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Faculty in Action: Professors File Supreme Court Amicus

Faculty in Action: Professors File Supreme Court Amicus | Two GW Law faculty members, Professors Emily Hammond and Richard J. Pierce, have filed an amicus brief in the upcoming Supreme Court case Electric Power Supply Association v. FERC. The case considers whether the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has the power to set uniform rules for demand response compensation in the wholesale electricity markets. The professors, along with their co-authors, argue that the D.C. Circuit improperly interpreted parts of the Federal Power Act when it ruled against FERC.

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SCOTUSblog Interviews Professor Jeffrey Rosen

SCOTUSblog Interviews Professor Jeffrey Rosen | SCOTUSblog, the Peabody Award-winning Supreme Court blog, interviewed Professor Jeffrey Rosen for a series focused on the Constitution. In this five-part interview, Professor Rosen discusses his work at the National Constitution Center; the accessibility of our founding documents; the historical understanding of the Constitution and new technological questions; his admiration of Justice Louis D. Brandeis; and the importance of exploring constitutional—rather than political—questions.

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The Latest Gerrymander: Voters Instead of People

The Latest Gerrymander: Voters Instead of People | This fall, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in Evenwel v. Abbott, a case which challenges how states draw their legislative districts—districts that have enormous implications for our nation's politics. Currently, districts are decided based on the number of people in an area, but the plaintiffs argue that the Equal Protection Clause requires states to use the number of voters instead. In an op-ed for The Huffington Post, Alan Morrison, Lerner Family Associate Dean for Public Interest and Public Service Law, writes about why states must continue to base districts on population if equality is to be assured.

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Roger A. Fairfax, Jr. Named Senior Associate Dean

Roger A. Fairfax, Jr. Named Senior Associate Dean | GW Law Dean Blake D. Morant announced the appointment of Professor Roger A. Fairfax, Jr. as Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs effective July 1, 2015. "I am absolutely delighted to welcome our new Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs,” said, Dean Morant. “We are indeed fortunate to have someone of Roger's managerial and professional acumen in the Dean's Office and I look forward to the invaluable contributions he will make in this role."

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Alumna Receives ASIL Helton Fellowship

Alumna Receives ASIL Helton Fellowship | The American Society of International Law (ASIL) selected Amy Testa, JD '13, as part of its 11th annual class of Helton Fellowship winners. Established in 2004, the program annually gives young professionals micro-grants to pursue fieldwork or research in areas of international law. Ms. Testa will work with the Asia Pacific Refugees Rights Network and the Bangkok Asylum Seeker and Refugee Assistance Network to develop a platform for information sharing among service providers, other civil society organizations, and refugee communities.

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A Response to<br>Ta-Nehisi Coates

A Response to
Ta-Nehisi Coates

In The Huffington Post, Professor Spencer Overton writes a response to Ta-Nehisi Coates’ new book Between the World and Me. Mr. Coates—a journalist known for his coverage of cultural, social, and political issues—wrote the book to delve into violence against black people in the form of an autobiographical letter to his teenage son. In his response, Professor Overton writes that "Between the World and Me provides essential perspective into a critical topic: violence against black people," and also points out what he considers to be the book's primary shortcoming.


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News Stories


Faculty in Action: Professors File Supreme Court Amicus
Two GW Law faculty members, Professors Emily Hammond and Richard J. Pierce, have filed an amicus brief in the upcoming Supreme Court case Electric Power Supply Association v. FERC. The case considers whether the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has the power to set uniform rules for demand response compensation in the wholesale electricity markets. The professors, along with their co-authors, argue that the D.C. Circuit improperly interpreted parts of the Federal Power Act when it ruled against FERC.
July 21, 2015 . Read the brief

SCOTUSblog Interviews Professor Jeffrey Rosen
SCOTUSblog, the Peabody Award-winning Supreme Court blog, interviewed Professor Jeffrey Rosen for a series focused on the Constitution. In this five-part interview, Professor Rosen discusses his work at the National Constitution Center; the accessibility of our founding documents; the historical understanding of the Constitution and new technological questions; his admiration of Justice Louis D. Brandeis; and the importance of exploring constitutional—rather than political—questions.
July 20, 2015 . Watch the video

The Latest Gerrymander: Voters Instead of People
This fall, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in Evenwel v. Abbott, a case which challenges how states draw their legislative districts—districts that have enormous implications for our nation's politics. Currently, districts are decided based on the number of people in an area, but the plaintiffs argue that the Equal Protection Clause requires states to use the number of voters instead. In an op-ed for The Huffington Post, Alan Morrison, Lerner Family Associate Dean for Public Interest and Public Service Law, writes about why states must continue to base districts on population if equality is to be assured.
July 17, 2015 . Read more

Roger A. Fairfax, Jr. Named Senior Associate Dean
GW Law Dean Blake D. Morant announced the appointment of Professor Roger A. Fairfax, Jr. as Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs effective July 1, 2015. "I am absolutely delighted to welcome our new Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs,” said, Dean Morant. “We are indeed fortunate to have someone of Roger's managerial and professional acumen in the Dean's Office and I look forward to the invaluable contributions he will make in this role."
July 13, 2015 . Read more

Alumna Success: Defending the Voiceless Worldwide
As Director of the Climate & Energy Program at The Center for International Environmental Law, Niranjali Amerasinghe, LLM '08, travels the world to convince governments and companies to make changes that will protect the environment. She also advises communities that have been affected by environmental damage on how to use the law to defend their rights. Speaking with BBC World Services "The Conversation," Ms. Amerasinghe discussed her work and what inspired her to become a lawyer.
July 08, 2015 . Read more

Analyzing Obama's Charleston Eulogy
Professor Christopher A. Bracey joined BBC America's Katty Kay to provide analysis of President Obama’s eulogy delivered during the funeral of Reverend Clementa C. Pinckney, one of the victims of the massacre at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Professor Bracey—an expert on U.S. race relations, individual rights, and criminal procedure—delved into the combination of politics and religion in the President’s speech and what happens now in the wake of the killings.
July 06, 2015 . Watch the video

What To Do With Unused Embryos?
A few months ago, "Modern Family" star Sofia Vergara and her ex-fiance Nick Loeb had a public dispute over whether to use their frozen embryos created through in vitro fertilization. This type of disagreement is becoming more common across the country with the increasing popularity of embryo freezing—a procedure that is now completely covered by some companies. Naomi Cahn, Harold H. Greene Professor of Law, joined NPR's "Diane Rehm Show" to unravel the complicated moral and legal questions about what to do with unused embryos.
July 01, 2015 . Read more

Analyzing This Term's Supreme Court Rulings
The justices of the U.S. Supreme Court are adjourning for the summer after delivering 76 opinions this term on a wide range of issues. This month, the court ruled on two highly scrutinized cases: King v. Burwell, which impacted a key provision of the Affordable Care Act, and Obergefell v. Hodges, which granted the national right to same-sex marriage. GW Law faculty members have actively tracked these and other cases throughout the term and shared their expertise with the media.
June 29, 2015 . Read more

Supreme Court Affirms Same-Sex Marriage
On Friday morning, the Supreme Court handed down a 5-4 decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, the consolidated cases regarding marriage equality for same-sex couples in the United States. Writing for the majority, Justice Anthony Kennedy held that marriage is a fundamental right protected under the Fourteenth Amendment. Alan Morrison, Lerner Family Associate Dean for Public Interest and Public Service Law, answered GW Today’s questions about the decision and its consequences.
June 26, 2015 . Read more

Professor Finds Flaw in AIG Ruling
On June 15, Judge Thomas Wheeler issued a decision in the high-profile AIG bailout case, but that ruling has a critical problem according to Visiting Associate Professor of Law Michael P. Goodman. In an op-ed for National Law Journal, Professor Goodman points out that the case—based on the takings clause of the Fifth Amendment—must be decided by an Article III judge with a lifetime appointment. Judge Wheeler serves on the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, an Article I court subject to the control of Congress and the president. Professor Goodman's conclusion is based on research described in one of his recent papers in the Villanova Law Review.
June 22, 2015 . Read more


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Faculty in the News


The Huffington Post . July 24, 2015
Spencer Overton writes about Ta-Nehisi Coates’s new book Between the World and Me. More

The Atlantic . July 24, 2015
Dinah Shelton is quoted about The European Court of Human Rights ruling that Italy must recognize same-sex marriages. More

Asia Policy . July 23, 2015
Donald Clarke writes about China's legal system and the Fourth Plenum. More

The Washington Times . July 21, 2015
Alan Morrison writes about how Buckley, not Citizens United, is responsible for the massive spending in politics. More

PolitiFact . July 21, 2015
Neil Buchanan is quoted about the United States’ income and debt. More

Georgia Public Broadcasting . July 21, 2015
Robert Cottrol is interviewed about the racial history of gun rights in the United States. More

American Banker . July 16, 2015
Arthur Wilmarth writes about the “single point of entry” plan for resolving failed megabanks. More

Bloomberg . July 16, 2015
William Kovacic is quoted about what it takes to prove collusion between corporations. More

The Huffington Post . July 15, 2015
Alan Morrison writes about a new Supreme Court case that asks states to draw legislative districts by numbers of voters instead of the total population. More

Harvard Corporate Governance Blog . July 13, 2015
Lawrence Cunningham writes an opinion piece about the recent decision in the case challenging the nationalization of AIG. More

Buzzfeed . July 12, 2015
Naomi Cahn is quoted about a company that allows fertility clinics to screen egg donors for the likelihood of passing on genetic changes link to disease. More

Times Union . July 10, 2015
Robert Glicksman is quoted about regulating coal power plants.More

The Washington Post . July 10, 2015
Jonathan Turley is quoted about the potential future impact of the Supreme Court’s marriage equality decision on polyamorous families. More

The Hill . July 10, 2015
Richard Pierce is quoted about the regulatory burden in the United States. More

The Guardian . July 10, 2015
Catherine Ross is quoted about a ruling that sent children to juvenile detention for not speaking to their father. More

Library Journal . July 09, 2015
Lawrence Cunningham's book Berkshire Beyond Buffett is number 10 on Library Journal's list of business best sellers for the 2014-15 academic year.More

The Huffington Post . July 09, 2015
Joan Meier writes about a Supreme Court decision that will help the prosecution in child abuse cases. More

KPCC-FM . July 09, 2015
John Banzhaf is quoted about a ruling regarding the Washington Redskins’ trademark.More

The Washington Examiner . July 08, 2015
John Banzhaf is quoted about the Washington Redskins losing their trademark. More

Bloomberg . July 08, 2015
John Banzhaf is quoted about a ruling regarding the Washington Redskins’ trademark.More

Reuters . July 07, 2015
Alan Morrison is paraphrased about a D.C. Circuit ruling that upholds a federal contractor campaign finance ban. More

AP . July 07, 2015
Alan Morrison is quoted about a D.C. Circuit ruling that upholds a ban on political contributions by federal contractors.More

The Chronicle of Philanthropy . July 06, 2015
Miriam Galston is quoted about IRS efforts to reform campaign finance rules. More

Newsweek . July 06, 2015
Thomas Buergenthal is interviewed about his life and work in international human rights. More

The New York Times . July 05, 2015
Miriam Galston is quoted about the IRS’ hesitancy to regulate the activity of nonprofits in politics. More

Deseret News . July 04, 2015
Naomi Cahn is quoted about the interaction of political leaning and family stability. More

The Washington Post . July 02, 2015
Jonathan Turley writes about Justice Kennedy’s reasoning in the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage decision. More

The Commercial Appeal . July 02, 2015
Jessica Tillipmanis quoted about the U.S. requesting the extradition of FIFA officials from Switzerland. More

CNN . July 02, 2015
Jonathan Turley is interviewed about some states objecting to the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling. More

The Wall Street Journal . July 02, 2015
Jonathan Turley is quoted from his brief in a lawsuit brought by the House Republicans against President Obama. More

The Wall Street Journal . July 02, 2015
William Kovacic is quoted about the success of Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission litigation in antitrust cases. More

The Atlantic . July 02, 2015
Daniel Solove is quoted about whether there is a First Amendment right to take photographs. More

PolitiFact . July 01, 2015
Jonathan Turley is quoted about the dangers to free speech that come with expanding definitions of hate speech. More

The New York Times . July 01, 2015
Naomi Cahn is quoted about a comparison of family structure in politically liberal and conservative states. More

The Christian Science Monitor . July 01, 2015
Robert Tuttle is quoted about the possibility of conservative religious colleges losing tax-exempt status because of the Supreme Court same-sex marriage ruling. More

American Banker . July 01, 2015
Arthur Wilmarth is quoted about legislative dangers to Dodd-Frank. More

"The Diane Rehm Show" . June 30, 2015
Naomi Cahn is interviewed about what to do with unused frozen embryos. More

Slate . June 29, 2015
David Fontana writes about pushing social progress through the courts. More

The Huffington Post . June 29, 2015
Sara Rosenbaum is quoted about the King v. Burwell ruling. More

CNN . June 29, 2015
Jonathan Turley is interviewed about a Supreme Court ruling that upheld the use of an execution drug. More

The Christian Science Monitor . June 27, 2015
Robert Tuttle is quoted about potential lawsuits in the wake of the Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality. More

"The Takeaway" . June 26, 2015
Jeffrey Rosen is interviewed about the Supreme Court ruling that same-sex couples have the right to marry in all 50 states. More

CNN . June 26, 2015
Jonathan Turley is interviewed about the Supreme Court’s ruling on marriage equality.More

San Francisco Chronicle . June 26, 2015
Jonathan Turley is mentioned in an article about the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act. More


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