Paul Secunda, professor of law, commented on a Dane County judge striking down Wisconsin’s right-to-work law that prohibits unions from forcing workers to pay union dues. “What the judge says here in this case is that you can't require the union to provide services when there's no prospect of them ever being compensated for those services,” Secunda said. “That is an unconstitutional taking.” He said the judge’s decision has a good chance of being overturned if it is reviewed by the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
Paul Secunda, professor of law, and Alexander Hertel-Fernandez, a doctoral candidate in government and social policy at Harvard, surveyed more than 1,000 workers, many of whom worked at companies that sent political messages to their workers during the 2012 presidential race. The survey found that workplace political coercion is effective. “There are apps that tell you who opens your emails instead of deleting them, so employers are able to gauge very quickly who are their champion employees and who are their trouble employees,” Secunda said.
Edward Fallone, associate professor of law, said the Republicans’ refusal to hold a hearing on President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee was an “unconstitutional power grab.”
Chad Oldfather, professor of law, discussed the death of Antonin Scalia and the process for replacing the Supreme Court justice. “You could end up in a position where someone gets nominated and the initial position is ‘We're not going to confirm the person’ or ‘We're not going to consider the person,” Oldfather said. “And then the polls start showing it's going to be President (Hillary) Clinton and maybe it's even going to be a Democratic Senate ... now maybe we do see someone getting confirmed.”
Twenty-five Marquette University Law School students made history when they took one of the first academic trips to Cuba since the travel ban was lifted. The students met with economists, artists and a former Cuban diplomat. They also visited the law school at the University of Havana.