Sports teams are bigger Trump donors than oil and coal industries

Erwin Chemerinsky cited by Reveal, Sept. 28, 2017

In all, 18 attorneys are working for the plaintiffs, including famed Harvard legal scholar Laurence Tribe and Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of the UC Berkeley law school. The case, filed in January, already has generated hundreds of pages of legal filings, even though it’s not yet set for trial.

Beware of Trump’s claim that wages will soar after he cuts taxes

Alan Auerbach quoted by The Washington Post, Sept. 27, 2017

Trump and Congress have to get the tax recipe right if they really want to have a good chance at boosting middle-class wages. Auerbach says there are two things lawmakers should do.

First, they need to ensure the 2017 (or 2018) tax bill doesn’t add to America’s $20 trillion debt. Second, they need to find ways to incentivize business investment.

Civil servants charge Trump is sidelining workers with expertise on climate change, environment

Erwin Chemerinsky cited by Los Angeles Times, Sept. 26, 2017

Thirteen legal scholars, including UC Berkeley School of Law dean Erwin Chemerinsky, wrote the federal office that protects whistle-blowers on behalf of Clement, warning that the administration’s approach to dealing with its senior managers runs afoul of Nixon-era laws Congress passed to prevent purges of seasoned career staff for political reasons.

Opponents face uphill battle as they vow to fight Trump’s new travel ban

Erwin Chemerinsky quoted by Los Angeles Times, Sept. 25, 2017

“I think this version of the travel ban is likely unconstitutional for the same reason as the prior two versions: It is directed primarily at countries with large Muslim populations; it is national origin discrimination; and there is no evidence linking terrorism to these countries,” said Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of the UC Berkeley School of Law.

A day after new Trump order, U.S. high court cancels hearing on travel ban

Jesse Choper and Leti Volpp quoted by San Francisco Chronicle, Sept. 25, 2017

Jesse Choper … said the addition of North Korea, in particular, would counter opponents’ allegations that the order is a Muslim ban. He also noted that that courts traditionally give the president considerable authority over immigration and national security.

The new order “could be challenged on the same grounds” as the previous versions, Volpp said. She described the additions of three nations as “cosmetic,” saying U.S. immigration from North Korea and Chad is minuscule.

Lawyers say Trump’s free speech shows contempt for free speech

Erwin Chemerinsky quoted by The Washington Post, Sept. 24, 2017

Erwin Chemerinsky … said the president can say what he wants about football players. “If the NFL were to fire them, there is not a First Amendment issue. The NFL and its teams are private entities, so the First Amendment does not apply. But there is a free-speech issue and likely a labor issue under the union contract.”