AG Sessions plan to toughen drug rules wrong turn for justice

Plans by Attorney General Jeff Sessions to toughen rules for prosecuting drug crimes reverses Obama-era policies. Joseph Margulies, professor of law and government at Cornell University, says such reversals constitute a wrong turn for the justice system. Bio: Margulies says: “For the past decade or so, drug policy has been one of the only […]

Second Circuit Court brings cases to Cornell Law School for two-day event

WHAT: Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit to hear cases at Cornell Law School WHEN: Wednesday, Sept. 21 and Thursday, Sept. 22 WHERE: 390 Myron Taylor Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca MEDIA: Media members must RSVP to Daryl Lovell in Cornell’s Media Relations Office at 607-254-4799 or No photography, audio or video recording is […]

Cornell labor law experts available to comment on Supreme Court vote on unions

Kate Bronfenbrenner, director of labor education research at Cornell’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations is available to comment on the Supreme Court vote to uphold public employee fees for unions. Bronfenbrenner researches union and employer strategies in organizing and bargaining in the global economy. She has done extensive research on the impact of trade […]

SCOTUS child testimony case: A ‘win-win-win’ solution

As the Supreme Court prepares to hear arguments in the Ohio v. Clark child testimony case on March 2, Stephen Ceci, a Cornell University expert on children’s cognitive development, and Richard Friedman, an expert on the Confrontation Clause at the University of Michigan Law School, have submitted a brief to the court proposing a constitutionally […]

Ferguson grand jury decision enrages some, but opens doors

The grand jury decision in Ferguson Missouri today enrages many people – but the lack of an indictment actually opens more options for systemic reform to police-community relations, says Joe Margulies, civil rights attorney and visiting professor of government and law at Cornell University. Margulies says: “Many people are enraged that Darren Wilson has not […]

Immigration reform may be a victor in the midterm elections

Stephen Yale-Loehr, Cornell law professor and co-author of a 20-volume immigration law treatise, assesses how the election results will impact immigration reform. With Republicans now controlling both the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, is comprehensive immigration reform dead for the next few years?  Many pundits have said yes, but Yale-Loehr offers a different assessment. […]

Secret NY Fed recordings do not confirm bank regulator ‘capture’

Media reports of secretly taped conversations between federal regulators and Wall Street bankers at the New York Federal Reserve suggest ‘regulator deference’ to the big banks.  Robert C. Hockett, a Professor of Law at Cornell University and Fellow of The Century Foundation who has done regular consulting work for the New York Fed and other […]

Legal efforts for chimps doesn’t get to the heart of animal rights challenge

CORNELL UNIVERSITY MEDIA RELATIONS OFFICE Dec. 9, 2013  Legal efforts for chimps doesn’t get to the heart of animal rights challenge Sherry Colb is the Charles Evans Hughes Scholar at Cornell Law School, a former law clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun, and an expert on constitutional law and animal rights. She is […]

Record $13B JPMorgan settlement precursor to bigger deals

CORNELL UNIVERSITY MEDIA RELATIONS OFFICE  Record $13B JPMorgan settlement precursor to bigger deals Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013 Robert Hockett, financial regulations expert and professor of law at Cornell University, discusses today’s announcement of a $13 billion settlement between the Justice Department and JPMorgan Chase regarding low-quality mortgage-backed securities that collapsed prior to the 2008 financial […]

Shutdown solutions and perspectives

CORNELL UNIVERSITY MEDIA RELATIONS OFFICE Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013  Shutdown solutions and perspectives The government “shutdown” that began early today is prompting waves of finger pointing, doomsday predictions – and some unexpected impacts. Three Cornell University experts add their unique perspectives to this complicated issue.    Sharon Poczter: Government shut down, partisan brinksmanship reigns: It’s […]