blog postsLaws about pregnant women and substance abuse questionedNov 8, 2005 9:00 am3670 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 does the tax reform bill mean for the middle class?Dec 20, 2017 10:45 am2881 views The current tax bill fits with a 30-year trend that doesn’t favor income from work, says sociologist Kevin LeichtU. of I. scholars collecting, analyzing constitutions from around worldFeb 12, 2007 9:00 am2687 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.Research: Poor math skills affect legal decision-makingApr 3, 2013 9:00 am2024 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.Is affirmative action in college admissions under threat?Aug 23, 2017 9:00 am1739 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 policiesHas fantasy sports crossed the line to become another form of online gambling?Oct 9, 2015 10:00 am1435 views A Minute With...™ John Kindt, expert on business and legal policyWho wins and loses in proposed tax reform?Dec 7, 2017 8:30 am1367 views Richard Kaplan, an internationally recognized expert on U.S. tax policy, discusses the Republican tax overhaul plan now before CongressHow do employers combat a resurgent white supremacy movement?Aug 15, 2017 9:30 am1293 views Labor and employment relations professor Michael LeRoy discusses his research about confronting a resurgent white supremacy movement.Parental liability laws misguided and simplistic, legal scholar saysDec 12, 2005 9:00 am1157 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.Why laws restricting bathroom access to transgender people won't workMay 26, 2016 11:30 am1106 views A Minute With...™ Robin Fretwell Wilson, director of the Program in Family Law and PolicyIllinois Supreme Court's pension ruling: Back to the drawing board?May 12, 2015 12:15 pm1089 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 am1071 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.Four years later, what effect has expanded video gambling had on Illinois?Oct 24, 2016 9:30 am1040 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.Paper: Constitution’s equal protection clause inadequate shield against discriminationSep 17, 2015 10:45 am1004 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.What quality of education are schools required to provide to students with disabilities?Jan 25, 2017 8:30 am938 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.Will it take shuttered schools to force a budget compromise in Illinois?Jun 9, 2016 10:30 am918 views Illinois budget impasse: A Minute With…™ Christopher Z. Mooney, expert on Illinois politicsBiomedical breakthrough: Carbon nanoparticles you can make at homeJun 18, 2015 10:30 am862 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.Study: First Amendment offers scant protection for professorsMay 9, 2016 1:00 pm847 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.How should universities handle controversial speech?Aug 30, 2017 8:30 am808 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 AmarWhat is driving Congress to potentially change Medicaid?Jan 6, 2017 9:30 am803 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.Food displays, food colors affect how much people eat, researcher concludesMay 10, 2004 9:00 am781 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Variety may be the spice of life - and a key contributor to an expanding waistline.‘Blurred Lines’ and ‘Stairway to Heaven’: Copyright lawsuits in popular musicApr 26, 2016 4:00 pm752 views A Minute With...™ Paul Heald, expert in patent, copyright and international intellectual property lawStudy: Police more likely than others to say they are blind to racial differencesMay 16, 2016 8:45 am724 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.‘Cadillac tax’ may precipitate wholesale changes to employer-provided health care insuranceDec 12, 2016 9:00 am719 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.Book: Juries robbed of power by federal government, statesJul 14, 2016 9:00 am714 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: To deter cyberattacks, build a public-private partnershipAug 25, 2014 9:00 am703 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.Retirement spending requires careful planning, expert saysFeb 8, 2016 9:15 am608 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 pm602 views A Minute With...™ Michael LeRoy, immigration law expert Does President Trump’s tax reform plan add up?Sep 28, 2017 10:45 am601 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 keeps women from reporting sexual harassment?Dec 12, 2017 10:30 am595 views Women often don’t report sexual harassment because grievance procedures frequently take on the feel of litigation, an Illinois professor says.U.S. prison camps demonstrate the fragile nature of rights, says authorMay 24, 2016 10:00 am575 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.Are law enforcement agencies abusing civil asset forfeiture?Apr 13, 2017 8:45 am571 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.Is Obamacare worth fixing?Apr 5, 2017 3:00 pm560 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.After two fiscal years without a budget, what’s next for the state of Illinois?Jul 14, 2017 8:45 am557 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"What might the future of Medicare look like under a Trump presidency?Dec 9, 2016 12:00 pm551 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.Does revoking professional licenses prompt borrowers to repay student loans?Dec 11, 2017 3:45 pm535 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 LyonsHow will LGBT issues affect the 2016 election? An interview with Robin Fretwell WilsonSep 22, 2016 10:15 am528 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.Retirement expert: After 50 years, Medicare needs a major updateSep 1, 2015 9:45 am524 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.With the demise of the Obamacare repeal-and-replace bill, what’s next for health care?Mar 27, 2017 3:00 pm523 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.What are the conditions for a constitutional crisis?Feb 22, 2017 8:00 am495 views Constitutional crisis scenarios have yet to occur under Trump, U. of I. law dean and constitutional scholar says.Apologies may fuel settlement of legal disputes, study saysJun 2, 2010 9:00 am484 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.Senior citizen financial exploitation growing with the swell of retiring baby-boomersOct 12, 2015 11:15 am483 views A Minute With...™ Matthew Andres, director of the Elder Financial Justice ClinicReading between the lines of oral arguments: Supreme Court considers same-sex marriageMay 11, 2015 11:45 am460 views A Minute With™...Sara Benson, an expert on sexual orientation and the lawResearch: Medical malpractice reform does little to contain health care costsJan 27, 2015 9:00 am434 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.What should we expect in the Supreme Court confirmation battle?Feb 1, 2017 4:30 pm396 views University of Illinois political scientist Alicia Uribe-McGuire describes the politics involved in the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch.Can President Trump pardon himself?Jul 27, 2017 3:45 pm377 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 MazzoneFive named to Swanlund Chairs, campus's premier endowed recognitionDec 4, 2012 10:15 am375 views Five professors at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have been named Swanlund Chairs, the highest endowed titles on the Urbana campus.Gay adoption at the Supreme CourtJan 5, 2016 10:00 am368 views A Minute With...™ Sara R. Benson, an expert on sexual orientation and the lawPaper: Contract law can be a mechanism of empowermentApr 26, 2016 9:30 am355 views A new paper by University of Illinois legal scholar Robin B. Kar offers a novel interpretation of contract law, called “contract as empowerment.”'Unfunded liabilities' a financial myth, expert saysApr 1, 2009 9:00 am347 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.