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Vikram Amar has been named the 13th dean of the College of Law, pending approval by the U. of I. Board of Trustees.

Vikram Amar, noted constitutional law scholar, named dean of U. of I. College of Law

Author: Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:July 6, 2015

Vikram Amar, the senior associate dean for academic affairs and a professor of law at the University of California at Davis School of Law, has been named dean of the University of Illinois College of Law, pending approval by the U. of I. Board of Trustees at its July 23 meeting in Chicago.

Published Date: July 6, 2015


A new approach to prosecuting the crime of pillage could lead to greater accountability for war criminals, says a paper from Patrick Keenan, a University of Illinois law professor and expert in international criminal law.

Paper: New theory for prosecuting war crimes could lead to greater accountability, reparations

Author: Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:June 30, 2015

A novel approach to prosecuting the crime of pillage could lead to greater accountability for war criminals who participate in large-scale pillage operations, such as controlling a mine whose minerals were used to help fund the conflict, says a paper from a University of Illinois expert in international criminal law.

Published Date: June 30, 2015


New research co-written by Paul Heald, the Richard W. and Marie L. Corman Research Professor of Law at Illinois, explores the cost of excessive copyright law and the value of the public domain.

Paper: Absence of copyright has its own economic value, social benefits

Author: Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:April 13, 2015

A new study co-written by a University of Illinois expert in intellectual property law demonstrates that the value of creative works in the public domain such as books, images and music can be estimated at least as precisely as the value of commercially available copyrighted works.

Published Date: April 13, 2015


A legacy of giveaways to gambling interests continues to haunt the pension system in Illinois, says John W. Kindt, an emeritus professor of business and legal policy at the U. of I.

Public employee pensions continue to lose out to gambling giveaways, expert says

Author: Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:March 24, 2015

A legacy of giveaways to gambling interests continues to haunt the pension system in Illinois, a leading national gambling critic and University of Illinois expert warns.

Published Date: March 24, 2015


Structural reform litigation is uniquely effective at combating misconduct in police departments, says Stephen Rushin, a professor of law at Illinois.

Structural reform litigation an effective tool for curbing police misconduct

Author: Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:March 18, 2015

The Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 has served as the basis for the reform of many police departments in cities across the country, including Cincinnati, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. And in what’s now seen as an increasingly likely next step, Ferguson, Missouri, will undergo its own Department of Justice-administered police reforms.

Published Date: March 18, 2015


The taxation of retirement income, an expansion of the sales tax base and an increase in the cost of health insurance benefits for state employees loom over the Illinois budgetary horizon as potential quick fixes for the revenue-strapped state, says Richard L. Kaplan, the Peer and Sarah Pedersen Professor of Law at Illinois.

Tax changes loom for state ahead of budget address, expert says

Author: Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:February 17, 2015

As Gov. Bruce Rauner readies his first budget address, expect him to propose changes that could have major consequences for certain demographics, a University of Illinois expert on taxation issues says. According to law professor Richard L. Kaplan, three issues – the taxation of retirement income, an expansion of the sales tax base and an increase in the cost of health insurance benefits for state employees – loom over the Illinois budgetary horizon as potential quick fixes for the revenue-strapped state.

Published Date: February 17, 2015


Medical malpractice reform has had relatively little impact on the U.S. health care system, says David Hyman, the H. Ross and Helen Workman Chair in Law and professor of medicine at Illinois.

Research: Medical malpractice reform does little to contain health care costs

Author: Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:January 27, 2015

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.

Published Date: January 27, 2015


Consumers bear the cost of credential creep, says David Hyman, the H. Ross and Helen Workman Chair in Law at Illinois.

Expert: Pervasive 'credential creep' bad for health care practitioners, consumers

Author: Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:January 27, 2015

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.

Published Date: January 27, 2015


The best way to combat cyberattacks may be a joint public-private partnership between government and business, says a new paper from Jay Kesan, the H. Ross and Helen Workman Research Scholar at the University of Illinois College of Law.

Paper: To deter cyberattacks, build a public-private partnership

Author: Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:August 25, 2014

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.

Published Date: August 25, 2014


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


Four cases before the U.S. Supreme Court focus on issues involving intellectual property, the specialty of Paul Heald, the Richard W. and Marie L. Corman Research Professor of Law at Illinois.

Intellectual property expert on pending Supreme Court cases

Author: Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:May 15, 2014

Four cases before the U.S. Supreme Court focus on issues involving intellectual property, the specialty of Paul Heald, the Richard W. and Marie L. Corman Research Professor of Law at Illinois.

Published Date: May 15, 2014


John D. Colombo has been named interim dean of the College of Law, pending approval by the U. of I. Board of Trustees.

John D. Colombo named interim dean of U. of I. College of Law

Author: Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:May 1, 2014

John D. Colombo has been named interim dean of the College of Law, pending approval by the U. of I. Board of Trustees.

Published Date: May 1, 2014


Tax laws tilt the playing field in favor of financial elites, making economic inequality a somewhat solvable problem if Congress were inclined to change things, says Richard L. Kaplan, the Peer and Sarah Pedersen Professor of Law at Illinois and an internationally recognized expert on U.S. taxation and tax policy.

Income inequality partially driven by tax laws, University of Illinois expert says

Author: Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:April 29, 2014

Tax laws tilt the playing field in favor of financial elites, making economic inequality a somewhat solvable problem if Congress were inclined to change things, says Richard L. Kaplan, the Peer and Sarah Pedersen Professor of Law at Illinois and an internationally recognized expert on U.S. taxation and tax policy.

Published Date: April 29, 2014


A labor dispute serves the NCAAs interests better than an antitrust lawsuit, which could potentially cost the NCAA millions of dollars in monetary damages, says Michael LeRoy, a professor of labor and employment relations at Illinois.

Labor relations expert: NCAA prefers labor strife to an antitrust lawsuit

Author: Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:April 7, 2014

A labor dispute serves the NCAA’s interests better than an antitrust lawsuit, which could potentially cost the NCAA millions of dollars in monetary damages, says Michael LeRoy, a professor of labor and employment relations at Illinois.

Published Date: April 7, 2014


Proposed changes to the pre-trial phase of a lawsuit could make it easier for litigants to withhold evidence, says Suja A. Thomas, a University of Illinois law professor and expert in civil procedure.

Expert: Proposed change to discovery rules a potential 'game-changer'

Author: Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:March 3, 2014

Proposed changes to the pre-trial phase of a lawsuit could make it easier for litigants to withhold evidence, says Suja A. Thomas, a University of Illinois law professor and expert in civil procedure.

Published Date: March 3, 2014


The debates surrounding the sustainability of bioenergy will only grow louder as big urban areas in the U.S. start running out of water, said Jody Endres, a professor of bioenergy, environmental and natural resources law at Illinois.

Biomass industry needs to prepare for water constraints

Author: Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:February 27, 2014

The debates surrounding the sustainability of bioenergy will only grow louder as big urban areas in the U.S. start running out of water, said Jody Endres, a professor of bioenergy, environmental and natural resources law at Illinois.

Published Date: February 27, 2014


The number of lawsuits generated by patent trolls is wildly exaggerated, says a new paper co-written by University of Illinois law professor Jay P. Kesan.

Research: Explosion of lawsuits brought by ‘patent trolls’ erroneous

Author: Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:November 18, 2013

The number of lawsuits generated by “patent trolls” is wildly exaggerated, says a new paper co-written by University of Illinois law professor Jay P. Kesan.

Published Date: November 18, 2013


Congress should actually be empowered in order to uphold the constitutional checks and balances that help to curb overreach by the other two branches of government, says University of Illinois law professor Jamelle Sharpe.

Scholar: Empower Congress to bolster separation of powers

Author: Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:October 30, 2013

Congress should actually be empowered in order to uphold the constitutional checks and balances that help to curb overreach by the other two branches of government, says University of Illinois law professor Jamelle Sharpe.

Published Date: October 30, 2013


Law professor Richard L. Kaplan says older workers delaying retirement or putting it off entirely should carefully consider the financial-planning options available in Social Security, Medicare and employment-based retirement plans.

Retirement expert: Financial planning important for non-retirees, too

Author: Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:October 21, 2013

Law professor Richard L. Kaplan says older workers delaying retirement or putting it off entirely should carefully consider the financial-planning options available in Social Security, Medicare and employment-based retirement plans.

Published Date: October 21, 2013


In a new study, University of Illinois law professor Jay P. Kesan (right) and Timothy A. Slating, a regulatory associate with the Energy Biosciences Institute, say that the Renewable Fuel Standard should be slightly modified, not repealed.

Study: Renewable fuel standard needs to be modified, not repealed

Author: Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:October 14, 2013

In a new study, University of Illinois law professor Jay P. Kesan (right) and Timothy A. Slating, a regulatory associate with the Energy Biosciences Institute, say that the Renewable Fuel Standard should be slightly modified, not repealed.

Published Date: October 14, 2013


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Long-term disability claims dominate benefits litigation, study says

Author: Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:September 16, 2013

An empirical study of employee benefits litigation from 2006 to 2010 reveals that cases involving long-term disability claims accounted for over 60 percent of all federal cases, according to research from Sean M. Anderson, a University of Illinois expert in employee benefit plan policy and regulation.

Published Date: September 16, 2013


A disagreement among state courts on drunk-driving homicide cases can be resolved by requiring the prosecution to prove that the driver's intoxication contributed to the causal mechanism behind the accident, says a forthcoming paper from Eric A. Johnson, a professor of law at Illinois.

'Causal overdetermination' provides middle ground for courts

Author: Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:August 21, 2013

A disagreement among state courts on drunk-driving homicide cases can be resolved by requiring the prosecution to prove that the driver's intoxication contributed to the causal mechanism behind the accident, says a forthcoming paper from Eric A. Johnson, a professor of law at Illinois.

Published Date: August 21, 2013


Scant attention has been paid to the tax consequences of retirement income, says University of Illinois law professor Richard L. Kaplan.

Expert: Taxation of retirement income in need of reform

Author: Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:August 12, 2013

Scant attention has been paid to the tax consequences of retirement income, says University of Illinois law professor Richard L. Kaplan.

Published Date: August 12, 2013


As firms grapple with the significant cost increases associated with the Affordable Care Act, the possibility emerges that employers would harass or retaliate against employees in order to avoid the law's financial penalties, according to law professors Peter Molk and Suja A. Thomas.

Loopholes in health care law could result in employee harassment

Author: Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:July 23, 2013

As firms grapple with the significant cost increases associated with the Affordable Care Act, the possibility emerges that employers would harass or retaliate against employees in order to avoid the law's financial penalties, according to law professors Peter Molk and Suja A. Thomas.

Published Date: July 23, 2013


'Thieves of Book Row: New York's Most Notorious Rare Book Ring and the Man Who Stopped It' is a Depression-era cat-and-mouse thriller about the pursuit of the worst rare-book ring in U.S. history, says author Travis McDade, curator of law rare books at the College of Law.

New book a real-life thriller about rare book theft at New York Public Library

Author: Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:July 18, 2013

"Thieves of Book Row: New York's Most Notorious Rare Book Ring and the Man Who Stopped It" is a Depression-era cat-and-mouse thriller about the pursuit of the worst rare-book ring in U.S. history, says author Travis McDade, curator of law rare books at the College of Law.

Published Date: July 18, 2013


To keep pace with the ever-increasing demand for renewable energy, forest management policy in the U.S. must evolve to address environmental sustainability issues, says Jody Endres, a professor of bioenergy, environmental and natural resources law at Illinois.

U.S. forest management policy must evolve to meet bioenergy targets

Author: Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:June 13, 2013

To keep pace with the ever-increasing demand for renewable energy, forest management policy in the U.S. must evolve to address environmental sustainability issues, says Jody Endres, a professor of bioenergy, environmental and natural resources law at Illinois.

Published Date: June 13, 2013


Law professor Jay P. Kesan says the current non-negotiable approach to user privacy is in need of serious revision, especially with the increased popularity of web-based software that shares information via cloud computing.

Cloud computing user privacy in serious need of reform, scholars say

Author: Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:June 11, 2013

Law professor Jay P. Kesan says the current non-negotiable approach to user privacy is in need of serious revision, especially with the increased popularity of web-based software that shares information via cloud computing.

Published Date: June 11, 2013


The Obama administrations controversial proposal to means-test Medicare recipients has one small problem  the Medicare program is already means-tested, says law professor Richard L. Kaplan, a University of Illinois expert on retirement benefits.

Retirement expert: Medicare already means-tested

Author: Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:April 29, 2013

The Obama administrations controversial proposal to means-test Medicare recipients has one small problem the Medicare program is already means-tested, says law professor Richard L. Kaplan, a University of Illinois expert on retirement benefits.

Published Date: April 29, 2013


There is a highly-significant relationship between law students math skills and the substance of their legal analysis, according to research from Arden Rowell, a professor of law and the Richard W. and Marie L. Corman Scholar at Illinois.

Research: Poor math skills affect legal decision-making

Author: Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:April 3, 2013

There is a highly-significant relationship between law students math skills and the substance of their legal analysis, according to research from Arden Rowell, a professor of law and the Richard W. and Marie L. Corman Scholar at Illinois.

Published Date: April 3, 2013


Between 2006 and 2011, faith-based institutions in the U.S. filed more than 500 petitions under Chapter 11, according to research from University of Illinois law professor Pamela Foohey.

Study: Key differences between bankrupt churches, small businesses

Author: Phil Ciciora, Business and Law Editor

Published Date:March 28, 2013

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.

Published Date: March 28, 2013


The outcome in the U.S. Supreme Court case challenging the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act could have complicated tax consequences for same-sex couples, a University of Illinois expert on taxation and retirement issues says, says Richard L. Kaplan, the Peer and Sarah Pedersen Professor of Law at the University of Illinois.

Supreme Court case could have tax consequences for same-sex couples

Author: Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:March 21, 2013

The outcome in the U.S. Supreme Court case challenging the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act could have complicated tax consequences for same-sex couples, a University of Illinois expert on taxation and retirement issues says, says Richard L. Kaplan, the Peer and Sarah Pedersen Professor of Law at the University of Illinois.

Published Date: March 21, 2013


Debtors who apologized were seen as more remorseful and were expected to manage their finances more carefully in the future compared to debtors who did not offer an apology, finds a study co-written by U. of I. law professors Jennifer K. Robbennolt and Robert M. Lawless.

Research: Bankruptcy judges influenced by apologies

Author: Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:March 4, 2013

Debtors who apologized were seen as more remorseful and were expected to manage their finances more carefully in the future compared to debtors who did not offer an apology, finds a study co-written by U. of I. law professors Jennifer K. Robbennolt and Robert M. Lawless.

Published Date: March 4, 2013


Most courts disregard the immigration status of workers who file suit against former employers, says a study from Michael LeRoy, a professor of law and of labor and employment relations at Illinois.

Courts mostly ignore immigration status in lawsuits, study says

Author: Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:February 11, 2013

Most courts disregard the immigration status of workers who file suit against former employers, says a study from Michael LeRoy, a professor of law and of labor and employment relations at Illinois.

Published Date: February 11, 2013


The fiscal-cliff bill passed by Congress settles most of the significant tax issues that would have an immediate and direct impact on the average taxpayers pocketbook, says Richard L. Kaplan, the Peer and Sarah Pedersen Professor of Law at the University of Illinois.

Expert: Fiscal cliff deal yields tax certainty at expense of simplification

Author: Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:January 3, 2013

The fiscal-cliff bill passed by Congress settles most of the significant tax issues that would have an immediate and direct impact on the average taxpayers pocketbook, says Richard L. Kaplan, the Peer and Sarah Pedersen Professor of Law at the University of Illinois.

Published Date: January 3, 2013


Eric Freyfogle, a professor of law, is one of five new Swanlund Chairs named at Illinois.

Five named to Swanlund Chairs, campus's premier endowed recognition

Author: Jeff Unger

Published Date:December 4, 2012

Five professors at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have been named Swanlund Chairs, the highest endowed titles on the Urbana campus.

Published Date: December 4, 2012


Adopting a loser-pays-all rule for criminal litigation would likely be feasible only if the rule applied to defendants who are wealthy, says a study from Nuno Garoupa, the H. Ross and Helen Workman Research Scholar at the University of Illinois.

Loser-pays-all rule in criminal cases could work for wealthy defendants

Author: Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:November 5, 2012

Adopting a loser-pays-all rule for criminal litigation would likely be feasible only if the rule applied to defendants who are wealthy, says a study from law professor Nuno Garoupa, the H. Ross and Helen Workman Research Scholar at the University of Illinois.

Published Date: November 5, 2012


Federal law ought to play a stronger role in regulating social networking sites by allowing users to determine what happens to their digital afterlives, says Jason Mazzone, the Lynn H. Murray Faculty Scholar at Illinois.

Paper: Federal law needed to safeguard 'digital afterlives'

Author: Phil Ciciora, Business and Law Editor

Published Date:September 25, 2012

Federal law ought to play a stronger role in regulating social networking sites by allowing users to determine what happens to their digital afterlives, says a recently published paper by a University of Illinois expert in intellectual property law.

Published Date: September 25, 2012


College football exploits players in an invisible labor market, and the only plausible way for student-athletes to address their interests is the credible threat of unionization, according to research from Michael LeRoy, a University of Illinois expert in labor relations and collective bargaining in athletics.

Research: NCAA football exploits players in invisible labor market

Author: Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:August 23, 2012

College football exploits players in an invisible labor market, and the only plausible way for student-athletes to address their interests is the credible threat of unionization, according to research from Michael LeRoy, a University of Illinois expert in labor relations and collective bargaining in athletics.

Published Date: August 23, 2012


Various misconceptions surrounding the continued viability of Medicare can be debunked or discredited, according to a paper published by law professor Richard L. Kaplan, a University of Illinois expert on retirement benefits.

Retirement expert: Medicare woes mostly rooted in myth

Author: Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:August 8, 2012

Various misconceptions surrounding the continued viability of Medicare can be debunked or discredited, according to a paper published by law professor Richard L. Kaplan, a University of Illinois expert on retirement benefits.

Published Date: August 8, 2012


The state's proposed cuts to Medicaid will result in low-income seniors having a tougher time finding a doctor, nursing home or home health agency, says elder law expert Richard L. Kaplan.

Expert: Medicaid cuts will hurt low-, middle-income Illinois seniors

Author: Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:May 23, 2012

Springfields plan to slash nearly $1.4 billion from the states Medicaid program will ultimately result in bigger medical (and financial) problems for low- and middle-income senior citizens and their families, says a University of Illinois elder law expert.

Published Date: May 23, 2012


Law professor Richard L. Kaplan says a so-called Buffett Rule that would implement a higher minimum tax rate for those with income over $1 million per year would have little effect on the taxes of the real-life Warren Buffett unless it takes capital gains into account.

Expert: 'Buffett Rule' would need tie to capital gains to affect millionaires

Author: Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:February 6, 2012

Law professor Richard L. Kaplan says a so-called Buffett Rule that would implement a higher minimum tax rate for those with income over $1 million per year would have little effect on the taxes of the real-life Warren Buffett unless it takes capital gains into account.

Published Date: February 6, 2012


With many Americans now spending most of their adult lives owing debts to financial institutions, the need for a consumer financial agency free of regulatory capture is now more acute than ever, according to Robert M. Lawless, a University of Illinois expert in consumer credit.

Expert: Keep consumer protection agency free of regulatory capture

Author: Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:January 9, 2012

With many Americans now spending most of their adult lives owing debts to financial institutions, the need for a consumer financial agency free of regulatory capture is now more acute than ever, according to a Robert M. Lawless, a University of Illinois expert in consumer credit.

Published Date: January 9, 2012


Law professor Amitai Aviram argues that bail-ins amplify the highs and lows of future business cycles and undermine the policy goals of those who believe free markets allocate investments optimally, as well as those who prefer government guidance in allocating investments.

Expert: Bail-ins exacerbate market bubbles by making economy more cyclical

Author: Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:January 5, 2012

Law professor Amitai Aviram argues that bail-ins amplify the highs and lows of future business cycles and undermine the policy goals of those who believe free markets allocate investments optimally, as well as those who prefer government guidance in allocating investments.

Published Date: January 5, 2012


With its Nov. 23 deadline looming, the Congressional super-committee charged with reducing the federal budget deficit may change how the government measures inflation, which could raise tax revenues and lower government expenses like Social Security, says law professor Richard L. Kaplan.

Expert: New inflation index could reduce budget deficit

Author: Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:November 21, 2011

With its Nov. 23 deadline looming, the Congressional super-committee charged with reducing the federal budget deficit may change how the government measures inflation, which could raise tax revenues and lower government expenses like Social Security, says law professor Richard L. Kaplan.

Published Date: November 21, 2011


Law professor Richard L. Kaplan says even a favorable ruling on the constitutionality of the laws so-called individual mandate from the high court might not save the law if healthy Americans do not obtain health insurance.

Weak individual mandate penalties jeopardize health care reform law

Author: Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:November 14, 2011

Law professor Richard L. Kaplan says even a favorable ruling on the constitutionality of the laws so-called individual mandate from the high court might not save the law if healthy Americans do not obtain health insurance.

Published Date: November 14, 2011


Study: Crop diversity myths persist in media

Author: Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:November 2, 2011

The conventional wisdom that says the 20th century was a disaster for crop diversity is nothing more than a myth, says Paul Heald, a University of Illinois expert in intellectual property law.

Published Date: November 2, 2011


Law professor and taxation expert Richard L. Kaplan says tax deductions have grown like wildfire, and their proliferation has unduly complicated the tax code.

Competing GOP tax plans renew debate about value of deductions

Author: Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:October 27, 2011

Law professor and taxation expert Richard L. Kaplan says tax deductions have grown like wildfire, and their proliferation has unduly complicated the tax code.

Published Date: October 27, 2011


The lack of a settled legal framework that balances private property rights while maximizing the public good ultimately hinders the large-scale commercial deployment of geologic carbon sequestration, according to research by A. Bryan Endres, a professor of agricultural law at Illinois.

Carbon sequestration policy must balance property, public good

Author: Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:October 10, 2011

The lack of a settled legal framework that balances private property rights while maximizing the public good ultimately hinders the large-scale commercial deployment of geologic carbon sequestration, according to research by A. Bryan Endres, a professor of agricultural law at Illinois.

Published Date: October 10, 2011


Despite recent headline-grabbing surveys that say a significant number of employers will at least consider dropping employee health benefits, no one really knows whats going to happen because of the uncertainties surrounding the Affordable Care Act, the economy and electoral politics, says law professor Richard L. Kaplan, an expert on retirement issues.

Employee health care benefits still a question mark after reform

Author: Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:September 20, 2011

Despite recent headline-grabbing surveys that say a significant number of employers will at least consider dropping employee health benefits, no one really knows whats going to happen because of the uncertainties surrounding the Affordable Care Act, the economy and electoral politics, says law professor Richard L. Kaplan, an expert on retirement issues.

Published Date: September 20, 2011


Study: Regulatory hurdles hinder biofuels market

Author: Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:July 21, 2011

In a new study, University of Illinois law professor Jay P. Kesan and Timothy A. Slating, a regulatory associate with the University of Illinois Energy Biosciences Institute, argue that regulatory innovations are needed to keep pace with technological innovations in the biofuels industry.

Published Date: July 21, 2011


EXECUTIVE PAY REFORM UNLIKELY TO REDUCE SYSTEMIC RISK IN ECONOMY

Author: Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:July 14, 2011

Reforms aimed at curbing executive compensation will likely have little effect on reducing systemic risk in the financial system, according to published research by UI law professor Christine Hurt, an expert in business law and corporate finance.

Published Date: July 14, 2011


Active self-defense strategy best deterrent against cyber-attacks

Author: Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:June 27, 2011

Law professor Jay P. Kesan warns that an active self-defense regime is a necessity in cyberspace, especially to protect critical infrastructure such as banking, utilities and emergency services.

Published Date: June 27, 2011


Market failure to blame for sex discrimination at Wal-Mart

Author: Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:June 15, 2011

Wal-Mart's decision to compete on price deemphasizes the importance of hiring quality employees, particularly in lower-status positions, says law professor Lesley Wexler.

Published Date: June 15, 2011


Ruling in private pension case could have implications for retirees

Author: Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:June 9, 2011

A recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling paves the way for monetary damages when companies misrepresent changes they make to employee pension plans, says Richard L. Kaplan, an expert on taxation and retirement issues.

Published Date: June 9, 2011


Most labor unions unlikely to follow decertification path

Author: Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:May 25, 2011

Whether it's a teacher in Wisconsin or a construction worker in Indiana, what ordinary workers and NFL players have in common is that "collective bargaining is so stacked against them, they have very little to negotiate over," says Michael LeRoy, a professor of law and of labor and employment relations at Illinois.

Published Date: May 25, 2011


Pro athletes ought to bargain outside federal court

Author: Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:May 17, 2011

Labor law expert Michael LeRoy says as long as federal judges continue to enable NFL players to bargain in the courthouse, and not at the traditional bargaining table, collective bargaining will be a stunted institution in professional sports.

Published Date: May 17, 2011


Expert: Legal education must respond to market forces

Author: Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:April 25, 2011

Dire predictions of impending doom for the future of legal education should be taken with a healthy dose of skepticism, says a University of Illinois business law expert.

Published Date: April 25, 2011


Citizens United case unlikely to end corporate speech debate

Author: Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:April 20, 2011

Law professor Larry E. Ribstein says the U.S. Supreme Court's 5-to-4 ruling in favor of corporate speech has sparked a furor among pundits and the public that has shown little signs of slowing down.

Published Date: April 20, 2011


Encore of corporate tax holiday unlikely to stimulate economy

Author: Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:April 19, 2011

A repeat of a corporate tax holiday that found little success in 2005 is still a long shot to jump-start a stagnant U.S. economy, says Dhammika Dharmapala, a UI professor of law and expert in corporate and international taxation.

Published Date: April 19, 2011


Elder law expert: Ryan plan would fundamentally change Medicare

Author: Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:April 7, 2011

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan's proposal to change Medicare for those under age 55 is nothing short of a complete reconceptualization of the health insurance program, says Richard L. Kaplan, a University of Illinois elder law expert.

Published Date: April 7, 2011


Expert: Lockout most likely outcome in contentious NFL labor dispute

Author: Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:March 1, 2011

Labor law expert Michael LeRoy says the most likely scenario has owners running out the clock and locking out NFL players starting Thursday at midnight.

Published Date: March 1, 2011


Elder law expert: Health care reform act a mixed bag for seniors

Author: Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:February 8, 2011

Law professor Richard L. Kaplan says the controversial health care reform act is a "mixed bag" for seniors.

Published Date: February 8, 2011


Scholar: Illinois income tax increase a missed opportunity for tax reform

Author: Phil Ciciora, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:January 19, 2011

Law professor Richard L. Kaplan, an expert on taxation and retirement issues, says the state of Illinois has a seriously outmoded tax structure that's in dire need of reform.

Published Date: January 19, 2011


Employers, workers may benefit from employee reference pool

Author: Phil Ciciora, News Editor

Published Date:November 17, 2010

With employers increasingly reluctant to supply references for former employees, the creation of a centralized reference pool for workers may make labor markets in the U.S. more efficient, says University of Illinois law professor Matthew W. Finkin.

Published Date: November 17, 2010


GM, Chrysler bankruptcies created troubling legacy, legal scholars say

Author: Phil Ciciora, News Editor

Published Date:November 10, 2010

U. of I. law professors Charles J. Tabb and Ralph Brubaker argue that the legal principles applied in the GM and Chrysler bankruptcies two of the largest in U.S. history at $83.5 and $39.9 billion, respectively were misguided, and have ultimately undermined the distributional norms of bankruptcy reorganizations.

Published Date: November 10, 2010


New entitlement program not a replacement for long-term care insurance

Author: Phil Ciciora, News Editor

Published Date:October 26, 2010

An obscure provision in the health care reform bill has the potential to seriously alter the long-term care landscape for older Americans, but it may not be as beneficial to retirees as it will be for near-retirees and successive generations of workers, new research by a University of Illinois elder law expert warns.

Published Date: October 26, 2010


New small business law could have big effect on retirement accounts

Author: Phil Ciciora, News Editor

Published Date:October 14, 2010

Law professor Richard L. Kaplan says an obscure provision in the recently enacted Small Business Jobs Act could have major consequences for anyone with a retirement savings account at work.

Published Date: October 14, 2010


Financial reform a mixed bag for consumers, U. of I. expert says

Author: Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:July 8, 2010

Whats the bottom line for consumers if Congress approves a mammoth, 2,300-page bill hailed as the most sweeping reform of the nations financial system since the Great Depression? I think consumers should pump one fist for joy and shake the other in anger, said University of Illinois law professor Robert Lawless, a consumer credit and bankruptcy expert.

Published Date: July 8, 2010


Gun rights still fuzzy despite high court ruling, U. of I. expert says

Author: Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:June 28, 2010

The long-debated question over the right to bear arms remains unsettled despite a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that extends Second Amendment guarantees to state and local gun-control laws, a University of Illinois legal expert says.

Published Date: June 28, 2010


Apologies may fuel settlement of legal disputes, study says

Author: Jan Dennis

Published Date:June 2, 2010

Jennifer Robbennolt, a UI professor of law and of psychology, says her studies show that apologies can potentially help resolve legal disputes ranging from injury cases to wrongful firings, giving wounded parties a sense of justice and satisfaction that promotes settlements and trims demands for damages.

Published Date: June 2, 2010


Death, injury benefits a casualty of new war strategy, study says

Published Date:April 8, 2010

A hole in public policy is shortchanging U.S. soldiers and civilian workers who become casualties of a new-age war strategy that leans heavily on private contractors, a new University of Illinois study says.

Published Date: April 8, 2010


Court privacy rulings a threat to the media, expert says

Published Date:April 8, 2010

Press freedoms are eroding as courts step in to restore personal privacy battered by an explosion of tabloid reporting on the Internet and 24-hour news outlets hungry for fresh stories, a study by a University of Illinois legal expert warns.

Published Date: April 8, 2010


Looming high court ruling could taint justice, legal expert says

Author: Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:January 13, 2010

A pending U.S. Supreme Court ruling could aggravate the influence of corporate campaign spending that already has skewed justice in some of the nations courts, a University of Illinois labor law expert warns.

Published Date: January 13, 2010


Mandates would crimp benefits of new bank capital, expert says

Author: Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:December 22, 2009

An old-but-new-again line of hybrid securities could solve the too-big-to-fail problem that spawned billions of dollars in unpopular government bailouts to prop up the nations banking industry, a University of Illinois legal expert says.

Published Date: December 22, 2009


Study shows judges' backgrounds matter in high court selection

Author: Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:May 18, 2009

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.

Published Date: May 18, 2009


Labor laws leave workers at risk during crises, legal expert says

Author: Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:May 14, 2009

Congress needs to revisit outdated labor laws that could force workers to choose between their health and their jobs during pandemics, natural disasters or other life-threatening emergencies, a University of Illinois legal expert warns.

Published Date: May 14, 2009


Study: Health undervalued in reproductive rights debate

Author: Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:April 1, 2009

Women’s health is increasingly undervalued in conflicts over reproductive rights, including clashes based on moral objections under so-called conscience clauses, a new study by a University of Illinois legal expert found.

Published Date: April 1, 2009


'Unfunded liabilities' a financial myth, expert says

Author: Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:April 1, 2009

An elder law expert contends the notion of “unfunded liabilities” is merely an ominous new catchphrase coined during debates over massive spending programs such as Social Security and Medicare that is rooted in financial fallacy.

Published Date: April 1, 2009


Senate has little choice but to accept Burris, legal expert says

Author: Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:January 7, 2009

Constitutional law expert Andrew Leipold says legal and political complications have left the Senate with little choice but to accept Roland Burris as Illinois’ junior senator once questions surrounding paperwork required for his appointment are resolved.

Published Date: January 7, 2009


U. of I. experts on Blagojevich indictment

Author: Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:December 9, 2008

The following University of Illinois experts are available to discuss federal corruption charges filed Tuesday against Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

Published Date: December 9, 2008


Legal expert says Ryan commutation would send wrong message

Author: Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:December 5, 2008

A University of Illinois law professor who twice helped nominate former Illinois Gov. George Ryan for a Nobel Peace Prize says it would be a mistake to commute the 74-year-old Republican’s prison sentence in a federal corruption scheme.

Published Date: December 5, 2008


Expert: Long-term care health coverage a hidden casualty of economic slide

Author: Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:December 4, 2008

Many Americans have lost more than just retirement savings amid a year-long economic meltdown that has sliced the U.S. stock market’s value by nearly half in a little over a year, a University of Illinois elder law expert says.

Published Date: December 4, 2008


New guide explores making the most of Social Security

Author: Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:September 4, 2008

Many older Americans may be shortchanging their golden years by tapping into Social Security too soon, according to a University of Illinois expert who has studied the federal retirement program for nearly two decades.

Published Date: September 4, 2008


Attack on corporate crime has thrown justice out of whack, legal expert says

Author: Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:June 16, 2008

A legal assault on corporate fraud has turned justice upside down, putting company executives at too much risk while leaving shareholders out in the cold, according to a University of Illinois law professor.

Published Date: June 16, 2008


California same-sex marriage ruling will fuel nationwide push, expert says

Author: Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:June 10, 2008

An expected crush of same-sex marriages looming in California will also touch off a new wave of lawsuits seeking to make the long-debated unions legal nationwide, according to a University of Illinois expert on family and constitutional law.

Published Date: June 10, 2008


U. of I. expert to testify about Supreme Court's impact on consumer debt

Published Date:June 10, 2008

U.S. Supreme Court rulings are digging into Americans’ pocketbooks, contributing to staggering mortgage and consumer debt that now averages more than $53,000 for every man, woman and child in the nation, according to a University of Illinois legal expert.

Published Date: June 10, 2008


New online textbooks target students raised in the computer age

Author: Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:April 1, 2008

Textbooks have helped turn out job-ready graduates for years, but might not be the best way to connect with a new generation of tech-savvy students who carry laptop computers to class instead of pen and paper, a University of Illinois law professor says.

Published Date: April 1, 2008


Gloomy reports on Social Security rooted in myth, U. of I. expert says

Author: Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:March 27, 2008

Don’t trust the glum reports that sprout like cherry blossoms in Washington every spring, forecasting the seemingly inevitable demise of Social Security’s trust fund, a University of Illinois law professor says.

Published Date: March 27, 2008


Baseball's record book could be next victim of steroid report, expert says

Author: Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:December 13, 2007

Major League Baseball's record book will likely come under fire in the wake of a long-awaited report released today linking Roger Clemens and other superstars to performance-enhancing drugs, a University of Illinois law and labor expert says.

Published Date: December 13, 2007


Environmentalist lawyer seeks common ground in property-rights debate

Author: Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:December 6, 2007

Don't blame just Hurricane Katrina for leaving New Orleans in shambles or single out wildfires for thousands of homes reduced to rubble this year across southern California, a University of Illinois law professor says.

Published Date: December 6, 2007


Legal expert says laws often follow when public's fears exceed reality

Author: Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:November 6, 2007

When hijacking fears soared out of control after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, tougher airport screening quickly followed to ward off panic that could have crippled the nation's airline industry.

Published Date: November 6, 2007


New book to offer straightforward legal advice for medical professionals

Author: Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:October 23, 2007

Doctors save lives, but often don't have a prescription for legal woes that can plague their businesses and even slice into the bottom line, a University of Illinois professor says.

Published Date: October 23, 2007


U. of I. professor calls on Congress to close private equity tax loophole

Author: Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:October 18, 2007

Congress should act quickly on a Senate bill that would plug a loophole allowing publicly traded private equity firms to avoid paying corporate taxes, says a University of Illinois law professor who testified before House and Senate panels that reviewed the long-overlooked tax disparity.

Published Date: October 18, 2007


New book says lawsuits cutting voters out of public policy decisions

Author: Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:October 3, 2007

Lawsuits such as the landmark case against the tobacco industry are undermining traditional government regulation by shifting decision-making out of the public eye, according to a book co-written by a University of Illinois professor that will be published next year.

Published Date: October 3, 2007


Aspiring lawyers to get information at Law School Day

Author: Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor

Published Date:August 13, 2007

Illinois college students preparing to apply to law school are invited to attend Law School Day at the University of Illinois on Sept. 19.

Published Date: August 13, 2007


Scholar's plan addresses 'spousal refusal,' nursing-home cost burden

Author: Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:April 2, 2007

Spousal refusal, an increasingly popular way for elderly couples to qualify for Medicaid coverage to avoid nursing-home costs, has been painted by critics as an abuse of public funds.

Published Date: April 2, 2007


Internet opens new avenues for con artists seeking to bilk the elderly

Author: Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:March 23, 2007

As more elderly Americans use the Internet, the potential for Internet fraud that targets the elderly grows, according to an article in the latest issue of the Elder Law Journal.

Published Date: March 23, 2007


U. of I. scholars collecting, analyzing constitutions from around world

Author: Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:February 12, 2007

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.

Published Date: February 12, 2007


Law scholar travels to Thailand as nation ponders 18th constitution

Author: Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:January 24, 2007

Thailand has drafted 17 constitutions since becoming a constitutional monarchy in 1932. Will an 18th constitution help restore democracy, which ended last September after a military coup ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra?

Published Date: January 24, 2007


Importing medicines from abroad carries risks, legal scholar says

Author: Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:January 16, 2007

Importing prescription drugs from overseas, a plan advocated by Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and many senior citizen groups, may lower the price of drugs, but poses serious safety risks, according to a University of Illinois scholar.

Published Date: January 16, 2007


Tax-exempt groups skirt campaign-finance rules, play key roles in elections

Author: Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:November 16, 2006

About $2.8 billion was funneled into the 468 House and Senate races this year - the most expensive midterm election ever.

Published Date: November 16, 2006


Federal government needs to take closer look at assisted living facilities

Author: Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:November 1, 2006

Over the last 20 years, a housing industry has sprung up to handle elderly citizens who cannot live independently but do not require around-the-clock nursing.

Published Date: November 1, 2006


Credit cards' insidious effects may pose product liability issue

Author: Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:October 26, 2006

Are credit cards hazardous to your health and safety under the principles of product liability?

Published Date: October 26, 2006


Bankruptcy reforms aimed at curbing filings may wind up increasing them

Author: Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:October 24, 2006

If history is any guide, last year's changes to the bankruptcy law aimed at reducing individual bankruptcy filings may have the opposite effect - a long-term surge in personal filings, according to a study by a University of Illinois expert.

Published Date: October 24, 2006


Bankruptcy filings expected to rebound in wake of reform, scholar says

Author: Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:October 9, 2006

Bankruptcy filings by American households are likely to return to the levels they were at before Congress passed a law last year aimed at curbing "abusive" filings, a statistical study by a University of Illinois expert indicates.

Published Date: October 9, 2006


Digital imagery leaves artists without legal protection

Author: Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:August 15, 2006

The move from physical objects to digital technology in the art world has created a thorny set of legal questions centered on how artists can protect their work from unauthorized use, manipulation or even destruction.

Published Date: August 15, 2006


Harshness of bankruptcy law will discourage entrepreneurs, scholar says

Author: Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:June 23, 2006

In attempting to crack down on irresponsible debtors, the new federal bankruptcy law is also likely to ensnare entrepreneurs and other self-employed Americans whose ideas and inventions can become engines for economic growth and job creation, according to a University of Illinois scholar.

Published Date: June 23, 2006


Recent bankruptcy reform measure a bust, legal expert at Illinois says

Author: Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:June 16, 2006

Early signs of the effect of the new bankruptcy act on consumers and the courts are not encouraging, according to an expert on bankruptcy law at the University of Illinois.

Published Date: June 16, 2006


Federal testing for mad cow disease a failure, Law Review editor says

Author: Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:May 15, 2006

The U.S. Agriculture Department's mad cow disease-testing program is wholly inadequate and the agency's refusal to let processors do their own testing further undercuts the safety of American beef, a University of Illinois scholar writes.

Published Date: May 15, 2006


Tax cut has complicated estate planning for wealthy families

Author: Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:May 5, 2006

The old saw about death and taxes has taken on new meaning as state governments grapple with the confusion spawned by the 2001 federal tax cut.

Published Date: May 5, 2006


Absentee ballotting fraught with risks, legal scholar says

Author: Mark Reutter, Business and Law Editor

Published Date:April 13, 2006

The rising popularity of absentee voting, especially the use of "no-excuse" absentee ballots, poses a risk of vote tampering and election fraud, a University of Illinois legal scholar argues.

Published Date: April 13, 2006


Ill veterans who had radiation exposure now caught in bureaucratic web

Author: Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:April 3, 2006

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.

Published Date: April 3, 2006


High court decision a setback for older workers, U. of I. law professor says

Author: Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:March 24, 2006

A potential legal hurdle for corporations seeking to cut costs through mandatory or voluntary layoffs was lifted when the U.S. Supreme Court gave its latest interpretation of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA).

Published Date: March 24, 2006


Social Security still imperiled, says scholar who promoted Bush plan

Author: Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:March 17, 2006

While the Bush administration's efforts to change Social Security have faltered, the ticking time bomb of a revenue shortfall has not gone away, a University of Illinois expert warns.

Published Date: March 17, 2006


U.S. must clarify workers' responsibilities in national emergencies

Author: Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:February 23, 2006

How far can the government go in forcing civilians to perform potentially life-threatening jobs during a national emergency?

Published Date: February 23, 2006


Track record of anti-poverty 'Enterprise Zones' is mixed

Author: Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:February 20, 2006

Since Ronald Reagan's presidency in the 1980s, attempts to alleviate poverty have shifted away from urban renewal and centralized government planning to so-called "market-based solutions."

Published Date: February 20, 2006


Parental liability laws misguided and simplistic, legal scholar says

Author: Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:December 12, 2005

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.

Published Date: December 12, 2005


State vs. federal rules at issue in regulation of HMOs

Author: Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:December 1, 2005

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.

Published Date: December 1, 2005


Caution: Medicare drug plan may cause headaches

Author: Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:November 15, 2005

If many seniors are scratching their heads about the new Medicare prescription drug plan, so are the experts.

Published Date: November 15, 2005


Laws about pregnant women and substance abuse questioned

Author: Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:November 8, 2005

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.

Published Date: November 8, 2005


Reasoning behind sodomy-law ruling bears on zoning laws

Author: Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:November 1, 2005

At first glance, a Texas sodomy law would seem to have little in common with neighborhood zoning ordinances, but a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the former could have a strong impact on the latter, a University of Illinois legal scholar argues.

Published Date: November 1, 2005


Using science in classroom on behalf of a cause predates 'intelligent design'

Author: Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:October 28, 2005

The effort to teach "intelligent design" in public schools is not the first time that "science" has been enlisted for a cause in the classroom, according to a University of Illinois legal scholar.

Published Date: October 28, 2005


Rise of unincorporated businesses linked to regulatory, ethical issues

Author: Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:August 22, 2005

The rapid expansion of non-incorporated businesses, such as limited liability companies (LLCs) and limited liability partnerships (LLPs), raises questions ranging from government regulation to professional ethics, according to the latest issue of the University of Illinois Law Review.

Published Date: August 22, 2005


Sarbanes-Oxley Act unfair when company is bankrupt, law scholar says

Author: Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:August 16, 2005

The Sarbanes-Oxley Act - sometimes referred to as SOX - has come under heavy fire from business groups for adding to the cost of annual corporate audits. Another problem with the law is its encroachment on the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, according to an article in the University of Illinois Law Review.

Published Date: August 16, 2005


Battered women who kill in non-beating situation have self-defense right

Author: Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:August 15, 2005

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.

Published Date: August 15, 2005


Waning economy, increasing numbers of lawyers fuel litigation in Japan

Author: Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:July 21, 2005

It's a cliché that has outlasted its value - the picture of Japan as a culturally harmonious country whose inhabitants value peace and consensus over the clash of lawsuits and lawyers.

Published Date: July 21, 2005


Malpractice litigation wrongly blamed for inconsistent health care

Author: Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:July 14, 2005

Conventional wisdom holds that malpractice lawsuits are the bane of modern medicine, with high insurance premiums driving doctors from the profession and the threat of lawsuits discouraging health-care employees from reporting and correcting medical mistakes.

Published Date: July 14, 2005


U. of I. law library acquires prized Blackstone legal commentaries

Author: Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:July 14, 2005

After five years of looking, the University of Illinois College of Law has acquired the first American edition of Blackstone���s Commentaries on the Law, completing its collection of original Blackstone editions.

Published Date: July 14, 2005


DVD-editing software raises ire of Hollywood, interest of courts

Author: Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:June 29, 2005

What Hollywood studios call censorship and copyright infringement, software companies call freedom and parental choice. Any wonder that the legal issues raised by new film software is winding up in the courts and before Congress?

Published Date: June 29, 2005


Changes advocated in license renewals for elderly drivers

Author: Mark Reutter, Business Editor

Published Date:June 15, 2005

Senior citizens not only drive more these days, but have sped past teenagers as the age group with the highest number of traffic accidents per mile.

Published Date: June 15, 2005


Property-tax relief for elderly now freighted with political baggage

Author: Mark Reutter, Business Editor

Published Date:June 13, 2005

Are property-tax relief programs for the elderly justified in an age of shrinking government revenues and scaled-back public services?

Published Date: June 13, 2005


Gambling expert decries Indian tribes' attempts to get land for casinos

Author: Mark Reutter, Business Editor

Published Date:June 6, 2005

In testimony before a congressional committee, an expert on gambling at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign denounced efforts by some Indian tribes to acquire land for casinos across state lines.

Published Date: June 6, 2005


Social Security not in peril as President Bush suggests, expert says

Author: Mark Reutter, Law Editor

Published Date:May 13, 2005

Social Security is not "in crisis," "unsustainable," or even "bankrupt" - words that President George W. Bush has used to rally support behind his campaign to alter the retirement and insurance program - according to an article by a law professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Published Date: May 13, 2005


Report: African-Americans under-represented on Champaign County juries

Author: Mark Reutter, Law Editor

Published Date:May 4, 2005

While finding no statistical evidence of bias in the selection of jurors, African-Americans were noticeably under-represented on juries in Champaign County.

Published Date: May 4, 2005


Settlement of church abuse cases imperils security of clergy and laity pensions

Author: Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:December 21, 2004

The record $100 million-plus settlement earlier this month by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange County in California to victims of sexual abuse by priests raises the question of how the church will pay for this and other claims.

Published Date: December 21, 2004


ines governing human-subject research deterring scholars, expert says

Author: Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:October 11, 2004

Social science research on university campuses is being stifled by "hyperzealous" rules that bear little relation to the goal of protecting human subjects from unethical or unprofessional behavior, an expert from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign writes.

Published Date: October 11, 2004


Pro hockey commissioner's position essentially a restraint of trade, expert says

Author: Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:September 16, 2004

The lockout of players by the owners of the National Hockey League will harm fans and the sport as owners try to impose cost-saving labor rules.

Published Date: September 16, 2004


Federal policy has failed to prepare nation for possibility of bioterrorism

Author: Mark Reutter, Business/Law Editor

Published Date:September 7, 2004

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirms a case of smallpox in a Midwest city. Minutes later, officials declare that the country is under a terrorist smallpox attack. Panicked families swamp hospital emergency rooms nationwide.

Published Date: September 7, 2004


U.S. corporations should stop being complicit in China's cyber censorship

Author: Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:August 9, 2004

It is known as the "Great Firewall of China," and like its counterpart built centuries before, it is intended to block unwanted invaders from the outside world.

Published Date: August 9, 2004


Use of cameras to monitor nursing-home care is subject of controversy

Author: Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:July 27, 2004

The proposed use of Web or video cameras to monitor the care of residents in nursing homes has kicked up a storm.

Published Date: July 27, 2004


Sarbanes-Oxley Act fails to address corporate accounting flaws, scholar says

Author: Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:June 28, 2004

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.

Published Date: June 28, 2004


Improve care by limiting lawsuits, jury awards in cases against nursing homes

Author: Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:June 17, 2004

Placing limits on lawsuits and jury awards against nursing homes would improve the quality of care to elderly residents by reducing the skyrocketing cost of liability insurance, an article in the Elder Law Journal argues.

Published Date: June 17, 2004


Federal courts should enforce gay students' rights to equal protection

Author: Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:May 27, 2004

Educators will take the issue of gay harassment in public schools more seriously if federal courts start enforcing a gay student's right to equal protection under the 14th Amendment, an article in the University of Illinois Law Review argues.

Published Date: May 27, 2004


Type of company pension determines security of payout to retirees

Author: Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:April 26, 2004

What a difference a word can make to the security of a person's golden years.

Published Date: April 26, 2004


Health-care crisis looming for aging boomers unless problems addressed

Author: Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:March 30, 2004

How to pay for the long-term health-care needs of aging baby boomers will become a major crisis unless steps are taken to rationalize the current hodge-podge of federal regulations and restricted coverage, according to a health-law expert at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Published Date: March 30, 2004


Law, theater faculty teach budding lawyers how to interact with people

Author: Mark Reutter, Business Editor

Published Date:February 9, 2004

Brian Dampier knows the value of a good performance.

Published Date: February 9, 2004


Law needs to be changed to make it easier to prosecute domestic violence

Author: Mark Reutter, Business and Law Editor

Published Date:December 23, 2003

To deal effectively with domestic violence offenders, criminal laws should be changed to include the kind of evidence now admissible for prosecuting child molesters and rapists, a scholar at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign argues.

Published Date: December 23, 2003


Japanese legal education system undergoing radical transformation

Author: Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:November 13, 2003

Japan is undergoing a quiet revolution in legal education, instituting "American-style" law schools with the aim of producing more lawyers for business, government and private practice.

Published Date: November 13, 2003


Increased prescription-drug use by elderly leading to rising costs

Author: Mark Reutter, Business and Law Editor

Published Date:August 1, 2003

The big challenge facing the federal government will not be passing legislation to help the elderly buy prescription drugs, but keeping the costs of the program from skyrocketing out of control, according to an article in a University of Illinois law journal.

Published Date: August 1, 2003


Russian immigrants push Israel's 'Law of Return' to its limits

Author: Mark Reutter, Business and Law Editor

Published Date:July 1, 2003

One of the most divisive issues facing Israel is how to deal with immigrants from the former Soviet Union. Should the government continue to grant citizenship to people who claim to be Jewish, but are not considered Jewish under religious law?

Published Date: July 1, 2003


Old right-of-way rulings should guide telecom cable rights

Author: Mark Reutter, Business and Law Editor

Published Date:June 1, 2003

The past gives a clear indication of how the courts should handle the increased volume of class-action lawsuits over the use of railroad rights of way to install fiber-optic cables and other telecommunications equipment. In the late 19th century, Jeffery M. Heftman writes in the upcoming issue of the University of Illinois Law Review, the courts were faced with litigation seeking to determine the rights of owners on whose land railroads had been granted easements.

Published Date: June 1, 2003


Statutes barring elderly from voting often enforced arbitrarily

Author: Mark Reutter, Business and Law Editor

Published Date:June 1, 2003

What is the rationale behind state laws that prohibit the elderly from voting if they are deemed mentally disabled or placed under guardianship?

Published Date: June 1, 2003


Legal theories would ease dialogue among scholars

Author: Mark Reutter, Business Editor

Published Date:May 1, 2003

Law schools are on the verge of a dramatically different manner of doing legal scholarship, according to a law professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Published Date: May 1, 2003


Experts to examine rules guiding human-subject protection

Author: Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:April 1, 2003

A conference April 11-12 at the University of Illinois College of Law will examine the impact of the growing array of regulations for human-subject protection on academic research and academic freedom.

Published Date: April 1, 2003


Guidelines for human-subject research too broad, scholar says

Author: Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:April 1, 2003

The system requiring faculty members to get clearance before conducting research involving human subjects is overly broad and raises the specter of institutional censorship, a legal scholar at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will argue at an upcoming conference.

Published Date: April 1, 2003


Government not keeping up with changes in disability care

Author: Mark Reutter, Business Editor

Published Date:March 1, 2003

Half a million mentally retarded and developmentally disabled Americans live with their elderly parents. That number is expected to double during the next 25 years, posing a potential crisis for the care of disabled adult children.

Published Date: March 1, 2003


Seniors selling own life-insurance policies need safeguards

Author: Mark Reutter, Business Editor

Published Date:March 1, 2003

An increasingly popular option for elderly or terminally ill people faced with high medical costs is to sell their life-insurance policies to investors in return for lump-sum payments. The current issue of the Elder Law Journal examines the pros and cons of these "senior settlement" or "life settlement" contracts.

Published Date: March 1, 2003


Seniors selling own life-insurance policies need safeguards

Author: Mark Reutter, Business Editor

Published Date:March 1, 2003

An increasingly popular option for elderly or terminally ill people faced with high medical costs is to sell their life-insurance policies to investors in return for lump-sum payments. The current issue of the Elder Law Journal examines the pros and cons of these "senior settlement" or "life settlement" contracts.

Published Date: March 1, 2003


Anti-loitering law is legally questionable, bad public policy, lawyer says

Author: Mark Reutter, Business Editor

Published Date:December 1, 2002

Since 1992, Chicago has been trying to fashion a gang anti-loitering ordinance that allows police to order people standing around with no apparent purpose to disperse or face arrest.

Published Date: December 1, 2002


Governmental regulation of nursing homes ineffective, legal editor says

Author: Mark Reutter, Business Editor

Published Date:December 1, 2002

Despite the enactment of laws to prevent the abuse of elderly residents in nursing homes, few cases are reported to authorities and even fewer lead to penalties against the offenders, an article in the Elder Law Journal concludes.

Published Date: December 1, 2002


Changes in estate tax law of little consequence to most, scholar says

Author: Mark Reutter, Business Editor

Published Date:November 1, 2002

Somewhere in the corridors of Capitol Hill, the important needs of elderly Americans were shunted aside for a change in the federal tax code that will have no consequence for the vast majority of senior citizens, according to a noted scholar of elder law.

Published Date: November 1, 2002


Ignorance of kin-care system has hindered its encouragement

Author: Mark Reutter, Business Editor

Published Date:November 1, 2002

Operating largely outside the radar of white America, grandparents in the black community have found homes and effectively raised children in ways that have eluded established foster-care and welfare programs.

Published Date: November 1, 2002


SEC should broaden ethics rules for corporate lawyers, scholar says

Author: Mark Reutter, Business Editor

Published Date:October 1, 2002

A review of ethics rules for corporate lawyers should be undertaken by the Securities and Exchange Commission as part of its mandate to reform corporate practice, writes a securities law expert at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Published Date: October 1, 2002


Strict interpretation of drug-sentencing law impedes war on drugs

Author: Mark Reutter, Business Editor

Published Date:August 1, 2002

An overly strict interpretation for sentencing drug traffickers who at first lie to police threatens to undercut the fairness of America's war on drugs, the author of a just-published article in the University of Illinois Law Review argues.

Published Date: August 1, 2002


Strict interpretation of drug-sentencing law impedes war on drugs

Author: Mark Reutter, Business Editor

Published Date:August 1, 2002

An overly strict interpretation for sentencing drug traffickers who at first lie to police threatens to undercut the fairness of America's war on drugs, the author of a just-published article in the University of Illinois Law Review argues.

Published Date: August 1, 2002


Human subject protections hindering humanitites scholars

Author: Mark Reutter, Business Editor

Published Date:July 1, 2002

Has the pendulum swung too far in the application of human subject protections to scholarly research, especially in the humanities?

Published Date: July 1, 2002


Health-care expert proposes overhaul of long-term care financing

Author: Mark Reutter, Business Editor

Published Date:June 1, 2002

As Americans live longer, they are more likely to develop age-related health problems that limit their ability to live independently. Some type of long-term care is needed, but financing such care can inflict a terrible punishment on families as the average cost of a nursing-home stay reaches $54,000 a year.

Published Date: June 1, 2002


Courts rarely consider implications of condo association policies

Author: Mark Reutter, Business Editor

Published Date:May 1, 2002

The rapid increase in condominium housing around the country raises questions about the prevailing law that gives condominium associations wide latitude in controlling the behavior of its members.

Published Date: May 1, 2002


Senior-citizen drinking problems labeled 'invisible epidemic'

Author: Mark Reutter, Business Editor

Published Date:May 1, 2002

It's being called an "invisible epidemic" by some health care experts -- the growing number of senior citizens with out-of-control drinking problems.

Published Date: May 1, 2002


Plan to enlarge airport violates constitutional law, legal scholar says

Author: Mark Reutter, Business Editor

Published Date:April 1, 2002

A University of Illinois law professor says that proposed federal legislation to give Chicago the green light to proceed with a $6.6 billion expansion of O'Hare International Airport is unconstitutional.

Published Date: April 1, 2002


Bankruptcy reform bills would allow Enron-type

Author: Mark Reutter, Business Editor

Published Date:March 1, 2002

One way to test Congress' resolve in resisting the blandishments of special interest money is to see how a conference committee handles the bankruptcy bills now before it, a University of Illinois expert says.

Published Date: March 1, 2002


Evaluate judicial nominees solely on integrity, intelligence and good faith

Author: Mark Reutter, Business Editor

Published Date:October 1, 2001

Judging the future actions of judges through the lens of today's "hot-button" political issues is not only unfair, it's not possible, a University of Illinois constitutional law scholar told a U.S. Senate subcommittee studying the judicial confirmation process.

Published Date: October 1, 2001


Rules barring judges from talking to media about trials must be ironclad

Author: Mark Reutter, Business Editor

Published Date:September 1, 2001

The behavior of U.S. District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson in the Microsoft antitrust case has renewed questions of how far a judge should go in making off-the-record comments to the news media during or after a trial.

Published Date: September 1, 2001


Law behind the curve on legal issues raised by burgeoning Internet

Author: Mark Reutter, Business Editor

Published Date:July 1, 2001

The ability of the Internet to destroy time and space and national borders may look like utopia to computer engineers, but it all seems very nasty to lawyers.

Published Date: July 1, 2001


Legal ownership of relics should be based on 'cultural debt'

Author: Mark Reutter, Business Editor

Published Date:July 1, 2001

Ancient relics taken from third-world nations should be returned to their rightful owners. This principle sounds fair enough and has been put forward in foreign claims against sculptures, paintings, pottery and other property held in U.S. private and museum collections.

Published Date: July 1, 2001


Volunteer screening policies need to be upgraded, legal scholar says

Author: Mark Reutter, Business Editor

Published Date:July 1, 2001

School volunteerism has a new face. No longer do the mothers of schoolchildren dominate after-school tutorials and supervise the bake sales. Increasingly, a wide range of community members do volunteer work, most notably retirees.

Published Date: July 1, 2001


Growing minority senior population faces barriers to nursing-home care

Author: Mark Reutter, Business Editor

Published Date:June 1, 2001

Lack of access to nursing-home care - a longstanding problem for non-white Americans - will become more acute unless policy-makers and private operators address the economic and cultural barriers faced by older minorities, a University of Illinois law scholar argues.

Published Date: June 1, 2001


Bankruptcy loophole lets debtors keep mansions while others suffer

Author: Mark Reutter, Business Editor

Published Date:April 1, 2001

Will Congress ever cap the homestead exemption?

Published Date: April 1, 2001


Increased security measures in schools send 'wrong message' to youth

Author: Mark Reutter, Business and Law Editor

Published Date:April 1, 2001

Efforts are again under way after last month's shooting deaths of two high school pupils in San Diego to restrict the movement and freedom of students in the name of school safety.

Published Date: April 1, 2001


Code needs to be developed to prohibit stalking by means of Internet

Author: Mark Reutter, Business Editor

Published Date:March 1, 2001

Harassment through the Internet, or "cyberstalking," is bringing new challenges for law-enforcement and legislative bodies.

Published Date: March 1, 2001


Law must be changed to adapt to shifting realities of adult partnerships

Author: Mark Reutter, Business and Law Editor

Published Date:December 1, 2000

The foremost issue facing family law today is how to realign the legal principles governing marriage to the current reality of complex adult and family relationships, a University of Illinois expert writes.

Published Date: December 1, 2000


Exception allowing secret taping of children should be re-examined

Author: Mark Reutter, Business Editor

Published Date:September 1, 2000

In the area of privacy, the courts need to be more clear-headed in controlling the use of wiretapping by parents embroiled in child-custody battles, a University of Illinois legal researcher writes.

Published Date: September 1, 2000


Government needs to support 'e-medicine' to improve medical care

Author: Mark Reutter, Business Editor

Published Date:August 1, 2000

The failure to commit money and imagination to "e-medicine" has undercut the potential of using electronic technology to deliver health-care services to the elderly and poor, a University of Illinois law researcher says

Published Date: August 1, 2000


Bankruptcy bill would exacerbate existing problems, scholar says

Author: Mark Reutter, Business Editor

Published Date:July 1, 2000

Congress is on the brink of passing a bankruptcy "reform" bill that would increase the inconsistencies and unfairness of the present system, a University of Illinois law professor says.

Published Date: July 1, 2000


Despite court ruling, laws governing visitation rights expanding

Author: Mark Reutter, Business Editor

Published Date:July 1, 2000

The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to affirm the right of a mother to prevent her daughters from seeing their grandparents may not be quite the victory for parental rights that observers first thought, a University of Illinois family law expert says.

Published Date: July 1, 2000


Court of diverse judges needed to hear trials of dictators

Author: Mark Reutter, Business Editor

Published Date:May 1, 2000

Limiting the immunity of dictators is a fine idea, but who should do the job? The case of Gen. Augusto Pinochet highlights the clash between state sovereign immunity and the need to punish and deter world leaders who behave badly, Michael P. Davis writes in the current issue of the University of Illinois Law Review.

Published Date: May 1, 2000


Practice of lawyers 'buying business' apparently on rise

Author: Mark Reutter, Business Editor

Published Date:May 1, 2000

"Pay-to-play," the practice whereby lawyers make political contributions to government officials who award legal contracts, has been stubbornly resistant to reform, according to a University of Illinois legal scholar.

Published Date: May 1, 2000


Courts have reduced criminal defendant's right to a lawyer

Author: Mark Reutter, Business Editor

Published Date:April 1, 2000

Rulings by the Supreme Court and several lower courts have eroded the protections afforded to criminal defendants of a right to a lawyer after indictment, a University of Illinois scholar argues.

Published Date: April 1, 2000


Child-adoption laws shortchange long-term caregivers, scholar says

Author: Mark Reutter, Business Editor

Published Date:February 1, 2000

Compromises sometimes work and sometimes don't. In the realm of child-adoption laws, a compromise crafted by Illinois to deal with court challenges by biological fathers has contributed to a "legal limbo" where the child loses, a University of Illinois professor of law says.

Published Date: February 1, 2000