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It's not concerns about the cost that keep many people from getting help with civil justice problems, says Rebecca Sandefur, a professor of sociology and of law at Illinois, in a new report.

Many solve civil justice problems on their own, rarely involving attorneys, says study

Author: Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor

Published Date:August 19, 2014

Many of life’s problems are also civil legal problems, but people don’t see them that way. As a result, they often deal with them on their own, and rarely involve lawyers or courts, or even other third parties, according to a recent study.

Published Date: August 19, 2014


The less time patent examiners are given to review an application, the more likely they are to grant patent protection to inventions on the margin, says a study co-authored by Melissa Wasserman, the Richard and Anne Stockton Faculty Scholar and Richard W. and Marie L. Corman Scholar at the University of Illinois College of Law.

Patent examiners more likely to approve marginal inventions when pressed for time

Author: Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:August 13, 2014

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.

Published Date: August 13, 2014


When student-athletes sue the NCAA, the governing body of college athletics 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 resembles the employment relationship, says Michael LeRoy, a professor of labor and employment relations at Illinois.

Study: NCAA eventually prevails in most student-athlete lawsuits

Author: Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:July 7, 2014

When student-athletes sue the NCAA, the governing body of college athletics 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 resembles the employment relationship, says Michael LeRoy, a professor of labor and employment relations at Illinois.

Published Date: July 7, 2014


Paper: Police reform law underenforced by Department of Justice

Author: Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:May 29, 2014

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, according to a recently published article by Stephen Rushin, a law professor at the University of Illinois and expert in criminal law and policing.

Published Date: May 29, 2014


Law professor Paul Heald says two recent high-profile Supreme Court rulings on intellectual property make it easier for courts to award attorney's fees, which will likely deter a number of questionable lawsuits brought by so-called patent trolls.

Expert: Supreme Court decisions on patent cases a rebuke to 'baseless lawsuits'

Author: Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:May 15, 2014

Law professor Paul Heald says two recent high-profile Supreme Court rulings on intellectual property make it easier for courts to award attorney's fees, which will likely deter a number of questionable lawsuits brought by so-called patent trolls.

Published Date: May 15, 2014