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December 2013 In the News Archive | Emory University School of Law

Alexander says land bank will help blight in Philadelphia

Alexander says land bank will help blight in Philadelphia

On a desolate North Philadelphia street, an isolated block of five Victorian rowhouses is surrounded by vacant lots and a commuter rail line. All but one of the two-story houses are vacant and metal signs announcing they are up for property auction by the Philadelphia Housing Authority.

Shanor on hiring those with criminal history: follow EEOC guidelines

Shanor on hiring those with criminal history: follow EEOC guidelines

How should businesses adjust their employment policies to be sure they are in compliance with the law? "EEOC provides guidance regarding type of job, recency of conviction, and type of crime, etc. Employers can avoid likely litigation by EEOC by following the guidance," Shanor said.

Vandall tells senate proposed malpractice legislation unconstitutional

Vandall tells senate proposed malpractice legislation unconstitutional

Legislation that would scrap the current litigation-based system for resolving medical malpractice claims in Georgia would replace it with a government bureaucracy that would drive up costs, the bill's opponents said Wednesday.

Ruling means minors who faced death penalty will be resentenced

Ruling means minors who faced death penalty will be resentenced

Some Georgia prisoners serving life sentences without parole will be re-sentenced after a recent state Supreme Court ruling invalidated the terms under which those inmates were punished. Those who qualify for resentencing would have been sentenced before they turned 18 and faced the death penalty.

Mandela's presidency defined by reconciliation, van der Vyver says

Mandela's presidency defined by reconciliation, van der Vyver says

Van der Vyver was fired from his professorship at the University of Pochefstroom in the 1970s for his criticisms of the government's apartheid policy and thereafter launched a campaign of human rights and constitutional reform. Below, van der Vyver shares his memories of Nelson Mandela's presidency and leadership through reconciliation.

Timothy R. Holbrook

The Economist: Holbrook doubts new law needed for patent trolls

In Scandinavian folklore trolls were dumpy with grotesque faces and uncontrollable hair. These horrifying creatures have given their name to patent trolls, who buy up lots of vaguely worded patents and then use them to extract cash from unsuspecting victims -- who pay them off rather than risk a pricey lawsuit.

Georgia can legally bar immigrant college students, Price tells GPB

Georgia can legally bar immigrant college students, Price tells GPB

A case pitting undocumented college students against the University System of Georgia began Thursday in DeKalb County Superior Court. The case pivots on whether it's a violation of federal policy to bar the students from top public colleges.

Reuters cites Velikonja research on corporate governance

Reuters cites Velikonja research on corporate governance

In 1998, S&P 500 companies reported that 78 percent of their board members were independent. By 2012 the number was up to 84 percent, says Emory Law Professor Urska Velikonja.

Globalization influences Supreme Court's views on IP law, Holbrook says

Globalization influences Supreme Court's views on IP law, Holbrook says

In life, certainty comes in the form of death and taxes. In intellectual property law, it comes in the form of change. The quick pace of technology and the complexities of the digital world are forcing changes in all areas of intellectual property. "I think there is more uncertainty and really more uncertainty in acquiring and enforcing patents and trademarks, in particular, than we've seen in many years," he says.

Martha Albertson Fineman

Fineman in the Guardian: why having children is unlike buying a Porsche

Republican outrage over the inclusion of mandatory maternity coverage in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) continues. Greg Mankiw, at Harvard University, and former chair of George W Bush's Council of Economic Advisors, writes: "People who drive a new Porsche pay more for car insurance than those who drive an old Chevy. We consider that fair because which car you drive is a choice. Why isn't having children viewed in the same way?"

Chief Justice commission on professionalism salutes Elliott 63C 66L

Chief Justice commission on professionalism salutes Elliott 63C 66L

The Chief Justice's Commission on Professionalism is celebrating its 25th anniversary and this year we honor A. James Elliott, co-founder of the Commission.