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Dirty Money

July 6, 2015

Louis Rulli of the Law School comments on a case against the Philadelphia district attorney and Pennsylvania’s civil forfeiture law.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

Asset-forfeiture Laws Raise Concerns

July 5, 2015

Louis Rulli of the Law School is quoted on issues with federal forfeiture laws.

Article Source: Wall Street Journal

There's Already a Law for That

July 3, 2015

Paul H. Robinson of the Law School is the writes about outdated penal codes. 

Article Source: LA Times

Insurance for Olympics Won’t Cover Every Risk

July 2, 2015

Tom Baker of the Law School says, “In the insurance world, eliminating all risk is the equivalent of cold fusion or the perpetual motion machine.”

Article Source: Boston Globe

Audio: The Supreme Court: Lethal Injections and Same-sex Marriage

June 30, 2015

Tobias Barrington Wolff of the Law School discusses the opinions in the Supreme Court’s rulings on same-sex marriage and lethal injections.

Working to Death

June 30, 2015

Adam Finkel of the Law School is quoted about standards from the Occupational Safety & Health Administration and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Article Source: Slate.com

Did the Roberts Court Really Lurch Left?

June 29, 2015

Kermit Roosevelt of the Law School offers his opinion on a possible shift in the Supreme Court’s political leanings.

Article Source: Politico.com

Audio: Supreme Court Makes Same-sex Marriage Legal Nationwide

June 26, 2015

Kermit Roosevelt of the Law School joins a discussion about the ruling by the Supreme Court on legalizing gay marriage in all states.

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Supreme Court Ruling on Same-sex Marriage

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Kermit Roosevelt Professor of Law

University of Pennsylvania Law School

Kermit Roosevelt has expertise in constitutional law and conflict of laws. Professor Roosevelt is a frequent media commentator on constitutional issues and supports the University’s affirmative action admissions policy. His books include The Myth of Judicial Activism: Making Sense of Supreme Court Decisions


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My take is that this decision is clearly right and consistent with the way the equal protection clause has functioned in our constitutional history: the Court invalidates forms of discrimination once it becomes clear that society has deemed them unjustified. There are always complaints that this amounts to granting special rights and that the court has usurped the people’s right to self-governance. And they always look overblown in retrospect. Chief Justice Roberts suggested that we should not celebrate the Constitution, which had nothing to do with the decision. I feel sorry for him if his Constitution doesn't. My Constitution does. America's Constitution does.”

Media Contact
Steve Barnes, 215-898-5181 or sbarnes@law.upenn.edu

Theodore Ruger Professor of Law

University of Pennsylvania Law School


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"Today's decision will go down in history as a landmark moment in the history of the Supreme Court and our nation's long struggle to extend basic civil rights to all citizens. In its ruling, the court properly recognized the fundamental importance of the right to marry and ensured that all Americans will enjoy that basic right in the future. That this ruling reflects the culmination of much prior work and many prior victories in state courts and legislatures does not dilute the profound importance of having the nation's highest court unreservedly declare same-sex marriage to be the law of the land."

Media Contact
Steve Barnes, 215-898-5181 or sbarnes@law.upenn.edu

Rogers Smith Professor of Political Science

University of Pennsylvania School of Arts and Sciences

Rogers Smith, a professor of political science at the University of Pennsylvania, chairs the Penn Program on Democracy, Citizenship and Constitutionalism. He is a scholar in constitutional law and American political thought with a special interest in questions of citizenship, race, ethnicity and gender. He is author of numerous publications, including Still a House Divided: Race & Politics in Obama’s America (with Desmond S. King)


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"Important as it is, the Supreme Court's ruling in favor of same-sex marriage probably only accelerates slightly what the tides of history and changing popular views would soon have brought about in any case. But the statements in Justice Anthony Kennedy's majority opinions stressing how a fundamental commitment to human dignity undergirds constitutional guarantees of equal protection and privacy are likely to shape debates over the Constitution's meaning on many issues and for many decades to come."

Media Contact
Jacquie Posey, 215-898-6460 or jposey@upenn.edu

Tobias Barrington Wolff Professor of Law

University of Pennsylvania Law School

Tobias Barrington Wolff writes and teaches in the fields of civil procedure and complex litigation, the conflict of laws, federal jurisdiction and constitutional law. He has served as counsel or counsel for amici curiae in many civil rights cases seeking equal treatment under law for LGBT people and authored one of the lead amicus briefs to the Supreme Court on interstate recognition in the marriage equality decision handed down.


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"Generations of men and women risked their safety and their livelihoods, dedicated their labor and their honor, sacrificed their privacy and their peace of mind to achieve this victory. In one of the most consequential rulings on equality and liberty in decades, the court has reaffirmed that the Constitution is a living document that must respond to the real experience of ordinary people who seek to participate in its great promises. Today, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans are included in those promises. At long last, the equal dignity of our relationships under the Constitution is settled law."

Media Contact
Steve Barnes, 215-898-5181 or sbarnes@law.upenn.edu

Police Shootings in Philadelphia Plunge

June 24, 2015

David Rudovsky of the Law School comments on the reduction in shootings in Philadelphia.

Article Source: Philly.com