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2014 News Release Archive | Emory University School of Law

December

Emory Law appoints Ahdieh K.H. Gyr Professor of Private International Law

Emory Law School has named Vice Dean Robert B. Ahdieh the K.H. Gyr Professor of Private International Law. The professorship recognizes outstanding achievement in scholarship and teaching, in disciplines including international economic law, trade, commercial arbitration, financial regulation, business transactions, conflict of laws and other fields of international law. Ahdieh is among the world's leading scholars in international financial regulation and trade. His work revolves around questions of regulatory design, with emphasis on nontraditional modes of regulation.

November

John Witte Jr. named Woodruff Professor

John Witte Jr.--acclaimed teacher, prolific scholar and director of the Center for the Study of Law and Religion--has been named Robert W. Woodruff Professor of Law at Emory University School of Law.

Miele 14L elected to Maryland House of Delegates

Emory Law alumnus Christian Miele 14L was elected to the Maryland House of Delegates, Legislative District 8, on Nov. 4. He was the top vote-getter in a closely contested race with six candidates--including two incumbents--running for the district's three House seats. Miele received 20,164 votes, or 19.4 percent of the total votes cast, in an election where each voter may vote for no more than three candidates. He will be sworn into office Jan. 14.

A Veterans Day message from Dean Schapiro

On this Veterans Day, I join the entire Emory Law community in honoring our members of the military. We are deeply grateful for their sacrifice that secures for all of us the protections of the rule of law.

Stadalius 15L takes 2nd place at statewide closing argument competition

Lauren Stadalius 15L, director-in-chief of the Emory Law Mock Trial Society, won second place and a $1,000 cash prize at the 2014 Law Student Closing Argument Competition hosted by the Keenan's Kids Kid Foundation. The competition was held Nov. 8 at the Keenan Law Firm Courtroom in Atlanta, before a panel of experienced plaintiff and defense lawyers and local media representatives.

Georgia Supreme Court hears oral arguments at Emory Law

The Supreme Court of Georgia held a special session of oral arguments at Emory University School of Law on November 7.

Emory Law Mock Trial team advances to final round in Miami

The Emory Law Mock Trial team advanced to the final two rounds of the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law regional Trial Advocacy Competition in Miami.

October

Juvenile Defender Clinic court case featured in Daily Report

The Fulton County (Atlanta) Daily Report featured a winning decision in the case of an Emory Law Juvenile Defender Clinic client.

Mock Trial team advances in regional competitions

The Emory Law Mock Trial Team has scored early achievements in regional competitions.

Volunteer Clinic for Veterans receives special recognition

The Volunteer Clinic for Veterans has received the Law Group Excellence in Award to Justice award from the Pro Bono Section of the State Bar of Georgia.

Emory Law announces Bederman Research Professorship, Fellowships

Emory Law has announced the establishment of the David J. Bederman Research Professorship and its first recipient, Jonathan Nash. The professorship will be awarded annually to recognize the outstanding contributions of a faculty member. Also this fall, the law school will open applications for the David J. Bederman Fellowship in International Law.

Professor Price, Emory attorneys: "Ebola in the U. S.: A Discussion of Legal Issues" (video)

An important part of preparedness for public health emergencies is "legal" preparedness. In a presentation at Emory University School of Law, Emory experts provided insights into the legal ramifications of potential medical emergencies.

Dual identity: On being Muslim and American

It's probably not a book that a young man could write--and that is to its credit. The volume is boldly titled What Is an American Muslim? Embracing Faith and Citizenship, and the "old soul" behind it is Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im, Charles Howard Candler Professor of Law, associate professor in Emory College, and senior fellow of the Center for the Study of Law and Religion.

Ebola and the law: a discussion of public health authority and its practical limits

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.

Turner Environmental Law Clinic: Atlanta Public School Board Presentation

Turner Environmental Law Clinic students--Jennifer Lamb and Michael Arwood--presented the Atlanta Public School Board with a toolkit they prepared on behalf of Georgia Organics and Atlanta Farm to School, which provides the APS Board with the tools it needs to formalize a comprehensive commitment to a farm-to-school program.

Supreme Court opens door to same-sex marriage in more states

The Supreme Court's decision to decline to hear the marriage equality cases was quite surprising. Most had believed that they would either take one or more of the cases or, more likely, simply sit on the petitions and wait to see how the other federal appellate courts decided the issue. Instead, they refused to take the cases, which now means that same sex marriages in the relevant states--Utah, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Virginia--will be allowed in the immediate future.

CSLR student wins national writing award

Audra Savage, an LLM student, won first place in the Religious Liberty Student Writing Competition, hosted by the Washington, D.C., chapter of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society and the International Center for Law and Religion Studies.

September

Examining the court's reasoning on same-sex marriage

Emory Law Professor Michael Perry predicted discord would result from the U. S. Supreme Court's opinion on a 2013 same-sex marriage case. And indeed, a year after the decision, same-sex marriage cases were in progress in five federal appeals courts.

Universal vulnerability should inform public policy

While there has been undeniable progress for women in many areas of law since 1984, when Martha Fineman founded the Feminism and Legal Theory Project, some areas, such as reproductive rights and their relationship to pay equity, are still at issue.

Keeping the peace, distancing ourselves from war

In her upcoming book, Going to War: An American History, Mary L. Dudziak is working to answer how political restraints have atrophied over time, looking beyond the examination of the roles of Congress, the presidency, and the courts, which are the focus of most works.

Can polygamy bans survive a legal challenge?

Professor John Witte, Jr. contends that polygamy laws will likely become the next hot legal topic on the contested borderlines between constitutional law, family law, and religious freedom.

Chen O8L writes for ABA on endangered species

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.

McAvoy to retire after 20 years of championing public interest at Emory Law

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.

August

Graham 02L, Shirazi 12L, Vranicar 06L named "Rising Stars" by Daily Report

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.

U.S. District Court Judge O'Kelley to receive Emory Medal

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.

Emory Law professors to speak at 2014 Decatur Book Festival

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 students comment successfully for client on FDA draft produce rule

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.

July

Juris master program adds global health specialty

Emory Law offers a new concentration in its juris master program through a partnership with the Emory Global Health Institute.

Turner Environmental Law Clinic: Students do real cases in real time

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.

Are patents getting in the way of innovation?

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?

The summer issue of Emory Lawyer is online

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.

SCOTUS: Emory Law faculty analysis of the 2014 term

Members of the Emory Law faculty provide their analyses of the Supreme Court's 2014 term decisions.

What is an American Muslim?

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.

Pursuing justice in context

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.

Unraveling misconceptions about Chinese jurisprudence

Teemu Ruskola's latest book, Legal Orientalism: China, The United States, and Modern Law, is a comparative study about ideas of law.

The evolution of children's rights in the United States

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.

May

Emory Law's new apprenticeship program with Cobb County DA

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.

June conference features slate of transactional law professionals

"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 presents Class of 2014, honors Johnson, Lewis

Emory Law awarded diplomas to 319 graduates during a ceremony that pointed to the law's power to advance the public good.

An-Na'im to receive Emory University Scholar Teacher Award

Emory Law's Abdullahi An-Na'im has been named the 2014 recipient of the University Scholar Teacher Award.

April

SEC Commissioner Aguilar 85L speaks on corporate governance April 21

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."

Emory Law's Juris Master Program to offer concentration in global health

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.

Another victory for Transactional Law Negotiation Team

Emory Law¿s Transactional Law Program Negotiation Team won ¿best draft¿ and placed third at the National LawMeets® Competition.

Emory Law TI:GER team wins startup tourney, aims to produce lymphedema tool

A team of Emory Law and Georgia Tech students recently took home sixth place at an international startup competition.

March

Emory Law teams lead national, regional student competitions

Emory Law students dominated at regional and national tourneys.

International Criminal Court chief to deliver Bederman Lecture April 9

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.

TI:GER team wins, advances, in startup competition

CheckDroid from the Georgia Tech/ Emory Law TI:GER program won the Startup Madness competition at North Carolina State University.

In memoriam, Randolph W. Thrower 1913-2014

Emory Law notes with sadness the passing of Randolph W. Thrower 34C 36L 84H on March 8. He was 100 years old.

Emory Law rises in U. S. News & World Report Rankings

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.

LymphaTech heads to upcoming competitions

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.

February

Turner Environmental Law Clinic win for family farmers, environment

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.

Blank testifies on armed drones before Dutch Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee

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.

Emory Law bests 36 teams to win national baseball arbitration competition

Emory Law students Matt Wilson 15L and Greg McMillin 15L bested 36 law school teams to win the 7th Annual National Baseball Arbitration Competition.

January

Corporate leaders show how diversity helps businesses thrive

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.

Equal pay trailblazer Ledbetter among Emory Law speakers

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.