Patricia T. Morgan Award

Georgia State Law faculty members are engaged in scholarly research that advances the academy, the profession and law reform efforts. The Patricia T. Morgan Award for Outstanding Faculty Scholarship is presented annually to professors who deliver on this mission.

The individuals listed below have earned the Morgan Award, and their selected, featured works serve to highlight the breadth and diversity of our faculty’s recent scholarship.

Erin C. Fuse Brown, associate professor of law, concentrates her scholarship on examining and proposing solutions to the consumer harms exacted by medical bills and rising health care costs, as well as legal and policy options to address rising health care prices driven by health care industry consolidation. “My scholarly efforts have been dedicated to shining a light upon the issue of rising health care costs that has massive implications for the national economy and personal financial well-being,” Fuse Brown said. “In so doing, I hope to not only engage the legal academic community but also move the policy needle to implement better legal protections for health care consumers.”

Fuse Brown's publications

“Consumer Financial Protection in Health Care” in Washington University Law Review, Vol. 95, 2017

Anne Tucker, associate professor of law, concentrates her corporate law scholarship on issues related to investments and investors—both individual and institutional. Through her scholarship, she examines whether existing laws help, hurt or influence those participating in the markets. Tucker’s scholarship is often interdisciplinary and collaborative working with economists and finance scholars to combine empirical data with traditional legal scholarship. Tucker is the author of a 2015 Business Organizations casebook available in electronic format through Tucker's publications

“Locked In: The Competitive Disadvantage of Citizen Shareholders”

Lauren Sudeall Lucas, assistant professor of law, has focused her scholarship on the Sixth Amendment right to counsel and the role of identity in equal protection doctrine. She has articles on both topics published in top law journals, such as California Law Review and Columbia Law Review, across the country. Lucas’s latest project, the Center for Access to Justice, will open later this year. Lucas's publications

"Functionally Suspect: Reconceptualizing "Race" as a Suspect Classification," Michigan Journal of Race and Law (2015)

Ryan Rowberry, assistant professor and associate director for the Center for the Comparative Study of Metropolitan Growth, is helping pioneer the study of historic preservation law, an area of law that has only emerged in the last 50 years. In 2014, Rowberry co-wrote the book, Historic Preservation Law in a Nutshell with Sara Bronin, a professor at University of Connecticut School of Law. The book compiles court decisions, statutes, and regulations and lays out how historic preservation law operates in different contexts, from local and state to federal and even international. Rowberry's publications

"Historic Preservation Law in a Nutshell" by Ryan Rowberry and Sara Bronin

Kuhner's scholarship explores the changing nature of liberal democracy, in particular, how questions of money in politics affect political equality, popular participation, political representation and the relationship between the market and the state. In "Capitalism v. Democracy: Money in Politics and the Free Market Constitution," a book forthcoming with Stanford University Press, he addresses campaign finance reform from the standpoints of constitutional law, democratic and economic theory, comparative law and international law. He has also written articles on the topics of globalization, human rights treaties, the war on terrorism, international criminal law and court-connected mediation. Kuhner's publications

"Capitalism v. Democracy: Money in Politics and the Free Market Constitution" by Timothy K. Kuhner

Morrison’s scholarship focuses on the impact of electronic information on the criminal justice system and on mechanisms of jury selection. Her article, "Negotiating Peremptory Challenges," in the Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, proposes a system of negotiated consent to supplant the regime of regulating peremptory strikes through the framework established under Batson v. Kentucky. Her previous articles have explored the impact of the Internet on the functioning of the jury, the interplay of Facebook and the Fifth Amendment, the ways in which online access to court records affects prosecutorial accountability and the use of drones for domestic surveillance. Morrison's publications

Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology: "Negotiating Peremptory Challenges" by Caren Morrison

Covey's scholarship focuses broadly on issues in criminal law and criminal procedure, often investigating the relationship between innocence and the procedural mechanisms, such as plea bargaining, used to obtain criminal convictions. A second area of interest involves the interplay of popular culture and law, including the history of the temporary insanity defense and the portrayal of the criminally insane in popular film. His most recent research projects seek to expand knowledge regarding the incidence and causes of wrongful convictions. Covey's publications

"Temporary Insanity: The Strange Life and Times of the Perfect Defense" by Russell D. Covey

Wolf's research program addresses the ethical or policy issues facing researchers, clinicians or policymakers in the areas of research ethics, public health and clinical ethics. Her work in research ethics primarily uses empirical research techniques to develop evidence about best practices on difficult issues in research ethics. It includes an NIH-funded project, with colleagues at Duke University, studying the use and understanding of certificates of confidentiality. She also is part of an NSF-funded project — with colleagues at Georgia Institute of Technology, Emory University and Morehouse College — on ethics education. Her published research includes articles on conflicts of interest, research with stored biological materials, certificates of confidentiality, IRB web guidance and HIV-related laws and policies. Wolf's publications

"Advancing Research on Stored Biological Materials: Reconciling Law, Ethics, and Practice" by Leslie E. Wolf

Todres's research explores a range of children's rights issues, focusing primarily on vulnerable populations. For a number of years, he has focused on the issues of trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation of children. Drawing upon literature from a range of disciplines (within and beyond the law) as well as his experience working with NGOs, he explores new ways of looking at these problems with a view to preventing harm from occurring, rather than only seeking to prosecute perpetrators and aid survivors after harm has occurred. In these and other projects, he has a particular interest in examining the impact of law on marginalized communities and developing frameworks for ensuring child well-being. Todres's publications

Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law: "Taking Prevention Seriously: Developing a Comprehensive Response to Child Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation," by Jonathan Todres

Segall's research focuses on the role the Supreme Court plays and ought to play in the U.S. system of government. He is the author of the book, "Supreme Myths: Why the Supreme Court Is Not a Court and Its Justices Are Not Judges," which challenges some deeply held assumptions about the court. "Based on my descriptive account of the court, I argue that life tenure for the justices should be seriously reevaluated, and the court should strongly defer to the decisions of the elected branches," he says. Segall's large body of work includes pieces on areas of constitutional law such as standing and free speech in the media, as well as larger issues of constitutional interpretation. Segall's publications

"Supreme Myths: Why The Supreme Court Is Not A Court and Its Justices are Not Judges" by Eric J. Segall

Hensel's research focuses on disability discrimination in American society and its intersection with education, employment, health and tort law. Her work explores the ways in which the law influences and reflects social attitudes and stereotypes about people with disabilities, which in turn precludes or promotes their full integration into the community. Hensel's publications

Journal of Law & Education: "Vouchers for Students with Disabilities: The Future of Special Education?" by Wendy F. Hensel

Lombardo has explored the legal impact of the American eugenics movement, a history that encompasses the constitutional dimensions of reproductive rights, developed in response to practices such as compulsory sterilization or restriction of marriage choices on the grounds of race or mental disability. It also includes the use of public health law to restrict immigration of disfavored groups. This research focus has allowed Paul to cross boundaries in legal scholarship to pursue three related questions: What was the factual, political and ideological context that fostered the use of "eugenics" as the basis of legislation? What was the trajectory of litigation challenging such laws? What impact did those laws have in the lives of people who were subject to them? Lombardo's publications

"Three Generations, No Imbeciles: Eugenics, The Supreme Court, and Buck v. Bell" by Paul A. Lombardo

The United States has been instrumental in developing international law and global institutions, yet often exempts itself from their application, Taylor Saito says. Her recent scholarship focuses on identifying some of the dynamics underlying this relationship. She's particularly interested in the historical patterns that bring some consistency to U.S. approaches to international law. Her research examines U.S. policies and practices with respect to American Indian nations and indigenous peoples more generally, immigrants, human rights, the laws of armed conflict, and the "war on terror" in an attempt to bring some coherence to what often appears to be a narrative replete with inconsistencies. Saito's publications

"Meeting the Enemy: American Exceptionalism and International Law" by Natsu Taylor Saito

Kinkopf has written extensively on presidential powers and the relationships among branches of government. He teaches constitutional law, civil procedure and legislation. He served in the U.S. Department of Justice under U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and former A.G. Janet Reno. He is often sought after and quoted by major news outlets for his expertise in issues of national concern. Kinkoff's publication

Indiana Law Journal: "The Statutory Commander in Chief" by Neil J. Kinkopf

Edmundson has written extensively on legal moralism, coercion, authority, obligation, legal indeterminacy, capital punishment, responsibility, rights and privacy. His peers have called him "one of the best political philosophers writing these days" and "one of the foremost thinkers" on political legitimacy and the duty to obey the law. He recently was named a Regents Professor by the Board of Regents, which represents the highest academic status bestowed by the University System of Georgia. Edmundson's publications

Oxford Journal of Legal Studies: "Political Authority: Moral Powers and the Intrinsic Value of Obedience" by William A. Edmundson

Yarn is a Gruter Institute Research Fellow whose scholarly interests include international commercial arbitration, ADR ethics, dueling codes, apology and forgiveness, biological foundations of conflict resolution and conciliatory behavior in non-human primates. He is executive director of the Inter-University Consortium on Negotiation and Conflict Resolution, an interdisciplinary theory-building program. He has published five books and contributed chapters to many others. His scholarly work can also be found in national law reviews and journals. Opinions and other articles have also appeared in trade magazines and newspapers. Yarn's publications

Law and Contemporary Problems: "A Biological Approach to Understanding Resistance to Apology, Forgiveness, and Reconciliation in Group Conflict" by Doug H. Yarn

Budnitz's scholarship over the last 30 years has focused on ways in which the law should protect consumers, primarily relating to checks, credit cards, debit cards, electronic transfers and online banking. A common theme in his work is the need for the law to provide consumers with basic safeguards and remedies, regardless of what payment device or system the consumer uses. His research is on the law of mobile financial services, the law that applies when we use cell phones or other mobile devices to conduct banking transactions. Budnitz's publications

Chicago-Kent Law Review: "Technology as the Driver of Payment Systems Rules: Will Consumers Be Provided Seatbelts and Airbags?" by Mark E. Budnitz