University of Illinois College of Law
January 26, 2015

The Real Life “Selma” Judge

In this week's Legal Issue in the News, commentator Paul Heald introduces us to the real-life Judge Frank M. Johnson, who is portrayed by Martin Sheen in the movie "Selma."


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December 22, 2014

The Legal Analysis of The Grinch

In honor of Christmas, we go to the WILL Archives for a legal analysis of a very serious holiday crime: the stealing of Christmas by The Grinch. With apologies to Dr. Suess, here’s Amy Gajda.


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December 15, 2014

Whistleblowers

In this week's Legal Issues in the News, commentator Verity Winship looks at "whistleblower" laws and a case involving it that's before the US Supreme Court.


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December 08, 2014

Demystifying the Grand Jury

With the recent grand jury decision in St. Louis not to indict police office Darren Wilson, a spotlight has been placed on how grand juries works. Commentator Matt Andres looks what exactly they juries do.


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November 24, 2014

Stairway to Heaven Copyright Trial

In this week's Legal Issues in the News, commentator Jay Kesan brings us up-to-date with a copyright infingement case brought against the classic rock band Led Zeppelin regarding one of their biggest hits, "Stairway to Heaven."


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November 17, 2014

But Not a Jury of One’s Peers

Recently, two high-profile court cases have looked at the question of what racial makeup constitutes a jury of one's peers. Commentator Matt Andres discusses how juries are picked and if there are inequities in these pools.


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November 10, 2014

The Many Faces of Due Process

When it comes to the law, we all think we have a right to our day in court. But that is only one aspect of the due process clause. The U.S. Constitution also limits the reach of courts and protects defendants. More from commentator Verity Winship.


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November 03, 2014

Patent or Copyright?

In this week's Legal Issues in the News, commentator Paul Heald explores the difference in protection under patent and copyright law.


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