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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Dean Daniel Hamilton Provides Commentary on Illinois Public Media

Daniel W. Hamilton is Dean and Richard J. Morgan Professor of Law at the William S. Boyd School of Law.

On June 11, he provided commentary on WILL Illinois Public Media's Focus show. The segment, titled Decisions, Decisions: The 2012-2013 Supreme Court Term, focused on cases that will set new precedents for same sex marriage, affirmative action, and genetic research. 

Of the Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics case, Dean Hamilton said, "This is very uncharted territory. I leave it to the scientists to determine how sweeping this might be; but just to a lay person, we almost can't understand it without breaking it down into certain kinds of analogies. And you can see the Supreme Court trying to turn the science into something it, and I, and all of us can understand. This could be the sleeper of the term. This could be where 50 years from now, this was the moment when a major paradigm shift took place in our conception of the body as human beings."

Dean Hamilton researches and writes primarily on American property ideology and the legal and constitutional issues raised by the Civil War. He has written numerous articles and reviews on American legal history.