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Media advisory: Law professor can discuss Supreme Court health care case

Thursday, June 28, 2012
Stephen McAllister

LAWRENCE - Stephen McAllister, a University of Kansas School of Law professor and solicitor general of Kansas, is available to discuss today’s Supreme Court decisions on health care and the Stolen Valor Act.

In the health care cases, justices considered the following issues related to the Affordable Care Act:

  • the constitutionality of the individual insurance-purchase mandate;
  • the authority of the courts to decide the mandate issue;
  • the fate of other parts of the law if the mandate is struck down; and
  • the constitutionality of the expansion of the Medicaid program for the poor.

The Stolen Valor Act case considered whether a federal law that makes it a crime to lie about receiving military medals or honors violates the First Amendment’s guarantee of the right to free speech.

MCALLISTER CAN DISCUSS: Any of the topics at issue in these cases, including background constitutional principles.

To schedule an interview, contact Mindie Paget at mpaget@ku.edu or (785) 864-9205.

BIOGRAPHY: Stephen McAllister is a nationally recognized constitutional law scholar who has argued five times before the Supreme Court of the United States and served as a law clerk for Justices Clarence Thomas and Byron White. He is co-author of “State Constitutional Law: The Modern Experience,” one of only two casebooks available on the subject. He has also published dozens of law review articles on constitutional law topics. A former dean of the KU law school, McAllister practiced at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in Washington, D.C., before joining the faculty. He currently serves as solicitor general of Kansas, assisting the attorney general's office with important constitutional litigation.