From ABC News (from The Associated Press, Dec. 3) -- The American Civil Liberties Union filed a sweeping federal lawsuit against the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops over its ethical guidelines for Roman Catholic hospitals, arguing the directives were to blame for negligent care of a pregnant woman who went into early labor and whose baby died within hours. Robin Fretwell Wilson, a U. of I. law professor who specializes in family and health law, said a negligence claim would hinge in part on whether the ACLU can establish that the conference has some direct control in this case or in hospitals in general.
A leading expert in bankruptcy law, a regent in the American College of Bankruptcy, and the Mildred Van Voorhis Jones Chair in Law, Professor Charles Tabb recently published the 3rd edition of Tabb’s Law of Bankruptcy (West Academic, 2013). A go-to reference guide, the new edition is a comprehensive text that provides an exhaustive analysis and discussion of every aspect of bankruptcy law, including both minor and major developments in bankruptcy law since 2009.
The Obama administration faces a tough task in convincing the Supreme Court to rule in favor of ObamaCare’s contraception mandate. “I think there’s a strong argument that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, in this particular case, would allow Hobby Lobby to deny certain contraception coverage without having to pay the fine that would otherwise be imposed them under the Affordable Care Act,” said constitutional law professor, Kurt Lash.
Professor Kurt T. Lash, one of the nation’s leading scholars of constitutional law, has been named the Guy Raymond Jones Chair in Law at the University of Illinois College of Law, where he directs the Program in Constitutional Theory, History, and Law.
Andrew D. Leipold, the Edwin M. Adams Professor of Law and director of the Illinois Program in Criminal Law & Procedure, has been elected to the American Law Institute (ALI). Founded in 1923, ALI is the preeminent scholarly organization in the United States dedicated to clarifying, modernizing, and improving the law.
In a study that analyzed more than two decades of patent grant rates by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (PTO), Professor Melissa Wasserman and co-author Michael Frakes, a law professor at Cornell University, suggest that financial incentives, and not just the merits of the invention, may be, in part, driving the PTO’s decision whether or not to grant a patent. By comparing the PTO’s granting patterns before and after 1991, when the agency became almost exclusively funded by user fees, they determined that when the agency was in need of more funds, it granted patents at a higher rate to entities that generated higher fees.
The number of lawsuits generated by “patent trolls” is wildly exaggerated and is mostly the byproduct of a slight change to a federal law, says a new paper co-written by University of Illinois law professor Jay P. Kesan.
A group of law students, the self-proclaimed “Gang-Green,” are pursuing independent study projects this semester in environmental ethics, law, and policy. On a group trip to northern Illinois this month, they explored the impact of invasive species within the upper Mississippi ecosystem.
Although it may not receive high marks these days as a public body, Congress should actually be empowered so it can uphold the constitutional checks and balances that help to curb overreach by the other two branches of government, says Jamelle Sharpe, an expert in administrative law and associate dean for academic affairs.
"It may be a time of historic congressional disapproval by the public, but that's why it's important to step back and look at things – not necessarily at how things are working now, but at how they are supposed to work, and how they work best."
Professors Eric Johnson and Matthew Finkin have filed amicus curiae with the United States Supreme Court. Johnson’s brief was filed on behalf of nine states (Alaska, Colorado, Hawaii, Kansas, New Mexico, South Dakota, Tennessee, Wisconsin, and Wyoming) in Burrage v. United States. Finkin’s brief was filed on behalf of the National Academy of Arbitrators in Unite Here Local 355 v. Martin Mulhall.
Senator Tom Daschle was the featured speaker for the 2013 Vacketta-DLA Piper Lecture on the Role of Government and the Law on October 25, 2013. In his lecture, The Affordable Care Act – A New Paradigm For U.S. Health Law, Senator Daschle discussed the legal, administrative, regulatory, and legislative challenges for the Affordable Care Act as new health marketplaces are created in each of the 50 states. He also described the challenges and their extraordinary implications for health law in the United States for decades to come.
On Friday, October 25, Carl Vacketta (’65) was inducted as an inaugural member of the University of Illinois Army ROTC Hall of Fame. The honor recognizes Carl’s loyalty and service to the University of Illinois and the community at large.
William F. Conlon (’70) and The Honorable Warren D. Wolfson (’57) have been awarded the Justice John Paul Stevens Award, presented annually by The Chicago Bar Foundation and The Chicago Bar Association to lawyers and judges who best exemplify Justice John Paul Stevens’ commitment to integrity and public service in the practice of law. Conceived by Justice Stevens’ former law clerks and first presented in 2000, the Award honors the lifetime efforts of Justice Stevens – a Chicago native – to improve the system of justice, as well as his dedicated commitment to the Chicago Bar Association.
The University of Illinois College of Law has received a $2 million gift from the Jerome Mirza Foundation to create The Jerome Mirza Program in Advocacy, designed to advance advocacy training at the College.
Cook County Circuit Judge Sophia Hall is expected to rule on a challenge to the state of Illinois’ 17-year-old same-sex marriage ban when court resumes later next month. Professor Sara R. Benson, an expert on sexual orientation and the law, offers some insight on the case in an interview with the Illinois News Bureau: "The state of Illinois is the next fighting ground for gay rights. The Supreme Court made it very clear in Windsor that they consider gay marriage to be a state law issue. That means you’re going to see the fights rev up at the state level, and Illinois is a prime example."
“The settlement seems low considering the number of claimants and the severity of their conditions, but it also shows the uphill climb in proving the league was responsible for the players’ injuries,” said Michael LeRoy, who teaches labor law at the University of Illinois in Champaign. “The league is keenly sensitive to its public image. It changes the conversation and really lets the air out of the publicity balloon.”
Although planning for a comfortable retirement is a mainstay of public discussion, far less attention has been paid to the tax consequences of generating retirement income, says Professor Richard Kaplan, an expert on taxation and retirement benefits.
Welcome to the College of Law, J.D. Class of 2016 and LL.M. Class of 2014!
Friday, December 13, 2013
Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers (Arkansas Room), 301 East North Water Street, Chicago, Illinois
4:30 PM–6:00 PM
Alumni attending the ISBA Mid-Year Meeting Attendees and other Chicago alumni are invited to this networking cocktail reception.
Friday, January 03, 2014
New York Hilton Midtown, 1335 Avenue of the Americas, New York, New York
6:30 PM–8:30 PM
Faculty, staff, and New York alumni are invited to the University of Illinois College of Law Reception at the AALS Annual Meeting.
RSVP by December 15 via email or by calling (217) 333-2628.
Thursday, February 06, 2014
Petterino's Restaurant, Chicago (150 North State Street)
12:00 PM–1:30 PM
Save the date for this unique luncheon where alumni will be assigned to sit at a different table for each of three courses. The luncheon is a great opportunity for alumni to expand their networks or reconnect with former classmates.
Saturday, March 01, 2014
College of Law Building, Champaign
All Day Event
Save the date for the 23rd annual Alumni-Student Career Conference (ASCC), which gives alumni the opportunity to provide valuable advice to students, many of whom are just beginning their job searches. Alumni of all ages, experience levels, practice areas, and practice settings are encouraged to attend.
Monday, March 03, 2014
Max. L. Rowe Auditorium, College of Law
12:00 PM–1:00 PM
The Ann F. Baum Memorial Elder Law Lecture will feature Professor Lawrence Gostin of Georgetown University Law Center. The lecture is free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided to lecture attendees.
Nisha Chandran was granted the 2013 Academic Excellence Award by McGuire Woods for academic excellence, extracurricular involvement, and a commitment to the McGuire Woods five core values: Excellence, Client Service, Integrity, Collegiality and Community.
A partner in the San Francisco office of Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd, Shawn Williams focuses his practice on securities class actions and shareholder derivative actions. Prior to joining Robbins Geller, he served as an assistant district attorney in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.
While interning at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, Sean Murphy assisted in the trial of Nicholas Brooks, who was convicted of Murder in the Second Degree. Sean spent his first summer as a legal intern for the State Department at the U.S. Consulate General in Milan.
Stacey Tutt (’03) started and directs the Community Preservation Clinic, which specializes in the development and implementation of foreclosure mediation programs in central Illinois counties designed to make the foreclosure process more effective, efficient, collaborative, and humane. The Clinic has been the beneficiary of roughly $1.2 million in grants from the Office of the Illinois Attorney General, through proceeds from a national foreclosure settlement.
An associate at Schiff Hardin LLP in Chicago, Shawna Boothe, originally from Texas, interned at the Champaign County State’s Attorney’s Office and Schiff Hardin and received the 2012 Trial Advocacy Scholarship from the American Association for Justice.
In May 2013, Professor Eric Freyfogle was invested as a Swanlund Chair, the highest endowed title bestowed upon faculty at the Urbana-Champaign campus. Freyfogle is an internationally recognized expert on the relationship between humans and nature whose scholarship draws upon a broad range of interdisciplinary perspectives, including history, philosophy, biological sciences, economics, and literature. He is the author or editor of a dozen books, some focused on legal issues, others exploring matters of broader social and cultural concern. Freyfogle has taught at Illinois since 1983.
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