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Exploring Moral, Ethical and Legal Implications of Vaccinations

Posted On July 29, 2015 by Holly Cline

States Tighten School Vaccination Requirements

In light of the recent measles cases, several states, including Georgia and California, are taking a critical look at vaccine mandates and potential measures to make exemptions more restrictive. Read more>>

In 2014, the United States recorded 644 cases of measles from 27 states. Through May… more »

Playing the Race Card: The Illusion of a Jury of Your Peers

The right to a jury trial serves as the foundation of the American criminal justice system. The Sixth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guarantees the right to an impartial jury in criminal prosecutions. The Constitution does not define “impartiality,” but the U.S. Supreme Court has held that a jury must be drawn from a… more »

Grace Ha

Ha Receives First AtlAS Fellowship with ACIAM

ATLANTA — Grace Ha is the first recipient of the AtlAS Fellowship with the Atlanta Center for International Arbitration and Mediation, a partner with Georgia State University College of Law.

Ha holds a B.S. from Duke University and a J.D. from Emory University School… more »

Court Rules for Marriage Equality In Obergefell v. Hodges

On June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in Obergefell v. Hodges, legalizing same-sex marriage across the country. In the majority opinion, Justice Anthony Kennedy cited an amicus curiae brief co-written by Tanya Washington, Georgia State University professor of law.

“This is so awesome,” Washington said. “This means… more »

Affordable Care Act Is Here To Stay

On June 25, in King v. Burwell, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act’s premium subsidies in federal exchanges in a 6-3 decision, written by Chief Justice John Roberts. This is a huge win for the government and for the millions of people who receive subsidies to buy health insurance on… more »

College Moves into 85 Park Place

On June 22, Georgia State University College of Law moved into its new building, at 85 Park Place, on the corner of John Wesley Dobbs Avenue in downtown Atlanta. The LEED Silver Certified facility was built by McCarthy Building Companies Inc. and designed by SmithGroup JJR and Stevens & Wilkinson architectural firms with… more »

Splitting Hairs: Why the FBI Forensic Lab Review Matters

Posted On May 12, 2015 by Jessica Gabel Cino

Forensic science should prevent wrongful convictions, not cause them. We want forensic evidence to give convictions certainty, but we learned a few weeks ago that the scope of bad science used in criminal cases could be wide.

The U.S. Department of Justice and FBI formally admitted that almost every examiner in the FBI’s microscopic hair… more »

‘Graduation Is Just the Beginning,’ Barnes Tells Class of 2015

“You are celebrating your first step at becoming a lawyer,” Former Gov. Roy Barnes told the Class of 2015. “Graduation is the beginning of your legal education, you’ll continue to learn from your clients, cases and courtrooms. It’s a fascinating journey and will help mold you into the lawyer you’ll become.”

Barnes equated the law… more »