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2017 News Release Archive | Emory University School of Law


Michael Kang piece named best election law paper of 2017

The AALS Section on Election Law has selected "Gerrymandering and the Constitutional Norm Against Government Partisanship" as the Best Election Law Paper of 2017.

Ebenezer Baptist Church's Raphael Warnock to keynote Emory Law MLK Celebration

The Reverend Raphael G. Warnock PhD, senior pastor of Atlanta's historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, will give a lecture in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.


Center for Transactional Law and Practice celebrates 10 years, new advisory board

Emory Law's Center for Transactional Law and Practice marked its 10th anniversary last month by convening the first meeting of its inaugural advisory board.

Dorothy Brown named AALS Clyde Ferguson Award winner

Dorothy Brown, professor of law, has been named a co-recipient of the 2018 Clyde Ferguson Award by the Executive Committee of the Association of American Law Schools Section on Minority Groups.

A Veterans Day message

Emory Law celebrates Veterans Day by saluting the many veterans among our students, faculty, staff, and alumni. We also recognize the sacrifices of those whose loved ones serve.

Gauthier 18L: Reform needed in SEC to guarantee a fair adjudicator

In a recent issue of Emory Law Journal, Lucy Gauthier 18L explores criticisms of the Securities and Exchange Commission's judges.


The Appeal for Youth Clinic at Emory works to end juvenile life without parole in Georgia

The Barton Child Law and Policy Center expanded its clinical offerings in 2011 with the addition of the Appeal for Youth Clinic. 

CSLR alumnus helped Italian nationals flee Florida and Caribbean after Irma

Andrea Natale 17L used social media, a spreadsheet, and lawyer skills to help many Italian nationals in Florida and the Caribbean find their way to safety after Hurricane Irma.


Emory Law's Houses program wins diversity award

"Real Talk with an Attorney" won the American Bar Association Award for Diversity, Law Student Division.

Hughes Appointed Interim Dean of Emory Law

James B. Hughes, Jr., associate dean for academic affairs at Emory University School of Law, has been appointed interim dean of the school.


Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor to participate in discussion at Emory Law

Sonia Sotomayor, associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, will speak on Wednesday, September 13, from 2:15 to 3:30 p.m. in Glenn Memorial Auditorium on the campus of Emory University.

Bass Career Summit to Launch New 1L Curriculum

Each year, Emory Law¿s Center for Professional Development and Career Strategy hosts a professional development program, the Bass Career Summit, for all new students.

Welcome to Emory Law

A message to the students of Emory Law from Interim Dean Judson Graves.


Analysis: Lee v. U.S.

On June 23, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court once again applied the Sixth Amendment ineffective assistance of counsel doctrine to attorney errors during plea negotiations. In Lee v. United States, a six-member majority led by Chief Justice Roberts found a Sixth Amendment violation where an attorney incorrectly advised a noncitizen defendant that guilty pleas do not trigger deportation, and the defendant established "by substantial and uncontroverted evidence" that he would not have pled guilty but for this advice.

Analysis: Maslenjak v. United States

When may the government strip a naturalized citizen of U.S. citizenship? The Immigration and Nationality Act makes it a crime to knowingly "procure" naturalization "contrary to law." Another statute makes it unlawful to knowingly make a false statement under oath in a naturalization proceeding.

Analysis: TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods

This idea of "forum shopping"--picking a court that maximizes the chance you will win your case--is generally frowned upon. Such variability generally offends our sense of justice and fairness. Such offense is particularly the case in patent law. Why should my patent rights depend on what court I sue in, when the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has granted me a patent on my invention that covers the entire United States?

Analysis: Trinity Lutheran v. Comer

What makes the decision in Trinity Lutheran so interesting is that while the facts were really clear, the justices seemed generally unable to agree on what exactly the case was about or how to frame it.

Analysis: BNSF Railway Co. v. Tyrrell, Bristol-Myers Squibb v. Superior Court

In its most recent term, the Supreme Court gave uncommon attention to general personal jurisdiction. In two decisions, the court doubled down on a restrictive conception of that doctrine.

Emory community mourns the loss of beloved alumnus O'Kelley 51C 53L

The Emory community is saddened to report the recent loss of a dear alumnus, Judge William O'Kelley 51C 53L.


One Hundred Years of Women at Emory Law

Unlike a number of established law schools, Emory Law admitted women from its founding in 1916.

Emory Law hosts visitors from Hong Kong for month-long program

This month, Emory Law welcomes to Atlanta students from the City University of Hong Kong and members of the Chinese Judiciary as part of a partnership with the Supreme People's Court.

Graves appointed interim dean of Emory Law

Judson Graves 75L, a longtime partner with the international law firm Alston & Bird, has been appointed interim dean of Emory University School of Law, effective Aug. 1.

For juris doctor student, 'outstanding' is a way of life

Marcus Sandifer, chosen by his peers as the "Most Outstanding" graduating JD student for the Class of 2017, attributes his success to his family, his professors and his desire to always do better for himself and others.


Stombock leads Emory Law's development, alumni relations team

Courtney Stombock recently joined Emory Law as associate dean of development and alumni relations. She previously served as senior associate director for major gifts at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.

Jim Elliott 66L receives Thrower Lifetime Achievement Award from State Bar

Emory Law Professor A. James Elliott has been honored by the Committee to Promote Inclusion in the Profession of the State Bar of Georgia with the Randolph Thrower Lifetime Achievement Award

Faculty members honored with named professorships

Richard Freer has been named Charles Howard Candler Professor. Michael Kang has been named Thomas Simmons Professor. Jonathan Nash has been named Robert Howell Hall Professor. Polly Price has been named Asa Griggs Candler Professor. Teemu Ruskola has been named Jonas Robitscher Professor.

Turner Clinic continues fight in long-running opposition to Florida nuclear reactors

Turner Environmental Law Clinic students traveled to Florida this month for a hearing on Florida Power & Light's plans to build two more nuclear reactors at its Turkey Point site. The controversy has been running for seven years, but could be decided by year's end, said Clinic Director Mindy Goldstein. The issue is environmental and public health concerns over the proposal to inject wastewater under the site to cool the reactors, Goldstein said. Turkey Point is in Homestead, about 25 miles south of Miami and directly adjacent to the Everglades National Park.

Freer to Emory Law Grads: 'Don't set your priorities by default'

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

Witte receives honorary doctorate from Heidelberg University

"It's especially gratifying that this ancient, world-class theology faculty would honor a mere jurist," Witte said in his acceptance lecture on February 8.

Emory Law marks 100th anniversary with Clinton, Nunn

The Emory University School of Law celebrated its 100th anniversary with a formal gala April 29 featuring former U.S. President Bill Clinton and former U.S. senator and Emory Law alumnus Sam Nunn.

Emory Law presents annual alumni awards

Emory Law held its annual Alumni Awards Thursday, April 27, honoring Kareem Madison 03L, Patti H. Bass 83L, Randy L. New 76C 82L, and John Latham 79L.


Emory law, global health professor named Carnegie Fellow

Polly Price, professor of law and global health at Emory, is one of 35 recipients of the prestigious 2017 Andrew Carnegie fellowship, which funds significant research and writing in the social sciences and humanities.

Emory Law announces its Centennial 100 alumni honorees

As Emory Law prepared to celebrate its centennial year, Centennial planners invited members of the Emory Law community to nominate candidates for special recognition as one of 100 individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to the law school and the world at large.

President Carter discusses human rights in Bederman Lecture

Jimmy Carter, University Distinguished Professor and 39th president of the United States spoke before a packed audience in Glenn Memorial Auditorium last week for Emory University School of Law¿s Centennial David J. Bederman Lecture.

President Bill Clinton, Senator Sam Nunn 61L 62L to attend Emory Law Centennial Gala

Former President Bill Clinton will deliver the keynote address at Emory Law's Centennial Gala on Saturday, April 29. Former U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn 61L 62L will receive the school's Lifetime Achievement Award.


Emory's Black Law Students Association wins National Chapter of the Year

Emory's Black Law Students Association (BLSA) has, for the second consecutive year, won National Large Chapter of the Year at the 49th Annual Convention in Houston Texas.

Emory Law Dean Robert Schapiro to return to faculty

Emory Law Dean Robert Schapiro has announced his decision to return to the faculty after his term as dean concludes this summer. Schapiro was appointed dean in 2012 after serving as interim dean during the previous academic year.

John Lewis Chair for Civil Rights and Social Justice achieves full funding

Emory Law's chair honoring US Representative John Lewis has been fully funded, allowing the school to conduct a national search for a scholar who will focus on areas "where racial discrimination persists."

Myers 18L named first black Emory Law Journal editor-in-chief

Janiel Myers 18L has been named the first black editor-in-chief of the Emory Law Journal, the law school's oldest publication. ELJ publishes six issues a year, featuring professional and student articles on a broad range of legal topics, and remains entirely student edited.


EPIC honors leaders in public interest

Emory Public Interest Committee (EPIC) honored a student and three community members for their outstanding contributions to public service.

Emory's Black Law Students Association named regional chapter of the year

For the second consecutive year, Emory Black Law Students Association (BLSA) was awarded the Regional Chapter of the Year award at their recent regional convention in Atlanta.

Turner Environmental Law Clinic students recall trip to climate change convention in Morocco

In November 2016, The Turner Environmental Law Clinic sent two students to Marrakech, Morocco, to attend the 22nd annual Conference of the Parties (COP22) held under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Shanor retires after four decades of teaching, advocacy, practice

Charles Shanor will retire this month after 41 years of teaching. In addition to his role as a beloved professor, he also established institutions that will endure at Emory Law well beyond his tenure. In 2013, Shanor created the Emory Law Volunteer Clinic for Veterans with Director Emeritus Lane Dennard and two student leaders; he currently serves as co-director.


ECGAR releases special inauguration-related issue

In its special edition inauguration issue, the Emory Governance and Accountability Review (ECGAR) highlights various expert opinions on matters for the incoming Trump administration to consider.

NAACP president at Emory Law: We can't be a movement of nostalgia

NAACP president and CEO Cornell Brooks challenged lawyers and non-lawyers to embrace the relationship between the "activists in the streets and the activists in the courts."

Emory Law celebrates Martin Luther King Jr.

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

Juris Master program for non-lawyers now offering online study for health care and business concentrations

Emrory Law, is now making its Juris Master degree for non-lawyers available in an online study format for two of its concentrations: Health Care Law, Policy and Regulation; and Business Law and Regulation.

Wasserman 86L named Emory Law advisory board chairman

Wasserman, a former Woodruff Scholar at the school, is actively engaged in his community and his school, and has been the managing partner of Sutherland for twelve years.