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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

IU disabilities expert: Decision shows Supreme Court catching up on language

Language matters. And language evolves. A change of terminology included in a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision illustrates the point, according to David Mank, director of the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community at IU Bloomington. The court, in the Hall v. Florida decision issued late last month, abandoned its past practice of referring to […]