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Baughman Interviewed by ABC4 about NSA Bulk Surveillance Program

Professor Shima Baughman was interviewed by ABC4 in a story titled, “Time runs out on controversial NSA bulk surveillance program.” “It’s not really going to stop their ability to obtain phone numbers, even conversations of individuals they worry are suspected terrorists. But, it will stop them from collecting bulk data from average Americans as they […]

Scholars to Consider Issue of Corporate Personhood in 31st Annual Jefferson B. Fordham Debate

Should Corporations Be Treated As People Under the U.S. Constitution? What constitutional rights should be afforded to corporations? Supporters of corporate personhood argue that corporations are organizations of people and therefore should not be deprived of their rights under the U.S. Constitution. Opponents counter that the doctrine of corporate personhood allows corporations to wield undue […]

31st Annual Jefferson B. Fordham Debate

“Be it resolved: Corporations should not be considered people under the U.S. Constitution.” 5:30: Reception 6:00 – 7:30: Debate The Fordham Debate is named in honor of Professor Jefferson B. Fordham, an outstanding legal scholar and defender of individual and civil rights who joined the University of Utah College of Law faculty in 1972. The annual […]

Reading Hobby Lobby narrowly

By Leslie Francis reprinted from HealthLawProf Blog   I write this post with more than a little trepidation; I’m as unhappy as anyone about what the Court made of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act last week.  Nonetheless, given the current state of play, I’ve tried to see whether there are any ways to try to limit the […]

Skibine Wins Award for Paper at Sovereignty Symposium

Alexander Skibine, Professor of Law at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, recently won the Rudolph Hargrave Prize, which is awarded to the faculty who submits the best scholarly article at the Oklahoma Supreme Court’s Sovereignty Symposium. Skibine’s paper is titled Constitutionalism, Federal Common Law, and the Inherent Powers of Indian Tribes. […]

48th Annual Leary Lecture – The Endless Battle for State Immigration Crimes

S.J. Quinney College of Law, Sutherland Moot Courtroom, For a century and a half, states have fought Congress for the power to control authorized and unauthorized migration. The immigrant stream continues to change the demographics of the nation, and immigration’s economic effects are debated in the middle of a tough job market. In this context, […]

Downtown CLE: Dealing with Gridlock in Congress

Senate Democrats recently changed the filibuster rules on votes to confirm judicial and executive branch nominations.  Under the old rules, at least 60 votes were required to invoke cloture and cut off debate on nominations.  Under the new rules, however, the vote to end a filibuster and invoke cloture requires only 51 votes, so that […]

Law Review Symposium: Governing the United States in 2020

S.J.Quinney College of Law, Sutherland Moot Courtroom The United States government seems to be in a continual state of dysfunction. Gridlock grips Congress, the Executive Branch fills in the void of congressional lawmaking by acting unilaterally, the judiciary struggles with whether and how to involve itself in this state of affairs, and the States and […]

2L Hastings to Publish Article in Marquette Elder’s Advisor Law Review

2L Brett Hastings recently got the good news that an article he researched and wrote as a “self-imposed research and writing project” has been accepted for publication in the Spring 2014 edition of The Marquette Elder’s Advisor Law Review. In the interview below, he describes the process that led to the article’s creation and describes […]

Baradaran Cited in New ABA Journal Article on Predictive Policing

An article in the forthcoming issue of the ABA Journal cites scholarship by Shima Baradaran, Professor of Law at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law. The article, “Predictive policing may help bag burglars — but it may also be a constitutional problem,” notes that Baradaran co-wrote a 2012 article addressing how predictive […]