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Can vaccine refusers who lose their jobs still collect unemployment? Experts explain
September 15, 2021
Widener Law Commonwealth adjunct professor Larry Weisberg provides insights regarding employees who don't receive the COVID-19 vaccine and their rights to unemployment benefits.
Attorney: Pa.’s med. marijuana regulatory backlog is at a ‘crisis’ state/Wednesday Morning Coffee
September 15, 2021
This Q&A features Widener Law Commonwealth adjunct professor Judith Cassel on her role in the expanding medical marijuana industry, the marijuana law class she teaches, and her predictions for the industry.
New Minnesota Law Is ‘Significant Victory’ For Survivors Of Sexual Assaults While Intoxicated
September 14, 2021
As Minnesota expanded its definition of “mentally incapacitated” in relation to sexual assault cases, Widener Law Commonwealth Professor Michal Buchhandler-Raphael weighs in with data on how similar cases are under prosecuted in other states.
Carlisle to begin research into options for dealing with single-use plastics
September 13, 2021
Widener Law Commonwealth students, in partnership with Dickinson College, will conduct an informal policy analysis to help Carlisle Borough address single-use plastics in the community.
Court says former Cumberland County judge should be disciplined for misconduct
September 9, 2021
Professor Michael Dimino from Widener Law Commonwealth says while the former common pleas judge resigned from the bench on June 1, it was important the Court of Judicial Discipline still issue an opinion on his case.
Federal Judges Dismiss ‘Frivolous’ Leftist Case Arguing Postage Stamps Are ‘Jim Crow’ Poll Tax
September 1, 2021
Michael Dimino, a professor of law at Widener Law Commonwealth, weighs in on the constitutionality of a claim made in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, that absentee ballot postage infringes on the 14th and 24th Amendments.
STATE IMPACT PENNSYLVANIA
Pa.’s RGGI rule, which would put a price on carbon dioxide, nears finish line after oversight board vote
September 1, 2021
This article notes that Pennsylvania moves closer to joining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative and quotes John Dernbach, professor and director of the Environmental Law and Sustainability Center at Widener Law Commonwealth, on the state's constitutional right to a clean environment.
STATE IMPACT PENNSYLVANIA
In boost for environmental rights, Supreme Court rules drilling revenue from state forests must be used for conservation
July 28, 2021
Commonwealth Professor of Environmental Law and Sustainability John Dernbach is quoted about a Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling saying it is unconstitutional to use certain money raised from oil and gas leases in public forests for general government operations.
We put these ESG lawyers to the test
July 27, 2021
Commonwealth Professor of Environmental Law and Sustainability John Dernbach weighed in on how law firms are advising clients in the environmental, social, and governance practice area.
PENNSYLVANIA CABLE NETWORK
Pennsylvania House State Government Committee Redistricting Hearing
July 26, 2021
Commonwealth Law School Professor Michael Dimino provided testimony during a Pennsylvania House State Government Committee hearing about congressional redistricting. His testimony begins at 22:12:02.
Push Is On For 'Green Amendments' In Four State Constitutions
July 16, 2021
John Dernbach, professor and director of the Environmental Law and Sustainability Center at Widener Law Commonwealth, comments on the difficulty of enforcing environmental protection laws at the state level.
Pa. Election Audit A 'Very Real Possibility,' Top Pa. Senate Republican Says After Meeting Activists
June 24, 2021
Michael Dimino, professor of law at Widener Law Commonwealth, weighs in on a Pennsylvania state Senate Committee discussing a forensic audit of the election. See additional coverage in the Pittsburgh City Paper.
Debate Over H-1B Lottery Revamp Heats Up as Cases Go Forward
June 1, 2021
Jill Family, professor and director of the Law and Government Institute at Widener Law Commonwealth, is quoted in this article about the recommended reforms to the H-1B lottery process.
Birth of a militia: The colonial connection to gun rights
May 17, 2021
Michael Dimino, professor of law at Widener Law Commonwealth, explains the language in the Second Amendment in relation to militia groups, which this news segment reports have been on the rise in the past year.
THE CRIME REPORT
‘Under-Prosecution’ of Sex Crimes Harms Poor and Minority Victims: Paper
May 11, 2021
Michal Buchhandler-Raphael, assistant professor of law at Widener Law Commonwealth, writes about the under-prosecution of crimes such as rape and sexual assault.
Bodily Injury Liability Insurance
April 21, 2021
Christopher Robinette, professor of law at Widener Law Commonwealth, offers expert commentary on bodily injury liability insurance.
Environmental Groups, Law Center File “Friend of Court” Brief in Opposition to Challenge to Delaware River Basin Commission Fracking Ban
April 15, 2021
Widener Law Commonwealth’s Environmental Law and Sustainability Center was one of three institutions that filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the U.S. District Court to challenge opponents of the Delaware River Basin Commission’s ban on fracking within the watershed. This article quotes John Dernbach, professor of law and director of the Center.
Some in power are still mad that Pa.’s Supreme Court ruled on election law. Here’s why it matters now.
April 12, 2021
As some lawmakers still disagree with the Pennsylvania Supreme Court's ruling on the 2020 election, Michael Dimino, professor of law at Widener Law Commonwealth, offers expert commentary on the court's involvement.
Buchhandler-Raphael on Under-Prosecution and Sexual Assault
April 7, 2021
Michal Buchhandler-Raphael, assistant professor of law at Widener Law Commonwealth, writes about the under-prosecution of sexual assault.
NEW YORK TIMES
Court Overturns Sex Crime Conviction Because Victim Was ‘Voluntarily Intoxicated’
March 31, 2021
This article points to research by Michal Buchhandler-Raphael, professor at Widener Law Commonwealth, that examines voluntary and involuntary intoxication laws across the country.
See also: Newsweek
ENVIRONMENTAL LAW INSTITUTE
Making America A Better Place for All: Sustainable Development Recommendations for the Biden Administration
March 31, 2021
John Dernbach, professor and director of the Environmental Law and Sustainability Center at Widener Law Commonwealth, co-edited the article "Making America A Better Place for All," which recommends steps the Biden-Harris Administration should take now to advance the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals, both domestically and abroad.
News Nation Prime
March 28, 2021
Michal Buchhandler-Raphael, assistant professor of law at Widener Law Commonwealth, is a guest expert in this discussion about a Minnesota statute that led to a rape conviction being thrown out.
Wolf administration's COVID orders have the power of law, legal experts say
February 22, 2021
COVID-19 restrictions authorized by Gov. Tom Wolf's office, though different from laws passed by the legislature, are still enforceable because of power delegated to the governor by the state legislature, according to Michael Dimino, professor of law at Widener Law Commonwealth.
CENTRAL PENN BUSINESS JOURNAL
Taxes, immigration and climate among issues to watch in Biden’s first 100 days, panelists say
February 17, 2021
Christian Johnson, professor of law at Widener Law Commonwealth, offers his legal expertise on what to expect during the first 100 days of the Biden administration.
U.S. Reaches Lowest Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Three Decades, Largely Due to Pandemic Way of Life
January 31, 2021
A recent study reported a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in the United States in 2020. John Dernbach, professor and director of the Environmental Law and Sustainability Center at Widener Law Commonwealth, comments on the findings and how the expiration of stay-at-home orders may impact emission numbers.
See also: The Westside Gazette
President Biden may attend Mass, but policies on abortion alienate him from conservative Catholics
January 29, 2021
This article examining President Biden's relationship with the Catholic community, particularly in relation to his stance on abortion rights, quotes Randy Lee, professor of law at Widener Law Commonwealth, whose expertise includes matters of religion and the law.
Judge Placey not running to retain seat in Cumberland County
January 26, 2021
Widener Law Commonwealth Adjunct Professor Robert Davis, Jr. is quoted on the Court of Judicial Discipline profess in an article about Cumberland County Judge Thomas Placey.
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