The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear arguments next month over dentists' ability to keep the business of teeth whitening to themselves. Is it reasonable for a government licensing agency to limit commercial teeth whitening to dentists as a matter of public health, or is it pure self-preservation on the part of dentists who sit on the licensing boards? "If antitrust law is justified anywhere, surely this is one of the most compelling cases," Emory Law Associate Professor Alexander Volokh tells the Daily Report. (Log-in required)
"For generations, based upon International Shoe (1945), no one doubted that general jurisdiction is appropriate when a corporation engages in 'continuous and systematic' activities in a given state," Richard Howell Hall Professor of Law Richard D. Freer writes in a Sept. 15 op-ed article for the San Francisco Daily Journal. "Things are different now. In Goodyear Dunlop Tires Operations, S.A. v. Brown (2011) and Daimler AG v. Bauman (2014), the U.S. Supreme Court recast general jurisdiction. Now general jurisdiction is proper only where the defendant is 'at home.'" (Subscription required)
Edan Landau discusses international law in a new urban war zone with Professor Laurie Blank and her frequent co-author Geoffrey Corn, professor of law and presidential research scholar at South Texas College of Law.
Daphne Richemond-Barak heads the International Law Desk of the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT). She led a panel titled, "New Battlefields/Old Laws: The Next Steps in Counterterrorism: Adapting to an Evolving Threat and an Expanding Battlefield," with guests Laurie Blank, Professor William C. Banks, Professor Jennifer Daskal, and Professor Nathan Sales.
Emory Law alumnus Linus Chen 08L, an attorney with the U.S. Department of the Interior, and David M. Moore, an adjunct professor at Emory Law, both wrote articles for the August 2014 ABA Section of Environment, Energy and Resources Endangered Species Committee newsletter.
The Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University has been awarded a $250,000 grant from the McDonald Agape Foundation to create a new lecture series.
Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Law Mary Dudziak discusses how wartime laws and policy often live beyond the present conflict, to have lasting effects upon civil liberties. Starting with World War I, she examines how overseas wars can deeply affect individual rights at home, in a Q & A with Carnegie Council Associate Editor for Ethics & International Affairs Zach Dorfman.
When Sue McAvoy retires later this summer, the legacy of her 20-year career will be its immense impact on the public interest community in Atlanta and throughout the country. Eighteen years ago, she started the Emory Public Interest Committee Inspiration Awards, which celebrate lawyers who do extraordinary work. The event raises funds to underwrite summer public interest jobs for up to 50 law students annually.
Professor of Law Polly J. Price writes that an important part of preparedness for public health emergencies is legal preparedness. Public Health Law is a general term for the legal structures that apply to the recent outbreak of the Ebola virus in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, along with the transport and treatment of the two patients at Emory.
Professor Urska Velikonja's work is cited by The Economist, in an article that questions how the proceeds of large fines levied against corporations are administered. "The disarray stemmed from the lack of a coherent plan to compensate defrauded investors," the article reads. "In a forthcoming article in the Stanford Law Review Urska Velikonja, a professor at Emory University, argues that this reflects the failure to identify specific misconduct when setting up the deal."
The White House announced Thursday that it is nominating a new Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator, known colloquially as the "IP czar." He is Washington lawyer Daniel H. Marti. The position coordinates U.S. law-enforcement strategy around copyright, patents and trademarks. The coordinator's duties, somewhat controversial from the start, include harmonizing the enforcement activities of several federal agencies under the White House's Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement.
In August, three Emory Law graduates were named among the Daily Report annual list of 40 under 40 "Rising Stars" for 2014. They are Christina Graham 02L, Amna Shirazi 12L and Paul Vranicar 06L.
Emory Law alumnus Judge William O'Kelley 51C 53L will receive the university's highest alumni honor, the Emory Medal, Oct. 7. Medalists are honored for distinguished service to the university, extraordinary public service, or high achievement in their field, the professions or the arts. The medal was first awarded in 1946 and is given to one to three recipients annually.
As the turmoil in Ferguson, Missouri, unfolds, questions about the United States' commitment to human rights are once more headlining news coverage around the world. The uncomfortable international spotlight on such domestic problems should not be surprising. American racial inequality regularly dominated foreign news coverage during the 1950s and 1960s. Strong presidential leadership was needed to address earlier civil rights crises. It helped repair the damage to the American image, and undercut the argument that the United States was hypocritical in promoting human rights. Then, as now, protecting rights serves U.S. international relations.
Emory Law Professors Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im and William Buzbee will discuss their recently published books at the AJC Decatur Book Festival, held Aug. 29-31.
Emory Law Turner Environmental Law Clinic students worked with the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) to prepare comprehensive comments on the draft Produce Rule itself and on the requisite environmental analysis.
What leeway do police have when using deadly force to end dangerous high-speed chases? Left with little to reconcile the seemingly conflicting analyses in Scott v. Harris and Plumhoff v. Rickard, law enforcement officials may find themselves at the mercy of lower courts that may be influenced more by what they see in after-the-fact on video recordings than by what they read in clear Supreme Court precedents.
In June 2014, the City of Atlanta approved an urban agricultural ordinance. Emory Law's Turner Environmental Law Clinic played a significant role in developing the ordinance.
As a student with the Turner Environmental Law Clinic, Emory Law alum Whitney Rappole had the opportunity to join the Clinic in representing the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) and investigating federal loan guarantees offered by the Department of Energy to Southern Company and its partners.
Where wrongful conduct actually results in increased revenue that rewards corporate officers and employees, is it plausible that an internal compliance mechanism can freely and fully investigate and right wrongful behavior? Do corporations really have an incentive to fully address wrongful conduct that generates significant revenue? These are important questions particularly at a time when civil and criminal penalties are merely part of the cost of doing business.
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has appointed Capt. Ron Johnson of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a black man, to take over the security on the ground in Ferguson. The President has issued a call for calm in the wake of a weekend police shooting that left teenager Michael Brown dead. Anyone in the black community who says voting is a waste of time because "they don't care about us" should take a good, hard look at Ferguson, Missouri. Almost 68% of its citizens are black and just under 30% are white. Five of six city council members are white, the mayor is white, the chief of police is white, and its police force has 50 whites and three blacks.
Randy Davis 79L was one of three captains who piloted a private plane from Liberia to return American aid worker Nancy Writebol to the U.S. to receive treatment for Ebola. Davis said that he was not nervous about his proximity to the contagious patient, and that he viewed it as an honor. "I think everybody everywhere would agree that you'd like to try to help people who are so selfless," Davis said to ABC News.
Last week, two federal courts of appeals issued opinions on ObamaCare. Common wisdom sees the opinion of the DC Circuit--which was issued first--as a potential death knell for ObamaCare. The Fourth Circuit opinion issued a few hours later was received as having reached a conclusion favorable to ObamaCare, thus dividing the courts of appeals. The Fourth Circuit's conclusion that the statute is ambiguous means that the Obama administration's regulations stand. But it also means that another administration--perhaps one with a Republican president--could issue new regulations that restricted the tax credit to states with state-created exchanges.
The Michigan Department of Corrections 2015 budget, which totals roughly $2 billion, includes $4.4 million for sovaldi, a drug with a high success rate in treating the disease without the debilitating side effects associated with standard treatments."It would be better if we could treat everybody, but if you have the opportunity to try to control the disease, you should take it,"said Emory Law Professor Price, who specializes in public health."You don't want to create this inferno inside a prison when the population is going to be moving out into the public at some point."
The tendency to make judgments about the rights and wrongs of the current Israel-Hamas conflict on the basis of which side has had more civilians killed is hard to resist. There's a lot of talk about "disproportionate" killing or attacks. So I welcome a new measured, careful discussion by Emory Law School professor Laurie Blank, describing what proportionality means in the law of targeting (which is a major part of the law of armed conflict).
The conflict in Gaza is replete with asymmetries: the number of civilian casualties on either side, the amount of destruction, the types of weapons used and technological capabilities. But for both legal and practical reasons, conflating asymmetry and proportionality is both inaccurate and harmful to the law of war's core purposes. Asymmetrical does not mean disproportionate, nor does it mean criminal. They are simply wholly different concepts: one a factual game of numbers and one a comprehensive legal analysis.
In April, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a decision in a big campaign finance case, McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission. The justices voted 5-4 to overturn certain limits on how much money Americans can give to candidates and committees. There was concern that the decision would open the floodgates, allowing more Americans to give more money. But so far, it seems the decision has only affected a small group.
Emory Law offers a new concentration in its juris master program through a partnership with the Emory Global Health Institute.
In this "live client clinic," students take part in all aspects of civil litigation, including draft briefs, participating in client meetings, and developing case strategy.
Patents are thought to be an essential component to technological innovation. But, what if patents are actually getting in the way, impeding innovation instead of facilitating it?
In the lineup: articles on patents and environmental law, our new JM program in global health, and the 30-year anniversary of the Feminism and Legal Theory Project.
Members of the Emory Law faculty provide their analyses of the Supreme Court's 2014 term decisions.
When it comes to judicial decision-making, says Emory Law Professor Joanna Shepherd, money matters. The Daily Report covered Shepherd's recent talk at the local chapter of the American Constitution Society. Her research indicates that a justice who receives more than half of his or her contributions from business groups sides with business interests about two-thirds of the time in deciding cases. (registration/subscription required)
The state's new laws on juvenile justice took effect Jan. 1, 2014. Focus has shifted to use the state's secure facilities on higher-risk, serious offenders and reducing recidivism by strengthening evidence-based community supervision and programs. Six months into implementation, the reforms seem to be living up to their promise. Georgia's Department of Juvenile Justice reports a reduction in their detention census, which state leaders attribute to the reforms.
Professor Polly Price argues that we need rethink the way we leave detection and treatment of tuberculosis to thousands of small local health authorities across the country. The problem cannot be handled by local government authorities when it is brought in by foreign travelers and spread across the country. Tuberculosis is increasingly prevalent in America's prisons, which are also unequal to the task of fighting the disease.
LGBT legal rights should not be contingent on biology or immutability. And, contrary to Texas Gov. Rick Perry's insinuation, sexual orientation is not like a disease. It is like eye color or left-handedness -- a natural and healthy variation within the population.
Holly LaBerge, head of Georgia's ethics commission, said in a memo that the governor's chief counsel and chief of staff threatened her and her agency, if she did not resolve a 2012 ethics complaint involving the governor's 2010 campaign. The memo became an issue in a later wrongful termination lawsuit. Emory Law Adjunct Professor Matthew McCoyd discussed the rules governing such documents with WABE's Denis O'Hayer.
On ABC's "This Week" on Sunday, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, who happens to be black, suggested that opposition to him and President Barack Obama in part is due to racial animus. For that, he has been vilified. If anything, this points out the need for white America to hear more voices from people of color. But if you look at Holder's actual words, there really isn't anything surprising, or especially bold, in what he said.
International law has quite a lot to say about the latest violence that has flared up between Israel and Hamas. So do the media. Unfortunately, they rarely match, leading to unfortunate -- and sometimes egregious -- misrepresentations. In an age when both real and perceived violations of international law have a substantial effect on the legitimacy of state action, getting it wrong is way more than just bad journalism.
In his book, What is an American Muslim?, Emory Law Charles Howard Candler Professor of Law Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im argues that Islam is protected by the establishment clause like all other religions.
Emory Law professor Paul Zwier writes that when working to establish a rule of law to formalize definitions of equality to protect women, children, and minorities, one must take into account actual conditions.
Teemu Ruskola's latest book, Legal Orientalism: China, The United States, and Modern Law, is a comparative study about ideas of law.
Emory Law Professor Barbara Bennett Woodhouse advises that striking down the Affordable Care Act would be a major setback to children¿s access to affordable, quality care.
Responsibility for tuberculosis control is divided among 2,684 state, local and tribal health departments. That infrastructure is politically and legally fragmented, underfunded and disproportionately strained in many poor communities.
Frank Alexander has spent the last two decades helping cities and states set up land banks. He says American laws and culture tolerate abandonment, but for cities it means lost tax revenue and a drag on property values. "What we are saying when we create land banks is that vacant and abandoned properties are a form of litter. And it's simply time to change the laws to stop littering."
Since 1993, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act requires that federal laws accommodate individuals' religious beliefs. Hobby Lobby is the first to pass the test. In the Supreme Court ruling of Burwell v. Hobby on Monday, the fact that it is being called narrow has little to do with the fact that it applies only to closely held corporations.
Faith-based prisons continue to be promoted as promising avenues for reform, chiefly on the grounds that they improve prison discipline and reduce recidivism. Unfortunately ¿ even if we ignore the constitutional issues ¿ most of the empirical studies of the effectiveness of faith-based prisons have serious methodological problems and, to the extent they find any positive effect of faith-based prisons, can¿t be taken at face value.
The Atlanta City Council's vote last month to encourage and support more urban agriculture is set to make the city a national leader in local food systems. "Atlanta should be proud of itself," says Mindy Goldstein, director of the Turner Environmental Law Clinic. "The city's urban agriculture ordinance is one of the most streamlined and permissive in the country. This ordinance will support our residents, our farmers, and our small businesses."
Monday, the Supreme Court will release their decision in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby, perhaps the most anticipated ruling of the season. The Justices will consider whether a for-profit corporation can refuse to provide certain contraceptive services in health plans offered to employees, if doing so violate the owners' particular Christian beliefs.
The U.S. Supreme Court will likely issue a ruling next year requiring all states to allow same-sex couples to marry, an Emory constitutional law expert predicts. Michael Perry, Robert W. Woodruff Professor of Law and a senior fellow at Emory's Center for the Study of Law and Religion, cited today's ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit striking down Utah's ban on same-sex marriage.
As the higher education landscape has dramatically shifted, the demographic profile of a college president has not. The American Council on Education shows that the profile of the typical college president has not changed over the last 25 years. Another study published this month shows that for the academic year 2012-13, 71 percent of presidents were white and male.
Across the country, consumers are demanding the right to know what is in their food, and labeling of genetically engineered food. The scare tactic raised by the food industry that labeling would increase prices has been debunked in an study by Joanna Shepherd Bailey, a professor at Emory University School of Law.
On Wednesday, the United States Patent and Trademark Office cancelled six federal trademarks that were registered to the professional American football team Washington Redskins--another strike against team owner Dan Snyder, who has refused to change the team's name.
By eschewing direct regulation of the co-pollutants under the Clean Air Act, the EPA leaves itself open to the charge that it is playing politics rather than engaging in reasoned decision-making.
For the first time, a computer program passed the Turing Test for artificial intelligence. A computer on Saturday was able to trick one third of a team of researchers convened by the University of Reading into believing it was human -- in this case a 13-year old boy named Eugene.
Earlier this week, the Atlanta City Council passed the urban ag zoning ordinance. The ordinance allows Atlantans to grow their own foods, which can be sold at places like farmer's markets and local restaurants." There are numerous folks who just don't have access to fresh, local produce, fresh foods and are getting most of their nutrition from convenience stores," says Mindy Goldstein, the director of the Turner Environmental Law Clinic.
On June 2, 2014, the United States Environmental Protection Agency issued its much awaited and debated proposed Clean Air Act Section 111(d) regulations to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from existing electric utility generating units, colloquially referred to as power plants.
Some regulatory regimes are "cooperative federalism" regimes, under which the federal and state governments work together to achieve federal regulatory goals. Cooperative federalism regimes offer two substantial benefits: They improve federal-state relations by empowering states to act under federal law, and they allow society to reap the benefit of state innovation instead of having one federal law preempt the field.
Emory University School of Law's Center for Advocacy and Dispute Resolution has established an apprenticeship program with the Cobb County District Attorney's Office.
Transparency is the new buzzword in counterterrorism. Two U.N. special rapporteurs and numerous human rights groups, among others, now regularly call for transparency about drone strikes and other counterterrorism operations. These demands for transparency focus on who is being targeted, who else (namely civilians) is being killed, which governmental agency is launching the strikes, and under what legal rationale such strikes are authorized and carried out. In other words, the transparency debate is about law, not about battle plans, military readiness or other operations questions, but about law and legal analysis.
"Educating the Transactional Lawyer of Tomorrow," Emory Law's Fourth Biennial Conference on Teaching Transactional Law and Skills, will be held at the law school June 6-7.
Emory Law professor Abdullahi An-Na'im's latest book, What Is an American Muslim? Embracing Faith and Citizenship (Oxford University Press, 2014), asserts that "American Muslims should engage in the civil and political life of the country as citizens informed by their faith, rather than as a community separated by religion."
Emory Law awarded diplomas to 319 graduates during a ceremony that pointed to the law's power to advance the public good.
The students behind LymphaTech met through Georgia Tech's Technological Innovation: Generating Economic Results (TI:GER) program, a program in collaboration with Emory that aims to create future business opportunities by fostering relationships between the law and technology.
Georgia has become the next battleground in the marriage equality war. Recently, Lambda Legal challenged Georgia's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage in federal court, arguing that the ban violates the U.S. Constitution. So far, the courts that have considered this issue have unanimously concluded that such bans are unconstitutional.
Emory Law's Abdullahi An-Na'im has been named the 2014 recipient of the University Scholar Teacher Award.
Home ownership has been an important vehicle in creating a solid white middle class, but it has not done the same for most black homeowners. Dorothy Brown, Professor of Law at Emory University Law School spoke to Craig Fahle about how research shows that homes in majority black neighborhoods do not appreciate as much as homes in overwhelmingly white neighborhoods.
Professor Urska Velikonja looked at the SEC because it is the only financial watchdog that can return to injured investors not just ill-gotten gains but also the amounts collected through fines. Banking regulators, for example, give their fines to U.S. Treasury.
How do Muslims see and talk about their lives as American citizens? In research for the book, An-Na'im reached out to almost 500 different centers, organizations and individuals. He asked questions covering both negative and positive aspects of living and practicing Islam in the United States, and received feedback on a wide variety of topics, from stereotyping and prejudice, to freedom in practicing their faith.
Securities and Exchange Commissioner Luis A. Aguilar 85L will speak at Emory University School of Law April 21, in an address titled, "Perspectives on Corporate Governance."
The market penalizes those living in a neighborhood with more than 10 percent of African Americans and desegregation has been a slow process, according to Dorothy Brown.
I've just filed an amicus cert petition in DOT v. Ass'n of American Railroads, a recent D.C. Circuit case (opinion by Justice Janice Rogers Brown) striking down a delegation of regulatory authority to Amtrak on private non-delegation doctrine grounds.
This fall, through a partnership with the Emory Global Health Institute, Emory Law will begin offering a JM degree concentration specifically for global health professionals.
Emory Law¿s Transactional Law Program Negotiation Team won ¿best draft¿ and placed third at the National LawMeets® Competition.
A team of Emory Law and Georgia Tech students recently took home sixth place at an international startup competition.
Emory Law students dominated at regional and national tourneys.
Fatou Bensouda, chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Court, will deliver the annual David J. Bederman Lecture at 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, in Emory Law¿s Tull Auditorium.
The Obama administration proposed a long-awaited rule on Tuesday to clarify that the Clean Water Act protects wetlands near rivers and waterways fed by seasonal thaws and rains ¿ a decision that could particularly shield water sources in the West.
CheckDroid from the Georgia Tech/ Emory Law TI:GER program won the Startup Madness competition at North Carolina State University.
Several world-renowned scholars on law and religion will speak on aspects of "Christianity and Human Rights" at the inaugural event in a five-year spring lecture series Wednesday, March 26 at Emory University School of Law.
There are five bills relating to child welfare, as well as the budget, that have yet to make it to the Governor's desk and only three more days for lawmakers to vote and get them there.
The celebrity chef and TV host, whose food empire tumbled over, among other things, her use of a racial epithet, has found $75 million in backing from a private-equity company and is trying to make a comeback. She's also opening a restaurant in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.
Anyone with an iPhone loves how easy it is to use one. Zooming into their pictures by using their fingers, or tapping the screen twice to zoom in on a picture or page. At present, these tools are protected by patents. But things could change dramatically.
Emory Law notes with sadness the passing of Randolph W. Thrower 34C 36L 84H on March 8. He was 100 years old.
Emory University School of Law ranks No. 19 in U.S. News & World Report's 2015 edition of ¿America's Best Graduate Schools,¿ up from a ranking of No. 23 in last year¿s survey.
With "Stokely: A Life," the historian Peniel E. Joseph says he set out to "recover" Stokely Carmichael, the man who popularized the phrase "black power" and led the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee,
TI:GER team LymphaTech was selected as a semifinalist in the 2014 New Venture Championship and will participate in the elevator pitch competition in Portland, Ore., April 3-5.
In the last two weeks of February, 2014, Federal district judges threw out constitutional bans on gay marriage in two states: Virginia and Texas. Dean Schapiro spoke on whether the rulings in Virginia and Texas have any implications for Georgia.
Timothy Holbrook joins the the WSJ News Hub to discuss Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer's veto of a controversial service-refusal bill and the impact on other states as well as marriage-equality laws.
Turner Environmental Law Clinic students Helen Jubran 13L and Edward Ezekiel 15L filed comments with the FDA on behalf of the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition.
The White House called on Congress to pass legislation to combat patent trolls, known less pejoratively as "patent assertion entities." Critics suggest that trolls create a drag on innovation by diverting resources to litigation.
The National Jurist has unveiled its first honor roll of law schools that deliver practical training. The magazine will honor 60 schools in the March issue of The National Jurist and the Spring issue of preLaw magazine.
Laurie Blank, director of the International Humanitarian Law Clinic, testified Feb. 17 before the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs of the Dutch Parliament, on armed drones and international law.
The National Jurist has announced 25 law schools that stand above and beyond the rest when it comes to public interest law.
Emory Law students Matt Wilson 15L and Greg McMillin 15L bested 36 law school teams to win the 7th Annual National Baseball Arbitration Competition.
In 1962, Emory won the legal right to integrate through a landmark Georgia Supreme Court decision. The School of Law is proud of the legacy the case carries, and diversity among law classes is a priority. But the concept of diversity is much broader than in the past.
This is the fourth post in a series on the ¿California rule¿ and constitutional protection of public-sector employee pensions, based on the White Paper I¿ve written for the Federalist Society.
Most of Georgia's child welfare system would be dismantled and turned over to private companies under a new bill introduced this week by Senate lawmakers.
In his second Inaugural Address, Abraham Lincoln recognized that our nation should "care for him [and her] who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and orphan." The needs of our veterans are significant today. There are more than 750,000 veterans in Georgia and more than 200,000 of this total live in the Atlanta Metropolitan Area.
The first in a new series of conversations about diversity in the legal profession drew a crowd of about 200 to Emory University School of Law on Jan. 27.
President Obama put cutting Social Security benefits on the table as a means to reach a deal with Republicans on Capitol Hill. That is a very bad idea. To try to balance the budget off of the backs of our elderly would be taking us in the wrong direction. A better idea would be to repeal the wage cap, which would lessen the regressive nature of the current system.
Advocates urging the Legislature to allow new cities in DeKalb County point to the success of those recently created in bringing government closer to the people and lowering taxes.
Emory Law begins 2014 with a series of campus events featuring legal experts in health, finance, and religion¿and plaintiff Lilly Ledbetter, whose pursuit of equal treatment resulted in a watershed change in federal law.
Michael S. Kang found that in states with sore-loser laws, congressional candidates were more ideologically distant from one another, that is, more polarized than in states without them.
The sex trafficking of minors placed Georgia in the national spotlight after a FBI lists of cities with a high incidence of the crime included Atlanta. WABE's Rose Scott profiles Georgia¿s current attorney general Sam Olens.
For more than 30 years, the Feminism and Legal Theory (FLT) Project has fostered interdisciplinary examinations of the ways in which the interaction of law and culture shapes expectations, policies and practices related to gender.
Duffy Realty of Atlanta, one of a growing number of real estate agencies tries new pricing strategies, an upfront listing fee of $500 and one third of 1 percent when a house sells. Duffy said the agency¿s 2013 revenue was $5.3 million.
A sleepy court is about to get its turn in the limelight. The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appels in Denver, one of the nation's 13th federal appeals courts, doesn't have firebrand judges and isn't routinely reversed by the U.S. Supreme Court.
A plan to put private organizations in charge of Georgia¿s approximately 7,000 foster children is moving too fast for some child advocates who want more study before overhauling the system.
The changing job market has inspired some Emory Law alumni to leverage their law school education, their personal interests and their entrepreneurial spirit into nontraditional careers.
With six appointees to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, President Barack Obama has reshaped what some patent lawyers consider the most important court in the world. The six additions are comparable to four new justices joining the U.S. Supreme Court or more than a dozen being added to the Ninth Circuit.
There have been quiet visits to doctors' offices, expensive pitches sent to voters' doorsteps and big money pouring in from all sides, all over a proposal that's likely a longshot to win legislative approval this year.
Few areas in the law have garnered more attention in recent years than that relating to patents. What will 2014 bring? Lots more news, in all likelihood.
Before she became ill, Ms. Jorgensen took out $43,000 in student loans. As her payments piled up along with medical bills, she took the unusual step of filing for bankruptcy, requiring legal proof of undue hardship.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?"
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.
Nordic women's university features Fineman's work in article titled, "The Vulnerability Approach: A way of Bridging the Equality Difference Dilemma?"
While the Huntington Urban Renewal Authority's Land Bank Program has become an effective tool for eradicating vacant, abandoned housing quicker and returning the property to productive use, it should not be viewed as a comprehensive solution for all of Huntington's housing woes, a national expert on land bank programs says.
A working group of state senators Monday heard a second round of testimony on whether the state should further privatize its foster care system, with some agencies advising lawmakers to hold off on more changes until pending reforms are fully implemented.
Ordinary tuberculosis is bad enough. Once a leading cause of death, the airborne disease still ranks second only to AIDS in worldwide fatalities from contagious illness, with 1.3 million dead last year alone, according to WHO. Of people infected, only 10 percent or so will ever develop an active case of tuberculosis. But those victims will need six months or more of continuous, closely supervised anti-TB drug treatment.
Almost under the radar, the U.S. Supreme Court has been chipping away at the process that enables the American people to seek redress in court when injured. In particular, the court's decisions enforcing arbitration clauses and class action waivers have closed the courthouse door to litigants harmed by corporate wrongdoing. In American Express Corp v. Italian Colors, the Court ruled that class action waivers are enforceable even when they render it functionally impossible for plaintiffs to vindicate their rights under federal law.
Professor Henry Louis Gates travels throughout the United States, taking viewers on an engaging journey through African-American history. He visits key historical sites, partakes in lively debates with some of America's top historians and interviews living eyewitnesses -- including former Black Panther Kathleen Neal Cleaver.
This opinion article by Barton Child Law and Policy Center Executive Director Melissa Carter was published in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Nov. 2, 2013
People should generally steer clear of adjustable-rate mortgages (ARMs). In writing for the Experts, I've previously argued that you should think of your home as a consumption cost rather than as an investment. If you adopt this frame of reference, then ARMs have few virtues (if any) to extol.
Decades ago, the boards of corporate America were occupied by the C.E.O. and the C.E.O.'s handpicked friends and colleagues. Today the independent director, an outside director who is not beholden to the chief, dominates the corporate board.
Georgia incarcerates nearly 2,650 veterans in state prisons. Over 1,800 are good candidates for rehabilitation and supervision rather than prison.
As we usher in the first health care enrollments under the new Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act -- popularly known as "Obamacare" -- the concern over spiking insurance rates is reaching new heights and generating new fights.
Emory University led the pack in the percent of law school graduates passing the State Bar of Georgia's July exam, just barely nudging out the University of Georgia.
The recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in Shelby County v. Holder will be the topic of a public forum at Emory University School of Law Tuesday, Nov. 12.
A public forum at Emory University School of Law Nov. 12 will include members of the federal bench, legal professors and civil rights activists.
A former state attorney general told state senators Tuesday a bill that would replace Georgia's medical malpractice tort system with a workers' compensation-like board is constitutional, contrary to the opinion of the preceeding AG.
History was made on Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, when Todd M. Hughes, an attorney at the Department of Justice, became the first openly gay person confirmed as a federal appellate judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. This moment is historic and worthy of celebration.
J. Martin Bunt, a third year student at Emory University School of Law, has received the 19th Annual PSJD Pro Bono Publico Award.
The Princeton Review included Emory Law in its Best 169 Law Schools 2014 edition, released this week.
Students from the Emory Law Barton Child Law and Policy Center Appeal for Youth Clinic drafted the appeal and argued the case under the supervision of attorney Steve Reba, the clinic¿s director.
The land bank concept has an appeal that transcends geographic and economic borders.
To many, the words "Gay Christian" are, at best, in tension with each other. For others, particularly those on the political right, those two words are mutually exclusive: being gay or supporting LGBT rights is utterly inconsistent with being Christian. But, it is quite possible for Christians to embrace same-sex marriage and welcome gays and lesbians into their congregations.
Double down is the advice that I would give President Obama. Do not act unilaterally. Do not ignore the debt ceiling. Do not order the Treasury to issue more debt. A debt shutdown would be a political problem that would require a political solution.
Turner Environmental Law Clinic recently filed Freedom of Information Act requests with both the U.S. Department of Energy and the Office of Management and Budget.
Common Ground: Five Essential Writing Skills for Litigators and Contract Drafters. Just what are some of the essential writing skills that highly effective litigators and contract drafters share?
Emory University School of Law honored five alumni on Friday, Sept. 27, for distinguished work in public service and volunteer efforts on the law school¿s behalf.
What is international law and who owns it? Why has China become the symbol of a lawless nation after the Cold War? Why is the US seen as the law-enforcer-in-chief while China as the law-breaker? Historically, how is it that the US is invariably seen as the chief exporter of law to the emerging BRICS economies by the international business and legal community?
The Georgia Senate is holding the second of five hearings today on a bold proposal to eliminate the state's medical malpractice system and replace it with a no-blame administrative model that compensates all patients who have been truly harmed.
A lawsuit seeking to stop tax-lien investors from taking homes through foreclosure in the District was filed Tuesday in federal court in the name of Bennie Coleman, the 78-year-old veteran who became a symbol of the city¿s often-abusive tax collection system after he lost his home over a $134 bill.
About 2,000 plaintiffs hope to get picked Sept. 30 when the Supreme Court meets privately for its first conference of the 2013 term. Less than 1% of them are likely to be rewarded.
When your financial adviser becomes either inattentive or nonresponsive to your requests, particularly those relating to information and explanation, an alarm bell should immediately go off in your mind.
The Emory Public Interest Committee Conference, "Neighbors for Sale: Modern Slavery in Atlanta," will be held Saturday, Sept. 21, at Emory University School of Law.
The Emory Public Interest Committee Conference, "Neighbors for Sale: Modern Slavery in Atlanta," will be held Saturday, Sept. 21, at Emory Law.
An important but little-known episode in the story of the March on Washington unfolded on Aug. 17, 1963, in a Paris nightclub called the Living Room. James Baldwin and others living abroad met to support the upcoming March on Washington.
The Journal of Law and Religion, long the flagship publication in the field, will move to the Center for the Study of Law and Religion (CSLR) at Emory University School of Law in August 2013.
For the first time in nearly 30 years, the favorability rating of the US Supreme Court has fallen below 50 percent. Lack of public confidence undermines the legitimacy of the court's rulings. Chief Justice Roberts has yet to project an image of a court that stands above politics.
The Turner Clinic petitioned the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to stop issuing nuclear power license until revision of Waste Confidence Decision.
This summer, 36 Emory Law students worked for the public good in organizations across the United States, thanks to grants funded by the Emory Public Interest Committee.
How did lawlessness become an axiom about Chineseness rather than a fact needing to be verified empirically, and how did the United States assume the mantle of law's universal appeal?
In Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, the Supreme Court offered a Solomonic decision regarding whether human genes constitute patent-eligible subject matter.
On June 24, 2013, the Supreme Court handed down two 5-4 decisions in employment discrimination cases.
While all eyes were focused on the marriage equality cases, the Court handed down its decision in another family law case, Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl, Birth Father and the Cherokee Nation.
Several states have passed 'ag-gag' laws that make it illegal to gather undercover documentation and videos of cruelty to animals at factory farms and in other areas of industrial agriculture. But it is precisely this kind of reporting that exposes and can help stop abuse of animals.
Emory Law Associate Dean and Professor Timothy Holbrook is one of three invited panelists for an upcoming discussion of the Supreme Court's Marriage Cases.
In its two decisions that benefit same-sex marriage, the Supreme Court neither remains silent nor makes a definitive ruling. Instead, it demonstrates its power to participate in ongoing public discourse about a controversial social issue, without drowning out further debate.
Emory Law Professor Frank S. Alexander considers it "the litter of a consumptive society" -- the vacant, abandoned, tax-delinquent and foreclosed properties that pock many of today's cityscapes. The nation has long struggled over what to do with problem properties, a growing liability in a still-soft real estate market. And states and municipalities often lack the laws, tools and expertise to do much about it, Alexander asserts.
Edward Snowden, whose disclosures have triggered broad debate over the balance between privacy and national security, has left Hong Kong and is in Moscow, apparently headed to Ecuador.
When the Supreme Court on Monday sent Fisher v. University of Texas, an affirmative action case, back to the lower court for a second look, supporters of race-conscious policies breathed a sigh of relief.
Michael Kang, a professor at Emory University's law school who specializes in election law, says many are concerned that minorities in Georgia now will have a harder time getting elected. But he says it may not matter as the state's population changes. "We're thinking long term here, but if you've got a lot of immigration among Latinos, you've got population growth among African-Americans. And they constitute a voting majority that votes together cohesively, that obviously changes the politics and makes section 5 just unimportant in the larger context."
Emory Law Professor Michael Perry says the DOMA ruling will likely invite challenges to state same-sex marriage bans. But he doesn't expect those challenges to be filed in Georgia. "My guess is that that's already well underway in other states. So there will be no need to sue in Georgia. The suits will come in other states and eventually one of those suits will get to the Supreme Court and the Supreme Court will hand down a decision that will affect all of the states, including Georgia."
The U.S. Supreme Court has surprised just about everyone with its decision on affirmative action in higher education. The surprise was an apparent compromise that leaves affirmative action programs intact for now but subjects them to a more rigorous review by the courts. By a 7-to-1 vote, the court largely sidestepped making what could have been a sweeping ruling in a test case from Texas.
Mary L. Dudziak thinks that to get to the heart of a matter -- in law and in scholarship -- it can be helpful to start at the edges. To understand domestic law, she looks to its global impact; to understand contemporary war, she looks to its past. It is often at the borders between inside and outside, past and present, that we can more fully see the nature of the core.
In the states that don't have lifetime tenure, appointed judges either have to be reappointed after a given period by the governor, legislature, or a judicial nominating committee, or they have to be retained by the people in what's called a "retention election."
Life will be much less stressful if you think of your home primarily as a consumption cost rather than as an investment. Above all else, make sure that you can afford all of the ownership expenses associated with a home (mortgage, insurance, repairs, etc.).
Well over a decade after the 2001 terrorist attacks, are we still in a "long war" without an end in sight? Or does the category of "wartime" no longer fit our experience?
The revelations this week that the federal government has been scooping up records of telephone calls inside the United States for seven years, and secretly collecting information from Internet companies on foreigners overseas for nearly six years, have elicited predictable outrage from liberals and civil libertarians.
Media commentary concerning the heads-up Russia gave the FBI concerning Tamerlan Tsarnaev's ties to Islamic militants is unequivocal:. "If only Russia had disclosed more about his extremist contacts and actions, the FBI might have been able to stop the Boston Marathon bombing." Russia let us down, or so the story goes.
Robert W. Woodruff Professor of Law Martha A. Fineman received an honorary juris doctor degree on May 31 from Sweden's University of Lund, in recognition of exemplary work in the study of feminist and family law.
Twenty-nine Chinese judges participated in a new partnership between Emory Law School, City University of Hong Kong School of Law, and the Supreme People¿s Court of the People¿s Republic of China.
Emory Law Dean Robert Schapiro was quoted in a Wall Street Journal article on law schools which offer non-JD degree programs.
Emory Law students played a role in the passage of a landmark overhaul of Georgia's juvenile code this legislative session, and also in new laws that affect adoptions and young victims of sexual exploitation.
There are nearly 30 law schools that have or soon will offer a master's degree for nonlawyers, up from just a handful two years ago. Emory University School of Law is among them.
A crisp spring morning provided the backdrop for Emory Law¿s 2013 graduation ceremonies held May 13, 2013, on Gambrell Hall¿s south lawn.
The U.S. Supreme Court issued its opinion in Bullock v. BankChampaign, N.A., a case brought before the court by the Emory Law School Supreme Court Advocacy Project (ELSSCAP).
See photos from Emory Law's 2013 hooding ceremony.
In his new book, Teemu Ruskola uses the term legal Orientalism to refer to a set of political and cultural narratives about what is and is not law, and who has it.
If you plan to go it alone as an investor, without the guidance of a professional, it is crucial to educate yourself. Of course, there exists an inordinate amount of literature regarding investment, and so the question becomes, "How do I figure out what I should read?"
Emory University School of Law has announced the integration of its Office of Career Services with its recently established Center for Professional Development and Career Strategy (the Center), furthering its commitment to provide the best professional development resources for students. Lydia Russo has been named to lead the Center as assistant dean for professional development and career strategy.
Emory Law has awarded Robert W. Woodruff fellowships to three students who have distinguished themselves with leadership roles, extensive study abroad and robust extracurricular lives.
Individuals, for the most part, fall into one of two categories regarding their attitudes toward work: Either they live to work, or they work to live. If your heir falls squarely in the former category, a dramatic change in wealth is not likely to affect his or her motivation to work.
Emory Law students¿ meaningful public service work was recognized in April during Emory University¿s campus-wide awards ceremony for leadership, service and diversity.
As multinationals move around the globe, legal systems are cross-pollinated. China is a case in point, says Reuben Guttman, who has just returned from an event in Shanghai dealing with securities dereliction. The session was conducted as part of an ongoing relationship between Emory Law School, a nationally ranked law school based in Atlanta, Georgia and Shanghai Jiao Tong's KoGuan Law School, a nationally ranked law school in China.
The debate over whether the Iraq War was really all about oil may never be fully resolved in some minds, but one thing is clear -- either way, Iraq has yet to really cash in. The country's GDP may have risen several fold in the decade since the war began, yet its income per capita lags not only oil rich neighbors such as Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. Will Iraq be able to meet its oil potential?
A U.S. Supreme Court clash over the patenting of human genes left several justices searching for a middle ground in a case with the potential to redefine rights in the biotechnology and agricultural industries.
Dorothy Brown offers an opinion article on how we currently assess law schools¿ quality, and why a new system is needed.
As the debate on U.S. immigration reform continues in Congress, Polly Price, professor at Emory University School of Law, will study a lesser-known, public health component of the issue -- the rise of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis along the southern U.S. border.
Drug-free zone laws put in place since the 1980s aim to shield the public, and especially children, from illegal drug deals and other crimes often associated with them.
Emory Law legal writing instructor Jennifer Murphy Romig has been selected as secretary of the American Association of Law Schools' Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning and Research.
As justices of the U.S. Supreme Court prepare to hear oral arguments on gay marriage, Emory Law constitutional law expert Michael Perry says the debates may hold clues to the various ways the justices might rule.
On March 17, 1969, President Richard M. Nixon began a secret bombing campaign in Cambodia, sending B-52 bombers over the border from South Vietnam. This episode, largely buried in history, resurfaced recently in an unexpected place: the Obama administration's white paper, justifying targeted killings of Americans suspected of involvement in terrorism.
Melissa Carter, director of the Barton Child Law and Policy Center, discusses a proposal to overhaul Georgia¿s juvenile justice system that has passed the House and is expected to be before the Senate this week.
Emory Law Assistant Dean of Student Affairs Katherine Brokaw was one of six women honored as an Unsung Heroine by Emory University Center for Women.
A new student-founded clinic at Emory University School of Law will focus on justice for Atlanta-area veterans by providing free legal representation for disability benefit claims and appeal hearings. Students also will work alongside experienced attorneys on legislation and other initiatives to create an alternative court for Georgia veterans involved in criminal proceedings.
Emory Law School ranked 23rd in the nation in the annual U.S. News best graduate schools edition, up from 23 last year.
The Emory chapter of the Black Law Students Association will host its 30th Annual Scholarship and Awards Reception, featuring a keynote speech by Emory University Trustee C. Robert Henrikson 72L.
Emory OUTLaw, a student organization for LGBTQ law students and their allies, will host a scholarly discussion on gay rights and religious liberty.
Emory Law¿s Child Rights Project filed a friend of the court brief with the U.S. Supreme Court Feb. 28 on behalf of gay and lesbian youths, and the children of parents who so identify.
Dean Robert Schapiro assesses the Supreme Court's rulings on two same-sex marriage cases that could become legal landmarks.
Emory Law Professor Timothy Holbrook filed an amici curiae brief on behalf of two NFL players, urging the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that overturned California¿s controversial Proposition 8, which denies marital rights to same-sex couples.
Emory Law¿s Immigration Law Society and Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen and Loewy, LLP, will host a reception and screening of a documentary as a fundraiser for the Georgia Asylum and Immigration Network.
Emory Law professor Alexander Volokh comments on the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in FTC v. Phoebe Putney Health System, Inc.
A March 5 conference at Emory Law will address what is often the most emotionally fraught and expensive periods of medical care¿the end of life.
Emory Law¿s Associate Dean of Faculty and Law Professor Timothy Holbrook will receive a Distinguished Service Medal from the Linn Inn Alliance.
After a CIA Predator drone released its guided bomb high over Yemen on Nov. 3, 2002, the resulting explosion did more than kill six suspected al Qaeda terrorists riding in the targeted car .Until that day, armed drones had been used only in Afghanistan, easily identifiable as a traditional battlefield or war zone because it had supported al Qaeda's 9/11 plotters and the U.S. armed response was justifiable self-defense. Any casual observer could see a war was underway.
An exhibition that opens Thursday, Feb. 21, at the Robert W. Woodruff Library will display letters, photographs and fliers which provide a visual chronicle of the SCLC's work for equality under the law.
The Honorable Alex Kozinski, chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, will deliver the keynote speech for Emory Law Journal¿s annual Randolph W. Thrower Symposium Thursday, Feb. 7.
The leak of a White Paper on targeting killings is getting the expected attention from law bloggers and others, with much commentary focused on whether the legal analysis is correct, for example the definition of "imminence." The precise legal analysis is a distraction from more compelling issues, which are taken up by Jack Goldsmith in a Washington Post op-ed. I often disagree with Goldsmith, but this time I find myself in agreement.
Emory Law will host symposiums and lectures on current contentious legal issues including reproductive rights, government use of information gained through cell phones and GPS devices, homeownership in the age of foreclosure and international prosecution of war criminals.
Three Atlanta attorneys known for their passion and commitment to public interest law were honored by the Emory Public Interest Committee at its 17th Annual Inspiration Awards on Feb. 5, at Emory University School of Law.
A Georgia House-Senate study commission has released a new report on human trafficking in Georgia. It updates and expands a report from three years ago, which resulted in a 2011 law imposing much tougher penalties on those who engage in the sex trafficking of children.
Alla Raykin 13L will attend the 10th Annual Review of Insolvency Law Conference, held Feb. 7-8 in Montreal, Canada, through the sponsorship of Justice Geoffrey Morawetz of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice.
An-Na¿im believes it¿s time for American Muslims to tell these stories, to talk about who they are on their own terms, and who they are as American citizens. His f book titled ¿What is an American Muslim?¿¿will be published next winter by Oxford University Press. The project arose from a distinguished faculty lecture An-Na¿im gave in 2009, ¿American Secularism and American Muslims: Challenges and Prospects."
Professor Dorothy Brown joined the PBS television show ¿Need to Know¿ to discuss the disparities of U.S. tax law that result in widely different penalties and tax dodging opportunities, depending on how high your income is and how it¿s earned.
The Supreme Court ruled today that the 9th Circuit committed a legal error in holding the Los Angeles County Flood Control District liable for violations of its Clean Water Act (CWA) municipal separate storm sewer system (or MS4) pollution discharge permit. The suit, Los Angeles County Flood Control District v. Natural Resources Defense Council, had been initiated by NRDC and allied environmental groups, and its victory below was reversed.
Will there be ¿but one heart to the globe?¿ asks Walt Whitman in a poem that provides an epigraph in Mark Mazower¿s new book, Governing the World: The History of an Idea. At the center of this expansive work is the question of how Americans and Europeans have imagined the world, its peoples, and its nations. Is there but one global identity, as Whitman surmises?
Emory Law¿s Turner Environmental Law Clinic filed comments on behalf of environmental groups concerned that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission is rushing a study, required by federal law, of how to safely store spent nuclear fuel.
Dozens have sued the New England Compounding Center linked to the deadly fungal meningitis outbreak. Meningistis victims consider suing pharmacy over tainted shots. Professor Richard Freer says the compounder may not have many assets, so patients may consider other defendants.
As a part of the series, "Why Not," Tell Me More is looking at policies that were once untouchable but now may be on the table. Today, NPR Correspondent Tamara Keith and Emory Law Professor Dorothy Brown dig into the pros-and-cons of raising taxes on capital gains and dividends.
The Governor¿s Special Council on Criminal Justice Reform is recommending Georgia establish a two tiered system for felonies committed by juveniles younger than 17. Kirsten Widner with the Barton Child Law and Policy Center at Emory University says the new system would lock up violent offenders, and send non-violent offenders to community treatment.
A special state council today will recommend repairs for a juvenile justice system that spends $91,000 a year for each bed in its state detention centers. Council members point to the enormous expense of incarcerating young offenders in a state ¿youth development campus,¿ or YDC, while producing poor results, as evidence that the system isn¿t working.
L.Q.C. Lamar Professor of Law Peter Hay was recently named U.S. national reporter for the International Academy of Comparative Law¿s 2014 Congress in Vienna.
Martha Albertson Fineman was the Cecil H. and Ida Green Distinguished Visiting Professor at Green College at the University of British Columbia this past fall.
The racial wealth gap has hit an all-time high while Barack Obama has been president. The median net worth of white households is now 20 times that of black households. Why? I can highlight one area where blacks may be inadvertently contributing to the racial wealth gap: When most black people buy homes, we hurt ourselves economically.
Tight budgets make it hard to attract and train employees qualified to deal with young offenders who often have violent tendencies. The budget did rise to just over $300 million for the 2013 fiscal year, but that¿s stretched thin covering a staff of more than 4,000 employees statewide, a network of short- and longer-term juvenile detention centers, as well as community-based programs and supervision for low-risk offenders.
Crippled by student debt, Lori Kitchen quit her government job just months after graduating from American University in 2007, figuring she would lose her security clearance once she fell behind on her loan payments. Ms. Kitchen eventually found relief where no on told her to look: bankruptcy court.
Turner Environmental Law Clinic students were part of the legal team representing 24 regional and national organizations challenging a license issued by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
We are not tipping from war to peace, if peace is understood as the absence of warfare. Instead, we are sharpening the weapon. This enables warfare to be more precise, more targeted, more secret, more isolated from public awareness and accountability. In this way tipping the war on terror may not bring about an ending, but instead facilitate an ongoing war.
In any conflict, all parties ¿ states, rebel groups and terrorist organizations ¿ must protect civilians from the ravages of war and take steps to minimize harm to civilians. For each party, these obligations take two primary forms: protecting civilians in the areas where it is attacking, and protecting its own civilians from the consequences of attacks by the enemy party.
U.S. Supreme Court justices meet Friday to decide if they will hear any of several cases involving the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which bans federal recognition of same-sex marriages. Michael Perry, an Emory University Woodruff Professor of law, explains what the court¿s action on this federal law could mean for Georgia.
The Center for the Study of Law and Religion (CSLR) at Emory University has named Silas Allard, a distinguished alumnus of its joint degree program in law and religion, as Associate Director, to begin in August 2013.
Emory Law Professor Richard Freer addressed the judges of the United States district court and court of appeals for the Eleventh Circuit last week, in a workshop sponsored by the Federal Judicial Center.
The Emory Moot Court Society saw practice pay off last week, as it advanced to the semifinal round of the regional National Moot Court Competition held Nov. 8-10, in Jacksonville, Fla.
David Adelman 89L, U.S. ambassador to Singapore, will join three other U.S. ambassadors at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, for ¿The Fulcrum of the Pivot: ASEAN at the Center of 21st-Century Global Business and Politics."
Five Emory University law students have achieved something most lawyers never do: They persuaded the U.S. Supreme Court to take a case. Emory Law students (from left) Rachel Erdman, Scott Forbes, Michael Wiseman, Ed Philpot and Louis Laverone worked on the successful certiorari petition for an Alabama man.
Emory Law¿s Center for Transactional Law and Practice sponsored the conference ¿Preparing the Transactional Lawyer: From Doctrine to Practice,¿ on Nov. 2-3.
The Georgia Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments at Emory University School of Law at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14.
On Nov. 7, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal announced the appointment of George F. Hutchinson III 89L to the Gwinett County Superior Court Bench.
At the 2012 National Trial Advocacy Competition held Oct. 25-28 at Michigan State University College of Law, Emory Law¿s Mock Trial Society team advanced farther than any Emory team has thus far.
On Wednesday, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett signed the Land Bank Act, legislation informed by the research of Emory Law Professor Frank Alexander.
Emory Law students got rare insight into a landmark decision this month on digital copyright.
Our faculty¿s research has a bearing on major legal issues of the day, and our professors are quoted regularly as experts on breaking news stories.
Allan Diamond 79L was appointed the new chair of the Advisory Board of the Emory University School of Law.
War and peace aren¿t easily defined, Mary L. Dudziak says in her new book, War Time: An Idea, Its History, Its Consequences.
This fall Emory University School of Law launched its innovative Juris Master program, designed to attract working professionals, graduate students and select undergraduate students who recognize that a foundation in the law provides a valuable window into our complex world.
The myth of the welfare queen that emerged during the Clinton administration continues to warp tax law and enforcement, Emory Law professor Dorothy Brown argues.
Elizabeth Branch 94L will be sworn in as judge for the Georgia Court of Appeals on Sept. 4.
Faculty at Emory¿s Center for the Study of Law and Religion (CSLR) will attempt to answer these and other difficult questions at the nexus of law and religion during the ¿When Law and Religion Meet¿ Lecture Series, which runs January-March.
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal announced the appointment of Barton Child Law and Policy Center Executive Director Melissa Carter to the state of Georgia Commission on Family Violence.
I suspect that if we looked at the tax returns of every member of Congress we would see something close to a 100% itemization rate. Compare that to only a third of the American public, and the numbers would suggest that repeal is the best way forward.
Robert Shapiro, Dean of Emory Law School, comments on the Supreme Court consideration of California¿s Proposition 8 in an interview with Bill Rankin of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
It's been almost eight months since the Supreme Court effectively stuck down Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. That section required places with a history of discrimination to get their local voting laws cleared by the federal government.