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UB School of Law’s Human Trafficking Prevention Project Sees Progress After Lobbying Md. Legislature for Vacatur Bill

An important piece of legislation to help sex-trafficking survivors move on with their lives passed an important hurdle in the legislature on March 19. The House passed the bill, which removes certain criminal convictions from sex-trafficking survivors’ records, 131-7. The … Continue reading

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Prof. Bessler Discusses Capital Punishment as Guest on National Constitution Center Podcast

UB School of Law Prof. John Bessler, one of the nation’s leading scholars on capital punishment, was one of two guests on a March 14 podcast on the topic produced by the National Constitution Center. Find the full 49-minute podcast … Continue reading

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Prof. Tiefer On U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis, Who Gave Paul Manafort a “Weak” Prison Sentence

In sentencing former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort to 47 months for tax and bank fraud, the federal judge’s departure from both sentencing guidelines and the prosecution’s recommendation shocked many legal observers. In a Mar. 7 ruling viewed as a … Continue reading

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March 14 Panel Set to Explore “Trump, the Mueller Investigation, and the Constitution”

What are the key things every American should know about the investigation into Russia’s interference with the 2016 election and how it affects our constitutional democracy? Join Chuck Rosenberg, a nationally recognized expert in counterintelligence, national security, and federal criminal … Continue reading

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‘Check Your Privilege’: A Report from the ACS Student Convention

By Stephanie DeLang, Class of 2021 “Check your privilege at the door.” I’ve heard it before, but is that really the best thing to do? At the American Constitution Society’s Student Convention, held Feb. 22-23 at the University of Virginia … Continue reading

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Faculty Share Views on Establishment Clause Challenge in Supreme Court

One of the most significant cases of the 2018 term was to be argued today in the Supreme Court. The American Legion v. American Humanist Association presents an Establishment Clause challenge to a 40-foot-high World War I memorial shaped like a … Continue reading

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Prof. Bessler Contributed to Amicus Brief Cited in Recent Supreme Court Decision

On Feb. 20, in Timbs v. Indiana, the Supreme Court of the United States unanimously vacated a lower court ruling. In doing so, it decided that the Eighth Amendment’s Excessive Fines Clause is applicable to the states under the Fourteenth Amendment’s Due Process … Continue reading

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