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January 2016 In the News Archive | Emory University School of Law

Nash comments on appearance of favor in low bond set for attorney's son

Nash comments on appearance of favor in low bond set for attorney's son

The release of a prominent attorney's son on what is effectively a $15,000 bond for alleged crimes including arson, a 20-mile police chase and aggravated assault on a officer has raised questions about whether the low bond is related to his father's influence. The attorney's firm recently hosted a re-election campaign event for the judge who set bond, according to an 11 Alive story. "The code by which judges operate calls for them to take into account not just conflict of interest but the perception of conflict of interest by the public," said Emory Law Professor Jonathan Nash.

WABE quotes Volokh on proliferation of religious freedom bills

WABE quotes Volokh on proliferation of religious freedom bills

Emory Law Associate Professor Alexander "Sasha" Volokh commented on the growing number of bills before the Georgia legislature that touch on religious freedom issues. They include the "Pastor Protection Act" which its sponsor says affirms clergy's First Amendment right to refuse to marry a same-sex couple.

Cleaver's life, work profiled in Georgian magazine

Cleaver's life, work profiled in Georgian magazine

Senior Lecturer in Law Kathleen Cleaver is featured in an edition devoted to alumni who came of age and distinguished themselves during the civil rights era. The story details Cleaver's journey including growing up in segregated America, her work as communications secretary of the Black Panther Party and continuing career in law.

Inside Higher Ed: Holbrook comments on Khan Academy's patent attempt

Inside Higher Ed: Holbrook comments on Khan Academy's patent attempt

Khan Academy's move to patent a testing method in its online educational programs is a commentary on how much the system has changed in recent years, Emory Law Professor Tim Holbrook tells Inside Higher Ed. "It shows how the patent system has reached into areas that historically the ordinary person have thought patents should not belong in," he said. "When you think patents, you think pharmaceuticals. You think rockets. You don't think education."

Mary L. Dudziak

Dudziak's WWI lecture airs on C-SPAN3 this Sunday

"A Bullet in the Chamber: The Politics of Catastrophe and the Declaration of World War I," a lecture by Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Law Mary L. Dudziak, will air on C-SPAN3's American History TV on Sunday, Jan. 17, at 6:45 p.m. ET. The lecture was given as part of Dudziak's  work as Kluge Chair in American Law and Governance at the Library of Congress.

Holbrook comments in Fortune on Tiffany's IP war against Costco

Holbrook comments in Fortune on Tiffany's IP war against Costco

Tiffany & Co. is taking on Costco to protect its distinctive six-prong engagement rings, Fortune magazine reports. Tiffany says Costco advertised its own rings with the word "Tiffany" and has sued. Costco has argued the term is generic. Professor Tim Holbrook says the company is vigorously defending its uniqueness. "They definitely wanted a decision out there that says, 'No, you can't genericize their name'," Holbrook said. "It's about setting an example that Tiffany will not allow other parties to use its name in this way."

Volokh weighs in on Georgia 'religious liberty' bill

Volokh weighs in on Georgia 'religious liberty' bill

This year's fight over the "religious liberty" bill is shaping up to revolve around the same debate it did last year: the fate of an anti-discrimination amendment tacked onto the measure, the AJC reports. Emory Law Associate Professor Alexander Volokh commented at a public hearing. "Everybody who can dream up a religious exemption will try to push that in the courts," he said. "And almost always, they will lose. And particularly for discrimination cases."

Atlanta Magazine features Cooper 89L's work in GM recall case

Atlanta Magazine features Cooper 89L's work in GM recall case

Marietta attorney Lance Cooper 89L was profiled in Atlanta Magazine's January issue, in a story detailing his work on the lawsuit that alleged a faulty GM ignition switch led to the death of Brooke Melton in 2010. The case resulted in a massive recall of the company's vehicles.

Timothy R. Holbrook

Holbrook for The Conversation: How 3-D printing threatens our patent system

While 3-D printers are a fantastic invention, their growing use presents a real problem for U.S. patent holders, Emory Law Professor Tim Holbrook writes for The Conversation. He argues the patent system is ill-equipped to deal with the evolving technology. "There is a great irony here," he says. "One of the greatest innovations of our time may ultimately undermine a key engine of innovation, the patent system."