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2015 News Release Archive | Emory University School of Law

December

Emory Law hosts event to honor MLK Holiday, features NAACP Legal Defense Fund president

Emory University School of Law presents a lecture by Sherrilyn Ifill, president & director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. The event will be held Thursday, January 14, at 6 p.m. in Tull Auditorium at 1301 Clifton Road, Atlanta, 30322.

Emory University board appoints Sears 80L to trustee executive committee

The Emory University Board of Trustees has named Leah Ward Sears 80L to their executive committee.

November

Emory Law Students advance to National Moot Court Competition

Two Emory Law teams competed in Regional competition, with one team going on to represent Southeast Region in National Moot Court Competition in New York City.

3rd Circuit cites Nash on whether judges should vote issues or outcomes

How should a panel of judges cast their votes in a case that raises more than one legal issue? In a case handed down Nov. 12, 2012--Hanover 3201 Realty, LLC v. Village Supermarkets, Inc.--judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit relied on Emory Law Professor Jonathan Nash's work in "deciding how to decide."

International Humanitarian Law Clinic students leave for exchange in Israel

Ten students from the International Humanitarian Law Clinic and Professor Laurie Blank left for Israel as part of an international IHL clinic exchange.

Semper Fi: Emory Law clinic remains faithful to veterans

Former U.S. Marine and current 3L Sion New III, who served tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, gives back to his fellow veterans as the student co-administrator of Emory Law¿s Volunteer Clinic for Veterans.

Emory Law's Volunteer Clinic for Veterans builds on success

The clinic has handled 119 cases, which have resulted in $2.5 million in benefits awarded to its clients. So far, 79 Emory Law students and 51 lawyers have volunteered.

Ferguson Movement instructors give mini course during panel discussion

Emory Law hosted a panel discussion about The Ferguson Movement course, gathering the professors who are contributing for a look into their sections of the in-demand class.

Emory hosts ABA arbitration competition

Emory Law will host a regional section of the American Bar Association Law Student Division Arbitration Competition this weekend.

McLarty 66L receives Emory University's highest honor

On October 29, Emory Alumni Association welcomed two new members--Paul McLarty 63C 66L and Cecil Wilson MD 57C 61M--to the ranks of Emory Medalists, recipients of the highest honor bestowed on alumni.

Veterans Day message from Dean Robert Schapiro

We are extremely proud of our Volunteer Clinic for Veterans, which was founded by two Emory Law students in 2013.

October

2015 Emory @ Work campaign raises $256,000

Each year, the Emory @ Work program includes a friendly, nationwide competition in support of the Law School Fund for Excellence. The 2015 campaign included 560 Emory Law alumni at 30 firms, who raised more than $256,000 to support our students, faculty, and vital programs at the law school.

Going Nuclear: Turner Environmental Law Clinic goes head-to-head with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Led by Mindy Goldstein, Turner Environmental Law Clinic students met with co-counsel to discuss litigation strategy for a case pending in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to challenge the NRC's new regulation known as the "Continued Storage Rule."

Emory Law announces Kang as new Bederman Scholar

Emory Law has named Michael S. Kang the second recipient of the David J. Bederman Research Professorship. The professorship is awarded annually to recognize the outstanding contributions of a faculty member and offers a research leave to support continuing outstanding scholarly work.

Koops hired as assistant director for Center for Transactional Law and Practice

Emory Law welcomes Katherine M. Koops as assistant director of its Center for Transactional Law and Practice. She will share the administrative duties associated with running one of the largest transactional law and skills programs in the country.

Greg Doody 94L: From boardroom to vineyard

When Charter Communications was teetering on the edge of bankruptcy, Doody became its general counsel and spent years restructuring the company. When he tired of the constant traveling, he attended the French Culinary Institute, became accredited in the first two levels of the Court of Master Sommeliers program, and took over business affairs for Vineyard Brands importer.

Fineman takes vulnerability research to UK audiences in recent talks

Deborah Dinner and Martha A. Fineman, Robert W. Woodruff Professor of Law, recently participated in talks exploring Fineman's pioneering scholarship on vulnerability theory held across the pond at the University of Birmingham and Leeds University.

Symposium to explore the 'war' on the civil justice system

Emory Law and the Pound Civil Justice Institute will sponsor a symposium Thursday, Oct. 15, on "The 'War' on the Civil Justice System." It will be free for law professors, law students, judges, symposium contributors and Pound Fellows. Practitioners will pay a $125 on-site registration fee. The state of Georgia approved 5.4 CLE credit hours for the symposium.

Workshop: 'Vulnerability at the Intersection of the Changing Firm and the Changing Family'

In a two-day workshop, Deborah Dinner, associate professor of law, will be joined by authorities in family and labor law, corporate law, welfare history, economics and policy who use the concepts of vulnerability and resilience to argue for a more responsive state.

Emory Law hosts Civil Rights and Liberties Moot Court Competition

The Emory Moot Court Society hosts the ninth annual Emory University School of Law Civil Rights and Liberties Moot Court Competition Friday, October 9, through Sunday, October 11.

Turner Environmental Law Clinic Fellow makes Environmental Law Reporter

Kate Lee's article, "CEQ's Draft Guidance on NEPA Climate Analyses: Potential Impacts on Climate Litigation," was recently published in Environmental Law Reporter.

September

Emory Law honors four distinguished grads, retired professor

Friday, Sept. 25, Emory Law hosted its annual Alumni Awards, where four alumni and one beloved professor received top honors. The awards ceremony was held at 7 p.m. in Tull Auditorium, Gambrell Hall at the law school.

Latest issue of Emory Lawyer available online

The latest issue of Emory Lawyer magazine is now available online.

Emory Law breaks fundraising record

Emory Law closed its fiscal year on August 31, breaking all previous fundraising year-end totals. The school raised more than $7 million including three seven-figure gifts.

Boston bombing prosecutor Chakravarty 97L: Why Emory? I wanted to make a difference.

Aloke Chakravarty 97L spoke at this year's Welcome Week convocation about how Emory Law inspired him to make a difference.

August

Emory Law alumnae to speak at "Women in Law" conference Sept. 30

Several Emory Law alumnae are scheduled speakers for the upcoming conference, "Women in Law: Making Rain, Climbing the Ladder and Forging Your Path." The half-day seminar, sponsored by the Daily Report, will be held Wednesday, Sept. 30.

Atlanta Bar presents historic voting rights conversation at Emory Law

The Atlanta Bar Association commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act with an historic conversation and panel discussion featuring five prominent attorneys who share an interest in voting rights cases, including Georgia's attorney general, Sam Olens 83L.

July

Emory Law receives $1 million gift for religious freedom work

The Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University has received a $1 million gift to expand training in religious freedom for law students and bring new scholarship and fresh voices to the field.

Dudziak named prestigious Library of Congress Kluge Chair

Mary L. Dudziak, Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Law and Director of the Project on War and Security in Law, Culture and Society will hold the Kluge Chair in American Law and Governance at the Library of Congress this fall.

Students from Beijing Normal become Emory lawyers for summer

During July, students from Beijing Normal University are attending a series of lectures at Emory Law as part of a partnership with the Chinese law school.

Turner Environmental Law Clinic pushes sustainable agriculture agenda locally, regionally, and nationally

Turner Environmental law Clinic is helping Atlantic Public Schools with their farm-to-school program, Friends of the Earth with their pollinator protection project, and the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition with comments on proposed produce safety regulations.

Michigan v. EPA: Does it mean more than mercury?

On June 29, 2015, the Supreme Court held in Michigan v. EPA that EPA unlawfully delayed consideration of the costs of the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards. According to the five-justice, conservative majority, the phrase "appropriate and necessary" required EPA to consider costs at the initial phase of the regulatory process--when it was deciding whether to regulate hazardous power plant emissions--and not later on, once it had already decided such regulation was warranted.

Emory Law announces master of laws (LLM) specialization in law and development

Emory Law announces the creation of a new LLM specialization in law and development to address the increasing global demand for lawyers who understand development issues, particularly economic development.

June

EEOC v. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores, Inc.

The recent decision in EEOC v. Abercrombie was only surprising because it took so long. The facts of the case are simple: Samantha Elauf is a practicing Muslim woman who wears a headscarf in accordance with her religious beliefs. She applied for a job at Abercrombie, which had a strict employee dress code that included no "caps."

Anthony Douglas Elonis v. United States

On June 1, 2015, the Supreme Court decided that negligence cannot sustain a conviction under the federal threats statute, 18 U.S.C. section 875(c). Elonis v. United States was the Supreme Court's first interpretation of section 875(c)'s mental state requirement; most of the federal circuits had addressed this question years earlier, and all but two reached a contrary conclusion about the sufficiency of negligence as a state of mind.

Supreme Court justices from Mozambique visit Emory Law

Ideas, frustrations, inspiration, and understanding were exchanged when four Supreme Court justices from the Republic of Mozambique visited Emory Law on June 11.

Emory Law's Turner Environmental Law Clinic challenges Nuclear Regulatory Commission on continued storage rule

Emory Law's Turner Environmental Law Clinic is challenging the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's regulation (the "Continued Storage Rule") that addresses nuclear waste storage. The clinic embarks upon this effort on behalf of nine environmental organizations.

Emory Law Journal focuses on polygamy in last issue of year

As the Emory Law Journal closes out the academic year, the Journal¿s latest issue assesses the future of marriage law in the specific context of whether polygamy is constitutionally protected.

Witte to spend fall semester at Library of Congress

John Witte, Jr., Robert W. Woodruff Professor of Law, McDonald Distinguished Professor, and director of the Center for the Study of Law and Religion, will spend the fall 2015 semester at the Library of Congress to research his new book series.

May

UnitedLex launches groundbreaking "legal residency" program with Emory Law

UnitedLex has announced an innovative "legal residency" program with Emory Law and three other top U. S. law schools.

Emory Law grads charged to uphold "the justice America is founded on"

Three hundred ninety-one students received diplomas in Emory Law's diploma ceremony today.

Sheffey receives public service award

Rita Sheffey, Emory Law's assistant dean for public service, received the Ben F. Johnson Jr. Public Service Award from Georgia State University College of Law. The award is given each year to a Georgia attorney whose accomplishments reflect selfless public service.

Dowd 65L gives historic "Dowd Report" collection to Emory Law

John Dowd 65L gave his record of one of baseball's biggest scandals to Emory Law, and a related exhibit will run from July 1-30.

Lawyers from across nation and Russia meet for Emory Law trial techniques program

A delegation of law professors from URAL State University in Yekaterinburg, Russia, will attend Emory Law's spring session of the Kessler-Eidson Trial Techniques program, a learn-by-doing program required of all second-year law students.

April

Rodriguez 15L named Immigrant Justice Corps Fellow

Laura Rodriguez 15L has been appointed as one of 25 Immigrant Justice Corps Fellows for the 2015 class. She was chosen from among 400 applicants and awarded the fellowship that is reserved for lawyers and recent college graduates who will represent immigrants fighting deportation and seeking citizenship.

TI:GER team wins TiE contest with spinal implant device

Team Viapore, a TI:GER team consisting of an Emory Law student and Georgia Tech MBA and PhD students, won the April TiE Atlanta Young Entrepreneurs University Competition with their medical device for spinal implants. Brad Schweizer 15L, a dual JD/MBA candidate, and his Tech counterparts placed first among the seven finalists.

Turner Environmental Law Clinic student Jeni Lamb 16L advocates for urban agriculture

Jeni Lamb 16L, a student working with the Turner Environmental Law Clinic, presented her proposals to revise the Fulton County (Georgia) zoning ordinance to permit and promote urban agriculture.

Emory Law to establish John Lewis Chair in civil rights, social justice

Emory Law received a $1.5 million donation to help establish a John Lewis Chair in Civil Rights and Social Justice.

McCoyd 93L appointed as DeKalb County magistrate

Matt McCoyd 93L, long-time Emory Trial Techniques instructor, has been appointed to serve as a judge with the DeKalb County Magistrate Court. "I am honored to have the opportunity to serve the citizens of DeKalb County in this position," McCoyd said, noting that he plans to continue teaching at Emory Law.

Emory Law authors contribute to social sciences reference collection

Emory University School of Law authors played a significant role in the second edition of the International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences, which was officially published by Elsevier on April 2.

Emory Law teams win national transactional law negotiation contest

On the heels of impressive regional wins, Emory Law's Transactional Law Program Negotiation Team recently won Best Draft, Semi-Finalist and National Champion honors (Seller's side) at the 2015 National Transactional LawMeet.

Emory professor invites human rights debate through new website

Professor Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im, Charles Howard Candler Professor of Law, recently launched a new scholarly website/blog that takes controversial concepts from his various publications and opens them up to global public debate.

Emory Law is international law and religion moot court champ

Emory University School of Law won an international law and religion moot court competition in Venice, Italy, prevailing over 14 teams from four continents.

Emory Law panel to explore the business case for diversity

Monday, April 20, Emory University School of Law will host its second annual Diversity Speaker Series panel discussion.

Marti 99L confirmed as U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator

Daniel Marti 99L was unanimously confirmed as U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator by the Senate on March 9, the same day Michelle Lee was named new director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Marti comes to the job after 14 years with Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP, where he served as managing partner of the firm's Washington, D.C., offices.

Emory Journal draws labor law experts for NLRB Symposium

The Emory Law Journal presents a special one-day symposium at Emory Law School on Friday, April 10. This symposium will draw together many of the nation's most recognized academics in the traditional labor law field as well as all five National Labor Relations Board members and the general counsel.

March

TI:GER students win first place at startup competition

Five enterprising students and their implantable device for pets won first place at the 2015 Georgia Tech Startup Competition. The first-year TI:GER® team beat out 11 other finalists with their pitch for a device that will monitor and, ultimately, regulate blood glucose levels in cats and dogs.

BLSA students place second in national mock trial competition

The Emory Law Black Law Students Association mock trial team recently scored a second-place trophy at the National BLSA Thurgood Marshal Mock Trial Competition.

Emory Law ranks in U. S. News & World Report's top twenty law schools

Emory Law has once again been ranked 19th in U.S. News & World Report's assessment of U.S. law schools

SOUTHCOM Commander Kelly: Leveraging U.S. strengths to promote the rule of law

General John F. Kelly, Commander of the U. S. Southern Command, visited Emory University School of Law to offer insight on the role of law in military and security operations.

Emory Law launches journal on governance and accountability

Emory University School of Law has introduced a new law review to explore the relationship between the corporation and its stakeholders in the United States and abroad.

Emory Law promotes student self-care with Wellness Week

Mental and physical wellness lead directly to academic success. In the case of law students, who experience higher levels of stress due to the nature of their studies and their chosen profession, a focus on wellness becomes even more important. In February, Emory Law observed its annual Wellness Week, featuring activities to introduce students to methods of self-care that will help them stay below their thresholds of stress and anxiety.

Clement 15L honored as Distinguished Bankruptcy Law Student for 11th Circuit

Leia Clement 15L has been named the 2015 Distinguished Bankruptcy Law Student for the 11th Circuit by the American College of Bankruptcy. The award includes a trip to Washington, D.C., to attend the college's annual meeting and induction ceremony on March 13-14. Clement said she is both honored and grateful for the award, and thanked Robert T. Thompson Professor of Law Rafael Pardo for nominating her.

Emory Law teams win "best negotiator" at LawMeets competitions

Emory Law's transactional law program negotiation teams won Best Negotiator (Seller's side) titles in both the Southeastern and the Midwestern Regional LawMeets® competitions.

February

Schlictmann, Kuykendall draw students, prominent attorneys for environmental law lectures

The Turner Environmental Law Clinic, together with GreenLaw, hosted a series of events for noted toxic tort attorney Jan Schlictmann and environmental attorney Rick Kuykendall on February 10, 2015.

EPA administrator thanks law students for caring, lauds Emory's WaterHub

Gina McCarthy, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, visited Emory Law Thursday, February 5. In her address to those gathered, McCarthy thanked students, saying that the great thing about visiting Emory was "knowing that there is a next generation who cares about environmental and public health issues."

EPIC Inspiration Awards honor public service

The Emory Public Interest Committee (EPIC) recognized the dedication to public service of three exemplary leaders at its 19th annual Inspiration Awards ceremony held Tuesday, February 3. Among the honorees were a public defender, a labor and employment lawyer, and a philanthropic consultant ¿ all tireless public servants in the Atlanta community and beyond.

January

Nuremberg Tribunals prosecutor Ferencz encourages students to think along humanitarian lines

In a lecture on international criminal justice, Ben Ferencz recounted his part in what he called the biggest murder trial in history.

Retired professor gives $1 million to Emory Law

Emory Law Professor William J. Carney and his wife, Jane, have created a challenge grant of $1 million to benefit the law school's Center for Transactional Law and Practice.

Groundbreaking new book series on law and Christianity established

The Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University is launching a new book series on law and Christianity in partnership with Cambridge University Press and with director and acclaimed scholar John Witte Jr. as series editor.

Emory Law students put theory to practice through summer experiences

Each summer, hundreds of Emory Law students are fully immersed in the practice of law, as they apply the foundational skills learned in the classroom to work for clients with real-world legal needs.

SEC names Jospin 79L Atlanta regional director

The Securities and Exchange Commission today named Walter E. Jospin as regional director of its Atlanta office, where he will oversee enforcement and examinations in a region covering five states.

Emory Law creates new deanship for public service

Rita Sheffey, a veteran litigator with a long record of path-breaking contributions to public service, has been named Emory Law's assistant dean for public service.