News & Media http://www.law.uchicago.edu/feeds/newsandmedia.rss en New Catalog launched, most Library services restored http://news.lib.uchicago.edu/blog/2014/08/19/new-catalog-launched-most-library-services-restored/ The University of Chicago Library has launched its new Library Catalog, and most Library services that were temporarily interrupted during the transition period are now restored. Borrow Direct is not yet available. As of today, Lens and the previous Catalog are retired. <a href="http://news.lib.uchicago.edu/blog/2014/08/19/new-catalog-launched-most-library-services-restored/">Continue&#160;reading&#160;<span class="meta-nav">&#187;</span></a> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 22:25:30 +0000 The University of Chicago Library http://news.lib.uchicago.edu/?p=24928 Tom Miles Discusses his Work on Community Prosecutions http://www.law.uchicago.edu/news/tom-miles-discusses-his-work-community-prosecutions <div class="field field-type-text field-field-news-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Can changing how prosecutors do their work improve public safety? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-news-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tom Miles </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-news-publication"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Oxford University Press Blog </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-datepublished"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">August 18, 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>In the 1990s, policing in major US cities was transformed. Some cities embraced the strategy of “community policing” under which officers developed working relationships with members of their local communities on the belief that doing so would change the neighborhood conditions that give rise to crime. Other cities pursued a strategy of “order maintenance” in which officers strictly enforced minor offenses on the theory that restoring public order would avert more serious crimes. Numerous scholars have examined and debated the efficacy of these approaches.</p> <p>Read more at&nbsp;<a href="http://blog.oup.com/2014/08/community-prosecution-public-safety/">http://blog.oup.com/2014/08/community-prosecution-public-safety/</a></p> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 19:55:23 +0000 arzepecki 23040 at http://www.law.uchicago.edu Researching legal employers http://news.lib.uchicago.edu/blog/2014/08/15/researching-legal-employers/ We want to welcome students back to the Law School after what we hope have been productive and enjoyable summers. To help students prepare for their on campus interviews, we've put together an online guide for Researching Legal Employers. <a href="http://news.lib.uchicago.edu/blog/2014/08/15/researching-legal-employers/">Continue&#160;reading&#160;<span class="meta-nav">&#187;</span></a> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 22:27:00 +0000 Todd Ito http://news.lib.uchicago.edu/?p=24969 Renowned Tax Scholar Dhammika Dharmapala Joins the Law School Faculty http://www.law.uchicago.edu/news/renowned-tax-scholar-dhammika-dharmapala-joins-law-school-faculty <div class="field field-type-text field-field-news-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Marsha Ferziger Nagorsky </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-news-publication"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Law School Communications Office </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-datepublished"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">August 13, 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.law.uchicago.edu/faculty/dharmapala">Dhammika Dharmapala</a>, an expert in tax policy and law and economics, will join the faculty of the University of Chicago Law School this Fall. Dharmapala was most recently on the faculty at the University of Illinois College of Law, where he has been since 2009. He visited at the Law School in the Winter and Spring of 2014.</p> <p>“Dhammika adds a huge dimension to our faculty,” said Michael Schill, Dean and Harry N. Wyatt Professor of Law. “His scholarship on taxation, corporate law, and public finance is exceptional and is regularly published in the nation’s leading economics and finance journals. He will contribute mightily to our intellectual activities and to our law and economics and Doctoroff Business Leadership programs.”</p> <p>Professor Dharmapala is a leading authority in tax policy, public economics, and law and economics. His most recent work has sought to use quasi-experimental empirical methods to analyze the consequences of tax law and securities law. “Chicago will be an ideal place to pursue this agenda because of the breadth and depth of faculty expertise in empirical methods as well as in these substantive fields,” said Dharmapala. “During my visit here last year, I found that the Law School provides a rigorous yet supportive environment for developing and refining scholarship.” He joins a group of tax scholars that includes Julie Roin and David Weisbach, which Dean Schill says “constitutes the most formidable tax faculty in the nation.”</p> <p>“I am delighted to be joining the faculty,” said Dharmapala. “My scholarship is focused on the areas of taxation and the economic analysis of law. In both of these areas, the University of Chicago Law School has been the home of scholars who made fundamental early contributions that continue to shape the way we approach the fields today—for instance, Ronald Coase in the economic analysis of law and Henry Simons in taxation.”</p> <p>Dharmapala is currently an International Research Fellow of the Oxford University Centre for Business Taxation and a Fellow of the CESifo Research Network (based in Munich). Prior to Illinois, Dharmapala taught at the University of Connecticut in the department of economics. He was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University and a John M. Olin Visiting Fellow in Law and Economics at Georgetown University Law School. Professor Dharmapala earned his master’s degree in economics from the University of Western Australia and his PhD in economics from the University of California, Berkeley. His PhD thesis was awarded the National Tax Association’s Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award.&nbsp;</p> <p>“We are very fortunate and very excited to hire such a brilliant tax scholar as Dhammika Dharmapala,” said Professor Richard McAdams, Bernard D. Meltzer Professor of Law, who cochaired the Appointments Committee that hired Dharmapala. “He is an excellent economist specializing in tax and corporate finance, with an extremely impressive record publishing in the best peer-reviewed journals. He was very well received by the students in his classes last year.”</p> <p>In the upcoming school year, Dharmapala is excited to be teaching courses in Introductory Income Taxation and Corporate Finance. “During my visit, I found the students in my classes to be remarkably motivated and engaged, with a deep interest in the world of ideas,” he said. Dharmapala says that his Corporate Finance course teaches concepts that are essential to understanding modern corporate transactions and to enabling lawyers to structure transactions in ways that achieve particular business objectives. He will also offer a seminar on Corporate Governance in Emerging Markets. This seminar provides an overview of recent developments and scholarship relating to corporate governance in the context of developing and transitional economies, which he said is “an increasingly important area of both scholarship and practice.”&nbsp;</p> <p>Fellow tax expert David Weisbach, Walter J. Blum Professor of Law, is delighted to gain Dharmapala as a colleague. “Dhammika is a superstar, and we are incredibly lucky to have him join our faculty,” said Weisbach. “He is not only one of the top tax scholars in the country; his work on the intersection of taxation and corporate finance also makes him one of the best corporate law scholars, and his work in law and economics puts him at the top of that field as well. Having a scholar of his caliber at Chicago will make an immediate impact.”&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-faculty-news"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Faculty:&nbsp;</div> <a href="/faculty/dharmapala">Dhammika Dharmapala</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <div class="field-label-inline"> Faculty:&nbsp;</div> <a href="/faculty/schill">Michael H. Schill</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline"> Faculty:&nbsp;</div> <a href="/faculty/mcadams">Richard H. McAdams</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <div class="field-label-inline"> Faculty:&nbsp;</div> <a href="/faculty/weisbach">David A. Weisbach</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www.law.uchicago.edu/profiles/palantirprofile/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="http://www.law.uchicago.edu/files/image/dharmapala_dhammika.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=295340">dharmapala_dhammika.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 21:22:51 +0000 mferzige 22997 at http://www.law.uchicago.edu IJ Clinic Launches Entrepreneurial Pitch Competition http://www.law.uchicago.edu/news/ij-clinic-launches-entrepreneurial-pitch-competition <div class="field field-type-text field-field-news-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Deadline Nears for Business Pitches </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-news-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jessica Kim Cohen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-news-publication"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hyde Park Herald </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-datepublished"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">August 13, 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Organizers are gearing up for their first ever entrepreneurial pitch competition, dubbed “<a href="http://southsidepitch.com/apply/">South Side Pitch</a>,” which will take place Oct. 1 in the Chicago Innovation Exchange (CIE) Sky Deck, on the 11th floor of 5235 S. Harper Court. All interested entrepreneurs are asked to submit their applications by Monday, Aug. 18.</p> <p>South Side Pitch is a collaboration between the <a href="http://ij.org/clinic">Institute for Justice Clinic on Entrepreneurship</a>&nbsp;(IJ Clinic on Entrepreneurship) at the University of Chicago (U. of C.) Law School, CIE, the U. of C. Office of Business Diversity and the South East Chicago Commission. The event was conceived by the IJ Clinic on Entrepreneurship – a branch of a national nonprofit, the Institute for Justice – which aims to promote inner-city entrepreneurship in Chicago by advocating for small businesses and providing free legal services, educational programming and resources, according to Brooke Fallon, Office and Community Relations Manager at the IJ Clinic on Entrepreneurship.</p> <p>Fallon emphasized the event’s focus on the South Side: this includes those living on the South Side, those hoping to open businesses on the South Side and those planning to hire employees on the South Side.</p> <p>“There’s so much talk in Chicago about the city kind of finding its place as a hub for startups,” Fallon said. “We thought an event like South Side Pitch could be a cool way to highlight things that are going on here on the South Side that sometimes don’t get enough attention.”</p> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 17:29:33 +0000 mferzige 22994 at http://www.law.uchicago.edu Stephanopoulos Discusses Gerrymandering with WLRN Miami http://www.law.uchicago.edu/news/stephanopoulos-discusses-gerrymandering-wlrn-miami <div class="field field-type-text field-field-news-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Study: Florida Among The Worst States For Gerrymandering </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-news-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Gina Jordan </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-news-publication"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> WLRN </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-datepublished"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">August 12, 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Florida ranks third in the country for gerrymandering, according to a study of the most heavily populated states.&nbsp;</p> <p>Voting districts are redrawn every 10 years in a process known as redistricting. Gerrymandering happens when district boundaries are drawn to benefit a political party.</p> <p>Florida lawmakers just finished a special session on redistricting after a judge ruled that two congressional districts were drawn to favor the incumbent candidates.</p> <p>It turns out a lot of states avoid this problem by using independent commissions instead of lawmakers to draw voting districts.</p> <p>At <a href="http://wlrn.org/post/study-florida-among-worst-states-gerrymandering">WLRN's website</a>, hear <a href="http://www.law.uchicago.edu/faculty/stephanopoulos">Nicholas Stephanopoulos</a> with the University of Chicago Law School talk about his research, which suggests Florida Republicans gained three congressional seats as a result of gerrymandering.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-news-source-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Read more at:&nbsp;</div> <p><a href="http://wlrn.org/post/study-florida-among-worst-states-gerrymandering" title="http://wlrn.org/post/study-florida-among-worst-states-gerrymandering">http://wlrn.org/post/study-florida-among-worst-states-gerrymandering</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-faculty-news"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Faculty:&nbsp;</div> <a href="/faculty/stephanopoulos">Nicholas Stephanopoulos</a> </div> </div> </div> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 16:12:53 +0000 mferzige 22963 at http://www.law.uchicago.edu Robert Maynard Hutchins Papers available for research http://news.lib.uchicago.edu/blog/2014/08/12/robert-maynard-hutchins-papers-available-for-research/ <a href='http://news.lib.uchicago.edu/blog/2014/08/12/robert-maynard-hutchins-papers-available-for-research/'><img width="120" height="95" src="http://news.lib.uchicago.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/hutchins1929-120x95.jpg" class="attachment-post-thumbnail-image-thmb" alt="A youthful Robert M. Hutchins in 1929" /></a>The Robert Maynard Hutchins Papers are now available for research. This collection is distinct from the Office of the President, Hutchins Administration Records, and includes material pertaining to Hutchins&#8217; research, writing, and speaking; material relevant to his professional activities; correspondence; &hellip; <a href="http://news.lib.uchicago.edu/blog/2014/08/12/robert-maynard-hutchins-papers-available-for-research/">Continue&nbsp;reading&nbsp;<span class="meta-nav">&raquo;</span></a> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 15:40:39 +0000 Special Collections Research Center http://news.lib.uchicago.edu/?p=24919 International Scholars Gain New Perspective at the Summer Institute in Law and Economics http://www.law.uchicago.edu/news/international-scholars-gain-new-perspective-summer-institute-law-and-economics <div class="field field-type-text field-field-news-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Wen Huang and Dagny Dukach </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-news-publication"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> University of Chicago News </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-datepublished"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">August 8, 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>In June 2011, Prof. Omri Ben-Shahar participated in a conference in Beijing where UChicago scholars and their Chinese counterparts examined the impact of China’s evolving property rights issues from the perspectives of economics, politics, sociology and law.</p> <p>“At the conference, I noticed that many Chinese scholars were intrigued and surprised by the interdisciplinary approach in our analyses,” said Ben-Shahar, the Leo and Eileen Herzel Professor of Law.</p> <p>In China, the discipline of law and economics was in its infancy, Ben-Shahar said, and there was “great hunger and demand” to explore the field among Chinese scholars.</p> <p>Ben-Shahar’s experience at the Beijing conference and his subsequent interactions with legal scholars in other countries inspired him to start the Summer Institute in Law and Economics, a two-week program that trains international legal scholars to use UChicago's tools of law and economics to address legal and economic challenges in their home countries.</p> <p>The application of economics to the study and practice of law began in the early 1930s at the UChicago Law School, and since then it has become a central part of law curriculum as well as transformed the entire body of jurisprudence in the United States. Ben-Shahar said the program is part of the Law School’s effort to transform legal systems around the world, and push the frontiers of knowledge forward.</p> <p>“In many countries, laws are enacted and are studied using strictly legal methodology, without asking questions about whether they are meeting their goals in any measurable way,” said Ben-Shahar, the Kearney Director of the Coase-Sandor Institute for Law and Economics. “Since laws aim to design the rules for society, it makes sense to use social science methods to evaluate their effect. It is quite astonishing that in many countries, including well-developed countries, law and economics as a methodology is not practiced in the mainstream.”</p> <p>In China’s case, Ben-Shahar said the methodology would improve policymaking and contribute to a much more efficient market system, with sensible and effective regulations to prevent environmental degradation and achieve more equitable distribution of national income, and hence, more sustainable economic growth.</p> <p>The summer program, inaugurated in July 2012, immediately attracted top legal scholars from mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Since then, as the program’s international visibility rose, applicants have poured in from Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, France, Israel, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.</p> <p>This year, more than 70 international scholars from Asia (mostly mainland China), South America and Europe completed the courses in mid-July. The curriculum included law and property markets, taught by Lee Fennell; law and capital markets, taught by Douglas Baird; anti-trust laws, taught by Randal Picker; intellectual property, taught by Jonathan Masur and consumer contracts, taught by Ben-Shahar.</p> <p>Richard L. Sandor, chairman and CEO of Environmental Financial Products LLC and lecturer at the Law School, delivered a keynote speech on how markets can help resolve the problems of emissions and climate change. Sandor’s financial support in the past has enabled the Coase-Sandor Institute to fulfill its mission of transforming legal systems around the world with the Chicago methodology and pushing the frontiers of knowledge forward. Martha Nussbaum, the Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics, presented an extracurricular lecture on “Human Development and the Capabilities Approach” that touched upon issues of social justice, which, according to participants, was an “explosive” issue confronting their countries.</p> <p>Ruoying Chen, a Law School alumna and associate professor at Beijing University Law School, said the program would help China’s legal reforms and improve the rule of law there.</p> <p>“The Chinese scholars who have gone through the program are mostly China’s elite and accomplished researchers and teachers in law, economics and political science at the country’s top institutions,” said Chen, who helped coordinate the program in China. “When you use a scientific method to research legal issues, you can increase efficiency in government regulations. Their learning here will enable them to make a difference in China’s transformation.”</p> <p>Haitian Lu, who teaches law at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, said the curriculum was “refreshing” because he “had never received this sort of systematic economic analysis of law.”</p> <p>“Often times, we weren’t clear on why the law is written in a certain way,” said Lu, who specializes in legal development, corporate governance and corporate social responsibilities in Hong Kong and mainland China. “But this program allows us to understand the economic rationale behind these regulations, and what we can do to make these laws better and more efficient.” When he returns home, he plans to incorporate what he called “Chicago Thinking” into his teaching.</p> <p>Zeynep Ayata, an assistant professor at Koç University in Istanbul, Turkey, and an expert on antitrust law, said economic analysis was a relatively new approach for her. “Now that I start to understand a lot of economic theories, I’ll be able to put law and economics together in my studies.”</p> <p>Ayata said she has learned “a different method of teaching” from UChicago scholars. “The professors used some striking examples and gradually build on that,” she explained. “At the end of the four hours, you were able to understand the most sophisticated formula or analysis or graph that you could have in economic theory. The examples just stuck in your mind.”</p> <h2>TEACHING AS A PRIORITY</h2> <p>Jie Qin, associate professor of law at China’s Southwest University of Political Science and Law, first came across a UChicago Summer Institute flier sent to her university in the fall of 2012. Since she had studied the legal works of several UChicago law scholars, she volunteered to translate the flyer into Chinese and posted it on her university website. As a result of her efforts, almost a dozen of her colleagues have participated since 2013. She came for the 2014 program because this year’s topic, “law and markets,” was relevant to her own research interests.</p> <p>Qin was impressed with the “distinct teaching styles” of its faculty members.</p> <p>“Some professors were truly refined and confident while others were passionate, humorous and inspiring,” she said.</p> <p>Both Lu and Qin admired the priority that the Law School places on teaching. In mainland China and Hong Kong, they said professors often focus primarily on their own research and tend to neglect their teaching duties. “At UChicago Law School, professors who are top researchers in their fields make teaching or the dissemination of knowledge a priority. I think there is a lot we can learn from the faculty here,” said Qin.</p> <h2>NEW PERSPECTIVES</h2> <p>For Ayata, the various informal discussions after class enabled the participants to explore new ideas and gain new perspectives. “I’ve met a lot of legal scholars from different countries,” she said. “With the information you get from each other, you can look at what’s happening back at home with a different perspective.”</p> <p>Ben-Shahar said it was helpful for him and his colleagues to interact with their counterparts from other parts of the world. “We gain a lot from this interaction, sharing our ideas and experiences with them and hearing about their work. We get to know what challenges legal scholars are facing in developing societies and what kind of reforms are being considered and enacted. In this way, we can engage in scholarship that contributes to the issues of a developing legal system.”</p> <p>Besides seminars and after-class discussions, Joseph Burton, executive director of the Coase-Sandor Institute for Law and Economics, said organizers also hosted activities to introduce the international scholars to the city of Chicago and UChicago community.</p> <p>“Participants took a campus and library tour, went swimming in Lake Michigan, had an American-style backyard barbecue, a banquet at the Quadrangle Club, attended the Taste of Chicago, toured the Art Institute, and biked down Lake Shore Drive for pizza at Gino’s East,” Burton said.</p> <p>For Qin from China, the tours changed her perception of Chicago. “We sometimes read negative stories about the city and become wary of visiting,” she said. “But Chicago is truly a hospitable and beautiful city.”</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-news-source-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Read more at:&nbsp;</div> <p><a href="http://news.uchicago.edu/article/2014/08/08/international-scholars-gain-new-perspective-summer-institute-law-and-economics" title="http://news.uchicago.edu/article/2014/08/08/international-scholars-gain-new-perspective-summer-institute-law-and-economics">http://news.uchicago.edu/article/2014/08/08/international-scholars-gain-...</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-faculty-news"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Faculty:&nbsp;</div> <a href="/faculty/ben-shahar">Omri Ben-Shahar</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <div class="field-label-inline"> Faculty:&nbsp;</div> <a href="/faculty/fennell">Lee Fennell</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline"> Faculty:&nbsp;</div> <a href="/faculty/baird">Douglas G. Baird</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <div class="field-label-inline"> Faculty:&nbsp;</div> <a href="/faculty/picker">Randal C. Picker</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline"> Faculty:&nbsp;</div> <a href="/faculty/masur">Jonathan Masur</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <div class="field-label-inline"> Faculty:&nbsp;</div> <a href="/faculty/sandor">Richard Sandor</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline"> Faculty:&nbsp;</div> <a href="/faculty/nussbaum">Martha Nussbaum</a> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 08 Aug 2014 21:52:54 +0000 mferzige 22944 at http://www.law.uchicago.edu Eric Posner: Obama Is Legally Allowed to Enforce—or Not Enforce—the Law http://www.law.uchicago.edu/news/eric-posner-obama-legally-allowed-enforce%E2%80%94or-not-enforce%E2%80%94-law <div class="field field-type-text field-field-news-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Obama Is Legally Allowed to Enforce—or Not Enforce—the Law </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-news-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Eric Posner </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-news-publication"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The New Republic </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-datepublished"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">August 8, 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Would President Barack Obama, by refusing to enforce the immigration laws against millions of undocumented immigrants, be engaging in “domestic Caesarism,” as Ross Douthat charges? The <em>New York Times</em> columnist thinks that “the granting of temporary legal status” violates the Constitution because Congress has itself refused to issue amnesties or offer a path to citizenship.</p> <p>It’s not entirely clear what Obama plans to do, but if he chooses not to enforce immigration laws against “up to half the country’s population of illegal immigrants,” as Douthat claims, the president wouldn’t be doing anything different from what his predecessors have done (or rather, <em>not </em>done).&nbsp;</p> <p>Millions of illegal immigrants have lived in the United States for decades, under a semi-official policy that allows them to stay as long as they don’t commit serious crimes—and that, in many cases, allows them to obtain drivers’ licenses. The main effect of Obama's proposal would be to officially recognize current practice. The president cannot suspend or change the law: When he leaves office, the law will remain the same as it was, and the next president will be free to enforce it or not.&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-news-source-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Read more at:&nbsp;</div> <p><a href="http://www.newrepublic.com/article/118951/obamas-immigration-policy-lawful-he-can-enforce-what-he-wants" title="http://www.newrepublic.com/article/118951/obamas-immigration-policy-lawful-he-can-enforce-what-he-wants">http://www.newrepublic.com/article/118951/obamas-immigration-policy-lawf...</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-faculty-news"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Faculty:&nbsp;</div> <a href="/faculty/posner-e">Eric Posner</a> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 08 Aug 2014 21:28:04 +0000 mferzige 22942 at http://www.law.uchicago.edu Heckman: The Role of Family In Good Education http://www.law.uchicago.edu/news/heckman-role-family-good-education <div class="field field-type-text field-field-news-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Role Of Family In Good Education Is Really Important: James Heckman </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-news-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> R Jagannathan, Vivek Kaul </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-news-publication"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Forbes India </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-datepublished"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">August 4, 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.law.uchicago.edu/faculty/heckman">Professor James J Heckman</a> is the Henry Schultz Distinguished Service Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago, where he also serves as Professor in the University of Chicago’s Law School and Harris School of Public Policy. In 2000, Professor Heckman won the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel (Nobel in Economics). In an interview to Forbes India, he speaks on the various aspects of education.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Q. In India we have launched the right to education where we are trying to put children from poor families into good schools run by the private sector. Do you think this kind of approach will work?</strong></p> <p>Engaging the private sector is always a good idea, but you have to make sure that it is fully responsive to a particular question. From my own experience in the US, I can say that the private sector in early childhood education programmes can help respond to cultural, social and parental religious values that would adapt programmes to be where the children and parents want to be. It can also generate funds and support outside the government. So, not only can it communicate information about diverse groups’ interests, but it can also help finance those programmes and raise support apart from shaping the agenda in a way that is fully responsive to different elements of society. &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Q. In India, the poor have shown an increasing preference for