Firing of acting attorney general brings ‘vivid memories’ for IU professor

References to the co-called Saturday Night Massacre of 1973 abounded this week when President Donald Trump fired the acting attorney general, Sally Yates, for refusing to mount a legal defense for the president’s executive orders targeting immigrants and refugees. For IU Bloomington law and public policy professor A. James Barnes, recollections of that night in […]

Legal scholar: ‘Hydraulic system’ constrains elections, politics

We like to think elections are clear-cut affairs in which the people choose their representatives, but the reality is much more complex, legal scholar Pamela Karlan told an IU Maurer School of Law audience in a Constitution Day lecture today. But in fact, elections are hydraulic systems, she said. Results are “constrained and channeled” like […]

Stanford legal scholar is featured Constitution Day speaker at IU Bloomington

Pamela Karlan, a law professor at Stanford University and part of the legal team that overturned the federal ban on recognizing same-sex marriage in Windsor v. United States, will present a Constitution Day lecture Sept. 19 at the IU Maurer School of Law in Bloomington. Karlan, the Kenneth and Harle Montgomery Professor of Public Interest […]

Conservation Law Clinic fights to protect Indiana bat

Post by IU Newsroom intern Amanda N. Marino: After almost four years of litigation, the Conservation Law Clinic made headway in a case being fought to protect Indiana bats from EverPower’s Buckeye Wind Project. Through semester-long internships with the clinic, Indiana University Maurer School of Law students get hands-on experience with litigation in potentially precedent-setting cases like this one, Union […]

Supreme Court immigration decision: No precedent but a setback for immigrants

Post by IU Newsroom intern Annie Brackemyre On June 23, a 4-4 split Supreme Court reaffirmed the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals’ ruling in United States v. Texas No. 15-674. The ruling upheld an injunction against President Barack Obama’s 2014 executive action Deferred Action for Parents of Americans. DAPA would allow unauthorized immigrants who are the […]

Lecture explores importance of trauma-sensitive schools

Post courtesy of newsroom intern Amanda N. Marino: What teachers don’t know could be hurting their students’ educational and social development, Michael Gregory said. Gregory, Harvard Law School professor, was the keynote speaker Thursday for the annual Martha McCarthy Education Law and Policy Institute: The Future of Professional Ethics Conference. He addressed the issue of knowing where […]

IU panel: Divided Supreme Court complicates predictions

Post by IU Newsroom intern Annie Brackemyre Many law and political science professors who follow the Supreme Court will playfully, but often seriously, gamble on decision outcomes. They bet on who will vote which way, what the dissent will argue and any other part of an anticipated decision. But with a split court, both the […]

Wells Scholars Professor: Lessons in balancing stewardship and ownership

Post by IU Newsroom intern Annie Brackemyre On Oct. 19, 2011, Terry Thompson opened the cage doors of each of his 56 personal exotic animals and subsequently committed suicide. Fearing for public safety, police in Zanesville, Ohio, shot and killed 49 of the wandering bears, leopards, lions, primates, tigers and wolves. Since dubbed the “Zanesville […]

SPEA panel to explore impact of Scalia’s death

Post by IU Newsroom intern Annie Brackemyre Justice Antonin Scalia’s death last weekend ushered a flurry of controversy. Conspiracy theorists aside, Democratic and Republican elected officials and presidential hopefuls remain locked in a standoff, not yet over who should assume Scalia’s chair, but who should nominate his successor. The result is a hyper-partisan duel over […]

Obergefell shares personal take on Supreme Court marriage case

Post by IU Newsroom intern Annie Brackemyre Speaking to a room full of predominantly law students and lawyers, Jim Obergefell offered a legal perspective often left out of a legal education: the social and emotional experience of a plaintiff. Obergefell is the named plaintiff in Obergefell v. Hodges, the June 2015 landmark Supreme Court decision […]