2021 News

Faculty & Staff
State Bar of Wisconsin

Prof. Nadelle Grossman, professor of law and associate dean for academic affairs, discussed how the Marquette Volunteer Legal Clinics Program is partnering with the Wisconsin State Bar to help small businesses effected by the pandemic. Grossman said the Small Business Assistance Project offers business owners free, one-hour consultations with volunteer attorneys, and while the services are limited in scope, attorneys can help with specific issues or provide overall guidance. “We want to help them get over these hurdles so they can continue to operate their businesses successfully.”

Story appeared on the State Bar of Wisconsin, Feb. 3, 2021

Faculty & Staff

Dr. Charles Franklin, director of the Marquette Law Poll, commented on one of the Senate seats that could be up for grabs in Wisconsin in 2022. “Sen. Ron Johnson drops out, they (Wisconsin Republican Party) have to spin up a campaign organization and fundraising for what will surely be a very competitive general election," Franklin said. "And maybe a hard-fought Republican primary."

Story aired on WTMJ-TV (NBC 4), Jan, 29, 2021

Faculty & Staff
WTMJ-AM (620)

Alan Borsuk, senior fellow in law and public policy, spoke about the possibility for Milwaukee Public Schools to return to in-person classes in April. “A lot will depend on the number of teachers who have gotten vaccinations by then, and they think that is not a simple or clear picture,” Borsuk said. “One thing I think that will happen is that the State Department of Public Instruction, at the urging of advocates for special ed kids, have to start bringing in some special ed kids, which for districts all over the country, the first kids they have brought back have been special ed kids and very young kids because those are two populations that really need in-person work.”

Story aired on WTMJ-AM (620), Jan. 27, 2021

Borsuk also wrote a Jan. 30 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel column about the difficult decisions facing schools amid the pandemic.

Faculty & Staff
The Guardian

Dr. Charles Franklin, director of the Marquette Law Poll, commented on the polarization of today’s politics and if President Joe Biden can create unity. “We are so polarized that polarization is not going to go away no matter what he does in the short term,” Franklin said. “The question is whether over a little bit longer term, let’s say over the course of the year, whether Biden can win over a segment of the population to create a majority that is both willing to give him a chance and is not unhappy with his performance. That’s up in the air, but I don’t think it’s inconceivable.”

Story appeared in The Guardian, Jan. 17, 2021

Faculty & Staff
CBS 58

Prof. Edward Fallone, professor of law, discussed the historical significance of the second impeachment against President Trump. “Here we very clearly see, for the first time in our nation’s history, not just a spat between Congress and the president, but actually an allegation the president acted against the interests of our country,” Fallone said, adding that this is how America’s founders interpreted “high crimes and misdemeanors” in the Constitution.

Story aired on WDJT-TV (CBS 58), Jan. 13, 2021

Faculty & Staff
CBS 58

Prof. Edward Fallone, professor of law, described how the process to impeach President Trump might play out. “Even though there is a very short time frame left, there’s a feeling that the tigers are cornered or in the cage and you might have time to do something," Fallone said. “In order for that normal process to be sped up, take place and have any sort of a trial, it would require unanimous consent from the Senate members to deviate from the normal procedures and I don’t see that as very likely.”

Story aired on WDJT-TV (CBS 58), Jan. 10, 2021

Faculty & Staff

Alan Borsuk, senior fellow in law and public policy, wrote a column about the need to instill optimism and hope in children during uncertain times. “As parents, grandparents, community members, citizens, we need to rise to the occasion. Despite our own stresses and the major demands on us, we need to be there for kids,” Borsuk wrote. “For educators – so many of them facing personal challenges as they deal with professional challenges no one envisioned – the need to connect as much as possible with kids is so important. Again, many are doing awesome work.”

Column appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Jan. 8, 2021

Faculty & Staff
WISC-TV (3000)

Dr. Charles Franklin, director of the Marquette Law Poll, discussed the Senate runoff races in Georgia as part of Election Day coverage. Franklin predicted a close race. “We will see a phenomenon this go around, as we saw in early November, which is lots of early voting,” Franklin said. “Expect Republican leads as we go through tonight’s count. As the absentee votes get tallied and added in, we should see a shift in a Democratic direction.” 

Story aired on WISC-TV (3000), Jan. 5, 2021

Franklin also spoke with WDJT-TV (CBS 58) for a Jan. 8 story about what the end of the Trump presidency means for future of the Republican party.