2020 News

Faculty & Staff
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Prof. Peter Rofes, professor of law, discussed the ethics of Lane Ruhland, an attorney for Trump's reelection campaign, submitting nominating papers for Kanye West's candidacy to the state Elections Commission. "I don't accept the proposition that any effort to get a candidate on the ballot is directly adverse to the campaign of any other candidate already on the ballot," Rofes said.

Story appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Aug. 7, 2020

Faculty & Staff
Fox 6

Prof. Edward Fallone, associate professor of law, discussed Milwaukee County’s mandate requiring anyone over the age of three to wear a mask while in public. "I think almost certainly it will be challenged,” Fallone said. “Mask mandates across the county are facing challenge. People are primarily asserting constitutional infringements, but it's important to remember, there is no such thing as a right to put other people's lives and health at risk."

Story aired on WITI-TV (FOX 6)

Faculty & Staff
The Forward


Prof. Andrea Schneider, professor of law, co-wrote an op-ed on how Jewish businesses can survive the economic struggles presented by the coronavirus pandemic. “Downsizing or payroll reduction are part of the current Jewish communal conversation,” Schneider wrote. “Instead, we urge Jewish leaders to ensure that short term fixes do not become worse than the problem, harming the reputation of our congregations, breaking trust in the sacred partnership among clergy and community, and resulting in smaller, disconnected communities down the road.”

Opinion piece appeared on The Forward



The Marquette University Law School Poll was cited in numerous stories nationwide for its latest results that found 49% of registered voters support Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, while 41% support Republican incumbent President Donald Trump. Ten percent say they would vote for neither, don’t know how they would vote or declined to say. 

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Faculty & Staff
Dr. Charles Frankin

Dr. Charles Franklin, director of the Marquette University Law School Poll, discussed party breakdown in Wisconsin and how votes for Republicans are coming from the northern part of the state rather than Waukesha, Ozaukee and Washington counties. "That’s how we end up with Gov. Evers winning by just over one percentage point in 2018, but also how we get Donald Trump winning by just under one percentage point," Franklin said. “The balance is pretty much the same.” 

Story aired on WDJT-TV (CBS 58), June 22, 2020

Faculty & Staff
Charles Franklin

Dr. Charles Franklin, director of the Marquette University Law School Poll, spoke about President Trump’s opposition to recent surveys by various news organizations showing him trailing behind Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden. “Given the size of his margin and the consensus across polls, I think there’s pretty strong evidence that Biden holds a clear lead," Franklin said. "While it’s possible the polls are wrong, they would have to all be wrong to overstate Biden's support.” 

Story appeared in the Los Angeles Times, June 12, 2020

Similar stories appeared in Newsweek and Talking Points Memo, June 8-13

Franklin also spoke with Channel 3000 for a June 12 story about Wisconsin’s virtual state Democratic convention.  

Faculty & Staff
Law Professor Atiba Ellis

Prof. Atiba Ellis, professor of law, commented on the importance of Loving Day in the civil rights movement, but that structural racial inequities remain. Loving Day is the celebration of the 1967 United States Supreme Court decision that struck down all laws banning interracial marriages. “The courts may tell us to do different,” Ellis said. “But our structures that have been built on histories of racial segregation and racial violence are a lot slower to change.” 

Story aired on WISN-TV (ABC 12), June 12, 2020

Faculty & Staff
Charles Franklin

Dr. Charles Franklin, director of the Marquette University Law School Poll, spoke about polling leading up to the presidential election and how democrats are warning voters that Democrat candidate Joe Biden’s lead over President Trump in national polls creates false confidence. “The stress among democrats to emphasize the need to turn out and vote is surely a reaction to the 2016 results, especially given Clinton’s lead in national polls and popular vote win while losing the Electoral College. Party advocates are working hard against complacency,” Franklin said, adding that 2016 was the first election since the 1970s that voter attitudes were negative toward both candidates.

Story appeared in the Washington Examiner, June 8, 2020

Faculty & Staff
Law Professor Lisa Mazzie

Prof. Mazzie’s reflection on the process of developing online curriculum for law school was posted by Wisconsin Law Journal


Faculty & Staff
Charles Franklin

Dr. Charles Franklin, director of Marquette University Law School, spoke about how unlike President Obama in 2008, Democratic Presidential Candidate Joe Biden’s choice of running mate is not certain. “Obama’s choice of Biden was broadly acceptable throughout the party. That level of consensus may be harder to achieve today,” Franklin said. “A good choice will excite some groups and be acceptable to others. A bad pick [would] fail to satisfy any group within the party and could anger powerful constituencies if they feel passed over.”

Story aired on PBS, May 29, 2020