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The following summary lists many of the instances during 2021 in which Widener Law Commonwealth faculty members have been quoted or featured in coverage by local, regional, or national news media organizations.

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BLOOMBERG LAW
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.

FOX 43
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.

WALLET HUB
Bodily Injury Liability Insurance
April 21, 2021
Christopher Robinette, professor of law at Widener Law Commonwealth, offers expert commentary on bodily injury liability insurance.

PENN FUTURE
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.

WITF
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.

CRIMPROF BLOG
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
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.

THE MERCURY
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.

ZENGER
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

PENN LIVE
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.

ABC 27
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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