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Weekly Media Advisory

CHICAGO—April 2015—IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law has experts available to discuss current legal issues. To reach experts on IIT's Downtown Campus, please call Gwen Osborne, director of public affairs, (312) 906-5251. Press releases and media advisories are available on our website: www.kentlaw.iit.edu/news.

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments April 28 on four same-sex marriage cases from Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee. The cases have been consolidated and will be heard together. The justices have allotted nearly three hours of oral arguments. At issue is whether the Fourteenth Amendment requires states to license marriages between same-sex couples, and whether states must recognize such marriages that were lawfully licensed and performed in another state. Constitutional scholars at IIT Chicago-Kent are available for comment.

Earth Day is Wednesday, April 22. For more than three decades, IIT Chicago-Kent's Program in Environmental and Energy Law allows J.D. students to gain in-depth knowledge of this important area of practice and to earn a certificate. The Chicago Environmental Law Clinic, launched in 1999, provides experiential learning opportunities for students and gives access to justice to clients who would otherwise be unrepresented in urban environmental matters that directly affect the health, safety and welfare of their families and communities. Members of the Program in Environmental and Energy Law faculty are available for media comment about the program or about legal issues related to the environment.

FBI examiners gave flawed testimony favoring prosecutors in 95 percent of criminal cases in which hair evidence was analyzed. Of 28 examiners with the FBI Laboratory's microscopic hair comparison unit, 26 overstated forensic matches, according to a published report in the Washington Post. Of the 231 defendants convicted in state courts using such evidence, four were from Illinois. Criminal defense attorney and IIT Chicago-Kent Clinical Professor Richard S. Kling, who teaches forensic evidence courses, is available for media comment.

The law of war has been challenged by the complexities of modern armed conflict, especially the increased prevalence of conflicts between states and non-states like those the United States finds itself in with al-Qa'ida and ISIS. "While the broad parameters of the law of war remain capable of adequately covering these types of conflicts, the United States and other states should use policy and doctrine to fill any ambiguities or gaps in the law," says IIT Chicago-Kent Professor Ryan Vogel. Prior to joining the law school faculty, Professor Vogel served at the Pentagon as a senior policy adviser in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He provided policy recommendations and strategic support to the president, the secretary of defense and other high-ranking defense officials on issues related to the law of armed conflict, international criminal law, international courts, human rights, legislation and detention. Professor Vogel, who currently serves as a guest contributor to the Just Security blog, an online forum for analysis of U.S. national security law and policy, is available for comment.

Women and Justice for the Poor: A History of Legal Aid, 1863–1945 is a new book by IIT Chicago-Kent Professor Felice Batlan that explores the history of the development of legal aid in the United States, the significant and unknown role that women played as both providers and clients of legal aid, and the history of women lawyers in this country. Professor Batlan is available for interviews.