Emory Law Journal

The 2016 Randolph W. Thrower Symposium

Redefined National Security Threats:
Tensions and Legal Implications

Thursday, February 11, 2016


Keynote: Professor Harold Hongju Koh

Professor Harold Koh

Panel 1: Cybersecurity Beyond the Media Coverage: Applicable Law Doctrines, Corporate Responsibility, and Practical Implications

Panel 2: New Technologies Expanding the Frontiers of National Security: Emerging Technologies, Issues, and Guidance

Panel 3: Transnational Tensions and National Security: Immigration, Domestic Terrorism, and Cross-Border Security

The 2016 Thrower Symposium explored the tensions, complementarities, and resulting legal implications in three rapidly changing and developing areas of national security: cyber security; new technologies, including domestic drones; and transnational tensions in domestic security, immigration laws, and cross-border security. Recent developments in the national security law arena demonstrate a strong need for organized and thoughtful discussions on threats and corresponding responses in these areas--at local, federal, and international levels; as well as across the public-private divide. The diverse opinions and approaches to assessing these issues created an opportunity for stimulating dialogue on the future of national security law.

Past Symposia

The "War" on the U.S. Civil Justice System

Co-sponsored by the Pound Civil Justice Institute and Emory University School of Law

Scholarship from this symposium is available here »

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Disappearing Courts: Diminishing Use of and Access to Civil Litigation

Video: Panel 1

Tort "Reform" and Its Impact on the Development of U.S. Law

Video: Panel 2

About the Symposium

The Pound Institute and Emory Law have invited leading scholars of the U.S. civil justice system to address some of the most important current issues. During the one-day symposium this fall, law professors who are experts in the civil justice field will present original papers on topics such as:

  • The Role of Litigation in America’s Democracy

  • The Declining Incidence of Court-Centered Litigation in Federal and State Courts

  • Raising Ever-Higher Barriers to Litigation

  • Making Litigation Disappear

  • Legislative Involvement in the Civil Justice System

  • The Current State, and the Future, of Class Actions

  • Is the U.S. Still a Common Law Country?

  • Participants and Cost

The Pound Civil Justice Institute is a national legal “think tank” created by pioneering members of the trial bar and dedicated to ensuring access to justice for ordinary citizens. Through its activities, the Institute works to give lawyers, judges, legal educators and the public a balanced view of the issues affecting the U.S. civil justice system.

The National Labor Relations Board After Eighty Years

Friday, April 10, 2015

Scholarship from the symposium is available here »

Assessing the NLRB's Impact & Political Effectiveness

Audio: Symposium on The National Labor Relations Board After Eighty Years- Panel 1 »

A Conversation with NLRB Members & General Counsel

Audio: Symposium on The National Labor Relations Board After Eighty Years- Panel 2 »

Opportunities for Improvement in Changing Times

Audio: Symposium on The National Labor Relations Board After Eighty Years-Panel 3

The Emory Law Journal is pleased to present a special symposium the Journal has put together with the invaluable assistance of Professor Michael Z. Green of the Texas A&M University School of Law. Our symposium will address the continued viability of the National Labor Relations Board as an administrative agency at the dawn of its eightieth anniversary. The decisions and actions of the Board have drawn increased scrutiny in the modern era, and even more so in the wake of President Obama's efforts to ensure the Board was comprised of a full contingent of members. But even before President Obama was elected, because the Board primarily develops its rules through adjudications its decisions have become quite controversial, no doubt in part as a result from the lack of legislative changes to guide the agency's actions over the past forty years. The NLRB’s effectiveness as it reaches its eightieth anniversary in 2015 represents an important legal question and a major concern for all those interested in labor law. This Symposium will assemble some of the most prominent labor law scholars in the country along with the NLRB Chairman and NLRB General Counsel and other members of the NLRB to assess the role of the Board today, what actions Congress may take with respect to the Board, and what the future of the Board might be. Specifically, our symposium will feature three panels, highlighted below.

This event is co-sponsored by the Labor and Employment Law section of the State Bar of Georgia.

The 2015 Randolph W. Thrower Symposium

The New Age of Communication: Freedom of Speech in the 21st Century

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Scholarship from the symposium is available here »


Keynote, Professor Eugene Volokh, UCLA School of Law

Panel 1: Freedom of Speech: Theories and Foundations

Panel 2: The First Amendment Today

Panel 3: Freedom of Speech in the 21st Century

The Emory Law Journal is pleased to present the 2015 Randolph W. Thrower Symposium: "The New Age of Communication: Freedom of Speech in the 21st Century." Broadly speaking, the symposium will explore the changing doctrine of free speech in the United States. The Supreme Court has been actively shaping speech rights through decisions such as McCutcheon v. Federal Election CommissionSnyder v. Phelps, and United States v. Alvarez. These new opinions and approaches create an occasion for stimulating dialogue on the foundations, current doctrines, and future of free speech. The 2015 Thrower Symposium was developed with Professor Alexander Tsesis of Loyola University Chicago School of Law.

The 2014 Randolph W. Thrower Symposium

American Dispute Resolution in 2020: The Death of Group Vindication of the Law?

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Scholarship from the symposium is available here »


Keynote, Arthur R. Miller, University Professor, New York University School of Law

Panel 1: In a Class by Itself: Has the Roberts Court Slammed the courthouse Door on Class Actions?

Panel 2: Binding the Future: Global Settlements and the Death of Representative Litigation

Panel 3: Stand Alone or Stand Down: Consumer Arbitration Agreements and the Demise of Collective Dispute Resolution

Recently, the Supreme Court has cut back on the ability of parties to press claims collectively. Starting with Stolt-Nielsen S.A. v. AnimalFeeds International Corp., running through AT&T Mobility LLC v. Concepcion, and continuing this year with Comcast Corp. v. Behrend and American Express Co. v. Italian Colors Restaurant, the Court has transformed the manner in which individuals may press their claims. Pushing beyond the scope of past symposia on differing methods of dispute resolution, the symposium will focus on the implications of a system that shuts out consumers and other citizens from collective vindication of their contractual and other economic rights. Explored through the framework of class actions, mass arbitrations, and global settlements, these broad implications will emerge as answers to underlying questions regarding the efficiency, manageability, and even desirability of this potential extinction of group actions. To that end, the 2014 Randolph W. Thrower Symposium presented by the Emory Law Journal will bring together the leading scholars and practitioners in the realm of complex litigation as it relates to this potentially tectonic shift in our legal system.

The 2013 Randolph W. Thrower Symposium

Privatization: Managing Liability and Reassessing Practices in Local and International Contexts

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Scholarship from the symposium is available here »


Keynote: The Honorable Alex Kozinski, Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Panel 1: Privatizing Justice: Shifting Adjudication out of the Judiciary

Panel 2: Privatizing State & Local Governments: Accountability and Reassessing Public Services

Panel 3: Privatized Components of Health Law: Medical Malpractice & Health Care

Panel 4: Privatization Abroad: Conflicts, Contractors & Immunity

In recent years, the government has increasingly contracted out public functions and services to private parties. Prompted in part by government budget cuts, key Supreme Court decisions, and American involvement in conflicts abroad, private parties play an increasingly critical role in the government. Expanding on previous discussions of privatization, the symposium will focus on certain aspects of privatization that have evolved in recent years. Underlying questions include whether the changed economy makes privatization more critical, how privatization has changed legal liability, how previous legal practices should be reassessed, and whether certain public functions should not be delegated despite increased efficiency. To that end, the 2013 Randolph W. Thrower Symposium presented by the Emory Law Journal will bring together leading scholars and practitioners to advance the discussion of privatization as it relates to modern liability and practices. Click here to see the schedule.