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2018 News Release Archive | Emory University School of Law


Emory Law receives award for its role in diversifying the legal profession

Emory Law has been recognized by the Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO) with a 2018 CLEO Edge Founders Award in honor of CLEO's 50th anniversary.

Witte named Gifford Lecturer for Scottish series' bicentennial celebration

John Witte Jr. has been invited as a Gifford Lecturer for 2020, a celebratory year that marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Scottish jurist Adam Lord Gifford, founder of the esteemed lecture series begun in 1888.


International collaboration technological innovation

Emory Law is a collaborator in enforcing the rule of law ¿ internationally and cosmically.

Emory Law professors teach the rule of law abroad

Emory Law professors teach advocacy across the world and bring home the benefits of exposure to other legal systems.

Learning Law in the Peace Palace

Two students spend the summer studying international law in the Netherlands for their Bederman Fellowship.

Going International

Alumni demonstrate how their legal education enables them to practice law in the international sphere.

Emory Law professor Dorothy Brown receives teaching excellence award

Dorothy Brown has been selected to receive the Vulcan Teaching Excellence Award, given through the Georgia Independent College Association (GICA).

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.


Mock trial teams rack up wins

Emory Law teams bring home trophies for wins at two mock trial competitions in the same weekend.

Emory University provost outlines the dean search process

Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Dwight A. McBride details how "profoundly important this transition is both for Emory and for Emory Law."

Emory Law's Barbara Woodhouse elected to American Law Institute

The American Law Institute has elected L. Q. C. Lamar Professor of Law Barbara Bennett Woodhouse as one of its thirty-one new members.

Emory Law alumni among young achievers

Emory just announced its Class of 2018 '40 under 40,' which includes four Emory Law alumni. They are: Brandon Goldberg, Stacy Tolos Kane, Kurt Kastorf and Sara Toering.

Emory Law's International Refugee Assistance Project wins best chapter award

Emory Law's chapter of the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) has received the IRAP Best Chapter Award for 2018


Emory Law partners with Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to launch community legal clinic

Emory Law and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints partnered to launch Community Legal Clinic - an organization handling immigration issues at no cost.

Accelerating the smart development of solar in Georgia

To help accelerate the smart growth of solar in Georgia, representatives from the Turner Environmental Law Clinic, Georgia Institute of Technology's Strategic Energy Institute, and the University of Georgia have published the Georgia Model Solar Zoning Ordinance and accompanying explanatory guide.


Global health seed grants support multidisciplinary faculty research

The Emory Global Health Institute (EGHI) has announced the recipients of its 2018 Seed Grant Program. Each seed grant awardee will receive up to $50,000 to conduct preliminary research on a global health challenge, with the goal of securing additional funding from external sources to expand the research conducted during this initial pilot phase.

Analysis: The First Amendment and the post-Kennedy court

With the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy and the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to succeed him, much may change on the United States Supreme Court. Justice Kennedy served as the deciding vote in many closely contested cases, including siding with his more liberal colleagues in rulings affirming the right to same-sex marriage, upholding affirmative action in higher education, and protecting the right to an abortion.

Laurie Blank to lead Center for International and Comparative Law

Laurie Blank, Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the International Humanitarian Law Clinic, will lead Emory Law¿s Center for International and Comparative Law.

Analysis: Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute

The recent decision of Husted v. A Philip Randolph Institute, delivered on June 11, 2018, illustrates how leaving a gap between state and federal control of voting regulation can frustrate the purposes of the statute.

Analysis: Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis

In Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis, decided on May 21, the Supreme Court continued its steady march of enforcing adhesion clauses that require individual (and forbid aggregate) arbitration. Again, the court split 5-to-4, and there is a vigorous dissent. The majority aptly refers to the "mountain of precedent" under the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) that thwarts the dissent. Epic Systems must be seen in the context of that "mountain."

Analysis: Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees

The Supreme Court dealt a significant blow to public-sector unions in Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, ruling 5 to 4 that states could not require government employees to pay union fees.

Kavanaugh would join one of the most divided Supreme Courts ever, says Emory law scholar

The nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to fill Justice Anthony Kennedy's slot on the U.S. Supreme Court comes at one of the most divided times in the court's history, says Emory's Robert Schapiro, Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Law.


Emory faculty participate in rule of law conference in Warsaw, Poland

Emory Law faculty members will participate in the Poland-US Conference on the Rule of Law on June 26 in Warsaw.

Nash takes lead of Center for Law and Social Science

Professor Jonathan Nash has assumed the role of director of the Emory University Center for Law and Social Science.

Analysis: Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission

When the Supreme Court agreed to hear the Masterpiece Cakeshop Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, many believed the court would answer the vexing question of which policy interest prevails when nondiscrimination laws and religious liberties collide. But the court did no such thing. Instead, the justices effectively punted, leaving that question unanswered.

Emory Law announces 2018 winner of Tina L. Stark Award

Emory University School of Law announced the selection of Carol D. Newman, transactional professor of law at the University of Missouri School of Law, as the inaugural winner of the Tina L. Stark Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Transactional Law and Skills.

Clinical Professor Mindy Goldstein named sustainability fellow, co-authors climate research roadmap

Mindy Goldstein has co-authored the new Georgia Climate Research Roadmap and has been named one of inaugural Sustainability Faculty Fellows.

Open House

The Emory Law Houses program helps advise students both on the traditional requirements for the law degree and on the skills required to finish the marathon of earning the law degree.

Immigration restrictions fuel reverse brain drain

Technology companies depend on professionals from foreign countries to remain innovative and competitive, but experts say the difficulty such professionals face in navigating the immigration system and securing green cards is contributing to a so-called reverse brain drain, with talented engineers leaving the US and returning to work in their home countries, including India and China.


International Humanitarian Law Clinic celebrates 10th anniversary

Emory's International Humanitarian Law Clinic (IHLC) celebrates ten years in operation during the 2017-2018 academic year.

Left to our own devices: Ownership in the digital age

In 2014, digital music downloads and streaming subscriptions overtook CD sales for the first time. The development raised a pointed question. Who owns what in the digital age?

Blockchain Technology and its transformative potential for the legal industry

Blockchain technology has the potential to dramatically change document storage management and to transform how people authenticate a variety of transactions. It also stands to reinvent the time-consuming processes of writing, revising, and handling contracts.

Fiji calls for LLM grad Seruwaia Nayacalevu-Masi 18L ... for now

It was a lonely first few days for Seruwaia Nayacalevu-Masi 18L when she started her studies at Emory University School of Law. Now, Nayacalevu-Masi can claim friends from China, South Korea, Brazil, Russia, Afghanistan, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Jamaica, India, England, Vietnam, Liberia, Germany, Venezuela, and the United States of America.

Faith, child advocacy, and a little acrylic paint: That's what this JM graduate is made of

Rachel Stone 18L recently received her Juris Master degree from Emory University School of Law. In a Q & A, she shared what led her to the school, how she plans to use her degree, and how she managed the rigor of law school and a full-time career.

Gay McDougall 18H to Emory Law graduates: 'We're waiting on you.'

The possibility of world change achieved through justice was the common theme at Emory Law's Diploma Ceremony today, as 440 members of the Class of 2018 became alumni.

At Emory, juris doctor student finds confidence to embrace excellence

Victoria Sparks, president of the Emory Black Law Students Association, says the most important lesson she learned at Emory is "don't run from the excellence others see in you."

Nicole Schladt 18L receives graduate Brittain Award for advocacy, service, leadership

Nicole Schladt 18L has been awarded the Brittain Award, Emory's highest student honor for her leadership and commitment to community service, including co-founding Emory LGBTQ Legal Services

Emory's approach to open expression gains attention

Alexander "Sasha" Volokh, chair of Emory's Committee for Open Expression (CFOE) worked with various Emory administrators on changing and updating the Respect for Open Expression Policy.


Professor Frank Alexander leaves Emory Law after nearly forty years

After thirty-seven years, Frank S. Alexander, Sam Nunn Professor of Law and founding director of the Center for the Study of Law and Religion, will conclude his teaching career at Emory Law at the end of this academic year.

Emory's Fineman wins Albany Law School's Miriam M. Netter '72 Stoneman Award

Emory Law Professor Martha Albertson Fineman received the Miriam M. Netter `72 Stoneman Award from Albany Law School in recognition of her efforts to expand opportunities for women.

Beyond rank and file: New journal editor-in-chief Song 19L finds familiar camaraderie at Emory Law

Kiyong Song 19L talks about joining the Emory Law community and his military background as he prepares for his role as EILR's editor-in-chief for the 2018-2019 school year.

Sydney Kaplan 19L named president of University-wide grad student government

Sydney Kaplan 19L has been elected president of the university-wide Graduate Student Government Association.

Johan van der Vyver honored for sixty years of law teaching

On Monday, April 2, the faculty of Emory Law honored sixty years of law teaching for their colleague, Johan D. van der Vyver, I. T. Cohen Professor of International Law and Human Rights and Senior Fellow, Center for the Study of Law and Religion.

Emory Law third-year student O'Carroll wins national writing award

Fiona O'Carroll 18L has been named a 2018 Law360 Distinguished Legal Writing Burton Award winner, an honor given to only 15 people for articles submitted by the nation's top law schools.


John L. Latham 79L elected to Emory Board of Trustees

John L. Latham 79L of Atlanta, partner with Alston & Bird, has been elected to the Board of Trustees at Emory University.


Lisa Branch 94L confirmed to federal court judgeship

Emory Law alum Elizabeth L. "Lisa" Branch of Georgia has been confirmed to serve as a Circuit Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

Lt. Gen. Pede, JAG: Good lawyers insist on distinction

Emory Law welcomed Lieutenant General Charles N. Pede, Judge Advocate General of the United States Army, as speaker for its second annual Global Leaders Lecture.

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor visits Emory Law

In a conversation with Emory constitutional law scholar Fred Smith Jr., Sonia Sotomayor, associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, reflected on her personal experiences and how the crux of law is "about helping people."


EPIC announces Inspiration Award winners

The Emory Public Interest Committee has announced the recipients of the 22nd EPIC Inspiration Awards. EPIC annually honors a student and three community members for their outstanding contributions to public service.

Broyde wins Fulbright to Study Religious Arbitration

Michael Broyde, CSLR Fellow and Professor of Law at Emory, has won a Fulbright award to spend the 2018-2019 school year at Hebrew University in Israel, studying religious arbitration in diverse western democracies.

Emory Law launches LGBTQ Legal Services

Emory Law launches Emory LGBTQ Legal Services (ELLS), an organization created to provide pro bono legal assistance to members of the LGBTQ community in the Atlanta area.

Message from Dean Hughes on Dr. King's Legacy

Interim Dean James B. Hughes, Jr.'s message of diversity and service at Emory University Schoo of Law on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Warnock to MLK lecture crowd: The work we do will be finished by others

Rev. Raphael G. Warnock PhD, senior pastor of Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, addressed the Emory Law community Thursday night as part of the university's Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebratory activities.

Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor discussion rescheduled at Emory Law

Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, will participate in a discussion with Emory Law professor Fred Smith Jr., at an event for the law school community on Tuesday, Feb. 6.