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12/14/2010 - Examining Judge Hudson’s Decision On The Individual Mandate
In a post on the Health Affairs blog, Washington and Lee law professor Timothy S. Jost analyzes the recent decision by a Virginia judge holding a provision of the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional.
12/13/2010 - A Fatal Blow to Obama's Health Care Law?
Washington and Lee law professor Timothy S. Jost joins a panel on the New York Times Room for Debate page to discuss the federal judge's decision rejecting the insurance mandate.
10/22/2010 - Tim Jost Discusses New Guidelines for Health Insurance Spending
Washington and Lee law professor Tim Jost discusses new standards adopted by state insurance commissioners that will guide how health insurance companies spend premium dollars.
10/18/2010 - Law Professor Discusses Child Soldiers and Punishment
Washington and Lee law professor Mark Drumbl discusses in an interview with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation the case of Omar Khadr and whether child soldiers should be held accountable for war crimes.
10/8/2010 - Is the Health Care Law Legal? The Experts Dig Into Thursday’s Ruling
Washington and Lee law professor Tim Jost joins other health care reform experts in evaluating the recent decision in Thomas More Law Center v. Obama upholding the constitutionality of the new health care law.
9/23/2010 - Health Reform Starts Today to Help the 'Underinsured'
In this opinion piece in the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Washington and Lee law professor Tim Jost argues that one of the most important immediate effects of health care reform will be to protect America's underinsured.
9/10/2010 - More Lewis Powells? New Research Analyzes Polarized Supreme Court
The New York Times relies on research by Washington and Lee School of Law lecturer Todd Peppers for a series of stories looking at the increasing ideological polarization of the U.S. Supreme Court.
9/3/2010 - Law Professor Discusses Health Care Myths
On NPR's Morning Edition, Washington and Lee law professor Tim Jost discusses some of the common myths and exaggerations surrounding health care reform, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
8/19/2010 - Can a Flight Attendant Take a Child Away from an Abusive Parent?
Washington and Lee law professor Robin Fretwell Wilson was one of several legal experts consulted for an edition of the popular Slate column, Explainer, which explored who has the legal right to take a child away from a parent.
8/18/2010 - Prisons Without Walls: Experiments in Electronic Surveillance
Washington and Lee law professor Erik Luna comments in an Atlantic magazine article exploring alternatives to prison incarceration, including the increasing use of GPS monitoring devices.
8/9/2010 - Health Care Battle Heats Up
Washington and Lee law professor Tim Josts comments in a National Law Journal story looking at the three key challenges to health care reform under way in the federal courts.
8/8/2010 - A.G. Places Police in Jeopardy
In this Roanoke Times Commentary, Washington and Lee Oliver Hill fellow Aaron Haas argues that Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's advisory opinion regarding the authority of local law enforcement officers to inquire about immigration status will do more harm than good.
8/7/2010 - In Tough Times, Many Take on Own Legal Dilemmas
Washington and Lee law professor Robin Fretwell Wilson comments on do-it-yourself divorces in a Fiscal Times article examining the growing trend towards DIY legal services.
8/2/2010 - Library of Congress, beware — it's time for a confirmation hearing
In this commentary, Washington and Lee lecturer Todd Peppers worries that the true impact of the Kagan hearings might be less transparency and less understanding of how the most secretive branch of our government operates.
7/28/2010 - A Fallen Hero: How an Insurance Company Profited
Washington and Lee law professor Adam Scales appeared on CBS Evening News to discuss a practice where insurance companies make millions in interest by delaying payments to the beneficiaries of life insurance policies.
7/23/2010 - Jails Packed to the Rafters
Washington and Lee law professor Erik Luna discusses overcriminilization in the United States in an audio interview with The Economist.
7/9/2010 - Murder Conviction Leads to Internet Privacy Test
Washington and Lee law professor Brian Murchison comments on a judge's decision ordering a Lynchburg newspaper to help a convicted murderer's lawyers learn the identity of an anonymous poster who used the paper's website to comment on the conviction.
7/4/2010 - Helicopter Moms, Heading for a Crash
Research by Washington and Lee law professor Robin Fretwell Wilson was cited in a July 4 Washington Post article linking professionals' helicopter parenting to failed marriages and friendships.
7/2/2010 - Dateline NBC to Feature VC3 DNA Exoneration Case
On Friday, July 9 at 9:00 p.m., Dateline NBC will air a two-hour documentary exploring a murder case worked on by students in Washington and Lee's Virginia Capital Case Clearinghouse.
6/24/2010 - Germany - Yes You Can
Washington and Lee law professor Russ Miller, currently on a Fulbright research grant in Germany, argues in this opinion piece that Joachim Gauck should be Germany's next president.
6/21/2010 - Junior Justices: Kagan's Confirmation Hearing and the Role of Law Clerks
In a National Law Journal commentary, Washington and Lee lecturer Todd Peppers wonders whether during Elena Kagan's confirmation hearings members of congress will explore the role of law clerks in influencing the decisions of Supreme Court justices.
6/15/2010 - Is New York Ready for No-Fault Divorce?
Washington and Lee law professor Robin Fretwell Wilson contributes to the New York Times Room for Debate blog on new legislation that would permit no-fault divorce in the state of New York.
6/14/2010 - Seeing Threat to Individual Policies, State Officials Urge a Gradual Route to Change
Washington and Lee law professor Tim Jost comments in a New York Times article examining whether the new health care law will cause health insurance companies to cancel policies and leave the individual insurance market.
5/25/2010 - Health-care overhaul offers insurance benefits to young adults
Washington and Lee law professor Tim Jost comments in a Washington Post article exploring how health care reform legislation may strengthen student health plans available to graduate students.
4/21/2010 - Staunton Vigil for Dead Teen Raises Freedom of Assembly Concerns
Washington and Lee law professor J.D. King, director of the Criminal Justice Clinic, comments in an article examining how a candlelight vigil in Staunton, Va for a dead teen turned into a confrontation between police and mourners.
4/21/2010 - Michelle Drumbl Talks Taxes on WVTF's Weekend Virginia
It's the complexity of the tax code that makes efforts like Washington and Lee University's tax clinic necessary. Washington and Lee law Professor Michelle Drumbl runs the clinic and spoke with Fred Echols, host of WVTF's Weekend Virginia about the clinic's work.
4/12/2010 - Sanction the 18 State AGs
According to Washington and Lee law professor Tim Jost, the suit challenging the new health care law represents shoddy lawyering,and he thinks the attorneys who brought this case should have to bear the cost of defending this litigation.
4/9/2010 - Justice Stevens, His Legacy and the Future of the Court
Washington and Lee Lecturer in Law Todd Peppers is participating in the National Law Journal's virtual panel discussion on U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, who just announced his retirement.
3/30/2010 - High Court Mulls Speech Rights and More
Washington and Lee Law School Dean Rodney Smolla comments in a USA Today article exploring free-speech claims in a series of cases before the Supreme Court that will test the boundaries of the First Amendment.
3/29/2010 - Virtually Innocent
Washington and Lee law professors Robin F. Wilson and Josh Fairfield comment in an American Spectator article exploring a Federal Trade Commission report explaining the risks children face when they play in virtual worlds.
3/29/2010 - States shouldn't shirk responsibility to indigent defendants
In this National Law Journal opinion piece, Washington and Lee law professor Erik Luna argues that the federal government can help provoke reform of local indigent representation, but it should not relieve states of their constitutional duties.
3/24/2010 - Health Bill Lawsuits Are Going Nowhere
In this opinion piece, a Special to CNN, Washington and Lee law professor Tim Jost argues that lawsuits challenging the new health reform bill will fail because the states are misreading the law.
3/22/2010 - State Challenges to Health Care
Washington and Lee law professor Tim Jost discusses on C-SPAN state efforts to block the insurance requirements in the health care legislation, and how the Commerce Clause or the Tenth Amendment could play into the challenges.
3/21/2010 - Expert Fields Questions on Health Overhaul
Timothy Jost, a law professor at Washington and Lee University and co-author of "Health Law," the nation's standard textbook for that subject, provides an overview of what Americans can expect when the health care overhaul is enacted.
3/17/2010 - Abortion Still A Sticking Point In Health Care
Abortion still drives some anti-abortion rights Democrats away from the health care bill. The dispute isn't just about abortion, it's also about what the bills actually say about abortion. Timothy Jost, law professor at Washington and Lee University, offers his insight.
3/11/2010 - Health Reform and Massive Resistance
In an article in Slate.com, Washington and Lee law professor Tim Jost discusses what would happen if people just refused to buy health insurance even if a law ordered them to?
2/25/2010 - Health Care Summit: Any Areas of Agreement?
What is the outcome of the President's Health Care Summit? In two posts on the Health Affairs blog. Washington and Lee law professor Tim Jost details some areas of agreement.
2/22/2010 - Most States Oppose Federal Insurance Mandate
In an NPR Morning Edition report on state efforts to block a federal health insurance requirement, Washington and Lee law professor Tim Jost says that the U.S. Constitution is clear on the fact that states cannot nullify federal law.
2/14/2010 - German Justice Differs for a Reason
In a recent opinion piece, Washington and Lee Law Professor Russ Miller discusses the case of Jens Soering, the German national serving a life sentence in Virginia for murder.
2/10/2010 - Can the States Nullify Health Care Reform?
In an essay in the New England Journal of Medicine, Washington and Lee law professor and health law expert Tim Jost argues that it is constitutionally impossible for Virginia to pass legislation that trumps federal law.
2/9/2010 - Apartheid Case Tests Reach of US Courts
Washington and Lee law professor Mark Drumbl is quoted in a Voice of America article examining the accountability of multinational corporations when foreign investment in a country leads to human rights abuses.
1/22/2010 - Leading Health Care Experts Tell House To Pass Senate Health Care Bill
Talking Points Memo Reports on an effort by nearly four dozen of the nation's leading health care experts, including Washington and Lee law professor Tim Jost, urging the House of Representatives to pass the Senate health care bill.
1/20/2010 - Pass the Bill Now
In this opinion piece in the New Republic, Washington and Lee law professor Tim Jost argues that for the health reform movement to continue, the House must adopt and pass the Senate plan.
1/20/2010 - In the Wake of Fort Hood Shooting, Can a Rap Song Be a Threat?
Washington and Lee Law School Dean Rod Smolla comments in Newsweek about Army Specialist Marc A. Hall, who has been charged with threatening fellow soldiers in a rap song he sent to the Pentagon.
1/17/2010 - Anatomy of an Execution Reviewed in Washington Post
Anatomy of an Execution, by Todd C. Peppers, tells the story of Chris Thomas, one of the last juvenile offenders put to death before the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the execution of juveniles constituted cruel and unusual punishment.
1/13/2010 - Proposals Clash on States’ Role in Health Plans
Washington and Lee law professor Tim Jost comments in a New York Times article examining the role the states should play in overseeing the overhaul of the health insurance market.
1/12/2010 - House, Senate View Health Exchanges Differently
Washington and Lee Law Professor Tim Jost appeared on NPR's Morning Edition to discuss how the House and Senate health reform legislation differ with regard to health exchanges.
1/8/2010 - Health Insurance Exchanges: House or Senate Style?
Washington and Lee law professor Tim Jost participates in a panel discussion comparing how the Senate and House health reform plans deal with health insurance exchanges.
1/8/2010 - The Environmental Consequences of War
Prof. Mark Drumbl is quoted in the January/February issue of Washington Monthly in an article examining why militaries almost never clean up the messes they leave behind.
1/8/2010 - Law Professor Tim Jost to Discuss Health Insurance Exchanges Today on C-SPAN
Washington and Lee law professor and health care expert Tim Jost is scheduled to appear on C-SPAN today at 12:15 p.m. The panel will discuss health insurance exchanges and the differences between the House and Senate health reform legislation.
1/3/2010 - Atheists challenge Ireland's new blasphemy law with online postings
Former Lewis Law Center Scholar-in-Residence Eoin O'Dell comments in a Washington Post story examining reaction to Ireland's updated blasphemy law, which criminalizes statements that could offend adherents of a particular religion.