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  • Prof. Feld’s Research Cited by Several State Courts

    January 3, 2019

    Centennial Professor of Law Emeritus Barry Feld’s research on juvenile interrogation, adolescents’ diminished criminal responsibility, and school searches has been cited recently by a number of state courts.  See, e.g., State v. Castillo, 329 Conn. 311 (CT SupCt 2018) (juvenile interrogation); State v. Propps, 897 N.W.2d 91 (IA SupCt 2017) (juveniles’ diminished criminal responsibility); In re Luis P., 161 A.D.3d 59 (Sup.Ct, App.Div., N.Y. 2018) (juvenile interrogation); State v. Crooks, 911 N.W.2d 153 (IA SupCt 2018) (juveniles’ diminished criminal responsibility); Esper v. Commonwealth, 2018 WL 898215 (KY SupCt 2018) (juvenile interrogation); State v. Lindsey, 881 N.W.2d 411 (IA Sup Ct. 2016) (school search and seizure).

  • Prof. Hickman Featured in Documentary on Chevron Deference

    December 20, 2018

    Prof. Kristin Hickman was one of five administrative law experts featured in a short documentary, entitled Chevron: Accidental Landmark, about the Chevron doctrine of judicial deference to agency legal interpretations, which developed from the Supreme Court’s decision in Chevron U.S.A. Inc. v. Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc., 467 U.S. 837 (1984).

  • Prof. Hickman Named Runner-Up for Tax Notes 2018 Tax Person of the Year

    December 18, 2018

    Professor Kristin Hickman was named by the prominent tax industry publication Tax Notes as among its runners-up for 2018 Person of the Year. The recognition is in connection with Prof. Hickman’s work as Special Adviser to the Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), where she has been assisting the agency in its efforts to implement a Memorandum of Agreement providing for OIRA review of tax regulations and rulings. Other runners-up for the year include Assistant Secretary of the Treasury David Kautter, IRS Commissioner Charles Ruttig, and Special Counsel Robert Mueller. This is the second time that Prof. Hickman’s work in the area of tax administration has been recognized in this manner by Tax Notes.

  • Prof. Monahan Interviewed by KARE 11 on Texas Affordable Care Act Case

    December 18, 2018

    Professor Monahan was interviewed by KARE 11, an NBC affiliate, about Texas v. United States, a decision that found the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate to be unconstitutional and inseverable from the rest of the statute. While the judge held the entire Affordable Care Act invalid, the judgment is declaratory and the statute remains in full effect pending appeal.

  • Prof. Murray Quoted in Bloomberg Law Article Addressing Supreme Court Case with Pardon Implications

    December 5, 2018

    Professor Murray, director of the Law School’s Clemency Project, was quoted in a Bloomberg Law article addressing a case to be argued before the Supreme Court today, regarding dual state and federal prosecutions for the same crime, a case that questions the “dual-sovereignty doctrine” under the Double Jeopardy Clause. It is a relatively straight-forward case that has taken on national significance as commentators argue whether President Trump can pardon individuals in connection with the Mueller investigation, and save them from any prison time. Joining with several other experts cited in the piece, Prof. Murray notes that even if the dual-sovereignty doctrine were to be overturned, this does not save a person from subsequent prosecutions at the state level, noting, for example, that Paul Manafort “could also face state tax fraud charges, which—though related to the federal tax charges—are a separate offense against the states in which he filed state returns.”

  • Prof. Monahan Interviewed on Los Angeles Public Radio About California Supreme Court Pension Case

    December 4, 2018

    Professor Monahan was a guest on Los Angeles Public Radio’s “AirTalk” program to discuss Cal Fire Local 2881 v. California Public Employees’ Retirement System, a California Supreme Court case that will determine whether certain changes can be made to California public employees’ pensions. The case is scheduled for oral argument on December 5, 2018.

  • Prof. Kitrosser Interviewed by Illinois Radio Station, Associated Press on Scope of Presidential, Congressional Power

    December 4, 2018

    Professor Kitrosser was interviewed for a segment on WDWS’ news hour that aired on November 29th in Illinois. The show’s host, Scott Beatty, told listeners that Kitrosser was scheduled to give that night’s keynote speech at the University of Illinois’ annual Cline Center symposium. Beatty interviewed Kitrosser regarding current controversies concerning the scope of presidential power.

    Professor Kitrosser was also quoted by the Associated Press on a different topic the previous week, in a story that first ran on November 23rd. Specifically, the AP story quoted Kitrosser regarding the reach of Congress’ power under the commerce clause, and the role that the commerce power played in a recent court ruling striking down a federal ban on female genital mutilation.

  • Prof. Meili Discusses the Immigration Law and Policy Implications of U.S. Midterms Elections at Oxford University

    November 30, 2018

    Professor Stephen Meili discussed the implications of the recent midterm elections on U.S. immigration law and policy at Oxford University’s Rothermere American Institute on November 9. Meili’s talk focused on what is—and is not—likely to change as a result of a Democrat-controlled House of Representatives and a more solidly Republican Senate. Among other things, Professor Meili noted that the election is unlikely to change the slim chances for any kind of comprehensive immigration reform in the near future. He also discussed the role of immigration policy and rhetoric during the course of the campaign, as well as certain executive branch directives, such as executive orders and administrative rulemaking, that are largely outside the control of legislative oversight.

  • Prof. Murray Quoted in Washington Post Article About Acting U.S. A.G. Whitaker’s Charging Policies as U.S. Attorney in Iowa

    November 21, 2018

    Professor JaneAnne Murray was quoted in a Washington Post article addressing the changing policies of Acting U.S. Attorney General Matthew Whitaker while he was the U.S. Attorney of the Southern District of Iowa from 2004 to 2009. The article focused on a case handled by the Law School’s Clemency Project, founded and run by Professor Murray.

    In 2008, Raeanna Paxton was offered a plea bargain to a stipulated sentence of 21 to 27 years or face a mandatory minimum sentence of life after trial in a case where she had acted as a driver for an individual pursuing a drug deal. Ms. Paxton took the deal and was sentenced to 21 years. Murray met Ms. Paxton at Waseca FCI in early 2016, after she had served approximately 10 years of this sentence. With Shuang Zu ’16, she submitted a clemency petition on Ms. Paxton’s behalf to President Obama. Thereafter, Murray reached out to Ms. Paxton’s sentencing judge, Hon. Robert Pratt, and asked him if he would write a letter in support of Ms. Paxton’s clemency petition. As the Washington Post article notes, in response to Murray’s request, Judge Pratt wrote a letter to Obama’s pardon attorney describing the sentence as “entirely disproportionate” to Ms. Paxton’s crime, adding that she “was and is a nonviolent offender. …This was not a conspiracy that involved ‘drug kingpins.’ It was a situation where methamphetamine-addicted individuals resorted to selling the drug to support their own addictions.” In August 2016, as the Washington Post article notes, “Ms. Paxton got a phone call telling her that Obama had granted her clemency.” It was Murray and Xu who made this call to her. Ms. Paxton has since remarried, and moved to Cheyenne, Wyoming, where she works at a factory assembling medical devices.

  • Prof. Kitrosser to Give Keynote Address at Annual Cline Symposium

    November 15, 2018

    Professor Kitrosser will give the keynote address at the annual Cline Symposium at the University of Illinois on November 29th. The Cline Center for Advanced Social Research has hosted the event for more than two decades. For the annual keynote, the Center “invites a prominent intellectual to address the campus community on a topic of great public significance.” Kitrosser will speak on “Democracy, the Separation of Powers and the Future of American Constitutionalism.” In addition to giving the keynote address, she will participate in a roundtable earlier in the day with several other professors from the university.

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