Congratulations to third-year law student Ellen R. Clarke for placing third in the International Association of Defense Counsel's 2013 writing contest. Her paper titled "A Duty to Over Preserve? How Disregarding Foreign Data Privacy Laws May Keep Litigants Out of a Jam" was published in the Oct. 2013 issue of the Defense Counsel Journal.
Georgia Law will welcome retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens on Nov. 6 as the keynote speaker for a daylong conference titled “The Press and the Constitution 50 Years after New York Times v. Sullivan.” Sponsored by the student-edited law journal the Georgia Law Review, the main portion of the conference will begin at 8 a.m. in the Larry Walker Room of Dean Rusk Hall. Stevens, who sat on the bench of the nation’s highest court from 1975 to 2010, will deliver the keynote address for the conference at 1:30 p.m. in the UGA Chapel, where he will discuss “Originalism and History.” Preregistration by Nov. 4 is requested. Participants who register for the conference may select to only attend the keynote discussion, if desired. Backpacks will not be allowed into the Chapel during the keynote address.
“There’s No Place Like Homecoming” is this year’s theme for the Homecoming Week festivities, which begin Nov. 3. Georgia Law will host reunion activities for the Classes of 1968, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003 and 2008 on Nov. 8 and its annual BBQ for the law school community will take place on Nov. 9 on Herty Field. Preregistration is required to attend.
Congratulations to second-year law students Garrett S. Burrell and Andrew M. Whittaker for winning the 2013 J. Melvin England Mock Trial Competition.
Georgia Law will host free speech advocate Mary Beth Tinker and student speech attorney Mike Hiestand as part of a nationwide tour on Nov. 4 at 12:30 p.m. in Room A (120) of Hirsch Hall. Tinker was a lead plaintiff in the landmark 1969 U.S. Supreme Court case Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District, where the court upheld students’ First Amendment right to express themselves in a non-disruptive way within their public schools. During her talk, Tinker will discuss the case and the current state of free speech and civics awareness among America’s young people.