Chicago-Kent In the Media
“The term ‘patent troll’ may operate as a moral panic in a way that is detrimental to reasoned analysis and consideration of the root problems related to the issue of abusive patent litigation tactics,” Lee wrote in a law review article. Given the nature of the term and the negative way it has been used in news articles, he concluded that it would be prejudicial in the context of a patent trial.
Under the SAFE-T Act, people charged with serious crimes such as second-degree murder and kidnapping “can be detained based on a finding of potential dangerousness,” said Harold Krent, professor at the Chicago-Kent College of Law. “To detain, there must be particular facts demonstrating serious risk. Or the individual can be detained because of a risk of flight.”
“Savings accumulated during the COVID lockdown, combined with high COVID-impact payments, made it possible for a substantial part of the workforce, at all income levels, to drop out and maintain lifestyles,” said Henry H. Perritt, professor emeritus at the Chicago-Kent College of Law. “The booming economy after the COVID lockdown encouraged workers to think they could demand higher rates of pay if they quit and sought other jobs.”
To be sure, judges do not have a monopoly on interpretation of the Constitution. Presidents (and governors) have an independent responsibility to construe the Constitution when deciding whether to sign a bill (as Gov. Pritzker did in this case) or grant a pardon. And, the legislature itself must consider the constitutionality of its own action, as the General Assembly did in enacting the ban. But county sheriffs? It’s their job to enforce the law.
After Chicago-Kent Professor's Experiment, Some Law Professors Fear ChatGPT's Rise, While Others See Opportunity
In their Dec. 31 paper on GPT 3.5's performance on the bar exam, Chicago-Kent College of Law Professor Daniel Martin Katz and Michigan State University College of Law Adjunct Michael Bommarito found that the program got answers on the Multistate Bar Exam correct half the time, compared to 68% for human test takers.
“Legalese is very complicated obviously for people and it’s been really thorny for machines to work with,” said Chicago-Kent Professor Daniel Martin Katz. “We saw these large language models, of which GPT is an example, beginning to make increasing progress at least with general language, and we thought maybe this will be the one that can cross the Rubicon and really start to do well with legal language.”
“We have evolved as a society to understand that discrimination based upon different treatment, based upon sex means more than just biology,” said Chicago-Kent Professor Harold Krent.
“They understand that staying a new and important law go from going into effect is significant, and that if that they're going to strike down the law or uphold the law either way that decision needs to be made relatively quickly,” said Professor Carolyn Shapiro, Chicago Kent College of Law.
“What I think the opinion misses is that the legislature plays a vital role in the criminal justice system and always has,” Chicago-Kent Professor Harold Krent said of a judge’s ruling on Illinois’ SAFE-T Act. “In fact it starts with the fact that, what is criminal? Judges don’t decide what’s criminal, the legislature does. What about sentencing? It’s the legislature that sets the parameters of sentencing. ... There is a joint undertaking from the legislature and the judicial.”
“I’m not suggesting that the legislature drew a perfect line here in terms of when we should decide an individual is dangerous and should not be released prior to the trial, but I do think that it’s up to the legislature to make a good-faith effort to accommodate the interests of safety, of fairness, and that’s what they attempted to do,” said Chicago-Kent Professor Harold Krent.