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

S.C. candidate on the GOP payroll: Appearances matter, Kang says

S.C. candidate on the GOP payroll: Appearances matter, Kang says

Chad Connelly, A GOP candidate in South Carolina's special congressional election was still on the Republican National Committee's payroll when he began his campaign in February, raising questions among some party members and politicos about the RNC's role in the race. There's a risk the party could give money to the employee-candidate beyond the contribution limit, said Emory Law Professor Michael Kang. "The bigger thing here is the appearance," Kang said. "It may be that it doesn't look very good."

Justice Gorsuch's first day not too difficult, Volokh says

Justice Gorsuch's first day not too difficult, Volokh says

Neil Gorsuch is the first U.S. Supreme Court justice to join the court mid-term since Samuel Alito did in 2006, a Bloomberg story says. But he shouldn't have much trouble getting up to speed for his first day today, said Emory Law Associate Professor Alexander Volokh. Preparing for arguments should be easy given his decade on a federal appeals court. "He's just going to be reading the briefs in the cases, and he knows how to do that," Volokh said.

Was Trump morally justified in Syrian strikes? Yes, Broyde tells CNN

Was Trump morally justified in Syrian strikes? Yes, Broyde tells CNN

Was President Donald Trump morally justified in launching 59 Tomahawk missiles at a Syrian air base in response to Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad's chemical attack on his own citizens? CNN asked experts from five faiths. Emory Law Professor and Rabbi Michael Broyde responded: "As I understand the facts, Trump struck a military target directly connected to the gas attack. To the extent that there is ever a situation in which military force is proper and appropriate, from a Jewish legal and ethical standpoint, it is to defend civilians against just such an attack. Attacking the airfield is the most ethically defensible thing to do."

President Carter speaks at Emory Law on human rights, Trump era

President Carter speaks at Emory Law on human rights, Trump era

Former president Jimmy Carter says he hopes President Donald Trump's words and actions will "reinvigorate" the women's movement in this country, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. The U.S. tendency to champion human rights and international law has weakened in the past few years, he said, a trend that's intensifying now. Carter was Emory Law's invited speaker for the annual David J. Bederman Lecture on April 6.