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Sara Benson

Public Engagement
Sexuality and the Law
On Wednesday, April 29th, Professor Sara Benson will join the Director of Communications for the Illinois Chapter of the ACLU to discuss the oral arguments in the same sex marriage cases before the United States Supreme Court.  The public lecture will take place at 7:00 p.m. in the Community Room in the Normal Public Library.

Robin Fretwell Wilson

Publication
Sexuality and the Law, Religion, Civil Rights and Discrimination
Professor Robin Fretwell Wilson had published an article on LibertyLawsite.org entitled "After Indiana: Harmonizing Gay Rights and Religious Freedom" dated 4/21/15.  Article can be read here http://www.libertylawsite.org/2015/04/21/after-indiana-harmonizing-gay-rights-and-religious-freedom/

Rummana Alam, Sara Benson

In The Media
Legal Analysis and Writing
Professors Alam and Benson were highlighted in the local media for the innovative use of singing in the legal writing classroom.
http://www.illinoishomepage.net/ciliving-stories/d/story/the-singing-law-professors/29969/KwmKokOIZUOjtSuv0gOb0w

Robin Fretwell Wilson

Career News
International Law, Family Law
Professor Robin Fretwell Wilson hosted her inaugural International Scholar in Residence - Professor Federica Giardini of the University of Padua (Italy) Department of Private Law and Critique of Law.
Professor Giardini came to speak to both of Professor Wilson's classes (Biomedical Ethics and Children, Culture and Violence).  Federica spoke on April 15, 2015 about "Abortion and Assisted Conception in the Italian System.  Federical spoke again on April 17, 2015 about "Legal Protections for Non-Marital Children in Italy".  They were both lunch presentations/discussions.

David Hyman, Robin Fretwell Wilson

Public Engagement
Health Law and Policy, Family Law
Professor Robin Fretwell Wilson - Director of the Family Law and Policy Program
Professor David Hyman - Director of the Epstein Health Law and Policy Program

On April 6, 2015 had an invited speaker for a "Conversation with the Author"
Author Paul A. Offit, MD, Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia presented his most recent book entitled Bad Faith - When Religious Belief Undermines Modern Medicine.  In this book, Offit gives a never-before-seen look into the minds of those who choose to medically martyr themselves, or their children, in the name of religion.  Offit chronicles the stories of these faithful and their children , whose devastating experiences highlight the tangled relationship between religion and medicine in America.  This issue reaches everyone - religious or not.

Arden Rowell

Presentation
Economics, Law and Society
Professor Arden Rowell presented on "Valuation in the Law" at the University of Minnesota Law School Faculty Workshop.

Robin Fretwell Wilson

In The Media
Civil Rights and Discrimination, Sexuality and the Law, Religion
Professor Robin Fretwell Wilson was both cited and in the media during March 2015 helping to pass very successful legislation in Utah regarding -- LGBT anti-discrimination bill passes Utah test

See what transpired here:

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/lgbt-anti-discrimination-bill-passes-utah-test/

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/lgbt-anti-discrimination-bill-passes-utah-test-29433082?page=2

http://www.usnews.com/news/politics/articles/2015/03/06/lgbt-anti-discrimination-bill-passes-utah-test

http://www.burlesonstar.net/ci_27658769/lgbt-anti-discrimination-bill-passes-utah-test

http://m.tucson.com/news/national/lgbt-anti-discrimination-bill-passes-utah-senate/article_529642d4-8aba-56e4-9a53-58b234d633a9.html?mobile_touch=true

http://www.edgebuffalo.com/news/religion/news//173199/lgbt_anti-discrimination_bill_passes_utah_senate_

http://www.capitalotc.com/utah-balances-lgbt-anti-discrimination-measures-with-religious-rights-in-new-proposal/29540/

http://m.deseretnews.com/article/865623399/Utah-lawmakers-unveil-anti-discrimination-religious-rights-legislation.html

Pressconference on grand bargain bill: 

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=b66eD20_cLo

http://m.ksl.com/index/story/sid/33697141?mobile_direct=y(I am not quoted but in video giving guidance to Senator Adams)

Hearingon grand bargain bill, sb 296:

http://utahlegislature.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?clip_id=18805&meta_id=549445

Hearingon Sb 297:

http://utahlegislature.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?clip_id=18805&meta_id=549445

Underthe video player you will see bills, click in Sb0297, the same-sex marriage andreligious liberty bill.


Eric Freyfogle

Publication
Natural Resources Law
The leading law publisher, West, has just issued in its prestigious American Casebook Series a new version of the natural resources law casebook by Swanlund Chair and law professor Eric Freyfogle.  The casebook, Natural Resources Law: Power, Governance, and the Common Good, is a thorough revision of Freyfogle's earlier casebook on the subject, published in 2007.  This time Freyfogle has brought on two co-authors, Professor Michael Blumm of Lewis & Clark Law School and Professor Blake Hudson of the LSU Law Center.  The book is the only one in the field that comprehensively surveys natural resources on privately owned lands, as well as resources on federal lands, and is thus particularly well suited for use in law schools in the central and eastern parts of the United States.

Arden Rowell

Presentation
Economics, Law and Society
Professor Arden Rowell presented on "Valuation in the Law" to Penn State Law in University Park, Pennsylvania.

Eric Freyfogle

Conference
Property-Personal and Real
Swanlund Chair and Law Professor Eric Freyfogle served as one of three leading senior property law scholars at a property law gathering at Tulane University law school in New Orleans on March 27.  His presentation, "Property and Human Flourishing," drew upon an essay largely written while at the Institute for Advanced Study in South Africa and published recently in a leading South African law journal.  Freyfogle explained his plans to expand his wide-ranging essay into a new book that considers critically how contemporary property ideas and arrangements might be revised so that they better promote the common good. He will engage particularly with the current ills of ecological degradation, economic inequality, and sagging democracy.