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.
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.
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.
What if a supermajority of states could override a federal law or Supreme Court ruling? Article V of the Constitution allows a minimum of two-thirds of the states to call for a convention to propose amendments and go around Congress. But it's never happened, and is unlikely to, Emory Law Dean Robert Schapiro told Fox News. "Given the divided times which we face, and given the broad brush of these amendments, I think it's unlikely to garner the kind of support that would be necessary actually to reach that two-thirds benchmark."
Emory Law Dean Robert Schapiro, who clerked at the Supreme Court during the late Justice Antonin Scalia's tenure, considers the conservative judge's legacy. "Justice Scalia's opinions, full of erudition, wit, and occasional vitriol, will long be quoted and will fill the pages of legal textbooks," Schapiro writes, in an opinion article for The Conversation. "But the memorable opinions will largely be dissents."
We are extremely proud of our Volunteer Clinic for Veterans, which was founded by two Emory Law students in 2013.
Evangelical Christians who have emphasized marriage as a union, under God, between a man and a woman, are now pondering how to live in an age in which marriage has taken on another legal definition, Patrik Jonsson writes in the Christian Science Monitor. But the Obergefell ruling has no impact on church marriages, says Emory Law Dean Robert Schapiro. "No church or synagogue is going to be required to allow same-sex marriage, nor will any pastor or minister be required to perform them."
Emory Law Dean Robert Schapiro says the practices of America's houses of worship are already well protected by the First Amendment. "There is nothing under our law that compels a rabbi, minister or pastor of any kind to perform a marriage that that person doesn't want to perform," Schapiro said. "That was the law before the Supreme Court decision. And that remains the law afterwards."
Today's landmark Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage settles the question of marriage as a fundamental right, and also shows the importance of judicial confirmation hearings, Emory Law professors say. Read comments by Dean Robert Schapiro and Professors Tim Holbrook and Michael Perry.
Obergefell v. Hodges generated a near record number of amicus briefs, many written or signed by law professors, the National Law Journal writes. Constitutional law students will return to the case 50 years from now, said Emory Law Dean Robert Schapiro. "It's a decision of tremendous significance," he said. "The court's method of recognizing [the right to same-sex marriage] signifies an openness to recognizing other constitutional rights."
"Judicial confirmation battles matter. Sometimes they matter a lot. That was the message of today's historic decision finding a constitutional right to same-sex marriage," writes Emory Law Dean Robert Schapiro for The Conversation's expert wrap-up on the Supreme Court decision in favor of same-sex marriage.
By upholding a key provision of the Affordable Care Act, a U.S. Supreme Court majority demonstrated that while the conservative revolution led by Justice Antonin Scalia may have had a strong impact on the court (and the nation) it has not succeeded in winning over Justice Anthony Kennedy or Chief Justice John Roberts. "Thus, while Justice Scalia has won many battles, he has not won the war," Emory Law Dean Robert Schapiro writes for The Conversation. "And in today's King v Burwell decision he lost a major battle."
Three hundred ninety-one students received diplomas in Emory Law's diploma ceremony today.
Robert Schapiro, dean of the Emory University School of Law and an expert on Constitutional law, was a guest on a segment about the U.S Supreme court taking up the issue of gay marriage and how the court's decision will affect Georgia.
Emory Law received a $1.5 million donation to help establish a John Lewis Chair in Civil Rights and Social Justice, providing "a very visible reminder of the Law School¿s commitment to diversity,¿ according to Dean Robert Schapiro.
When the Supreme Court hears arguments next week on the validity of insurance premium subsidies connected to the Affordable Care Act, the Justices will be parsing words closely, in a decision that could affect millions of Americans' access to healthcare. Before 1980 or so, says Emory Law Dean Robert Schapiro, the courts would have considered the overarching purpose of the law--affordable healthcare for everyone. The focus now is on four crucial words within the act: "established by the state."
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.
Emory Law offers a new concentration in its juris master program through a partnership with the Emory Global Health Institute.
In the last two weeks of February, 2014, Federal district judges threw out constitutional bans on gay marriage in two states: Virginia and Texas. Dean Schapiro spoke on whether the rulings in Virginia and Texas have any implications for Georgia.
In 1962, Emory won the legal right to integrate through a landmark Georgia Supreme Court decision. The School of Law is proud of the legacy the case carries, and diversity among law classes is a priority. But the concept of diversity is much broader than in the past.
For the first time in nearly 30 years, the favorability rating of the US Supreme Court has fallen below 50 percent. Lack of public confidence undermines the legitimacy of the court's rulings. Chief Justice Roberts has yet to project an image of a court that stands above politics.
In its two decisions that benefit same-sex marriage, the Supreme Court neither remains silent nor makes a definitive ruling. Instead, it demonstrates its power to participate in ongoing public discourse about a controversial social issue, without drowning out further debate.
The U.S. Supreme Court has surprised just about everyone with its decision on affirmative action in higher education. The surprise was an apparent compromise that leaves affirmative action programs intact for now but subjects them to a more rigorous review by the courts. By a 7-to-1 vote, the court largely sidestepped making what could have been a sweeping ruling in a test case from Texas.
Emory Law Dean Robert Schapiro was quoted in a Wall Street Journal article on law schools which offer non-JD degree programs.
Robert Shapiro, Dean of Emory Law School, comments on the Supreme Court consideration of California¿s Proposition 8 in an interview with Bill Rankin of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Emory OUTLaw, a student organization for LGBTQ law students and their allies, will host a scholarly discussion on gay rights and religious liberty.
Dean Robert Schapiro assesses the Supreme Court's rulings on two same-sex marriage cases that could become legal landmarks.