Professor Zelinsky Talks with Law360 about Secretary Mnuchin

Professor Ed Zelinsky spoke to Law360 about Secretary Mnuchin's refusal to comply with the subpoena to submit President Trump's tax returns.

Professor Zelinsky told Law360 that as long as Mnuchin can articulate an argument casting doubt on the intent behind the committee’s request, there is no guarantee that Democrats will prevail in a court battle.

Read the complete article here.

Gabor Rona Published on Opinio Juris

Visiting professor and international law scholar Gabor Rona was published on Opinio Juris, an academic blog spanning 70+ countries.

Rona's post is part of the "Punishing Atrocities Symposium" series, which includes works from leading academics examining the tensions in current international law. Rona explores the rights of the individual in post-World War II international law.

Professor Kyron Huigens Comments on Al Jazeera on Secretary Mnuchin's Testimony

"Steve Mnuchin really has no idea what he's talking about," Professor Kyron Huigens said on Al Jazeera.

"The other contention is that there is no legitimate legislative purpose for Congress to have these tax returns, and of course that's a very dangerous proposition. If the President can say what's a legitimate Congressional purpose then the President has complete control over Congress and the nature of cooperation between the President and Congress...and that violates the basic structure of separation of powers."

Professor Myriam Gilles Testifies Before the House Judiciary Committee

Professor Myriam Gilles testified before of the House Judiciary Committee. She said, "Forced arbitration clauses are everywhere...what this really means is if an employer rips off a group of employees, they can't sue that employer...The only thing they can do is take on all the burden and cost of going against the employer in a one on one arbitration...Forced arbitration is so popular that over the past decade it's almost impossible to find a product, a service, an amenity of modern life that doesn't force us to sign away our rights.

Professor Kate Shaw Testifies Before House Judiciary Committee

Professor Kate Shaw testified at a House Judiciary Committee hearing on May 15 titled "Executive Privilege and Congresstional Oversight."

She told the House Judiciary Committee, "My view as a scholar and a former White House lawyer, is that blanket invocations of executive privilege of the sort the White House has made here are without substantial support in either case law or executive branch practice."

Watch the testimony.

Professor Anthony Sebok's Study into the Litigation Finance Industry Highlighted in Law360

Professor Anthony Sebok's study into the litigation finance industry examined 200,000 cases handled by one nationwide litigation finance firm over the course of a decade. 
Read more in Law360 about the study and the results.

Professor Jessica Roth Comments on Dispute over President Trump's Tax Returns

Professor Jessica Roth was a guest on The 11th Hour to discuss the Treasury Department's refusal to release the President's tax returns.
"I think [Congress'] legal authority Is clear. We’ll see what the treasury department on behalf of the President asserts in response. In terms of how quickly this could happen, it strikes me as a purely legal question...there are provisions for expedited appeal to the District of Columbia Court of Appeals and even to the US Supreme Court if necessary."

Professor Jessica Roth Focuses on Mueller Report Aftermath on MSNBC

Professor Jessica Roth was a guest on MSNBC to discuss the recent developments surrounding the Mueller Report.

She said, "Congress has a couple of legal options and none of them are very of them is to go to a federal district court in a civil proceeding to enforce a Congressional subpoena. There are good legal grounds for Congress to win. The problem is any order from a judge would be appealable. The litigation could take years."

Floersheimer and Burns Faculty Unpack The Mueller Report

The Floersheimer Center for Constitutional Law and the Burns Center for Ethics in the Practice of Law hosted a panel titled “Unpacking the Mueller Report” with Cardozo professors offering their analysis on the investigation and aftermath.

Professor Jessica Roth offered her perspective on the criminal angle of the report, focusing on the possible presidential conspiracy with the Russian government and obstruction of justice. Although Mueller didn’t find sufficient evidence, Roth acknowledged what she called the “remarkable coincidences” noted in the report.

Professor Kate Shaw Releases New Book on Reproductive Rights

Professor Kate Shaw is one of three editors, along with Melissa Murray and Reva B. Siegel, for a new book called Reproductive Rights and Justice Stories, part of the Law Stories Series. The book is comprised of 12 chapters discussing topics, such as contraception and abortion, through case law, illustrated through the background of social movements and government actions in history. The volume highlights the change in law in different periods of time.