2014 News Release Archive | Emory University School of 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Supreme Court of Georgia held a special session of oral arguments at Emory University School of Law on November 7.
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.
The Fulton County (Atlanta) Daily Report featured a winning decision in the case of an Emory Law Juvenile Defender Clinic client.
The Emory Law Mock Trial Team has scored early achievements in regional competitions.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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 awarded diplomas to 319 graduates during a ceremony that pointed to the law's power to advance the public good.
Emory Law's Abdullahi An-Na'im has been named the 2014 recipient of the University Scholar Teacher Award.
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."
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.
CheckDroid from the Georgia Tech/ Emory Law TI:GER program won the Startup Madness competition at North Carolina State University.
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.
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.
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.
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 students Matt Wilson 15L and Greg McMillin 15L bested 36 law school teams to win the 7th Annual National Baseball Arbitration Competition.
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.
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.