Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Professor Dan Ravicher's Challenge to Gene Patents

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a major case that invalidates patents on two genes associated with hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. The case was brought by Professor Dan Ravicher of Cardozo School of Law, along with the ACLU.

Professor Rona Writes to NY Times; Claims Pentagon statistics are Unreliable

Professor Gabor Rona, in a letter to The New York Times, points out that in a June 2 article about American strikes in 2017, "the Pentagon’s account of civilians killed by American military action is unreliable. One reason, alluded to in the article, is the blackout on civilian casualty figures for countries in which the United States conducts strikes in secret. And there are many.

In The New Republic, Professor Suk Says Symbolic Importance of Passing ERA May Be Even More Important Than Legal Benefit

“If you look at constitutions around the world, rewriting, amending, and recognizing what values have changed are vital to the health of any constitutional democracy,” said Julie Suk, who teaches antidiscrimination law at Cardozo Law. “That’s what I think we’ve missed out on.”

Professor Yankah Contributes to Conversation in ABA Journal on Opioid Crisis

Professor Ekow Yankah of the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law says the changing landscape of addiction has prompted novel responses and new rhetoric. “There’s something weird if you know the joblessness rates in the African-American community, know the history, but when drug addiction hit that community, it was ‘What is wrong with our community; why are you pathological?’ ”

Eliminating Consumer Litigation Finance Industry Would Hurt Accident Victims, Says Professor Sebok in Crain's

Sebok, with Ronen Avraham of the University of Texas School of Law, conducted the first large-scale empirical study of the industry. They reviewed more than 100,000 applications submitted by individual litigants to one of the nation's largest consumer litigation finance companies.

Professor Suk Comments on ERA Being Ratified in Illinois

Professor Julie Suk was interviewed by Texas Standard, regarding Illinois being the 37th state to ratify the ERA, making it one state shy of potentially becoming an amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Many argue that this is not possible due to a ratification deadline that expired in 1982. But Suk thinks there's still a chance.

"I do think there will be a consitutional showdown over this, " Suk said. "Many people believe the deadline wasn't valid."

Professor Sebok Comments on Litigation Funding in NYLJ

Professor Anthony Sebok was quoted in The New York Law Journal regarding third-party litigation financing, which is getting closer examination in New York, where lawmakers are pushing to regulate an industry in which companies have been accused of charging unreasonably high fees and interest rates. 

"Litigation funding has been available for consumers for about two decades, though the sector hasn’t 'exploded' in use like litigation funding for corporations," Sebok said.

Professor Shaw Analyzes Masterpiece Ruling in NY Times Op-Ed

June 5, 2018 - Professor Kate Shaw wrote an op-ed in The New York Times, focusing on the Supreme Court's ruling in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. The court ruled in favor of a Colorado baker named Jack Phillips who, on religious grounds, had refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple.

Professor Pearlstein in Balkinization: One More Thing About That New OLC Opinion on Syria

Although it’s hard not to let the news cycle completely overtake Friday’s release of the opinion of the Office of Legal Counsel on the constitutionality of the April airstrikes on Syria, the upcoming summit on North Korea, and the Administration’s apparent radical rethinking of Iran’s future post-JCPOA, makes it important not to let it go just yet.

Professor Zelinsky in OUPblog: Taxing Donor-Advised Funds

Congress should extend two taxes to donor-advised funds which currently apply to private foundations