Quotes in the News Media


The following is a sampling of some of Washington University School of Law faculty's wide-ranging expertise featured in the news media. Please note that some links to external news sources may no longer be available. 


August 2016

August 23: Professor Peter Joy, an expert in criminal justice and trial practice, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that a recent ruling against SNAP, the Survivors Network for those Abused by Priests, stemmed from the group's failure to comply with the judge's discovery order. Read more 

August 23: Professor Peter Joy, an authority on legal ethics, explained the finer points of attorney-client confidentiality to slate.com in a story about spying on inmates at a prison in Leavenworth, Kansas.  Read more 

August 13: Professor Rachel Sachs, an expert on intellectual property and health law, told Buzzfeed.comthat tighter regulations on fecal transplants could favor drug companies and put stool banks out of business. Read more 

August 11: Professor Kathleen Clark, an authority on legal ethics, told Politicothat because of the "Bridgegate" scandal, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie could face a tough approval process for a cabinet post if Donald Trump is elected President. Read more 

August 10: Professor Peter Joy, an authority on criminal justice and trial practice, told Kansas Public Radiothat a lawyer's records of attorney-client meetings would qualify as a deceitful practice. Read more 

Similar coverage appeared on KMUW.  

August 8: Professor Kimberly Norwood, an expert on race, class, and public education in America, contributed to a panel discussion that aired on St. Louis Public Radio about lessons for higher education two years removed from the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson. Read more and listen

August 8: Washington University School of Law was included in a story in U.S. News and World Report about law schools that offer scholarships for students who make an early decision to enroll. Read more 

August 7: Professor Kathleen Clark, an expert in government ethics law told Policifact in a story about the Clintons' net worth that real estate isn't included in disclosure forms that candidates must file.Read more 

August 4: Professor Peter Joy, an expert in criminal law, toldCNNthat the Missouri public defender's office could need a court order to force Gov. Jay Nixon to serve as a public defender in retaliation for budget cuts to the office. Read more 

Similar coverage appeared in theSt. Louis American and on St. Louis Pubic Radio, Mid-Missouri Public Radio, and Kansas Public Radio. 


July 2016

July 29: Professor Gregory Magarian, an expert on the law of politics, discussed the Supreme Court vacancy on KTRS. Listen 

July 28: Professor Pauline Kim, an authority on employment discrimination law, explained the subtle ways in which big data can infuse bias into recruiting and selecting job candidates, in a story for Bloomberg. Read more 

July 25: The ABA Journal published rankings from law.com,listing Washington University School of Law among the best-ranked law schools located in cities with relatively low costs of living. Read more  

July 24: Professor Pauline Kim, an expert on law governing the workplace, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, in a story on firings over family leave, that workers have a better chance of winning court cases if they have a good work performance record and informed the company early about serious health conditions. Read more  

July 21: Professor Peter Joy, an expert in criminal procedure, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that double jeopardy doesn't apply to the case of a man, convicted of armed robbery three years ago, whose victim died recently of complications from the gunshot wounds. Read more  

July 21: Professor Kathleen Clark, an expert on legal ethics, explained the Hatch Act, which prohibits federal employees from using their authority to influence an election, to the Texas Tribune regarding the case of HUD secretary Julian Castro, who endorsed Hillary Clinton in an interview with Katie Couric. Read more  

July 21: Andrew Puzder, a WashULaw alumnus and chief executive of Hardee's, was quoted by St. Louis Public Radio in a story about the split in Missouri delegates over Ted Cruz's decision not to endorse Trump, as saying that electing Hillary Clinton would place the conservative agenda at risk in the House, Senate, and Supreme Court. Read more  

Similar coverage appeared on krcu.org.  

July 21: Professor Brian Tamanaha, an authority on law and society, explained the fine line that judges must walk when expressing political opinions in a Bloomberg BNA story following Association Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's comments on Donald Trump. Read more 

July 20: Professor Kathleen Clark, a leading expert on legal ethics, told the Allentown Morning Call that a job interview for the son of a prosecution witness adds a layer of conflict of interest to the case of the Pennsylvania Attorney General about to go on trial for perjury. Read more 

July 19: A review of the new book, Invisible Labor, written by Professor Marion Crain, an expert in labor and employment law, appeared in Workplace Prof Blog. Read more 

July 19: Professor Gregory Magarian, an expert on the law of politics, wrote a commentary for the Columbia Tribune, noting that voters hold the fate of Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland in their hands as they cast their votes for the Senate and President. Read more 

July 18: Professor John Inazu, an expert of freedoms of speech, assembly, and religion, offered four ways Americans can bridge the divides in the wake of shootings in Baton Rouge., La.; Orlando; Dallas; and St. Paul, Minn., in an interview with KERAListen 

July 18: The draft of an international treaty by the  Crimes Against Humanity Initiative of the Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute was referenced in a story on JustSecurity.orgabout escalating violence in Mexico. Read more 

July 18: Professor Neil Richards, an authority on First Amendment freedoms and protections, told the Huffington Post that the Intimate Privacy Protection Act, which would make it a crime to distribute private sexually explicit visual content, was a well-drafted law. Read more 

Similar coverage appeared on vocative.com,engadget.com, and AIVA.net.

July 16: Professor Hillary Sale, an expert in corporate governance, told the San Francisco Chronicle that the SEC's granting of confidential treatment orders makes it complicit in a company's ability to hide information from shareholders. Read more (subscription required).

July 14: The St. Louis Americanadvocated selecting a team that includes Professor Kimberly Norwood, an authority on implicit bias and police reform, to monitor the Ferguson consent decree. Read more  

July 13: Professor Lee Epstein, a pioneer in data-driven legal research, was quoted in the St. Louis Jewish Light for a story about the history of Jewish judges on the SupremeCourt.Read more 

July 13: Professor John Inazu, an expert on freedoms of speech, assembly, and religion, told the Christian Science Monitor that even though religious conservatives had lost ground in cases advocating gay rights, he didn't expect a push to shut down Christian colleges. Read more  

July 11: Professor Rachel Sachs, an expert of intellectual property and health law, told politico.comthat the cancer moonshot, which aims to make cancer treatments available to more patients and improve prevention and detection of cancer, doesn't have to reinforce the status quo. Read more (subscription required)

July 9: Bob Herman, an instructor in civil rights and constitutional law, told the Louisiana Recordthat the Supreme Court's ruling in Plumhoff vs. Rickard allows police to use any force necessary when authorized to protect themselves or arrest a suspect. Read more  

July 8: Professor Gregory Magarian, an authority on election law, told the Boston Herald that the lack of a viable alternative to Donald Trump is a major obstacle to freeing delegates that are obligated to vote for him. Read more 

July 8: Professor John Inazu, an authority on freedom of religion, told the Christian Science Monitor that the campaign for gay rights could hurt the ability of faith-based nonprofit organizations to provide charitable services. Read more 

July 7: Professor Gregory Magarian, an expert on the law of politics, discussed the limitations of freeing delegates pledged to Donald Trump in a newshub.com story on Mitt Romney attending the Republican convention. Read more 

July 6: Professor Kathleen Clark, an expert on national security law and government ethics, was quoted in a Wall Street Journal story about Hillary Clinton avoiding charges for her use of private email servers. Read more (subscription required)

July 5: Professor John Inazu, an expert on First Amendment freedoms, wrote a commentary for the Washington Post, in which he urged Americans should be encouraged by the country's ability to work through deep religious and racial divisions in the past. Read more 

Similar coverage appeared in the Bennington Banner.

July 2: Professor Lee Epstein, an authority on data-driven legal research, told Yahoo Newsthat the Supreme Court's liberal decisions in the recent session stemmed in part from the death of Associate Justice Antonin Scalia, but noted that the court's move to the left started two years ago. Read more 

July 1: A report prepared by the Interdisciplinary Environmental Clinic, which argued for nonattainment designation, was mentioned in a story on stlpublicradio.org about an Ameren Missouri power plant that remains open despite pollution concerns. Read more 

July 1: Professor Elizabeth Sepper, who has written extensively on religious liberty versus gay rights, told The Associated Press that a judge's ruling striking down a "religious objections" law in Mississippi protects First Amendment rights for the LGBT community. Read more 

Similar coverage appeared on Worcester Telegram, ABCNews.com and NYSE Post 

July 1: Professor Hillary Sale, an expert in corporate governance, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the credibility of Tesla founder Elon Musk took a hit because of his effort to buy a solar energy company in which he already owns a stake. Read more 

July 1: Professor Peter Joy, an authority on comparative ethics, advocated that all states adopt the American Bar Association's rule on lawyer referral fees, which is based on proportionality and joint responsibility, in an article in the ABA Journal. Read more 


June 2016

June 30: Following the Supreme Court decision that struck down a law in Texas that limits access to abortions, Professor Elizabeth Sepper, an expert in health care law and ethics, told the Joplin Globe that proponents of similar laws in Missouri and Kansas would need concrete evidence that the regulations helped to keep them from being struck down as well. Read more  

June 29: Professor Peter Joy, an expert in criminal justice, told Reutersthat hate crime statutes vary widely from state to state, many of them making no mention of or giving any added penalty to crimes committed against members of the LGBT community. Read more 

Similar coverage appeared on The Wire and The Jewish Journal. 

June 28: Professor Lee Epstein, a national expert on empirical judicial research, told the New York Times that the eight Supreme Court justices worked to find common ground in decisions handed down following the death of Associate Justice Antonin Scalia. Read more 

June 28: Professors Elizabeth Sepper, an expert on health care law, and Susan Appleton, an authority on reproductive rights and family law, joined St. Louis Public Radio for a discussion on how the Supreme Court decision blocking Texas' abortion law would affect a similar law in Missouri. Listen 

June 27: Professor Elizabeth Sepper, an authority on ethics and health care law, told Modern Healthcare that the Supreme Court's decision to strike down a Texas law that limited women's access to abortions would provide guidance and limit restrictions in states with similar laws. Read more 

June 25: Professor Stephen Legomsky, former chief counsel of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, told politico.com that the Supreme Court's decision to block President Obama's immigration reforms makes it more difficult for Hillary Clinton to fulfill her campaign promises to be more aggressive on the issue. Read more 

June 20: Professor Greg Magarian, an expert on the law of politics, told lawnewz.com that political parties aren't bound by state law and can change rules at the convention – having the legal ability to potentially block the nomination of Donald Trump. Read more 

June 20: Professor John Inazu, a national authority on freedom of religion and the law, advocated embracing differences in society without minimizing firm religious convictions in an article he co-authored for Christianity Today. Read more 

June 20: Professor Peter Joy, an expert in criminal justice, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatchthat police immunity from paying for damage to the property of innocent bystanders, while police are pursuing a criminal, has deep historical roots that are changing in some, but not all, cities. Read more  

June 17: Professor Bruce LaPierre, an expert on constitutional law and desegregation, told St. Louis Public Radiothat it was premature to wind down St. Louis' desegregation program. Read more 

June 15: Alumnus Arsalan Iftikhar appeared with PBS' Tavis Smiley to talk about his book Scapegoatsand to discuss consequences of Islamophobia. Watch 

June 10: Professor Elizabeth Sepper, an expert in healthcare law and ethics, told the Huffington Post that reproductive health care advocates had room to challenge laws in states where Catholic hospitals are shielded from liability if a woman dies in their facilities due to mismanagement of a miscarriage. Read more 

June 9: Research published in the Washington University Law Review about the effect of adding police in schools was cited in a Delaware News Journal editorial about increased arrests in schools. Read more 

June 7: Professor John Inazu, an expert on First Amendment freedoms, offers an antidote to Donald Trump and separatist policies in his book Confident Pluralism, according to an editorial the Washington Post. Read here  

Similar coverage appeared in the Staunton (Va.) News Leader, The Waterloo Courier, The OklahomanArizona Daily Star, Bradford (Pa.) Era,Charlotte Observer,Daily News (Longville, WA),Erie Times-News,Janesville (Wisc.) Gazette,Sacramento Bee,San Angelo (Texas) Standard-Times,St. Louis Post-Dispatch,State Journal Register (Springfield, Ill.), and The Sun Herald (Miss). 

June 4: Professor Pauline Kim, an expert on employment discrimination, questioned whether the University of Missouri was using a quota system in hiring minority faculty in a story in the Kansas City Star. Read more  

June 3: Professor Stephen Legomsky, former chief counsel for Citizenship and Immigration Services, wrote an op-ed piece for medium.com that criticized Judge Andrew Hanen, who upheld the lawsuit challenging President Obama's executive order on immigration. Read more 

June 1: A study published in the Washington University Law Review about the increase in lawsuits challenging takeover valuations was cited in a Fortune story about a hedge fund's lawsuit against Dell over its move to go private. Read more 

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