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August 2015 In the News Archive | Emory University School of Law

Alexander Volokh

The Volokh Conspiracy: "hub for libertarian ideas," according to The New Republic

In a larger article in The New Republic regarding the "unwinding" of the New Deal, the author refers to The Volokh Conspiracy, "the most prominent academic legal blog in the country and now publishe[d] under the auspices of The Washington Post" as "the hub for libertarian ideas."

Trump proposal to repeal birthright citizenship would be nightmarish, Price says

Trump proposal to repeal birthright citizenship would be nightmarish, Price says

Donald Trump has revealed his immigration plan, including a controversial proposal to end granting automatic citizenship to any child born on U.S. soil, Mia Bush writes in Voice of America. Professor Polly Price says most people don't understand the potential administrative nightmare that would be created by repealing the 14th Amendment. Repeal would affect everyone, Price said, adding that anyone in the U.S. needing to prove their citizenship--when applying for a driver's license or a Social Security number, for example--would be required to prove their parentage.

Polly J.  Price

Trump wrong on birthright citizenship, Price writes in The Hill

Presidential candidate Donald Trump's call to deny U.S. citizenship to the children of undocumented migrants misleads the public, Professor Polly Price writes for The Hill. "Whatever the merits of his proposal to change the rule of birthright citizenship, it cannot be accomplished through legislation by Congress," Price says. "If the rule is to be changed, it must be through the arduous process of amending the federal constitution." Price calls such proposals "racial measures in their purpose and effect."

Brown on Vice News: How the tax code affects your life, every day

Brown on Vice News: How the tax code affects your life, every day

"The American tax code is one of the most impenetrable elements of our society. Surprising, considering how it affects your life every single day," according to Vice News' "The Business of Life." Vice Provost and Professor Dorothy Brown was a panelist on a recent episode of the show. The premise was to break down how taxes are distributed--"and what happens if you try to evade them." Brown was joined by Lee Sheppard of Tax Notes and Ben Casselman of FiveThirtyEight.

Dorothy A.  Brown

Brown for CNN: What Clinton doesn't understand about #blacklivesmatter

The recent encounter between presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and #blacklivesmatter representatives was revealing, Vice Provost and Professor Dorothy Brown writes for CNN. Racial bias in policing and the criminal justice system wasn't created by blacks, and they should not have to provide a solution, she says."Clinton was onto something when she said she would talk to white people, because that's exactly what she needs to do," Brown says. "[She] should begin each of her stump speeches with a discussion of her plans to end systemic racism in the criminal justice system. This should not be the script solely for predominantly black audiences. I think all of the presidential candidates--Democrats and Republicans--would be wise to adopt the approach that it is up to them to work on creating solutions."

For results, invest in alternative education programs, Waldman tells WABE

For results, invest in alternative education programs, Waldman tells WABE

When you hear the term "alternative school" you might think of troubled children or students who can't cut it at regular public schools. While that's true for some students, alternative education programs vary widely. "If we're actually sending our kids to alternative placements, if we wish for them to succeed, if we wish for them not to spend their life behind bars or in low-paying or minimum wage or any jobs, we need to provide them with quality education when we are removing them from school," says Barton Juvenile Defender Clinic Director Randee Waldman.

Julie Seaman

Seaman in the NY Times: When innocence is no defense

Associate Professor Julie Seaman's op-ed in the New York Times discusses the case of Sandeep Bharadia, who received a life sentence in 2003 for sexual assault. It now appears DNA evidence (that was not introduced at trial) exonerates him. But Georgia precedent says he isn't entitled to a new trial. "What is most troubling about the Georgia Supreme Court's decision is that the issue of innocence becomes irrelevant if there has been a failure of due diligence," she writes. "In effect, the ruling elevates finality over justice to the point that an innocent person can be imprisoned, even executed, because of errors made by his lawyer. Absent a constitutional safety net, an innocent person convicted after a procedurally adequate trial is out of luck."

A discussion of voting rights in America, post-Shelby v. Holder

A discussion of voting rights in America, post-Shelby v. Holder

The Daily Report covered Tuesday's panel discussion at Emory Law, that included Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens 83L, Congressman John Lewis, Barbara R. Arnwine, Jason Carter, Anne Lewis and Fred Grey. The 2013 Shelby County v. Holder decision voided the requirement that Georgia and other states and localities must have federal preclearance before making changes to voting laws, practices or precincts, holding that the application of the requirement against only some states was unconstitutional, and based on an outdated formula.

New Ferguson class will develop critical thinking skills, Brown says

New Ferguson class will develop critical thinking skills, Brown says

In the year since a Missouri police officer shot and killed an unarmed black teenager, a new generation has taken up the fight of the civil rights movement that changed the face of America decades before they were even born, Kendall Trammell writes in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Professor Dorothy Brown is co-teaching a fall course on the effects of Ferguson. "I want them to walk away with more critical thinking skills," she said of her students. "Don't just believe it because a talking head said it. Don't believe me just because I said it. Really think about what I'm saying. What evidence do I bring?"