News & Media http://www.law.uchicago.edu/feeds/newsandmedia.rss en Law School Administration, Faculty, Students Accept ALS Ice Bucket Challenge http://www.law.uchicago.edu/news/law-school-administration-faculty-students-accept-als-ice-bucket-challenge <div class="field field-type-text field-field-news-publication"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Law School </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 28, 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Amy Gardner, Dean of Students at the University of Chicago Law School, was challenged to do the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge by the Dean of Students at Harvard Law School, Ellen Cosgrove, ‘91, who is an alumna and former Dean of Students of the Law School. &nbsp;Dean Gardner accepted her challenge and because she believes it’s a very important cause, decided to enlist some of her colleagues as well.&nbsp; Several faculty, the deans of admissions and of graduate programs, and several other administrators joined in accepting this challenge. And although classes don’t start until September 29, many students stepped up to join Dean Gardner in raising awareness and supporting this great cause.&nbsp;</p> <p>Having heard of Dean Gardner’s acceptance of this challenge, the Chicago office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher &amp; Flom LLP pledged to make a contribution to ALS research of $25 per student who joins the Law School's challenge. Another donor, who wishes to remain anonymous, offered to match Skadden’s pledge. So for each student that is participating in the challenge with Dean Gardner, $50 will be donated to ALS research. Student participation raised over $2,000 alone in addition to donations made by adminstration and faculty.</p> <p>To continue to raise awareness and donations for ALS research, Dean Gardner challenged the most recently minted alumni of the class of 2014.&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/gardner">Amy M. Gardner</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-sidebar"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <h2><a href="http://www.law.uchicago.edu/node/23174">Check out pictures of the event!</a></h2> <h2><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8wyuvQJBTE4">We've got video too!</a></h2> </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/icebucketchallenge.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=744788">icebucketchallenge.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-thumbnail"> <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/thumbnail/icebucketchallenge.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=744788">icebucketchallenge.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 22:41:34 +0000 arzepecki 23175 at http://www.law.uchicago.edu New Chinese legal research guides! http://news.lib.uchicago.edu/blog/2014/08/28/new-chinese-legal-research-guides/ Over the summer, several guides to researching Chinese law were published.  The Chinese and American Forum on Law Libraries and Legal Information (CAFLL) compiled a list of links to about 30 web-based Chinese Legal Research Guides (PDF) in July 2014.  &#8230; <a href="http://news.lib.uchicago.edu/blog/2014/08/28/new-chinese-legal-research-guides/">Continue&#160;reading&#160;<span class="meta-nav">&#187;</span></a> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 19:17:34 +0000 Lyonette Louis-Jacques http://news.lib.uchicago.edu/?p=25009 Brian Leiter Explores the Constitutional Issues at Stake in Salaita v. University of Illinois http://www.law.uchicago.edu/news/brian-leiter-explores-constitutional-issues-stake-salaita-v-university-illinois <div class="field field-type-text field-field-news-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Salaita v. University of Illinois: The Constitutional Issues </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-news-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Brian Leiter </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-news-publication"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Huffington Post </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 27, 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Now that the<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/brian-leiter/university-of-illinois-re_1_b_5703038.html" target="_hplink">&nbsp;University of Illinois has affirmed its illegal decision</a>&nbsp;to revoke the offer of a tenured position to Prof. Steven Salaita, I want to here explore in some more detail the&nbsp;<em>constitutional&nbsp;</em>issues at stake in the litigation that is likely to follow.</p> <p>Public universities, like all state agencies, are subject to the U.S. Constitution, including the First Amendment, which protects freedom of speech. One of the basics of the American law of free speech is that the government can almost never suppress or punish speech because of its content. (There are some very narrow exceptions: e.g., child pornography, speech that poses a risk of immediate violence ["fighting words".) Speech on matters of public concern -- such as the Israeli attack on Gaza -- is almost always protected by the First Amendment.</p> <p>One important aspect of the First Amendment protection for expression is that government cannot (generally) base a hiring decision on the speaker's political viewpoint. (There are exception for certain kinds of political appointees [e.g., Cabinet members], as well as institution-specific exceptions, e.g., the military.)&nbsp;<a href="http://scholar.google.com/scholar_case?case=17864583499747624183&amp;hl=en&amp;as_sdt=6&amp;as_vis=1&amp;oi=scholarr" target="_hplink">Wagner v. Jones</a>, a recent case, offers a good illustration.</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.huffingtonpost.com/brian-leiter/salaita-v-university-of-i_b_5726034.html" title="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/brian-leiter/salaita-v-university-of-i_b_5726034.html">http://www.huffingtonpost.com/brian-leiter/salaita-v-university-of-i_b_5...</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/leiter">Brian Leiter</a> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 15:32:03 +0000 willcanderson 23170 at http://www.law.uchicago.edu Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act signed into law in Illinois http://news.lib.uchicago.edu/blog/2014/08/27/uniform-electronic-legal-material-act-passes-il-house/ August 27 UPDATE: Governor Quinn signed UELMA into law yesterday, as Public Act 98-1097. This makes Illinois the 11th state to enact UELMA. May 30 UPDATE: The Senate unanimously voted to approve the House floor amendment, so SB 1941 has now &#8230; <a href="http://news.lib.uchicago.edu/blog/2014/08/27/uniform-electronic-legal-material-act-passes-il-house/">Continue&#160;reading&#160;<span class="meta-nav">&#187;</span></a> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 20:05:28 +0000 Todd Ito http://news.lib.uchicago.edu/?p=24327 Timothy Delaune, '96, to Lead Constitution Day Talk at SUNY Cortland http://www.law.uchicago.edu/alumni/accoladesandachievements/timothy-delaune-96-lead-constitution-day-talk-suny-cortland <div class="field field-type-text field-field-aa-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Original source:&nbsp;</div> <p><a href="http://www2.cortland.edu/news/detail.dot?id=5a5744f6-b64c-40e3-ada3-d411f88a99ec" title="http://www2.cortland.edu/news/detail.dot?id=5a5744f6-b64c-40e3-ada3-d411f88a99ec">http://www2.cortland.edu/news/detail.dot?id=5a5744f6-b64c-40e3-ada3-d411...</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p>SUNY Cortland will commemorate&nbsp;<a title="Constitution Day" href="http://www.constitutionday.com/" target="_blank">Constitution Day</a>&nbsp;and the birth of U.S. democracy on Wednesday, Sept. 17, with a talk led by a constitutional law expert who also serves on the College’s faculty.</p> <p>Timothy Delaune, an assistant professor of political science and SUNY Cortland’s pre-law advisor, offers “The Constituting Constitution, and How to Reconstitute It” at 4:30 p.m. in Brockway Hall Jacobus Lounge. The event, which will look at the U.S. Constitution as a set of principles that define the nation, is free and open to the public.</p> <p>Delaune’s talk will address how the document is formally amended on its own terms, and it also will consider the constitutional convention amendment process as an avenue for democratic change — a method that has yet to be used.</p> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 13:31:47 +0000 willcanderson 23139 at http://www.law.uchicago.edu US Charge d'Affaires Kathleen Stephens Welcomes the First Class of International Innovation Corps Fellows http://www.law.uchicago.edu/news/us-charge-daffaires-kathleen-stephens-welcomes-first-class-international-innovation-corps-fello <div class="field field-type-text field-field-news-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> India-US Natural Partners: US Diplomat </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-news-publication"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Business Standard </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 25, 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>India&nbsp;and the US are natural partners and the world demands that the two nations cooperate, US diplomat Kathleen Stephens said Monday.</p> <p>"Our ability to work together remains a foundation for strong partnership," Stephens, the charge d'affaires at the US embassy in India, said at the launch of the International Innovations Corps Leadership Speaker series of the University of Chicago centre here.</p> <p>[...]</p> <p>The International Innovations Corps (IIC) fellowship programme of the University of Chicago Center in Delhi aims to jump start the process of solution-based innovation in the Indian public sector.</p> <p>Specifically, the IIC recruits, trains and send teams of recent University of Chicago and leading Indian university graduates to work on ambitious development projects with the Indian government for one year.</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/malani">Anup Malani</a> </div> </div> </div> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 19:40:29 +0000 willcanderson 23135 at http://www.law.uchicago.edu Timothy J. O’Malley, '85, Named Director of Ministerial Standards and Safe Environment for St Paul & Minneapolis Archdiocese http://www.law.uchicago.edu/alumni/accoladesandachievements/timothy-j-o%E2%80%99malley-85-named-director-ministerial-standards-and-safe- <div class="field field-type-text field-field-aa-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Original source:&nbsp;</div> <p><a href="http://www.archspm.org/archspm_news/archdiocese-names-judge-timothy-j-omalley-director-ministerial-standards-safe-environment/" title="http://www.archspm.org/archspm_news/archdiocese-names-judge-timothy-j-omalley-director-ministerial-standards-safe-environment/">http://www.archspm.org/archspm_news/archdiocese-names-judge-timothy-j-om...</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p>Archbishop John Nienstedt announced the appointment of Deputy Chief Administrative Law Judge Timothy J. O’Malley to the new position of Director of Ministerial Standards and Safe Environment for the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. The creation of this new position was one of the key recommendations called for in the independent Safe Environment and Ministerial Standards Task Force Report and Recommendations in April 2014. He begins his new role at the archdiocese on September 15.</p> <p>“We are honored that Judge O’Malley has offered to share his experience and insights with the Church to help protect the young and vulnerable and hold accountable those who have caused harm,” said Archbishop John Nienstedt. “He brings with him a high level of intellect, an impressive background of experience and leadership with local law enforcement, the FBI, the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the judicial system, and he has a compassionate heart for victim/survivors.”</p> <p>Judge O'Malley said, "I am honored to join the team that the archdiocese put together and hope my contributions position us to better serve those who have been abused and their families.&nbsp; Like many others, Catholics and non-Catholics alike, I have been profoundly troubled and disappointed by how the Church has addressed reports of abuse. I want to help change that.&nbsp; The archdiocese must do everything possible to prevent the kind of abuse that Pope Francis has accurately and pointedly described as 'despicable.'&nbsp;&nbsp; Protecting children must be our highest priority."</p> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 17:39:52 +0000 willcanderson 23132 at http://www.law.uchicago.edu Brian Leiter Discusses the First Amendment at State Schools on Chicago Tonight http://www.law.uchicago.edu/news/brian-leiter-discusses-first-amendment-state-schools-chicago-tonight <div class="field field-type-text field-field-news-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Freedom of Expression and Education: Discussing U of I’s Job Revocation, the First Amendment </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-news-publication"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Chicago Tonight </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 25, 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>After being offered a tenured teaching position at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Steven Salaita quit his job at Virginia Tech and moved to Illinois. He would have begun teaching at U of I this fall, but on Aug. 1, Salaita, who is Palestinian-American, was informed that the university was revoking its offer.</p> <p>The decision has created a firestorm of controversy in the academic community, with many believing that the university changed its mind because of Salaita's strident criticism of Israel expressed on&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/stevesalaita/status/495373799119147008" target="_blank">his twitter feed</a>. Law professor Brian Leiter of the University of Chicago, who wrote a scathing article about the decision for the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/brian-leiter/university-of-illinois-re_1_b_5703038.html" target="_blank"><em>Huffington Pos</em></a>t joins us to discuss the issue.</p> <p><iframe scrolling="no" style="width:640px; height:360px;" src="http://chicagotonight.wttw.com/sites/all/modules/coveapi/cove_cache.php?filter_tp_media_object_id=2365313553"></iframe></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://chicagotonight.wttw.com/2014/08/25/freedom-expression-and-education" title="http://chicagotonight.wttw.com/2014/08/25/freedom-expression-and-education">http://chicagotonight.wttw.com/2014/08/25/freedom-expression-and-education</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/leiter">Brian Leiter</a> </div> </div> </div> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 13:49:40 +0000 willcanderson 23126 at http://www.law.uchicago.edu D’Angelo Law Library closed Labor Day http://news.lib.uchicago.edu/blog/2014/08/25/dangelo-law-library-closed-labor-day/ In observance of the Labor Day holiday weekend, the D’Angelo Law Library will close at 2 pm on Friday, August 29, and will be closed on Monday, September 1. The John Crerar Library will be open limited hours on Monday, but the Eckhart, Mansueto, Regenstein, &#8230; <a href="http://news.lib.uchicago.edu/blog/2014/08/25/dangelo-law-library-closed-labor-day/">Continue&#160;reading&#160;<span class="meta-nav">&#187;</span></a> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 21:03:54 +0000 D'Angelo Law http://news.lib.uchicago.edu/?p=25004 Debra A. Cafaro, '82, a Top Real Estate Investment Trust CEO http://www.law.uchicago.edu/alumni/acco