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Faculty & Staff

Prof. Joseph Kearney, dean of Marquette Law School, commented on a lawsuit filed by some Chicago activists who oppose the location chosen for the Obama Presidential Center, claiming that federal agencies didn’t thoroughly assess alternative sites. “It’s not a frivolous lawsuit,” Kearney said.

Story appeared on Politico, Aug. 3, 2021

Kearney also contributed to a July 27 Faculty Lounge Blog post in which he reflected on the book he co-authored, “Lakefront: Public Trust and Private Rights in Chicago.”

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Wisconsin Public Radio

Prof. Michael O’Hear, professor of law, talked about the harmful impact of prolonged involvement and contact with the criminal justice system can have on people, particularly low-level, low-income offenders. “It becomes potentially just a cycle that a person can’t get out of: poverty, more punishment, more poverty, more punishment, more poverty,” O’Hear said.

Story appeared on Wisconsin Public Radio, July 31, 2021

Faculty & Staff

Prof. Atiba Ellis, professor of law, discussed the rise and fall of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. “At the heart of that (Civil Rights) movement…item No. 1 on that agenda was voting rights,” Ellis said. “All too often, folks forget that Martin Luther King, Jr., gave a major address at the Washington Monument years prior to 1963 and ‘I Have A Dream.’ He gave a speech in 1957 called ‘Give Us The Ballot.’”

Story aired on NPR, July 29, 2021

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Dr. Charles Franklin, director of the Marquette Law Poll, discussed possible tweaks to the Law Poll heading into the 2022 midterm elections cycle. “If there were a glaring thing that we could’ve identified that was the source of the problem, we’d clearly fix that glaring shortcoming,” Franklin said. “The trouble is in our analysis internally and in the analysis of the polling done nationally by the pollsters association, we really don’t find a very clear smoking gun.”

Story appeared on WisPolitics.com, July 23, 2021

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Chicago Reader

Prof. Joseph Kearney, dean of Marquette Law School, was highlighted for his new book, “Lakefront: Public Trust and Private Rights in Chicago,” in a column about how nonprofit group Protect Our Parks is attempting to keep the Obama Presidential Center out of Chicago’s Jackson Park.

Column appeared in the Chicago Reader, July 21, 2021

Kearney also spoke with the American Bar Association Journal for a July 21 podcast about the Chicago Lakefront.

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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Mike Gousha, distinguished fellow in law and public policy, and John D. Johnson, research fellow in the Lubar Center for Public Policy Research and Civic Education, both in the Marquette Law School, co-wrote an article on housing instability in Milwaukee, citing city eviction data they collected from 2016 to 2020.  

Story appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, July 8, 2021

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Prof. Matt Mitten, professor of law and executive director of the National Sports Law Institute, and Bill Scholl, vice president and director of athletics, discussed the new landscape for college sports now that student athletes can profit off their name, image and likeness.

Story aired on WTMJ-TV (NBC 4), July 1, 2021

Mitten also spoke during a July 1 segment of the Wisconsin State Journal’s The Red Zone Podcast about college athlete name, image and likeness laws.

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WNYW-TV (FOX 5, New York)

Prof. Atiba Ellis, professor of law in the Marquette Law School, talked about how the United States Supreme Court recently upheld two Arizona laws that limit the reach of the Voting Rights Act. “What the court has done is open the door for states across the country to mask what might be their discriminatory intent in facially neutral rules,” Ellis said.

Story aired on WNYW-TV (FOX 5, New York), July 1, 2021

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WKOW-TV (ABC 27, Madison)

Prof. Matthew Mitten, executive director of the National Sports Law Institute in Marquette Law School, joined Capital City Sunday to discuss the changing landscape of college athletics with recent court decisions and upcoming legislation. “There really needs to be a uniform national standard, just like the rules of the game," he said. "Eligibility rules for sports at the varying levels of competition, they need to be uniform.”

Segment appeared on WKOW-TV (ABC 27, Madison), June 27, 2021

A similar story appeared in The Gazette (Iowa City), June 29, 2021

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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Dr. Charles Franklin, director of the Marquette Law Poll, and Dr. Jesse Cheng, assistant professor of social and cultural sciences, discussed recent polling on defunding the police and the juxtaposition of the term “Defund the Police” against the police reform initiatives at the heart of the conversation. “Many people see defunding as a wholesale rejection of police,” Franklin said. “Whereas shifting funds to other services is a tradeoff that — according to the poll — a majority would make.” "A slogan like 'defund the police' can get caught up in the culture wars mentality," Cheng added. “Some people are, at best, misinterpreting the slogan because they don't know exactly what it means. At worst, some people are being deliberately dense about what the slogan means for their ends.”

Story appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, June 24, 2021