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2016 News Release Archive | Emory University School of Law

December

NAACP national president to speak at Emory Law's MLK Celebration

Cornell Brooks, president and CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), will give a lecture in celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at Emory Law.

Professor Tim Terrell releases book on legal reasoning

Emory Law Professor Timothy P. Terrell has released his newest book on legal reasoning, "The Dimensions of Legal Reasoning: Developing Analytical Acuity from Law School to Law Practice."

Ruskola's book translated into Chinese, garners widespread publicity

Professor Teemu Ruskola's book Legal Orientalism: China, the United States, and Modern Law was released in Chinese earlier this fall.

EBDJ covers pressing bankruptcy issues in newest edition

In its recently released issue, the Emory Bankruptcy Developments Journal addresses two pressing matters in bankruptcy: the scope of a bankruptcy court's jurisdictional power and the appropriate method to determine the cramdown interest rate in chapter 11.

November

Brewton new director of alumni relations

Jacynta Brewton is Emory Law's new director of alumni relations. She joins the law school from the University of Maryland's School of Medicine.

Emory Law advances to National Moot Court Competition

Emory Law advances to National Moot Court Competition

Professor Teemu Ruskola wins Distinguished Book Award

Emory Law Professor Teemu Ruskola's book, Legal Orientalism: China, the United States, and Modern Law wins first-ever Distinguished Book Award from The Section on East Asian Law and Society for the Association of American Law Schools (AALS).

Volunteer law clinic helps veterans with disability benefits claims

Founded in 2013, the Emory Law Volunteer Clinic for Veterans provides pro bono legal services for U.S. veterans and their families, assisting them with negotiating the often-overwhelming bureaucracy of seeking disability benefit claims.

Barton Center's Waldman named `Champion of Justice'

Randee J. Waldman, director of Emory Law's Barton Juvenile Defender Clinic, was recognized with the Champion of Justice Award.

Sherburne 16L named first Buchsbaum fellow

Claire Sherburne 16L has been named the first recipient of the Aaron L. Buchsbaum Fellowship, which was established in 2014 by the late Buchsbaum and his wife, Esther.

How Emory Law honors veterans every day

Emory Law continues its important work on behalf of Georgia veterans seeking the benefits earned by their service, thanks to the excellent work of the Volunteer Clinic for Veterans, founded by two Emory Law students in 2013.

October

Georgia and Alabama river groups officially weigh in on Florida v. Georgia water conflict before the US Supreme Court

Attorneys at the Turner Environmental Law Clinic at Emory Law School, representing three river groups from Georgia and Alabama, filed an amicus curiae brief in Florida v. Georgia, an original action before the United States Supreme Court.

Professor Martha A. Fineman named Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lifetime Achievement Award winner

The Women in Legal Education section of the Association of American Law Schools has selected Professor Martha Albertson Fineman as the next recipient of the Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lifetime Achievement Award.

Emory Law hosts screening, panel discussion of HBO's 'Suited' documentary featuring student Everett Arthur 17L

Emory Law's OUTLaw group, with the university's Office of Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender Life, hosts the public event.

Center for International and Comparative Law hosts distinguished speaker series

The two speakers are linked by their important roles in the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.

Colombian Ambassador Heads Emory Law's Inaugural Global Leaders Lecture

Emory Law welcomes Ambassador of Colombia H.E. Juan Carlos Pinzón, ambassador to the United States.

September

Witte receives lifetime achievement award in family law

John Witte, Jr., Robert W. Woodruff Professor of Law, McDonald Distinguished Professor, and Director of the Center for the Study of Law and Religion, has received the Harry Krause Lifetime Achievement Award in Family Law from the University of Illinois College of Law.

McDonald Agape Foundation Commits $1 Million to Advance Witte's Work in Christianity and Law

The McDonald Agape Foundation has committed $1 million to extend CSLR Director John Witte, Jr.'s McDonald Distinguished Professor of Law and Religion through 2028. The gift will ensure the continuation of Witte's internationally renowned scholarship in law and Christianity, and a continuing a 12-year relationship between Witte and the Foundation.

Fineman, other Emory Law faculty recognized for scholarly impact

Martha Fineman is the number one most cited family law faculty member in the country, and Emory University ranked number 27 among 70 law faculties in overall scholarly impact.

Bartlett 18L wins disability law writing competition

Victoria "Lavender" Veran Bartlett, a second-year Emory Law student, won first prize in the Adam A. Milani Disability Law Writing Competition.

August

New tests find significant decrease in bee-killing pesticides in "bee-friendly" plants

A report released today showed a significant decrease in the number of "bee-friendly" home garden plants sold at major retailers that have been pre-treated with pesticides shown to harm and kill bees. The study was conducted by Friends of the Earth and Pesticide Research Institute and allies, including the Turner Environmental Law Clinic.

July

GreenLaw to Honor Mindy Goldstein with the Ogden Doremus Award for Environmental Excellence

GreenLaw will honor Mindy Goldstein, a clinical professor of law of Emory University School of Law's Turner Environmental Law Clinic. She will receive the Ogden Doremus Award for Environmental Excellence.

Dinner | Hellerstedt, history and reproductive freedom

In Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt, the Supreme Court buttressed constitutional protection for women's reproductive freedom. A five-justice majority struck down a Texas statute that required abortion providers to have local hospital admitting privileges and clinics to meet costly standards for ambulatory surgical centers. Justice Anthony Kennedy's move to join the liberal wing of the court--in 2007, he had written the majority opinion in a 5-4 decision restricting abortion procedures--came as a welcome surprise for abortion rights advocates.

Holbrook | Cuozzo treats U.S. patent office like an agency

In Cuozzo Speed Technologies, LLC v. Lee, the Supreme Court treated the USPTO like any other administrative agency, generally deferring to how the agency decided to regulate proceedings before it. It curtailed most review of those decisions and embraced the agency's discretion to adopt them. Thus, Cuozzo can be viewed as the court confirming a shift in power away from the federal circuit and to the USPTO, particularly under the America Invents Act.

Goldstein | The political fate of the Clean Power Plan

The Clean Power Plan is the centerpiece of the Obama administration's efforts to combat climate change. Shortly after it was issued, 27 states and industry groups brought suit in the D.C. Circuit, arguing it exceeds the EPA's authority under the Clean Air Act. West Virginia, et al. v. EPA, is likely to be one of the most important environmental cases in decades. But a series of unexpected twists have rendered the future of the regulation less certain.

Emory Law well-represented in 2016 Daily Report awards

When the Daily Report announced the award winners in its annual "Lifetime Achievement" and "On the Rise" categories, more than a few Emory Law graduates were on the list. Congratulations to all our alumni for their continued success, dedication and service.

Price lectures at U.S. Supreme Court on immigration law history

While the president, Congress and the U.S. Supreme Court continue to clash over immigration, Professor Polly Price, a legal historian and expert in immigration and citizenship, says 19th century case law is still a powerful influence. Price was invited to the U.S. Supreme Court to deliver the lecture, "The Supreme Court and the Chinese Exclusion Cases." The 2016 Leon Silverman Lecture, delivered May 11, was derived from Price's research on citizenship and immigration law, and given in the court's main courtroom.

Tina L. Stark award will honor excellence in teaching transactional law and skills

Emory University Law School is proud to announce the creation of the Tina L. Stark Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Transactional Law and Skills.

June

Emory Law builds intellectual property, business law, and legal writing programs with new faculty

Margo Bagley 96L, George S. Georgiev, and Kamina Aliya Pinder will join the faculty of Emory University School of Law, further enhancing the school's signature strengths in intellectual property, business law, and legal writing.

Juris Master student James Roland: Changing the world, one word at a time

As a middle school student, James Roland found in debate a way to test his voice and discover himself. As senior director of civic and community engagement in Campus Life, he now creates those opportunities for others.

New report analyzes how state law could affect Clean Power Plan compliance in Southeastern states

The Turner Environmental Law Clinic at Emory Law School today released a first-of-its-kind report analyzing how various state laws could affect Clean Power Plan compliance in eight Southeastern states¿Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

Law journals speak the language of the contemporary practitioner

Law journals provide insight into evolving legal theory, and they also illuminate the application of law in specific practice areas. Two of Emory Law¿s journals, ECGAR and EBDJ, are especially popular among the judges and attorneys who address the topics of corporate governance and bankruptcy on a daily basis.

May

Q&A with Boston Marathon bombing prosecutor Aloke Chakravarty 97L

In a case watched around the world, Aloke Chakravarty 97L won a death-penalty verdict in May 2015 against the surviving brother responsible for the Boston Marathon bombing.

Randall Kessler 88L: At the top of his game

For a man who handles divorces all day, Randall Kessler 88L is surprisingly good at relationships. In fact, it¿s what his firm is founded on.

The business of running a law school: What you know - or don't - about endowments

Although Emory Law's $43 million endowment is pooled with the University's for investment purposes, the law school's own endowment earnings inform its annual budget and fundraising targets.

Emory faculty comment on recent SCOTUS moves

Robert A. Schapiro, Dean and Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Law and Timothy R. Holbrook, Professor of Law comment on recent US Supreme Court moves.

IHL Clinic shines brighter for finding two mates

Emory Law's International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Clinic helps start an international exchange program with other humanitarian law clinics to help build the next generation of international lawyers.

Witte to receive prestigious award from German university

John Witte, Jr., director of the Center for the Study of Law and Religion, will receive the James W.C. Pennington Award from the Heidelberg Center for American Studies and the University of Heidelberg Department of Theology.

The enduring value of a legal education

Three alumni credit their legal education for their success outside the profession.

Freer to graduates: You've earned the right to believe in yourself

Emory Law graduates received their diplomas during ceremonies held midday on the lawn of Gambrell Hall.

Emory Law student travels the world to find his calling at home

A profile of Will Eye 16L who graduates with the class of 2016 on Monday, May 9, 2016.

April

Start-up competition wins bring cash prizes and acclaim to TI:GER program

Team BanyanTech won Georgia Tech¿s 2016 Startup Competition with a device that can remove heat from personal electronic devices. The prize, $10,000, was the top in the contest in which TI:GER teams swept first, second, and third places.

Conference to spark dialogue on training students to be transactional attorneys

"Method in the Madness: The Art and Science of Teaching Transactional Law and Skills," Emory Law's fifth biennial conference on teaching transactional law and skills, will be held at the law school June 10-11.

Fineman named 2015-16 William Allan Neilson Professor at Smith College

Martha Fineman, Robert W. Woodruff Professor of Law at Emory University School of Law recently joined the Smith College community as the

Student groups seek solutions for institutionalized LGBTI immigration discrimination

Emory International Law Review, the Immigration Law Practice Society, and Emory OUTLaw hosted a conference to address the persecution and protection of LGBTI immigrants.

Professor Price will give a lecture at the US Supreme Court on May 11

Professor Polly J. Price will give a lecture at the US Supreme Court on May 11.

Emory Law hosts panel discussion on diversity in the legal profession Tuesday, April 12

On Tuesday, April 12 at 6:30 p.m., Emory Law will present, in partnership with Major, Lindsey & Africa, the third Diversity Speakers Series panel discussion on diversity in the legal profession featuring the chief legal officers from a range of major corporations. The discussion will take place in Tull Auditorium of Gambrell Hall.

Immigration and refugee law expert to deliver Bederman Lecture April 6

T. Alexander Aleinikoff, a leading scholar in immigration and refugee law, will give the annual David J. Bederman Lecture on Wednesday, April 6 at 12 noon in Emory Law¿s Tull Auditorium.

March

Eyes on a prize: The courageous life of John Lewis

John Lewis spoke to a capacity crowd at the screening of a new documentary telling his life story, "Get in the Way: The Journey of John Lewis," at Emory School of Law on March 26 when he noted of now being a film star, "It is almost too much for a boy who grew up in rural Alabama, 50 miles from Montgomery, on a farm, preaching to chickens."

Mock trial team places in national competition

Emory's mock trial team placed third in the National Ethics Trial Competition (NETC) in Sacramento, CA, March 16-20. The competition featured a case involving charges of legal malpractice.

Emory teams take home first-, second-place prizes at transactional law competitions

Emory was awarded the top title of regional finalist in the New England regional competition and the second-place title of regional semi-finalist in the Southwestern regional competition.

Nicole Schladt: Dedicated to advocacy

"One of the most effective ways to advocate for people is through the law," explains Nicole Schladt, who researched United Nations policies on sexual orientation and gender identity for her master's degree before coming to Emory Law. She now serves as the graduate assistant for Emory's Office of LGBT Life.

Emory's BLSA chapter wins national honor

Emory Law's Black Law Students Association (BLSA) chapter received highest honors this past weekend when they were named National BLSA Large Chapter of the Year at the NBLSA 48th Annual National Convention.  

Emory Law screens documentary on life of John Lewis 14H

Representative John Lewis's biographic documentary, Get in the Way: The Journey of John Lewis, will be screened Saturday, Mar. 26, in Tull Auditorium at Emory University School of Law.

Emory team wins top prize at NYU Moot Court Competition

The Emory Law team bested University of Virginia in the final round to win the 11th annual National NYU Immigration Law Competition.

What is ECGAR? Emory Law's youngest publication promotes greater corporate responsibility

An online-only and less traditional law journal, ECGAR focuses on timely content that is useful to practitioners.

Clinic students prep for, attend oral arguments in D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals

Turner Environmental Law Clinic students recently attended oral arguments in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals concerning a challenge to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's (NRC) regulation governing nuclear waste storage.

February

Stange scholarship will reward excellence in moot court

Paola Arzu Stange 01C 05L and her husband, Kirk C. Stange, have established the Stange Law Firm Scholarship to honor top competitors in Emory Law's moot court program.

Emory faculty comment on Justice Scalia's legacy

Emory Law faculty comment on the passing of US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

Tough talk on torture is unethical and dangerous

Emory Law professor Laurie Blank's op-ed in The Hill reflects on how tough talk on torture violates America's stance against inhumanity.

Manna from heaven: Judge Buergenthal's liberation from Auschwitz and rise to human rights leader

Judge Thomas Buergenthal recounts his survival from Jewish concentration camps in a recent lecture to Emory Law faculty, students and staff.

Emory Moot Court team competes in national competition

One of Emory Moot Court Society's nationals teams competed in the prestigious New York City Bar Association's National Moot Court Competitio

Emory Law hosts law and development certificate program

In May 2016, the Law and Development Institute will offer a weeklong certificate program that outlines the role of law, legal frameworks and institutions for economic development. The institute is affiliated with Emory Law, where the program lectures will be held, delivered by Distinguished Scholar in Residence, Professor Y. S. Lee.

Human rights expert Koh to speak at Emory Law

Harold Hongju Koh, a leading expert in international law, national security and human rights, will be the keynote speaker at the 2016 Randolph W. Thrower Symposium at Emory University School of Law on Thursday, Feb. 11.

January

Inspiration Awards honored student, community leaders for public service

Deputy Attorney General Sally Quillian Yates was honored for her public interest work as part of Emory University School of Law's annual EPIC Inspiration Awards. Also receiving awards were Edward J. "Jack" Hardin, The Honorable Peggy H. Walker, and Hana Shatila 16L.

Law school seeks proposals for transactional law conference

The Emory University School of Law¿s Center for Transactional Law and Practice is accepting proposals for its fifth biennial Transactional Law Conference. Through Tuesday, Mar. 1, at 5 p.m., organizers welcome proposals on any subject of interest to current or potential teachers of transactional law and skills.

Shapiro 83L endows writing awards fund

Keith J. Shapiro 83L has contributed $50,000 to endow the Keith J. Shapiro Writing Awards Fund. Two Keith J. Shapiro Writing Award winners will receive $1,000 awards, one for consumer bankruptcy writing and the other for corporate bankruptcy writing.

Guttman: Whistleblower program will be one of the most significant national gatherings of 2016

Feb. 18 and 19, the Emory Corporate Governance and Accountability Review and the Center for Advocacy and Dispute Resolution will partner to present "Fraud Against the Government & SEC Whistleblower Actions Training." This event will feature more than 20 authorities on fraud, including U.S. attorneys, experts from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and judges.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day message from Dean Robert Schapiro

Dean Robert Schapiro's message of diversity and service at Emory University Schoo of Law on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

EILR focuses on Syrian peace and justice in latest issue

In its most recent issue, the Emory International Law Review addresses one of the most urgent international crises of the day: ending the conflict in Syria and seeking justice for its victims. EILR is honored to have this collection of ideas introduced by Stephen J. Rapp, currently serving as the Sonia and Harry Blumenthal Distinguished Fellow for the Prevention of Genocide at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

First-time innovation conference comes to Emory Law

The inaugural TI:GER conference will be held at Emory Law Jan. 29, 2016, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 2016 TIGER Innovation Conference: Solutions in Healthcare brings together professionals from law, business, and medicine to discuss innovative solutions in healthcare and the current trends in the commercialization of healthcare technology.

February

New analysis questions whether multi-billion-dollar settlements with pharma actually deter

A recently published law review essay questions whether multi-billion-dollar settlements with some of the world¿s largest pharmaceutical companies have sufficiently deterred the types of unlawful marketing practices that have drained healthcare dollars and placed patients at risk.