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.  

February 2016

February 1 Professor and trial practice expert Peter Joy published a Letter to the Editor in The New York Times on inadequate funding of public defense offices at the state and local levels. Read more 

January 2016

January 31: Professor Adam Rosenzweig, an expert in tax law and tax policy, was quoted in a column in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch about corporate inversions, in which a U.S. company moves its legal incorporation offshore. Rosenzweig favors basing a company’s tax treatment on where it earns most of its income, rather than where it’s incorporated. Read more 

January 29: Professor and public interest law expert Karen Tokarz was quoted in a story on St. Louis Public Radio’s website in favor of the consent decree from the Department of Justice regarding changes in Ferguson’s police department and court system. Read more 

January 29: Professor Neil Richards, an expert on privacy issues, was quoted in Ars Technica, praising the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit for considering a case on the implications of cell-site stimulators, known as stingrays, which can intercept data from a target phone. Read more 

January 25: Professor Hillary Sale, an expert in corporate governance, was quoted in a column in the San Francisco Chronicle that urged CEO Jack Dorsey to resign from Square and focus on Twitter. Read more 

January 21: Professor Stephen Legomsky, former chief counsel of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, wrote an op-ed in The Huffington Post on SCOTUS deciding whether a single state can sue the federal government to block the government’s ability to establish immigration enforcement priorities nationwide. Read more 

Prof. Legomsky also was invited to be a regular guest blogger for The Huffington Post. 

January 19: Professor Stephen Legomsky, former chief counsel of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, was quoted in The Washington Post regarding the SCOTUS ruling on President Barack Obama’s instituting the Deferred Action for Parents of American and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA). Read more 

Similar coverage appeared in: Politico.com, The Boston Herald, The Beaufort Observer, NPR, The Toledo Blade, El Universal, and The San Francisco Chronicle.

January 19: Professor and biomedical ethics expert Rebecca Dresser appeared on KMOX-AM to talk about her New York Times letter to the editor regarding the Presidential administration’s cancer research being our “moon shot.” Read transcript 

January 15: Professor Ronald Levin, an expert on administrative law, was quoted in the Columbian about a U.S. House of Representatives bill on a bipartisan commission to identify regulations that should be repealed. Read more 

January 14: Professor and criminal law expert Peter Joy was quoted in St. Louis Magazine’s legal column on rethinking incarceration of nonviolent offenders and lawyers’ use of social media to investigate prospective jurors. Read more 

January 14: Professor and biomedical ethics expert Rebecca Dresser had a letter to the editor published in The New York Times on the Presidential administration’s fight against cancer. Read more 

January 13: Professor and judicial behavior expert Lee Epstein’s research on the loyalty effect of judges was referenced in an article in The Huffington Post that examined recent strides in the courts regarding same-sex marriage. Read more 

January 13: WashULaw Clinic student Jacob Blanton published an op-ed in The St. Louis American criticizing policies in which the economically disadvantaged are charged by courts. Read more 

January 11: Professor and judicial behavior expert Lee Epstein’s research on gender differences in judges’ decisions in sex discrimination cases was cited in an editorial in the National Law Journal, which advocates more women in the judiciary. Read more 

January 7: Religion and law scholar and Professor John Inazu published an op-ed in USA Today regarding SCOTUS hearing a case on First Amendment rights. Read more 

January 7: Professor and health law scholar Elizabeth Sepper was quoted in a Modern Healthcare blog on how “My abortion” stories by legal professionals were meant to sway SCOTUS and change public perceptions. Read more 

January 6: Religion and law scholar and Professor John Inazu published an op-ed in The Washington Post on the subject of Evangelicals and the Black Lives Matter movement. Read more 

Similar coverage appeared in Constitution Daily.

December 2015

December 31: Professor and director of the Criminal Justice Clinic Peter Joy was quoted in Rawstory on district attorneys prosecuting police officers who have killed, while also having to work with police on a day-to-day basis. Read more 

December 29: Professor and colorism expert Kimberly Norwood discussed biases in life, lawmaking, and decision-making on WNPR, Connecticut’s NPR station. To listen 

December 20: Professor and SCOTUS scholar Lee Epstein said in a Washington Post story that empirical research indicates that the “loyalty effect” is much stronger for Democratic-appointed SCOTUS justices than for Republican justices. Read more 

Similar coverage appeared in the ABA Journal and The Orange County Register.

December 18: Professor and government ethics expert Kathleen Clark was quoted in a Washington Post story about most states prohibiting elected officials from using their position to advocate for or against a political candidate. Read more 

December 18: Religion and law scholar John Inazu published an op-ed in The Los Angeles Times on the Japanese American internment during WWII. Read more 

December 18: Professor Stephen Legomsky, former chief counsel of U.S. citizenship and Immigration Services, commented in The Huffington Post that, if elected president, Donald Trump would not have any legal authority in immigration bans. Read more.  

December 17: Professor Stephen Legomsky, former chief counsel of U.S. citizenship and Immigration Services, commented in Atlanta Journal-Constitution that a rift opens between Georgia’s Republican leaders over Syrian refugees and said Deal’s actions raise “very serious constitutional questions.” He also highlighted how the federal government — not the states — has authority over resettling refugees. Read more.

December 17: Professor and expert in free speech Gregory Magarian was quoted in CBS news on the unlikelihood of Republicans facing a brokered convention in July 2016. Read more 

December 16: Professor and constitutional law expert Gregory Magarian was quoted in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on First Amendment issues and a proposal to revoke the scholarships of Missouri athletes who participate in strikes or other protests. Read more 

December 13: Professor and religion and the law scholar John Inazu was quoted in The Washington Post/Crux regarding Muslims being targeted in negative political rhetoric and the opportunity for religious freedom advocates to speak out against this. Read more
Similar coverage appeared in Arab News. 

December 13: Professor and constitutional law expert Pauline Kim commented on KWMU (St. Louis Public Radio) about whether multi-district litigation would be a huge cost savings in the Ashley Madison case.  Read more 

December 8: Professor Stephen Legomsky, former chief counsel of U.S. citizenship and Immigration Services, was quoted in The Wall Street Journal Law Blog about constitutional challenges to immigration restrictions facing tough hurdles. Read more 

December 7: Professor and director of the Criminal Justice Clinic Peter Joy  was quoted in the St.  Louis Post-Dispatch legal standards involving a homeowner’s decision to shoot at boys rifling through a car, tragically killing one. Read more
Similar coverage appeared in Missouri Lawyers Weekly.

December 7: Professor Stephen Legomsky, former chief counsel of U.S. citizenship and Immigration Services, commented in Newsworks.org regarding whether Delaware has a choice in accepting Syrian refugees.  Read more 

December 5: Professor and family law scholar Susan Appleton was quoted in the Chicago Tribune regarding birth fathers fighting through the courts for larger roles in the adoption process. Read more 

December 3: Professor and government ethics expert Kathleen Clark commented on a case about lawyers as whistleblowers in Bloomberg Big Law Business. Read more 

December 1: Professor and director of the Criminal Justice Clinic Peter Joy was quoted in the St.  Louis Post-Dispatch concerning Missouri’s 2007 self-defense law, known as the castle doctrine, and its possible use as a defense of a man who killed a 13-year-old boy while he was stealing from his car. Read more 

November 2015

November 30: Professor and corporate law scholar Andrew Tuch was quoted in The New York Times concerning a Delaware court upholding an award against RBC Capital and the role of investment bankers as “gatekeepers.” Read more
Similar coverage on Reuters newswire.

November 26: Professor and family law scholar Susan Appleton was quoted in the Austin-American-Statesman on the subject of laws barring gays and lesbians from adopting children. Read more 

November 24: Professor Stephen Legomsky, former chief counsel of U.S. citizenship and Immigration Services, was quoted in The Washington Post regarding the state of Indiana refusing to accept Syrian refugees. Read more
Similar coverage appeared in the IndyStar, USA  Today, Philly.com, and The Columbian. 

November 20: Professor Stephen Legomsky, former chief counsel of U.S. citizenship and Immigration Services, was interviewed by WUIS Springfield (Illinois Public Radio) on state governors denying Syrian refugees admittance into their states. More
Similar coverage appeared in The Independent (UK), The Huffington Post, USA Today, andThe Tennessean. 

November 19: Alumni Greg Aycock was interviewed by I Am the Law host Mike Spivey about representing plaintiffs at his solo medical malpractice firm. The show was also featured in a U.S. News blog. I Am the Law is a weekly podcast about law jobs and is produced by nonprofit legal education policy organization Law School Transparency. More 

November 18: Professor Stephen Legomsky, former chief counsel of U.S. citizenship and Immigration Services, commented in The Huffington Post regarding terrorists entering the United States as refugees. Read more 

November 18: Professor Karen Tokarz, director of the Negotiation & Dispute Resolution Program and the Civil Rights, Community Justice & Mediation Clinic, was mentioned in the St. Louis American. Tokarz brought three of her students to the Missouri Court of Appeals to address a Missouri Supreme Court-appointed work group reviewing municipal courts and suggesting reforms. Read more 

November 16: Professor and family law scholar Susan Appleton was quoted in MY AJC for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution regarding same sex couples becoming adoptive or foster parents. Read more
Similar coverage appeared in the Austin American-Statesman. 

November 16: Professor Stephen Legomsky, former chief counsel of U.S. citizenship and Immigration Services, commented in USA Today regarding governors’ power to close their states to Syrian refugees. Read more 

November 12: Professor and health law scholar Elizabeth Sepper was quoted in the Kansas City InfoZine regarding the Supreme Court birth control challenge. Read more 

November 11: Professor Gregory Magarian, commented on the email sent by the MU Police Department which said Tuesday that students and staff should call them after hearing "hateful and/or hurtful speech. The Columbia Missourian. Read more 

November 11: Professor and expert in free speech Gregory Magarian commented in the Columbian Missourian regarding the vagueness of the MU police’s suggestion to report “hateful and/or hurtful speech.” Read more 

November 10: Professor Elizabeth Hubertz, attorney for the Interdisciplinary Environmental Clinic, was quoted on St. Louis Public Radio regarding clean water regulations. Read more 

November 10: Professor and privacy expert Neil Richardswas quoted in the Library Journal on the importance of privacy and free speech in an online world. Read more 

November 10: Professor, Vice Dean for Academic Affairs, and expert in labor and employment law Peggie Smith commented in Fortune on minimum wage issues. Read more 

November 10: Professor and governmental ethics expert Kathleen Clark was mentioned in PEN America’s report on national security whistleblowers. (Link not available)

November 6: : Professor and expert in privacy and free speech Neil Richards commented in the Los Angeles Times on a partnership between TiVo and Viacom designed to help advertisers target TV viewers with specific commercials. Read more 

November 5: WashULaw’s Black Law Students Association and Women of Color Law Society were mentioned in a St. Louis Post-Dispatch article as co-sponsors for a panel at Washington University discussing racial disparity in debt judgments. Read more 

November 4: Professor and legal education scholar Brian Tamanaha was quoted in Diverse Issues in Higher Education regarding the dearth of minority representation in the legal profession. Read more 

October 2015

October 24: Professor and health law scholar Elizabeth Seppercommented in Modern Healthcare regarding the ACLU’s hunt for the best challenge to Catholic hospitals’ ethical rules. Read more
Similar coverage appeared in The Guardian. 

October 22: The St. Louis American published an article by WashULaw student and editorial intern Kevin Flannery on the reconsideration of juvenile life-without-parole sentences. Read more 

October 22: Professor and expert in securities law and corporate governance Hillary Sale was quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle regarding a move by Nasdaq to open private stock up to more investors. Read more 

October 20: Professor and expert in securities law and corporate governance Hillary Sale appeared on KPLR News 11, providing strategies for effective self-advocacy in various situations, including interviews, salary negotiations, and pitches. More  

Similar coverage appeared on Fox2now.com. 

October 15: Professor Karen Tokarz,director of the Negotiation & Dispute Resolution Program and the Civil Rights & Community Justice & Mediation Clinic, was mentioned in The St. Louis American as participating in a ProPublica panel at WashULaw on “The Color of Debt: How Collection Suits Squeeze Black Neighborhoods.” Read more 

October 14: Professor and government ethics expert Kathleen Clark commented in Seven Days (Vermont’s Independent Voice) regarding Vermont’s gubernatorial candidates raising money from special interest groups. Read more 

October 5: Professor and Director of the Juvenile Law & Justice Clinic Mae Quinn was interviewed by St. Louis Public Radio regarding systemic problems in Missouri’s juvenile justice system. Read more 

October 5: Professor and SCOTUS scholar Lee Epstein was quoted in Aljazeera America regarding the liberal shift in the Supreme Court of the United States. Read more.


October 1: Professor and expert in governmental ethics Kathleen Clark commented in The Tampa Bay Times Pundit Factregarding a viral image that claims Bill and Hillary Clinton stole $200k in furniture, china, and artwork from the White House when they left. Read more 

September 30: Professor and expert in governmental ethics and whistleblower law Kathleen Clark commented in SC Magazine regarding Edward Snowden’s new Twitter account. Read more 

September 2015

September 29: Professor and corporate law scholar Andrew Tuch commented in Nasdaq.com regarding lawsuits that have accused banks of giving tainted deal advice to investors. Read more
Similar Coverage appeared on Reuters. 

September 29: Professor and SCOTUS scholar Lee Epstein was quoted in USA Today regarding Chief Justice John Roberts’ Supreme Court over the last decade. Read more 

September 28: Professor and privacy law expert Neil Richards was quoted in The New York Times regarding police use of surveillance technology to covertly track criminal suspects and on the Fourth Amendment. Read more 

September 17: Professor, Vice Provost, and employment law expert Marion Crain commented in the Journal-Sentinel Politifact Wisconsin regarding whether federal laws against extortion apply to unions. Read more 

September 16: An essay titled, “Want a vibrant public square? Support religious tax exemptions,” by Professor and religion and law scholar John Inazu appeared in The Washington Post. The essay draws from Inazu’s forthcoming book, Confident Pluralism: Surviving and Thriving Through Deep Difference. Read more 

September 16: Professor and expert in free speech Gregory Magarianwas quoted in The Riverfront Times regarding some Missouri judges opting out of allowing same-sex marriage at the courthouse. Read more 

September 11: Professor and privacy law expert Neil Richards work with Jonathan King, “Big Data Ethics,” was favorably cited in the European Data Protection Supervisor’s report on digital ethics. (Link not available)

September 9: Professor and privacy law expert Neil Richards co-authored an article in The Guardian regarding Facebook’s testing of a new digital assistant called “M.” Read more 

September 8: Professor and Director of the Interdisciplinary Environmental Clinic Maxine Lipeles was recognized in the eNews Park Forest as the recipient of the Sierra Club’s William O. Douglas Award. The award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding use of the legal/judicial process to achieve environmental goals. Read more
Similar coverage appeared in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. 

August 28: : In a St. Louis Post-Dispatch article, Professor Maxine Lipeles, director of the Interdisciplinary Environmental Clinic, criticized Ameren’s placement of new air monitors to detect concentrations of sulfur dioxide pollution. Read more 

August 21: Professor and privacy law expert Neil Richards was interviewed on PBS Newshour regarding the fallout of troves of personal information and partial credit card numbers that were stolen from the adultery website Ashley Madison. More  

August 21: Professor and privacy law expert Neil Richards discussed online privacy and protection in the fallout of breached data on the Ashley Madison adultery website with Hari Sreenivasan on the PBS NewsHour. Read more 

August 9: Professor and Director of the Criminal Justice Clinic Peter Joy commented in the Los Angeles Times regarding the American Bar Association considering implementing new rules to require national accredited law schools to release more information on attrition rates. Read more 

August 8: Professor, Director of the Criminal Justice Clinic and expert in legal ethics Peter Joy explained in the Belleville News-Democrat why it was important that St. Clair County State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly call for a special prosecutor to investigate Coroner Rick Stone. Read more 

August 5: Professor and Director of the Juvenile Law and Justice Clinic Mae Quinn published an op-ed in The St. Louis American to the U.S. Dept. of Justice report’s findings in its investigation of the St. Louis County Juvenile Court. Read more 

July 2015

July 28: Professor David Law and Mary-Anne Pazanowski, a seinor legal editor for Bloomberg BNA’s Health Law Reporter, discussed a federal appeals court ruling striking down a North Dakota statute banning abortions when a fetal heartbeat is detected as early as six weeks into a pregnancy. They spoke with June Grasso on Bloomberg Radio’s Bloomberg Law. Listen here 

July 27: Professor and director of the Juvenile Law and Justice Clinic Mae Quinn’s scholarship “In Loco Juvenile Justice: Minors in Munis, Cash from Kids, and Adolescent Pro Se Advocacy – Ferguson and Beyond” was mentioned in the Minnesota Lawyer. Read more 

July 23: Professor and privacy law expert Neil Richards commented on Ars Technica regarding the privacy rights associated with pocket dialing and the precedent that the recent ruling of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals will have. Read more 

July 19: Professor and expert in securities and corporate governance Hillary Sale commented in the Minneapolis Star Tribune on the increase in compensation for Minnesota CEOs. Read more 

July 17: Professor and expert in securities and corporate governance Hillary Sale commented in the San Francisco Chronicle regarding whether Silicon Valley should discontinue “peer grouping” to determine CEO pay, saying the peer groups “are very subjective, and they have been manipulated.” Read more 

July 10: Professor and Director of the Negotiation & Dispute Resolution Program and the Civil Rights, Community Justice & Mediation Clinic Karen Tokarz was featured as a member of the Ferguson Commission Working Group in a St. Louis Post-Dispatch photo collage. Read more  

July 8: Professor and expert in family law Susan Appleton participated in a panel discussion on SCOTUS, The DOJ Ferguson report, gun violence, and more on KWMU St. Louis Public Radio’s St. Louis on the Air. Read more and Listen 

July 7: The work of the law school’s Interdisciplinary Environmental Clinic was mentioned in a St. Louis Post-Dispatch article on the Franklin County approval of coal ash landfill zoning amendments. Read more 

July 1: Professor and Director of the Criminal Justice Clinic Peter Joy commented in the ABA Journal on whether a former federal prosecutor breached his ethical duty under the D.C. ethics rules. Read more 

June 2015

June 30: Professor and Supreme Court expert Lee Epstein was quoted in The New York Times regarding a series of liberal decisions delivered by the U.S. Supreme Court. Read more

Similar coverage citing the law school’s Supreme Court Database project through the Center for Empirical Research in the Law appeared in this New York Timesarticle.

June 30: Professor and expert in free speech Gregory Magarian commented on judicial restraint in an article on St. Louis Public Radio analyzing talk of a more liberal Supreme Court. Read more 

June 30: Professor, expert in free speech, and former Supreme Court clerk Gregory Magarian commented on KWMU St. Louis Public Radio on arguments raised by critics of the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) rulings. Read more 

June 30: Associate Professor and religion and law scholar John Inazu discussed in The Washington Post founder Bill Levin’s First Church of Cannibis in Indiana and whether the church would have been protected before Indiana’s Religious Freedom and Restoration Act (RFRA). Read more 

June 30: Professor and political scientist Lee Epstein was quoted in The New York Times regarding what is being called a divided right and disciplined left on the U.S. Supreme Court and how that has affected decision making. Read more 

Similar coverage appeared in The Dallas Morning News and The Seattle Times 

June 29: Associate Professor and religion and law scholar John Inazu commented in Christianity Today about protests against the SCOTUS decision on same-sex marriage. Read more  

June 29: Professor and expert in free speech Gregory Magarian commented on YAHOO! Politics regarding how state fights against same-sex marriage may backfire. Read more  

June 29: Professor and expert in biomedical ethics Rebecca Dresser commented in the Cantech Letter regarding medical ethics issues surrounding brain death. Read more 

June 29: Associate Professor and religion and law scholar John Inazu commented in Christianity Today regarding whether protests against the Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage would do any good. Read more 

June 29: Professor and constitutional law and free speech expert Gregory Magarian commented on YAHOO! Politics regarding how state fights against same-sex marriage may backfire. Read more 

June 29: Associate Professor and religion and law scholar John Inazu’s scholarship “A Confident Pluralism” appeared in the Southern California Law Review and was mentioned in PrawfsBlawg. Read more 

June 26: Professor and expert in free speech Gregory Magarian and Professor and Director of the Negotiation & Dispute Resolution Program and Director of the Civil Rights, Community Justice & Mediation Clinic Karen Tokarz were included in a St. Louis Public Radio article analyzing the fundamental right to same-sex marriage found in the 14th Amendment. Read more 

June 26:Associate Professor and religion and law scholar John Inazu commented in The Washington Post regarding the federal government’s potential withholding of tax exempt status, contracts or accreditation from religious institutions that oppose gay marriage. Read more 

June 25: Associate Professor and religion and law scholar John Inazu’s article “The Incomprehensible Witness of Forgiveness” appeared in The Hedgehog Review. The article explored the forgiveness imparted by family members of those massacred in Charleston. Read more  

June 21: Professor and Director of the Juvenile Law and Justice Clinic Mae Quinn’s testimony before the Ferguson Commission concerning the targeting and prosecuting of youth was referenced in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Read more 

June 20: Professor and privacy expert Neil Richards was quoted in the Lebanon Democrat regarding the alleged hacking of a Houston Astros website by the St. Louis Cardinals. Read more 

Similar coverage appeared in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

June 18: Professor and expert in free speech Greg Magarian participated in a legal roundtable on St. Louis Public Radio’s “St. Louis on the Air,” which included discussion on a grand juror’s lawsuit against St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCullough. Read more/Listen 

June 17: Professor and Supreme Court expert Lee Epstein was quoted in The New York Times regarding ideological shifts by individual Supreme Court justices. Read more  

June 16: Professor and expert in securities and corporate governance Hillary Sale commented in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch regarding company disclosures about political spending. Read more  

June 15: Professor and Constitutional Law expert David Law discussed a federal appeals court ruling reinstating abortion limits in Texas on Bloomberg Radio’sBloomberg Law.” Listen here  

June 14: Professor and privacy expert Neil Richards was mentioned in an article on Concurring Opinions regarding how much people care about privacy. Read more 

June 13: Professor and privacy expert Neil Richards commented in The Bell Jar regarding President’s Obama’s call for an end to the National Security Agency’s bulk data collection. Read more  

June13: Professor and Director of the Criminal Justice Clinic Peter Joy was quoted in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch regarding a challenge to the St. Louis Zoo’s ban on carrying weapons. Read more 

June 12: Professor and expert in free speech Greg Magarian commented on St. Louis Public Radio regarding the St. Louis Zoo’s ban on carrying weapons. Read more
Similar coverage appeared in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. 

June 12: Professor and privacy expert Neil Richards commented in U.S. News and World Report on citizens’ willingness to give up privacy for security. Read more 

June 11: Professor and Director of the Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute Leila Sadat commented on U.S. Official News (Pakistan) regarding the Syrian civil war and referring the Syrian situation to the International Criminal Court. (Link unavailable)

June 5: Professor and Director of the Juvenile Law and Justice Clinic Mae Quinn was interviewed on Atlanta Public Radio regarding the Georgia drug treatment court investigation resulting in indictment of Georgia Superior Court Judge Amanda Williams. Quinn drew from her 15 years of research, writing, and practice in “problem-solving” courts to discuss some of the limits, over-promising by proponents, and potential pitfalls of such courts. Read/Hear more  

June 4: Professor and former Chief Counsel with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Stephen Legomsky was quoted on Politico.com regarding a new federal appeals court order that both sides of the immigration fight file new legal briefs. Read more  

June 4: Professor Adam Rosenzweig’s article, “Source as a Solution to Residence,” was featured on TaxProf Blog. Read more  

June 3: Professor and expert on legal ethics Kathleen Clark commented in the International Business Times regarding Middle Eastern donations to the Clinton Foundation. Read more 

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