Media

Faculty Media Appearances Relating to the Presidential Transition

April 5, 2017

Reuters

Professor Carolyn Shapiro spoke to Reuters about what to expect from Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch if he’s confirmed. Read the article.

MARCH 24, 2017

Washington Post

Professor Carolyn Shapiro was interviewed for a Washington Post article about what the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings revealed about Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch. Read the article.

MARCH 22, 2017

“Chicago Tonight” (WTTW)

As Senate Judiciary Committee hearings for Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch continued for a second day, Professor Carolyn Shapiro appeared as a guest on WTTW’s “Chicago Tonight” to discuss Judge Gorsuch’s views and his responses to intense questioning from Democrats. Watch the segment.

MARCH 22, 2017

American Constitution Society blog

Professor Carolyn Shapiro wrote a post for the American Constitution Society blog about the contentious exchanges between Democratic Senators and Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch during his Senate Judiciary Committee hearings. Read Professor Shapiro’s post.

MARCH 9, 2017

The Hill

Writing for The Hill, Professor Carolyn Shapiro suggests ways that Senate Democrats could question Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch about historical Supreme Court cases to get a better sense of his judicial philosophy and his views on judicial independence. Read the op-ed.

March 1, 2017

Chicago Tribune

In response to reports that White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer asked his staff to turn over their cell phones to White House lawyers in an attempt to discover who has been leaking to the media, Chicago Tribune columnist Eric Zorn included expert commentary from Professor Lori Andrews for a column he wrote on employee digital privacy rights. Read the column.

FEBRUARY 23, 2017

Politico

Professor Anthony Michael Kreis commented for an article in Politico about Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner’s public silence on issues related to LGBT civil rights. Read the article.

FEBRUARY 9, 2017

NBC 5 Chicago News

Professor Carolyn Shapiro commented on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals denying the federal government’s emergency motion to reinstate President Trump’s executive order temporarily banning travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries. Watch the clip.

February 8, 2017

“Chicago Tonight” (WTTW)

Professor Carolyn Shapiro was a guest on WTTW’s “Chicago Tonight” for a discussion about the arguments heard by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals for and against lifting a temporary restraining order to halt the controversial travel ban imposed by one of President Trump’s recent executive orders. Watch the segment.

FEBRUARY 7, 2017

“Chicago Tonight” (WTTW)

Professor William Birdthistle was a guest on WTTW’s “Chicago Tonight” to discuss President Trump’s February 3 directives to roll back financial regulations and how such action might affect the Dodd-Frank Act and implementation of the fiduciary rule for brokers managing retirement accounts. Watch the segment.

February 7, 2017

ABA Journal

The ABA Journal included a quote from Professor Carolyn Shapiro, originally published in Slate, about what would happen if President Trump or other government officials disregarded a federal court order. Read the article.

February 3, 2017

Chicagoist

Professor Carolyn Shapiro commented in the Chicagoist blog on fears that Roe v. Wade could be overturned in the near future, triggering an obscure Illinois law that would block abortion access in the state. She contends that it’s more concerning that Congress may impose restrictions that would block access to abortions. Read the blog. 

February 3, 2017

American Constitution Society blog and the Huffington Post

Professor Carolyn Shapiro wrote an essay about how judicial claims of “interpreting the Constitution and law as written” can mask conservative ideological judgments. Read the blog.

February 1, 2017

“Politics Tonight” (CLTV)

Professor Carolyn Shapiro discussed key questions that senators might have for SCOTUS nominee Neil Gorsuch and explained weaknesses of originalism. Watch the video.

January 31, 2017

WBBM Radio

Dean Harold Krent spoke to WBBM Newsradio about Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch and his judicial philosophy. Listen to the interview.

January 31, 2017

ABC 7 Chicago News

Dean Harold Krent spoke to ABC 7 about President Trump’s top two choices for the U.S. Supreme Court.

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January 31, 2017

NBC 5 Chicago News

Professor Carolyn Shapiro discussed the role of the Supreme Court in advance of President Trump’s announcement of his SCOTUS nominee, which was scheduled for later that evening. Watch the news segment.

January 30, 2017

Slate; quote also used in the ABA Journal

Professor Carolyn Shapiro commented on the recourse federal judges have if federal employees  or officials ignore a federal court order. She also discusses how government officials might appeal a court order that they disagree with. Read the Slate article.   |  Read the ABA Journal article.

January 27, 2017

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Professor Anthony Michael Kreis discussed Judge William Pryor’s record on LGBT and civil rights. Judge Pryor is reportedly on President Trump’s SCOTUS nominee shortlist. Read the story.

January 26, 2017

“The Mildred Gaddis Show” (WCHB-AM Detroit)

Dean Harold Krent discussed President Trump’s threat to “send in the feds” to stop the violence in Chicago. Listen to the interview (via Facebook).

January 12, 2017

“Chicago Tonight” (WTTW)

Dean Harold Krent was one of two panelists on “Chicago Tonight” discussing whether President-elect Trump’s plans to hand over his business empire to his sons satisfies ethical concerns. Watch the discussion.

December 16, 2016

American Constitution Society blog

Professor Carolyn Shapiro wrote a guest post for the American Constitution Society blog explaining how the Electoral College works and how the Hamilton Electors could legally attempt to change the outcome of the election. Read the post.

December 14, 2016

Chicagoist

In a Q&A with the Chicagoist blog, Professor Carolyn Shapiro answered questions about the Hamilton Electors’ attempts to block President-elect Trump from taking office. Read the article.

December 14, 2016

National Law Journal

The National Law Journal lists Professor Carolyn Shapiro and Professor Steve Heyman among the constitutional law scholars who have written an open letter to President-elect Trump asking him to reverse himself on several constitutional issues, including press freedoms, abortion and judicial independence. Read the article.

December 12, 2016

“Chicago Tonight” (WTTW)

As a guest on WTTW’s “Chicago Tonight,” Professor Carolyn Shapiro discussed the Founding Fathers’ intentions in creating the Electoral College and whether President-elect Trump’s post-election behavior could influence how the electors vote. Watch the video.

December 10, 2016

Slate‘s Amicus podcast

In an interview on Slate‘s Amicus podcast, Professor Carolyn Shapiro explained the lawsuit filed by two Colorado electors to overturn a state law requiring Electoral College members to vote for the state’s popular candidate. Listen to the podcast.

December 9, 2016

Washington Monthly

Professor Carolyn Shapiro wrote an article for Washington Monthly titled “States Can’t Stop Electors From Voting Their Conscience” about the Electoral College’s responsibilities and powers under the Constitution. Read the article.

December 1, 2016

PolitiFact

Professor Christopher Schmidt commented for PolitiFact about the legality of President Trump cutting off funding for sanctuary cities. Read the article.

December 1, 2016

“Chicago Tonight” (WTTW)

As a guest on WTTW’s “Chicago Tonight,” Dean Harold Krent spoke to host Phil Ponce about how President-elect Trump’s business entanglements create an ethical minefield and could violate the Constitution’s Emoluments Clause. Watch the video.

December 1, 2016

Huffington Post

Professor Carolyn Shapiro wrote a guest blog post for the Huffington Post explaining how the Electoral College could prevent Donald Trump from becoming president and why she thinks he’s unfit for office. Read the blog post.

November 30, 2016

“Good Day Chicago” (Fox 32 News)

Professor Sheldon Nahmod was interviewed on Fox 32’s “Good Day Chicago” about President-elect Trump’s tweets about jailing people who burn the American flag.

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November 25, 2016

Chicago Tribune

Dean Harold Krent wrote a letter to the editor titled “American law professors didn’t forget the rule of law — and neither should Trump” refuting an op-ed by Northwestern law professor Stephen Presser in which Professor Presser claimed that American law professors are out of touch. Read the letter.

November 21, 2016

“Chicago Tonight” (WTTW)

As a guest on WTTW’s “Chicago Tonight,” Professor Edward Lee spoke about the spread of fake news on the internet and what can be done about it. Watch the video.

November 16, 2016

Slate

In a column for Slate, Professor Anthony Michael Kreis and others across the country shared their concerns about what President-elect Trump’s victory could mean for LGBTQ civil rights. Read the article.

November 15, 2016

“Chicago Tonight” (WTTW)

Professor Carolyn Shapiro appeared on WTTW’s “Chicago Tonight” to discuss how a Trump presidency might shape the U.S. Supreme Court. Watch the video.