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January 2017 In the News Archive | Emory University School of Law

Alexander Volokh

Volokh on Gorsuch: 'Probably the best on civil liberties'

Professor Alexander Volokh has known Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch for more than 20 years. "Generally, I don't have any expectation that Trump will do the right thing, so I'm unexpectedly pleased that--of the three judges who were apparently on Trump's short list--Judge Gorsuch is probably the best on civil liberties issues," he writes for the Washington Post's Volokh Conspiracy.

Laurie R. Blank

Blank: Talk of secret prisons raises 'a huge red flag'

Black sites and extraordinary renditions indicate by their very name that they lie outside the norm of ordinary behavior, writes Laurie Blank, director of Emory Law's International Humanitarian Law Clinic. Reports that President Trump is preparing an executive order that could reinstate the use of secret overseas prisons for detention and interrogation would violate international law, she writes in an op-ed for The Hill.

Polly J.  Price

Price comments on Trump travel ban

Immigration law experts, including Emory Law Professor Polly Price. raised concerns about President Trump's recent executive order which affects immigrants and refugees from Muslim-majority countries. "Green card holders cannot be rejected from returning to the U.S. without a hearing before an immigration judge," she tells the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. But you can still be detained, and there's no guarantee of a speedy hearing. Immigration courts have a backlog of around 10 months, she said. "A green card gives you legal rights," Price said. "You can't be returned without due process." Temporary travel privileges, such as tourist or student visas, guarantee nothing. "There's no appeal at almost any stage," Price said. '"Most of the decisions aren't reviewable. If you look Middle Eastern, youre in for a difficult time."

Joanna M. Shepherd

Shepherd on Trump's promise to force drug companies to negotiate

Donald Trump recently vowed to force drug companies to negotiate directly with the government on prices in Medicare and Medicaid. But for that to be effective, the government "must have the ability to not only negotiate prices, but also to put some pressure on drug makers to secure price concessions," Emory Law Professor Joanna Shepherd writes for Morning Consult. "Policy-makers must fully understand what it means for government to negotiate directly with drug makers, and what the potential consequences are for price reductions, access to popular drugs, drug innovation, and drug prices for other consumers."

Holbrook on cases involving transgender name changes

Holbrook on cases involving transgender name changes

Emory Law Professor Tim Holbrook commented on a recent case where a judge denied two transgender mens' petition to change their names. Courts across Georgia have granted name changes to transgender men and women for years. However, one judge ruled, "changing their names would have been 'a type of fraud on the general public.'" The Georgia Court of Appeals reversed the decision.

Dorothy A.  Brown

Dorothy Brown on the symbolism of Obama's presidency

As the world reflects upon the presidency of Barack Obama and prepares for a transfer of power, CNN presents 11 commentaries on his legacy. Professor Dorothy Brown comments on the exceptionalism of electing the first black President versus the reality of racism. "Symbolism, it turned out, was a bad thing for addressing anti-black racism in America", said Brown. "The symbolism of a black President prevented America from grappling with the reality of how exceptional his victory and his story really was."