IU legal expert: Hobby Lobby decision falls short on empathy, understanding

Whatever else you can say about the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision, it shows a serious lack of understanding and empathy for women and families who struggle to pay for effective birth control, IU Maurer School of Law professor Dawn Johnsen writes for the widely read site Scotusblog. “The five-Justice majority opinion earned a failing […]

Supreme Court finale makes busy day for IU legal, policy analysts

The U.S. Supreme Court’s 2013-14 session ended with a bang on Monday, producing some frantic deadline analysis by Indiana University legal and policy experts. The blockbuster decision — so called by Daniel Conkle of the IU Maurer School of Law in Bloomington — came in the Hobby Lobby case, in which businesses challenged a requirement […]

Constitution Day celebrates ‘conversation,’ not answers

The U.S. Constitution provides a framework for talking about and resolving serious differences of opinion in a disciplined, thoughtful and nonviolent manner, Duke University law professor H. Jefferson Powell said in a Constitution Day lecture today at IU Bloomington. “It’s a conversation,” he said. “It’s that conversation that we celebrate today.” But the conversation doesn’t […]