News Briefs

Lytton: Sandy Hook Decision Puts Crack in Gun Makers’ Armor

A Connecticut trial court on April 14 refused to dismiss a lawsuit against Remington Arms Co., the manufacturer of the AR-15 rifle that Adam Lanza used to murder 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012.

The lawsuit, which victims’ families filed against the gun maker as well as the distributor and retail… more »

Sobelson a ‘Modern Day Ghostbuster’ Says Student

Associate Dean Roy Sobelson is a modern-day ghostbuster, said Ulyana Hamilton (J.D. ‘16).

“Who are you going to call when you have a question? Who are you going to call in times of troubles? Who are you going to call during the good times? Dean Sobelson,” she said.

The Student Bar Association and other student… more »

85 Park Place Wins AIA-GA People’s Choice Design Award

The College of Law building received the 2016 American Institute of Architects – Georgia People’s Choice Design Award this week, which is voted on by the public.

The College of Law competed against 73 other projects in the People’s Choice, Built category, and received 572 votes, 200 more than the second place winner “Stealth,” a… more »

We Don’t Need Another Scalia: Why Liberals Should Embrace a 4-4 Court

There has been an avalanche of essays, articles and blog posts discussing Justice Antonin Scalia’s successor. The vacancy is much more important than most prior empty seats because the Supreme Court, for the first time, is divided four-to-four among Democrats and Republicans with the most conservative Democrat (Breyer) being more liberal than the most liberal… more »

Mobile Payments: Budnitz’s Research Examines How Gaps in Law Affect Consumers

Trading the green for the screen

With the tap of your thumb, you can pay for “groceries, and kicks, toys and your lunchtime fix,” touts Apple Pay. Mobile phones are used more and more for everyday functions, yet many consumers click without considering what laws do — or do not — protect those transactions.

“People… more »

TAPP Offers Students Experience Working with Nonprofits, Small Businesses

Beginning in August, Georgia State Law will offer the Transactional Assistance + Practice Program (TAPP), providing students with experience representing nonprofit organizations and small businesses in a broad range of transactional and corporate legal problems.

“So much of what students do in law school is litigation focused. Many attorneys, however, never step foot in a court… more »

Suski: Simply Punishing Students for Bullying Will Not Fix Problem

The spring legislative season is well underway, and, as has been the case for the last several years, a number of states are again considering and passing amendments to their anti-bullying laws.

This year, Florida and Kentucky, for example, saw amendments to their anti-bullying laws introduced in their general assemblies.… more »

Lucas: Does First Amendment Protect Religious Freedom Laws?

The Boss is boycotting North Carolina.

Bruce Springsteen canceled a planned April 10 show in Greensboro to show solidarity with those protesting the passage of HB2, which bars local governments from protecting LGBT individuals against discrimination.

Bryan Adams is refusing to play in Mississippi. Adams is protesting that state’s recently passed… more »

Scalia’s Legacy, Counter-Clerks, Affirmative Action: Why the Court Should Change Course

There has been a lot written about Justice Antonin Scalia since his passing a few months ago. He was a larger-than-life figure (even by the standards of Supreme Court justices), and no one can deny that he was a tireless public servant who devoted much of his career to government service. He was… more »

Todres: The Importance of Human Rights Education

I recently returned from the Global Summit on Childhood in San Jose, Costa Rica, where hundreds of educators had gathered to explore innovative ways to foster child development and learning. Home to the UN-mandated University for Peace and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, Costa Rica—which also abolished its… more »