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 […]

Global trade topic of discussion at IU Europe Gateway

Donald Trump is president of the United States, Great Britain is leaving the European Union, and nationalist parties are gaining support across Europe. Is the era of global free trade coming to an end, to be replaced by closed borders, tariffs and protectionism? Scholars from Indiana University and Freie Universität Berlin will discuss the prospects […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Constitution Day speaker: Gender matters on the court

Having women on the U.S. Supreme Court – something that never happened until 1981 – has changed the dynamic of court discussions and led justices to start listening to people with experiences different from their own, author and journalist Dahlia Lithwick told an IU Maurer School of Law audience Tuesday. And having three women on […]

Multidisciplinary panel unpacks the pope’s encyclical

Post by IU Newsroom intern Annie Brackemyre: The papal encyclical released in June still has scholars wondering what changes in both policy and attitude can be expected, if any, from the holy document. A panel of Indiana University scholars gathered on Tuesday to discuss just that. Constance Furey, professor of religious studies; Philip Stevens, professor of […]

IU experts reflect on Voting Rights Act at 50

Fifty years ago today, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act of 1965, calling it “a triumph for freedom as huge as any victory that has ever been won on any battlefield.” And he wasn’t stretching the truth by much, according to Indiana University legal experts. “It was a powerful and remarkable piece […]