News & Media http://www.law.uchicago.edu/feeds/newsandmedia.rss en Cass Sunstein, "Partyism" http://www.law.uchicago.edu/video/sunstein-partyism <div class="field field-type-text field-field-lead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Keynote speech for Legal Forum Symposium 2014: Does Election Law Serve the Electorate?</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/vVVPAjtKSh0?rel=0&amp;showinfo=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>Keynote speech for Legal Forum Symposium 2014: Does Election Law Serve the Electorate?</p> <p>Cass Sunstein is the Robert Walmsley University Professor at Harvard Law School.</p> <p>This talk was recorded on November 7, 2014.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-sidebar-position"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Right </div> </div> </div> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 17:49:44 +0000 willcanderson 24441 at http://www.law.uchicago.edu Cass Sunstein, "Partyism" http://www.law.uchicago.edu/audio/cass-sunstein-partyism <div class="field field-type-text field-field-auedio-new-soundcloud"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/178752294&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <p>Keynote speech for Legal Forum Symposium 2014: Does Election Law Serve the Electorate?</p> <p>Cass Sunstein is the Robert Walmsley University Professor at Harvard Law School.</p> <p>This talk was recorded on November 7, 2014.</p> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-audio-new-article"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Related article:&nbsp;</div> <a href="/news/robust-election-law-conference-showcases-student-skills">Robust Election Law Conference Showcases Student Skills</a> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 16:39:32 +0000 willcanderson 24440 at http://www.law.uchicago.edu Eric Posner on the Twilight of Human Rights Law http://www.law.uchicago.edu/news/eric-posner-twilight-human-rights-law <div class="field field-type-text field-field-news-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Twilight of Human Rights 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"> Open Democracy </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">November 25, 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-lead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><span>The international human rights regime is too expansive in scope and feeble in enforcement to have any real impact; good government can’t be reduced to a set of rules or rights.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p>A massive international legal effort to force countries to protect human rights has failed. It is time to think of new ways of advancing the well being of people around the world.</p> <p>The international human rights project goes back more than half a century. It began with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a vague and aspirational document, and then incorporated itself in a series of formal treaties. These treaties—about a dozen in total—set out an extraordinary array of rights. Not just classical civil and political rights—rights to freedom of expression and religious worship, to a trial before an independent judge, to protection against unreasonable searches, not to be tortured, and not to be discriminated against on the basis of race, sex, or ethnicity. The treaties also guarantee rights to work, pensions, education, housing, and medical care. They protect the right of children to have access to the media and require accommodation for disabled people. The vast majority of countries have ratified nearly all these treaties, and also set up numerous international courts, commissions, councils, and committees to monitor the compliance of states.</p> <p>For a long time, optimism that these treaties could improve the lives of people coexisted with cynicism about the willingness of countries to comply with them. In recent years, political scientists have looked at the data. They have found little evidence that countries that ratify human rights treaties improve their human rights performance.</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="https://www.opendemocracy.net/openglobalrights/eric-posner/twilight-of-human-rights-law">https://www.opendemocracy.net/openglobalrights/eric-posner/twilight-of-human-rights-law</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> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 15:56:51 +0000 willcanderson 24438 at http://www.law.uchicago.edu Well-Being and Public Policy http://www.law.uchicago.edu/faculty/research/jonathan-masur-well-being-and-public-policy <div class="field field-type-text field-field-facultyresearch-photo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> http://www.law.uchicago.edu/files/imagecache/sidebar-image/image/Masur,%20Jonathan.JPG </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-lead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><span>In recent years, one of the most important developments in social science has been the emergence of psychological research measuring subjective well-being (SWB) or “happiness.”</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-facultyresearch-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Author:&nbsp;</div> Jonathan Masur </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-facultyresearch-nonfacauth"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> with:&nbsp;</div> John Bronsteen and Christopher J. Buccafusco </div> </div> </div> <p><span>Governments rely on certain basic economic metrics and tools to analyze prospective laws and policies and to monitor how well their countries are doing. For decades, critics of such economic measures have argued that they ignore important aspects of value that are not fully reflected by output or by willingness to pay (WTP). In recent years, one of the most important developments in social science has been the emergence of psychological research measuring subjective well-being (SWB) or “happiness.” Researchers have made great strides in replicating and validating their findings about happiness, and world leaders have called for this research to be used to supply SWB-based metrics and tools as alternatives to the existing economic ones. In response to these calls, early efforts have been made to use SWB research to create new social indicators. In this chapter, we discuss some of the efforts that have been made in this regard. We first briefly explain the way that SWB is measured and the way those measurements have been validated. We then explain our own contribution — well-being analysis (WBA) — which uses happiness data to analyze prospective policies more accurately than does cost-benefit analysis. Next, we cover the ways in which SWB data have been used to generate prices that can be used by traditional economic analysis. We then discuss attempts to revise cost-benefit analysis to deal with the limitations stemming from the fact that it uses wealth to assess the effects of policy on quality of life. Finally, we lay out the strides that have been made toward creating an SWB-based alternative to GDP.</span></p> Tue, 25 Nov 2014 22:31:40 +0000 willcanderson 24427 at http://www.law.uchicago.edu Mark Templeton Appointed to Forest Preserves of Cook County Conservation and Policy Council http://www.law.uchicago.edu/news/mark-templeton-appointed-forest-preserves-cook-county-conservation-and-policy-council <div class="field field-type-text field-field-news-publication"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Forest Preserves of Cook County </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">November 25, 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-lead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The agency’s first Conservation and Policy Council will&nbsp;provide continuous conservation leadership and expertise to the Forest Preserves President and Board of Commissioners.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p>Forest Preserves of Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle&nbsp;yesterday appointed the agency’s first Conservation and Policy Council, naming 10 inaugural members to provide continuous conservation leadership and expertise to the Forest Preserves President and Board of Commissioners:</p> <p>Chair:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Wendy Paulson</strong>, President, Bobolink Foundation</li> </ul> <p>Members:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Robert Castaneda</strong>, Executive Director, Beyond the Ball</li> <li><strong>Michael DeSantiago</strong>, Founder, President &amp; CEO, Primera Engineers, LTD.</li> <li><strong>Peter Ellis</strong>, Partner, ReedSmith LLP</li> <li><strong>Terry Guen</strong>, President and Principal, Terry Guen Design Associates</li> <li><strong>Sylvia M. Jenkins</strong>, Ph. D, President, Moraine Valley Community College</li> <li><strong>Falona Joy</strong>, President, SNP Strategies</li> <li><strong>Linda Mastandrea</strong>, Attorney at Law</li> <li><strong>Laurel Ross</strong>, Former Director of Urban Conservation, Field Museum</li> <li><strong>Mark N. Templeton</strong>, Director, Abrams Environmental Law Clinic at the University of Chicago</li> </ul> <p>Commissioners ratified the appointments at yesterday’s board meeting. The terms of the council members are one to three years, and will be staggered. An ex-officio member is still to be determined.</p> <p>The Forest Preserves’ Next Century Conservation Plan called for the creation of a Conservation and Policy Council comprised of leaders who reflect the geographic and demographic diversity of Cook County and have expertise in fields relevant to the Forest Preserves’ mission, services and policies.</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://fpdcc.com/fpnews/forest-preserves-names-conservation-policy-council/">http://fpdcc.com/fpnews/forest-preserves-names-conservation-policy-council/</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/templeton">Mark N. Templeton</a> </div> </div> </div> Tue, 25 Nov 2014 18:23:49 +0000 willcanderson 24409 at http://www.law.uchicago.edu Eric Posner: Obama's Immigration Order Is a Gift to Future Republican Presidents http://www.law.uchicago.edu/news/eric-posner-obamas-immigration-order-gift-future-republican-presidents <div class="field field-type-text field-field-news-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Obama&#039;s Immigration Order Is a Gift to Future Republican Presidents </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">November 23, 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-lead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><span class="dropcap">W</span><span>ipe away your tears, Republicans. President Barack Obama’s deferral of enforcement against several million undocumented immigrants is a short-term defeat for the GOP that you will turn to your advantage.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><span class="dropcap">W</span>ipe away your tears, Republicans. President Barack Obama’s deferral of enforcement against several million undocumented immigrants is a short-term defeat for the GOP that you will turn to your advantage. It strengthens executive power, true, but in a way that will benefit Republican presidents much more than Democratic ones.</p> <p>The deferred action program&nbsp;<a href="http://www.newrepublic.com/article/118951/obamas-immigration-policy-lawful-he-can-enforce-what-he-wants">does not</a>&nbsp;violate the Constitution. But it may modify&nbsp;<a href="http://www.lawfareblog.com/2014/11/the-immigration-imbroglio-as-pretty-normal-separation-of-powers/">political norms</a>&nbsp;that control what the president can do. When presidents act, they typically invoke these norms, arguing that they can do X because a predecessor did X first. Obama’s defenders thus argued that Republicans shouldn’t complain about his deferred-action plan because presidents George H.W. Bush and Ronald Reagan also deferred action against undocumented immigrants. Critics of Obama’s action worry that it establishes a broader political norm that enables the president to achieve, through non-enforcement, ends unrelated to immigration.</p> <p>What might these ends be? Imagine a President Rand Paul entering office in 2017. An enormous regulatory structure will greet him, nearly all of it the creature of liberal policy-making going back to the New Deal, and it’s his to defer action on. Financial regulation required by the hated Dodd-Frank act, health regulation under the even more hated Obamacare, climate regulation despised by the coal industry, antitrust regulation opposed by big business<span class="em">—</span>in all cases, President Paul will be able to argue that he can follow in President Obama’s footsteps and “defer action.”</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/120382/obamas-immigration-executive-order-gift-republican-presidents">http://www.newrepublic.com/article/120382/obamas-immigration-executive-order-gift-republican-presidents</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> Tue, 25 Nov 2014 15:43:56 +0000 willcanderson 24404 at http://www.law.uchicago.edu Janet Steinmayer, '80, Shares Her Vision as the New President of Mitchell College http://www.law.uchicago.edu/alumni/accoladesandachievements/janet-steinmayer-80-shares-her-vision-new-president-mitchell-college <div class="field field-type-text field-field-lead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><span>On the job for five months, Mitchell College President Janet Steinmayer has a clear vision of where the small, liberal arts school will be in a few years.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <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.theday.com/local/20141123/charting-a-new-course-at-mitchell-college">http://www.theday.com/local/20141123/charting-a-new-course-at-mitchell-college</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p>On the job for five months, Mitchell College President Janet Steinmayer has a clear vision of where the small, liberal arts school will be in a few years.<br class="hardreturn" /></p> <p>"Mitchell will be widely recognized for being a distinctive education model, and 'high touch' will have a very strong definition. People will have codified it, and know it's what we do here," said Steinmayer, who began work July 1.<br class="hardreturn" /></p> <p>"High touch" - giving every student the personal attention they need to succeed - is very much in the vernacular on the Mitchell campus these days.<br class="hardreturn" /></p> <p>It's not a new phrase, but under Steinmayer's leadership it's a two-word description of the Mitchell experience that is being embraced, touted and marketed.</p> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 19:23:04 +0000 willcanderson 24396 at http://www.law.uchicago.edu Concurring Opinions on the Career and Personality of Richard Posner http://www.law.uchicago.edu/news/concurring-opinions-career-and-personality-richard-posner <div class="field field-type-text field-field-news-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Maverick – A Biographical Sketch of Judge Richard Posner: Part I </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-news-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Ronald K. L. Collins </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-news-publication"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Concurring Opinions </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">November 24, 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-lead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The first installment in a multi-part series of posts on Seventh Circuit Judge Richard Posner.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p>Below is the first installment in a multi-part series of posts on Seventh Circuit Judge Richard Posner. The first two installments consist of an&nbsp;unconventional biographical profile of the Judge. These posts will be followed by a series of posts consisting of the Judge’s&nbsp;candid and often unexpected responses to numerous&nbsp;questions I posed to him along with those of&nbsp;24 noted legal figures. In the process, Judge Posner bursts into the breach with frankness about his views on privacy, the exclusionary rule,&nbsp;NYT v. Sullivan, intellectual property rights, law and economics, constitutional interpretation, legal education and scholarship, and the politicization of the judiciary. With Posnerian resolve, he also speaks of his own life, his onetime thoughts on being a Supreme Court Justice, his cherished feline, and even his favorite rock stars. Given all that,&nbsp;we selected “Posner on Posner” as the title for this series.</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.concurringopinions.com/archives/2014/11/the-maverick-a-biographical-sketch-of-judge-richard-posner-part-i.html">http://www.concurringopinions.com/archives/2014/11/the-maverick-a-biographical-sketch-of-judge-richard-posner-part-i.html</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-r">Richard A. Posner</a> </div> </div> </div> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 19:08:21 +0000 willcanderson 24395 at http://www.law.uchicago.edu Thanksgiving week hours 2014 http://news.lib.uchicago.edu/blog/2014/11/24/thanksgiving-week-hours-2014-2/ Hours for the D&#8217;Angelo Law Library over the week of Thanksgiving 2014 are as follows: Wednesday, November 26 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Thursday, November 27 All libraries are closed in observance of Thanksgiving. Friday, November 28 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 &#8230; <a href="http://news.lib.uchicago.edu/blog/2014/11/24/thanksgiving-week-hours-2014-2/">Continue&#160;reading&#160;<span class="meta-nav">&#187;</span></a> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 16:40:20 +0000 D'Angelo Law http://news.lib.uchicago.edu/?p=25711 Robust Election Law Conference Showcases Student Skills http://www.law.uchicago.edu/news/robust-election-law-conference-showcases-student-skills <div class="field field-type-text field-field-news-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Becky Beaupre Gillespie </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 </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">November 24, 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-lead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The <em>Legal Forum</em> symposium is a 32-year tradition that does more than provide papers for the journal's next volume: It gives students a chance to take their Law School connections, action skills, and intellectual chops out for a spin. This year's&nbsp;event focused on election law and featured influential legal scholar Cass Sunstein as the keynote speaker.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <p>Erica Jaffe, ’15, had spent months organizing and asking and emailing.</p> <p>And when the Biggest Moment of the Big Day finally arrived — when influential legal scholar Cass Sunstein was preparing to deliver a keynote address at the election law conference she had managed — there weren’t enough seats in the house.</p> <p>That’s when Jaffe knew that she and her <em>Legal Forum</em> colleagues had truly delivered. <img style="margin: 5px 10px; float: left;" src="http://www.law.uchicago.edu/files/files/viviana-and-erica-web.jpg" alt="" width="345" height="268" />The student-run symposium, which provides the material for the journal’s annual volume, had landed 16 of the nation’s top election law scholars, sparked robust debate on a broad array of issues, and given a standing-room-only crowd the chance to hear Sunstein explain the ways in which party prejudice had become more entrenched than racism.</p> <p>“I've attended a bunch of election law symposia, and I thought the <em>Legal Forum's</em> was the best of the lot,” said Assistant Professor Nicholas Stephanopoulos, who helped the students connect with many of the panelists. “The event was impeccably organized, with a terrific roster of speakers, panels that made good substantive sense, and excellent engagement by all of the participants. At first, I thought the journal might have been too ambitious in trying to cover all of election law instead of a particular subfield. But the breadth of coverage turned out to be a major strength. The papers and presentations were more diverse as a result, and there was great cross-fertilization among election law's different areas.”</p> <p>A 32-year tradition, the symposium does more than provide papers for the Law School’s second-oldest journal. It gives students a chance to take their Law School connections, action skills, and intellectual chops out for a spin, putting them in front of top legal scholars and at the helm of a Law School conference. As the journal’s symposium editor, Jaffe spearheaded management of this year’s event, working with Editor-in-Chief Viviana Aldous, ’15; Dean Michael Schill; and Stephanopoulos to recruit a panel of heavy-hitting contributors.</p> <p>All of their panelists came from their top-choice wish list.</p> <p>“These were the people who were the ‘aspirational gets’ for us,” Jaffe said. “We normally have 12 contributors, but this year we have 16. They all came from our first round.”</p> <p>Conference preparations started last spring, with Aldous leading the board as it thoroughly researched potential topics. Election law — and whether it serves the electorate — emerged as a clear choice because it is meaty, durable, and of-the-moment, Aldous said.</p> <p>“The symposium was just a few days after the midterm elections, and it’s also a time when people are starting to think about the 2016 election,” Aldous said. “And in the legal realm, it's timely, too. There are, and recently have been, so many cases before the Supreme Court that relate to voters on issues such as redistricting, voter ID laws, and campaign finance.”</p> <p>During four panel discussions, participants explored a variety of perspectives on issues ranging from the polarized electorate to the role of election law. David A. Strauss, the Gerald Ratner Distinguished Service Professor of Law,&nbsp;talked about campaign finance. Stephanopoulos discussed the Arizona redistricting case being heard by the U.S. Supreme Court and introduced a new gerrymandering metric called the <a href="http://www.law.uchicago.edu/node/24320"><span style="color: #0563c1;">efficiency gap</span></a> that he and a co-author proposed in a recent paper.</p> <p>Sunstein, a former Law School professor who has worked at the White House and now teaches at Harvard Law School, addressed partyism in his keynote, suggesting, as <a href="http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2014-09-22/partyism-now-trumps-racism"><span style="color: #0563c1;">he has in the past</span></a>, that political prejudice in this country has eclipsed racism in many ways.</p> <p>“Partyism has serious consequences for both politics and daily life,” said Sunstein, the Robert Walmsley University Professor at Harvard.</p> <p>He cited several powerful examples of growing political prejudice, including data showing that parents today are far more likely to be “displeased, upset, or unhappy” by their children marrying people of the opposite party. In 1960, the number of parents who would be unhappy with a mixed-party marriage was close to zero, he said. In 2008, it jumped to 20 percent. But in 2010, nearly half of Republicans said they’d be displeased if their children married Democrats, and about a third of Democrats said they’d be displeased if their children married Republicans.</p> <p>He also noted that Americans today are more likely to favor party over policy — falling in lockstep if they know where party leaders stand on an issue, but sharing less predictable views if they don’t. More alarmingly: When errors are corrected — for instance, finding that Iraq did not, in fact, have weapons of mass destruction — people of the party whose version has been corrected not only tend not to alter their beliefs, they believe the first version more strongly.</p> <p>“This is very destructive to democratic debate,” Sunstein said.</p> <p>Jaffe said the talk — particularly the marriage data — gave her “serious pause.”</p> <p>“If we as a nation say, ‘I refuse to accept my child marrying someone of a different political party,’ what does that mean in terms of toleranc