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Prof. Atiba Ellis, professor of law, was mentioned for his take on how the Voting Rights Act came to be and how it has changed. “What history shows is that sort of federal intervention was the main thing that could affect systemic change to the problem of racial discrimination in voting,” Ellis said.

Story appeared on NPR, Aug. 26, 2021

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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Dr. Charles Franklin, director of the Marquette Law Poll, commented on how new Wisconsin polling is revealing signs of dismay across both political parties toward the state and the federal government. When asked in a recent poll whether they think government in Washington is “working as it was intended” or “broken,” 84% of Wisconsin voters said broken. “That’s a very depressing number,” Franklin said.

Story appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Aug. 23, 2021

Franklin also spoke with KCBS-AM (740, San Francisco) for an Aug. 24 story to discuss the drop in President Joe Biden’s polling numbers following the removal of United States troops from Afghanistan and a resurgence of COVID-19.

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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Alan Borsuk, senior fellow in law and public policy, wrote about the difficulties that lie ahead for some school districts this year. “It’s probably not as bad as last year when the full impact of the COVID pandemic made it a challenge to move forward with teaching and learning,” Borsuk wrote. “From virtual learning and hybrid schedules to atmospheres shaped by stress, fear and uncertainty about what was next, was it any surprise that, as a whole, education didn’t do well?”

Column appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Aug. 21, 2021 

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Dr. Charles Franklin, director of the Marquette Law Poll, spoke about President Joe Biden’s approval ratings in light of the U.S. military exit from Afghanistan. “Obviously, this week we are all intensely focused on what's going on there,” Franklin said. “Foreign policy was supposed to be a real strength of Biden’s. This is a failure that undermines that supposed strength.”

Story appeared on Politico, Aug. 17, 2021

Similar stories also appeared on WJFW-TV (NBC 12, Rhinelander) and Wisconsin Public Radio, Aug. 16, 2021

Franklin also spoke with PBS Wisconsin for an Aug. 13 story about Wisconsin’s 3rd Congressional District.

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NPR's Marketplace

Prof. Matthew Mitten, professor of law and director of the National Sports Law Institute, discussed the potential of colleges and universities leaving the NCAA and realigning the sports conference structure. “How do they reallocate rule- and decision-making power?” Mitten asked. “How will the schools choose to do that, essentially, among themselves?”

Story aired on NPR’s Marketplace, Aug. 13, 2021

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John Johnson, research fellow in the Lubar Center for Public Policy Research and Civic Education, participated in a fact check about Wisconsin’s working-age population drops. “The state grew by 9.6% in the 1990s, 6.0% in the 2000s, and 3.6% in the 2010s,” Johnson said. “So, the issue is a declining rate of growth. We are still growing, just at the slowest pace in the state's history.”

Story appeared on Politifact, Aug. 10, 2021

Johnson also spoke with Wisconsin Public Radio for an Aug. 13 segment about the results of the latest U.S. Census.

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Gotham Gal Podcast

Prof. Andrea Schneider, professor of law and director of the Institute for Women’s Leadership, spoke about her work with the IWL in promoting effective salary negotiation. “We know in the United States that confidence for boys and girls is pretty similar, and that somewhere in the tween to teenage years, that kind of goes pitching off the deep end,” Schneider said. “If you track confidence levels over time, it doesn’t start going back up until the twenties. So, we are not talking about women in their thirties, forties and fifties who cannot negotiate on their behalf. But what we have in some ways is the legacy of this socialization, or this damage, in that you are trying to catch up, but are not necessarily negotiating for your first salary.”

Segment appeared on the Gotham Gal Podcast, Aug. 9, 2021

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Prof. Joseph Kearney, dean of Marquette Law School, commented on the challenges plaintiffs may face in the fight against the location chosen for the Obama Center in Chicago, following a recent ruling that makes the pending lawsuit an even greater hurdle because judges are traditionally reluctant to stop a project once it’s underway. “So, the denial of the preliminary injunction is a big loss for the plaintiffs,” Kearney said.

Story appeared on Politico, Aug. 6, 2021

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Appleton Post Crescent

Prof. Michael O’Hear, professor of law, commented on the next steps for Steven Avery after an appeal was denied. O’Hear said the decision to hold a hearing on the claims involving a new witness will be in the hands of a circuit court judge, but it's clear Avery faces an uphill battle in his effort to fight his conviction, O'Hear said.

Story appeared in the Appleton Post Crescent (Appleton, Wisconsin), Aug. 4, 2021

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LA Times, Various News Outlets

Marquette Law School Poll finds high public approval of Supreme Court, partisanship shapes views of justices and decisions
A Marquette Law School Poll of adults nationwide finds 60% approve of the way the U.S. Supreme Court is handling its job, while 39% disapprove and 1% do not offer an opinion. By comparison, in the same national poll, 58% approve of the way President Joe Biden is handling his job as president, while 42% disapprove. The U.S. Congress fares worst of the three branches, as 33% among the public approve and 66% disapprove of how Congress is performing its duties.

Stories appeared on or in USA TODAYPoliticoWashington TimesLos Angeles TimesWisconsin Public RadioNational Law JournalLaw360Texas News TodayWISC-TV (CBS 3, Madison)FiveThirtyEightTalking Points Memo, WBAY-TV (ABC 2, Green Bay), WTMJ-AM (620) and WTAQ-AM (1360, Green Bay), Aug.4-6, 2021

Dr. Charles Franklin, director of the Law School Poll, also spoke with the Washington Examiner for an Aug. 11 story about President Joe Biden’s approval ratings.