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Weekly Media Advisory

CHICAGO—June, 2015—IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law has experts available to discuss current legal issues. To reach experts on IIT's Downtown Campus or to reach Chicago-Kent graduates profiled below, 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.

Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act expired June 1 because the Senate failed to renew it. According to IIT Chicago-Kent Professor Ryan Vogel, "This portion of the act allows the government to collect certain types of information only where it is able to prove to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court that there is reasonable, articulable suspicion that the records are relevant and related to terrorist activity. Making effective use of intelligence depends on obtaining a wide variety of sources, both big and small, over time to paint a more complete picture. Removing any one source or string of sources alters that picture and could present officials with critical deficiencies in information that may leave the country vulnerable to attack." Prior to joining IIT Chicago-Kent, Professor Vogel served at the Pentagon as a senior policy adviser in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He has 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 is available for media comment.

The U.S. Supreme Court's 2014-15 term is coming to a close. The justices have yet to rule on major cases, including those related to same-sex marriage, separation of powers, free speech, heath care subsidies and housing discrimination. When key cases of the term are handed down, IIT Chicago-Kent legal experts will be available for media comment.

Constitutional scholar and IIT Chicago-Kent Distinguished Professor Sheldon H. Nahmod is available for interviews about the Roberts court, highlights of this term, and key issues the justices will consider during the next term.

The Oyez Project at IIT Chicago-Kent is partnering with Bloomberg BNA to make a Twitter list of coverage of remaining Supreme Court decisions. Live Twitter coverage will begin at 8:15 a.m. CDT each Monday in June on @Oyez. Kimberly Robinson, legal editor for U.S. Law Week and the publication's lead reporter at the Supreme Court, will be joined by IIT Chicago-Kent Professor Christopher Schmidt, director of the Institute on the Supreme Court of the United States; Distinguished Professor Sheldon H. Nahmod; and Jerry Goldman, founder and director of the Oyez Project.

June is National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Month. IIT Chicago-Kent has legal experts available to discuss landmark U.S. Supreme Court decisions related to LGBT issues.

FIFA president Joseph "Sepp" Blatter has announced he will resign amid a growing corruption scandal that has plagued the international soccer organization. Blatter said he will ask the organization he has headed since 1998 to schedule a new election. His resignation comes four days after he was re-elected to a fifth term as FIFA president, and four days before the start of FIFA's Women's World Cup tournament in Edmonton, Canada. IIT Chicago-Kent Professor William Birdthistle says, "It was one thing for Blatter, a Swiss citizen, to hide within his own friendly cantons, but the prospect of visiting our cooperative neighbor to the north with the threat of U.S. indictment and extradition lurking over his head appears to have doomed his reign." Professor Birdthistle, who has commented, blogged and written extensively on international soccer issues, is available for media interviews.

Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert is scheduled to be arraigned June 9 on federal charges that he lied to the FBI about the nature of bank withdrawals totaling $1.7 million over a nearly five-year period and that he limited the amount of the withdrawals in order to evade mandatory filing of Currency Transaction Reports. IIT Chicago-Kent experts in criminal law are available for media comment.

Burge Reparations: The Chicago City Council has appointed IIT Chicago-Kent clinical professor Daniel T. Coyne to serve as the Independent Third Party for the Burge Reparations Ordinance. Professor Coyne will work under the terms of the new city ordinance that provides reparations for people allegedly tortured by former Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge and his subordinates between 1972 and 1991. He will evaluate claims filed by those who have not already filed for Burge-era torture reparations with the city.