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12/28/2009 - GOP State AGs' Objection To Health Bill Is Crazy Talk
Washington and Lee law professor Tim Jost tells TPMMuckraker that constitutional challenges to the "Nebraska Compromise" in the new Senate health reform legislation are unlikely to be successful.
12/26/2009 - When Legislation Goes Into Overtime
In the New York Times Prescriptions blog, Washington and Lee Law Professor Tim Jost comments on comparisons between the Senate health reform legislation and the Medicare Catastrophic Coverage Act, which was signed into law in 1988 and repealed sixteen months later.
12/24/2009 - Legislators, scholars and the public unclear how Senate vote will affect health premiums
In an interview with The Dallas Morning News, Washington and Lee Law Professor Tim Jost says that the complexity of the Senate health care legislation is understandable given that it overhauls a complex system that involves on-sixth of the American economy.
12/24/2009 - Senate's health reform bill attempts cost savings
In an interview with The Plain Dealer, Washington and Lee Law Professor Tim Jost says that the Senate health legislation contains many projects that will improve the health insurance system over time.
12/22/2009 - Congress Tests the Cadillac Tax
In a special to Roll Call, Washington and Lee's Tim Jost and Case Western's Joseph White explore the punitive excise tax on "Cadillac" health insurance benefits in the Senate's health care legislation.
12/20/2009 - With bitter pills, Obama gets his health vote
Commenting in the Globe and Mail, Washington and Lee Law Professor Tim Jost argues that while not perfect, the Senate Health Care Reform bill will improve care and contain costs.
12/18/2009 - Washington and Lee Takes Law Students from Class to Court
The new third-year program at Washington and Lee School of Law is featured in the Washington Post. The article discusses the changes afoot in legal education and examines two of the school's new practicum courses.
12/17/2009 - The Time Is Right to Do What’s Right
In this opinion piece from the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Washington and Lee law professor and health care expert Tim Jost argues that we have a once-in-a-generation chance to fix the health care system.
12/14/2009 - Health Care Reform Won't Do Much About Huge Hospital Bills
Commenting in a Huffington Post article, Washington and Lee Law Professor Tim Jost discusses what effect requiring hospitals to make public what they charge will have on reducing costs.
12/13/2009 - Report: in Senate plan, insufficient funding for those with preexisting conditions
In the Capital Briefing, the Washington Post blog offering news and analysis from the Hill, Washington and Lee Law Professor Tim Jost comments on how funding in the Senate HCR bill will be insufficient to prevent health insurers from using your health status against you.
12/13/2009 - Key Elements of Senate HCR Bill
The popular blog Daily Kos cites a series of posts by Washington and Lee law professor Tim Jost in its exploration of the Senate Health Care Reform bill. Jost's posts can be found on the Health Affairs blog.
12/7/2009 - Senate Health Care Negotiations Careen from One Bad Idea to the Next
Washington and Lee Law Professor and health care reform expert Tim Jost is blogging in Politico.com's Arena, the site's daily debate with policymakers and decision shapers. Recent posts include comment on Senate negotiations regarding a public option and Obama's approval ratings.
12/3/2009 - Germany Censors its neo-Nazis
Washington and Lee Law Professor Russ Miller comments in an article examining whether the German constitution protects the right of assembly for neo-Nazi groups.
11/30/2009 - Long Wait for Health Care Reforms
Washington and Lee law professor and health care reform expert Tim Jost comments in a Washington Post story examining how long it will take for health care reform initiatives to take effect, even if they are implemented soon.
11/23/2009 - Right and Left Join Forces on Criminal Justice
Washington and Lee Law Professor Erik Luna comments in a New York Times article exploring how advocates on both the right and left are coming together to lobby for restricting the growth of the criminal justice system.
11/14/2009 - Virginia Goes 20 Months without a Jury Death Verdict
Washington and Lee School of Law professors David Bruck and Scott Sundby are both quoted in a Richmond Times-Dispatch story about the decline of death sentences imposed by juries in Virginia.
11/10/2009 - D.C. Sniper's Defense Team See Glimpses of Humanity
Washington and Lee professor and capital case clinic director David Bruck comments in a Washington Post story about the defense team for D.C. sniper John Allen Muhammad, who is scheduled to be executed Tuesday.
11/9/2009 - Wider Oversight Looms for Insurers
Washington and Lee law professor and health care reform expert Tim Jost comments in an WSJ story about an effort by Democratic lawmakers to strip health insurers of their protection from certain federal antitrust laws.
11/8/2009 - Compromises get U.S. health bill through
Washington and Lee law professor and health care reform expert Tim Jost comments in a Globe and Mail story examining the compromises between lawmakers that facilitated the passage of the U.S. House health care reform bill.
10/31/2009 - Tim Jost on the House Health Reform Bill
Washington and Lee law professor and health care reform expert Tim Jost guest blogs at the Health Affairs website on the House Health Reform Bill, HR 3962.
10/28/2009 - Constitutionality of Health Overhaul Questioned
Washington and Lee law professor Timothy Stoltzfus Jost discusses the constitutionality of requiring individuals to purchase health care in the Washington Times.
10/28/2009 - Pulling a trigger on the public option
Research by Washington and Lee law professor and health care reform expert Tim Jost is cited in this Forbes column examining a trigger for a public health care plan.
10/26/2009 - Law Professor Argues for Marriage Bill that Respects Religious Objectors
Washington and Lee Law Professor Robin F. Wilson argues in a Washington Post opinion piece that legislation legalizing same-sex marriage will better serve both sides of the debate if it includes robust protections for religious objectors.
10/25/2009 - An Affectionate Portrait of Bill Rehnquist, Regular Guy
Washington and Lee law school dean Rod Smolla writes about a new book profiling the late Chief Justice William Rehnquist.
10/25/2009 - Expert Discusses Death Penalty Holdouts
Washington and Lee Law School Professor Scott Sundby comments in a Chicago Tribune story examining the refusal of several jurors in a recent mass murder trial to support a death sentence.
10/22/2009 - More for the Wish List
Washington and Lee Law Professor Tim Jost discusses the Finance Committe health reform bill on The New Republic blog, The Treatment, a must-read guide to health care reform.
10/22/2009 - Antitrust move poses few risks to health insurers
Washington and Lee law professor and health care reform expert Tim Jost comments in an AP story about an effort by Democratic lawmakers to strip health insurers of their protection from certain federal antitrust laws.
10/17/2009 - Prof. Robin Wilson Analyzes Maine's Same-sex Marriage Debate
Washington and Lee Professor Robin F. Wilson explores the need for religious protections in same-sex marriage laws being enacted in several U.S. states.
10/5/2009 - Health Insurance Exchanges: Will They Work?
Washington and Lee law professor and health care reform expert Tim Jost comments in a New York Times article examining the viability of health insurance exchanges.
10/4/2009 - High Court tackles animal-abuse tapes as free speech test
Washington and Lee Law Dean and First Amendment scholar Rodney A. Smolla comments in a USA Today story exploring a federal law that makes it a crime to sell depictions of animal cruelty.
9/28/2009 - In Some States, a Push to Ban Mandate on Insurance
Lawmakers in some states are pushing ahead with state constitutional amendments that would outlaw a health insurance requirement for all citizens. Washington and Lee law professor and health care expert Tim Jost comments on the chances of these state amendments challenging federal law.
9/24/2009 - Dean Smolla, Third Year Program Featured in ABA Journal Legal Rebels Project
The ABA Journal's Legal Rebels project, which features lawyers, scholars and others who are committed to innovation in the legal profession, made a stop in Lexington to meet with students and faculty involved in the School's new third year program.
9/21/2009 - Human-research oversight is too lax
In this opinion piece in the Arizona Daily Star, Washington and Lee Law Professor Robin Fretwell Wilson examines oversight of human subject research and the death of Jesse Gelsinger.
9/17/2009 - Sotomayor Issues Challenge to a Century of Corporate Law
Washington and Lee law professor David Millon comments in a Wall Street Journal analysis of new U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor's comments in her first Court appearance related to the protections from government oversight afforded to corporations.
9/7/2009 - Reality's knocking: Recession forcing schools to bow to reality
Washington and Lee's new third year program is featured in a National Law Journal story covering legal education reform at several law schools.
8/24/2009 - What's in it for you
In this opinion piece from the Roanoke Times, Washington and Lee law professor and health care expert Tim Jost argues that all Americans, even those with insurance, will benefit from health care reform.
8/21/2009 - Follow Tim Jost in the Health Care Debate
For the past few months, Washington and Lee law professor and health care expert Tim Jost has been heavily involved in the national debate on health care reform. Follow his media appearances and read his essays on the subject.
8/17/2009 - So What’s a Health Insurance Co-op, Anyway?
In this interview with the New York Times, Washington and Lee law professor and health care expert Tim Jost discusses nonprofit health co-ops, which have taken center stage in the health care reform debate after support for a public plan diminished.
8/14/2009 - The Truth Behind the Death Panel
With charges, countercharges, information, disinformation, flat-out lies, and half truths being disseminated on all sides of the health reform debates, how is a poor citizen to learn the real story? Washington and Lee Law professor Tim Jost helps out in the Columbia Journalism Review's Straight Talk column.
8/10/2009 - Hiding behind the robes
If Supreme Court law clerks do not exercise undue influence, why all the secrecy? This is the question pondered by visiting professor Todd C. Peppers and his colleague Artemus Ward in a recent opinion piece published in The National Law Journal.
8/3/2009 - German Ambassadors
Law professor Russell Miller was profiled along with German Law Journal co-founder Peer Zumbansen in one of Germany's leading newspapers concerning the Journal's 10th anniversary celebration and its promotion of German law abroad.
7/28/2009 - Worth the Effort
A new ABA Journal article examines law professor Robin Fretwell Wilson's empirical study of the American Law Institute Principles of the Law of Family Dissolution.
7/18/2009 - A Matter of Opinion
Washington and Lee School of Law Dean Rod Smolla was quoted in a New York Times profile of famed First Amendment lawyer Floyd Abrams. In a turn that has surprised some of his followers, Abrams has signed on to defend the now infamous credit rating company Standard and Poor's in a series of investor lawsuits.
7/9/2009 - New Research Considers Impact of Investment Disputes on Developing World
Global Arbitration Review, a leading journal focused on international public and private arbitration, featured research by Washington and Lee law professor Susan Franck in a recent article examining potential bias against developing nations in investment treaty arbitration.
7/7/2009 - Jost Participates in CNBC Health Care Debate
Washington and Lee law professor and health care system expert Tim Jost appeared on CNBC's Closing Bell on Tuesday to participate in a debate on public health care plans.
7/6/2009 - Do Health Co-op Offer Model for Overhaul?
Washington and Lee law professor and health care system expert Tim Jost comments in a New York Time article exploring the viability health insurance cooperatives.
7/2/2009 - Law Professor's Work in New York Review of Books
Same-sex Marriage and Religious Liberty: Emerging Conflicts, co-edited by Washington and Lee law professor Robin Fretwell Wilson, was reviewed recently in the New York Review of Books.
6/16/2009 - What Could Stop Obama on Health Care Reform
Washington and Lee Law Professor Tim Jost is participating in a discussion about health care reform in Politico.com's Arena, the site's daily debate with policymakers and decision shapers.
6/5/2009 - Va. Supreme Court Hears Death Row Appeal
Washington and Lee Law Professor David Bruck argued on behalf of convicted murderer William Morva that the trial judge erred by not allowing the defense to challenge Morva's future dangerousness. Prof. Bruck is the director of the School's death penalty defense clinic, the Virginia Capital Case Clearinghouse.
5/22/2009 - Same-Sex Marriage Laws Pose Protection Quandary
Washington and Lee Law Professor Robin Fretwell Wilson's work pushing for religious exemptions in states legalizing same-sex marriage is examined in the New York Times.
5/21/2009 - W&L Law Professors Lay Out Legal Plan for Gitmo Detainees
In the wake of dueling speeches from President Obama and former Vice-President Dick Cheney on the future of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility and U.S. interrogation practices, Washington and Lee Law Professor Mark Drumbl discusses a set of legal due process principles in the area of detainee treatment.
5/14/2009 - Religious Exemptions in Same-Sex Laws Under Scrutiny
Washington and Lee Law Professor Robin Fretwell Wilson's work pushing for religious exemptions in states legalizing same-sex marriage is examined in the Washington Post's God in Government blog.
5/3/2009 - The flip-side of same-sex marriage
In a recent Op/ed in the Los Angeles Times, Washington and Lee Law Professor Robin F. Wilson urges the growing number of states passing same-sex marriage laws to adopt religious protections as part of their legislation.
5/2/2009 - Historic home opens with a new purpose
The Washington and Lee Community Law Center at the Oliver Hill House officially opened on Friday. The Center's goal is to enhance access to justice efforts in Roanoke.
4/28/2009 - Institute of Medicine Report Targets Conflicts of Interest
A report released today by the Institute of Medicine urges reforms within the medical and pharmaceutical industries aimed at ending conflicts of interest. Washington and Lee law professor Timothy S. Jost served on the committee that produced the report.
4/20/2009 - Free Speech Does a Body Good
Washington and Lee School of Law Dean Rod Smolla explores free speech issues in the marketplace in this recent commentary from Legal Times.
4/8/2009 - W&L Law Student Instrumental in Federal Bear Baiting Case
Clifford Ashcroft-Smith, a third year law student in the Public Prosecutors Program, served as the prosecutor in a federal case involving a man illegally baiting and shooting black bears. Click below for coverage of the investigation and details of the plea agreement.
4/4/2009 - 4th Circuit Reinstates Police Officer's First Amendment Suit
Washington and Lee School of Law Dean Rodney A. Smolla comments on a Fourth Circuit decision reinstating a lawsuit by a Baltimore police officer who claims he was fired for giving information about a police shooting to a reporter.
4/1/2009 - Justice Ginsburg's centrist role
As rumors swirl regarding a retirement announcement from U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Washington and Lee Law Professor Russell A. Miller reflects in this commentary on her centrist legacy.
3/19/2009 - Corporate Rules Don't Work
Washington and Lee School of Law student Alexandre Rourk '10 argues in this commentary that populist anger directed at CEO's is misplaced. The real problem, he says, is the way corporations are governed.
3/16/2009 - Church won't be forced to marry gay couples if laws change
Washington and Lee Law Professor Robin F. Wilson was quoted in a Catholic News Service article on the possible effects of legalized same-sex marriage.
3/6/2009 - Will Law Demand We Support Gay Marriage?
In a recent Op/Ed, Washington and Lee Law Professor Robin F. Wilson explores a Connecticut General Assembly bill that guarantees same-sex couples equal protection under the state's constitution.
2/19/2009 - Libel Suit Against New York Times Settled
A lobbyist's lawsuit against The New York Times over the newspaper's account of her ties to Senator John McCain has been settled, both sides announced on Thursday. Dean Rodney A. Smolla represented lobbyist Vicki Iseman in the dispute.
2/13/2009 - U.S. Policy and the Ethics of Multiple Births
In a recent article, opinion columnist Jim Wooten cites research by Prof. Robin F. Wilson on the relationship between family structure and child welfare while discussing the controversial multiple births of Nadya Suleman.
2/9/2009 - Consumer-Driven Health Care Q&A
Washington and Lee School of Law Professor Tim Jost answers questions about consumer-driven health plans in an interview with the Columbia Journalism Review.
2/4/2009 - Health Benefits For Unemployed Stripped From Stimulus Plan
Washington and Lee School of Law Professor Tim Jost serves as a citizen reporter for the Huffington Post, helping parse the 736 page economic stimulus plan to explore potential negative effects.
1/20/2009 - The Future of Video Game Regulation
Washington and Lee Law Professor Josh Fairfield explores how the speed of technology is driving both the evolution and experimentation of the law as it struggles to keep pace with innovation.
1/16/2009 - Does the First Amendment Protect the Naming of Children?
Washington and Lee School of Law Dean Rodney Smolla comments on the First Amendment rights afforded to parents when naming their children. Three New Jersey children with Nazi-influenced names were removed recently from their home by state officials.
1/11/2009 - Dissecting AIG's Failure
Washington and Lee Law Professor Adam Scales looks at the crash of AIG and wonders why the insurance giant's huge profit margins did not draw more scrutiny.
1/9/2009 - What Can Taylor Case Tell Us About Our Moral Compass?
Washington and Lee Law Professor Mark Drumbl explores what the torture conviction of Charles Taylor Jr., who received 97 years for his crimes, teaches us about the importance of international law.