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Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Law Kristin N. Johnson has been nominated to serve as a commissioner on the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. An expert in cryptocurrency and fintech with specialization in the regulation of complex financial products, Johnson would bring valuable knowledge to regulating a $582 trillion global derivatives market, which the CFTC oversees. In April, Johnson testified before the US House Committee on Financial Services Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Financial Institutions in the hearing “Banking Innovation or Regulatory Evasion? [Exploring Trends in Financial Institution Charters].” In this issue’s featured article, Johnson explores cryptocurrency trading on global digital platforms. Before joining academia, she was an analyst at Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and was assistant general counsel at JPMorgan Chase & Co. She taught at Tulane University Law School before joining Emory Law this year.

Charles Howard Candler Professor of Law Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na’im was named a “Great Immigrant” by the Carnegie Foundation of New York in its 2020 annual list of naturalized citizens who have enriched and strengthened both the nation and democracy through their contributions and actions. The foundation has released the list on the Fourth of July each year since 2006.


An article by L. Q. C. Lamar Professor of Law Thomas C. Arthur, “The Problems with Pornography Regulation: Lessons from History,” 68 Emory Law Journal 867 (2019), will be reprinted in the First Amendment Law Handbook (2020 – 2021 edition), an annual collection of notable First Amendment scholarship edited by Delaware Law School of Widener University Dean Rodney Smolla.


Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Law Mary L. Dudziak was elected to membership in the Council on Foreign Relations, the independent, nonpartisan organization, think tank, and publisher founded in 1921. With over 5,000 members, the CFR’s ranks are composed of government officials, renowned scholars, business leaders, acclaimed journalists, prominent lawyers, and distinguished nonprofit professionals who engage in nonpartisan conversation on salient policy and governance issues.

An article by Associate Professor George S. Georgiev, “Securities Disclosure as Soundbite: The Case of CEO Pay Ratios,” was republished in the 2020 volume of Securities Law Review, edited by Georgetown Law Professor Donald Langevoort. The annual anthology features eight to ten law review articles deemed “especially worthy of a wider audience.” Georgiev’s article was first published in Boston College Law Review.

Associate Dean for Research and Robert Howell Hall Professor of Law Jonathan R. Nash and colleagues have received a $10,000 seed grant for research from the Systematic Content Analysis of Litigation Events Open Knowledge Network to Enable Transparency and Access to Court Records program. His collaborators are: Anna Gunderson, Louisiana State University; Hannes Schwandt, Northwestern University; Neel Sukhatme, Georgetown Law; Nina Varsava, University of Wisconsin Law School; and Corey Yung, Kansas University Law.