business and Public PolicyIll veterans who had radiation exposure now caught in bureaucratic webApr 3, 2006 9:00 am1136 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.Why don't they just legalize my office Super Bowl pool?Jan 18, 2008 9:00 am1131 views A Minute With™... law professor Christine HurtStudy: First Amendment offers scant protection for professorsMay 9, 2016 1:00 pm1112 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.Housing instability undermines public health response to COVID-19 pandemicJun 11, 2020 8:15 am1037 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 homeJun 18, 2015 10:30 am1033 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 am1018 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 am985 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.Paper: 'Pseudo-contract' creeps into digital terms and conditionsFeb 20, 2018 8:15 am984 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.Does the US need to pursue transitional justice in the post-Trump era?Nov 18, 2020 8:00 am982 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.How has the #MeToo movement impacted the Kavanaugh nomination?Sep 24, 2018 1:30 pm968 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 am938 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.Will it take shuttered schools to force a budget compromise in Illinois?Jun 9, 2016 10:30 am934 views Illinois budget impasse: A Minute With…™ Christopher Z. Mooney, expert on Illinois politicsWhat’s behind surge in unaccompanied minors crossing southern U.S. border?Oct 17, 2019 8:30 am923 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.Does revoking professional licenses prompt borrowers to repay student loans?Dec 11, 2017 3:45 pm910 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 LyonsWhat now with gerrymandering? Are algorithms part of the answer?Jun 20, 2018 1:00 pm904 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.‘Blurred Lines’ and ‘Stairway to Heaven’: Copyright lawsuits in popular musicApr 26, 2016 4:00 pm828 views A Minute With...™ Paul Heald, expert in patent, copyright and international intellectual property lawShould the Senate conduct Supreme Court hearing amid pandemic, election season?Oct 12, 2020 7:30 am812 views There is no election-year exception to the process the Constitution creates for the nomination of individuals to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court, says Jason Mazzone, the Albert E. Jenner Jr. Professor of Law and the director of the Program in Constitutional Theory, History, and Law at the College of Law at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.What keeps women from reporting sexual harassment?Dec 12, 2017 10:30 am812 views Women often don’t report sexual harassment because grievance procedures frequently take on the feel of litigation, an Illinois professor says.Battered women who kill in non-beating situation have self-defense rightAug 15, 2005 9:00 am803 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.