Assistant Professor Thomas E. Kadri has received a $180,487 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to fund his research project on digital evidence and constitutional privacy rights. The project, “A Socio-Technical Framework for Handling Digital Evidence with Security and Privacy Assurances,” will involve interdisciplinary collaboration between Kadri and a team of computer scientists at Augusta University School of Computer and Cyber Sciences. NSF’s Designing Accountable Software Systems (DASS) program solicits foundational research aimed towards a deeper understanding of the relationship between software systems and the complex social and legal contexts within which they operate. Kadri will conduct research into relevant legal frameworks, specifically focusing on whether technology can ensure that warrants to search digital devices comport with First and Fourth Amendment privacy rights. 

Associate Dean for International Programs & Post Professor Melissa J. "MJ" Durkee published "Introduction to the Symposium on Frédéric Mégret, “Are There ‘Inherently Sovereign Functions’ in International Law?”" in 115 American Journal of International Law Unbound 299 (2021). Durkee also edited this symposium.

Third-year students Varad R. Dabke and Robert L. “Rob” Hillyer have served as Georgia Sea Grant Legal Fellows conducting research to address critical environmental, economic and social concerns primarily affecting coastal Georgia for the past two years. Dabke specialized in the area of aquaculture and has published “Regulatory Takings in Aquaculture” in 11 Sea Grant Law & Policy Journal 135 (2021). Hillyer focused on areas of resilience and infrastructure, specifically on local adaptation of road networks. Both students presented their work at the Georgia Climate Conference.  

Assistant Professor Thomas E. Kadri was featured on JAGWire regarding a National Science Foundation grant he will be working on with other University System of Georgia professors relating to digital forensics practices and Fourth Amendment privacy rights. The article titled "School of Computer and Cyber Sciences faculty receive $569,000 National Science Foundation award" was written by Haley Bourne and published 9/13/21.

Associate Professor Jonathan Peters was featured on Quartz regarding a Texas law relating to the First Amendment and Texas's new social media law. The article titled "Texas's new social media law is a clear violation of the First Amendment" was written by Scott Nover and published 9/14/21.

Hosch Professor Logan E. Sawyer III has been invited to join the prestigious UGA Teaching Academy, which seeks to promote faculty leadership in teaching and learning, to advocate for effective educational environments and to foster a community of scholars. Membership in the academy is an honor granted to a select few UGA faculty members each year who have demonstrated a significant commitment to the teaching-learning enterprise.

Congratulations to Student Services Librarian Geraldine Kalim and Instruction and Faculty Services Librarian Savanna Nolan on being selected to participate in the UGA Teaching Academy Early Career Fellows Program. The initiative promotes excellence in classroom instruction by mentoring early-career faculty. 

Metadata Services and Special Collections Librarian Rachel Evans presented "What's In A Name? An Open Discussion On Librarian Job Titles" as part of the American Association of Law Libraries' Law Repositories Caucus Sandbox Series (with C. George). Evans also organized and moderated the five August 2021 Sandbox Series sessions that were viewed by more than 160 law librarians across the country. Among the topics discussed were scholarly profiles, modernizing repositories and tech projects.

Distinguished Research Professor & Shackelford Distinguished Professor in Taxation Law Emeritus Walter Hellerstein's treatise State Taxation was quoted by the Minnesota Supreme Court in Sheridan v. Commissioner of Revenue (August 25, 2021). 

Callaway Chair Elizabeth Chamblee Burch was featured in Corporate Crime Reporter regarding findings from her survey of mass tort plaintiffs in cases involving products targeted toward women. The article titled "Plaintiffs in Mass Tort Cases Not Happy With Their Lawyers" was published 9/4/21.

The late Georgia Court of Appeals Judge Stephen S. Goss is being memorialized with a scholarship bearing his name at the University of Georgia School of Law. More than 100 former classmates and friends have contributed to the Judge Steve Goss Scholarship Fund. The effort was led by Marlan B. Wilbanks, who is the chair of the School of Law’s Board of Visitors, and Dan H. Willoughby Jr., both of whom graduated with Goss in 1986 and were part of his law school section. These gifts were matched by an anonymous donor who has helped to spearhead the law school’s efforts to provide scholarships to first-generation college graduates.

Assistant Professor Lindsey Simon was featured in an Associated Press article regarding the Purdue Pharma bankruptcy settlement. The article titled "Legal shield for Purdue Pharma owners is at heart of appeals" was written by Geoff Mulvihill and published 9/4/21. This article appeared in several media outlets across the country.

Renowned scholars and leaders in the arts, agriculture, business, civil rights, government, the sciences and several other fields will speak this semester as part of the fall 2021 Signature Lectures series. UGA Signature Lectures feature speakers noted for their broad, multidisciplinary appeal and compelling bodies of work. School of Law alumna Joan T.A. Gabel (J.D.'93), the president of the University of Minnesota, will deliver the Louise McBee Lecture in Higher Education with a speech titled “The Evolving Social Contract of Higher Education” on Nov. 16.

Assistant Professor Lindsey Simon was featured on STAT regarding the Purdue Pharma bankruptcy settlement. The article titled "The Purdue bankruptcy plan was approved. Will it get derailed by appeals?" was written by Ed Silverman and published 9/3/21.

Smith Professor Hillel Y. Levin was featured in The Washington Post regarding religious exemptions to vaccines. The article titled "Religious exemptions from coronavirus vaccines are expected to become a legal battleground" was written by Sarah Pulliam Bailey and published 9/1/21. The article was reprinted by other media outlets including The Seattle Times.

Assistant Professor Lindsey Simon was featured in Forbes regarding Purdue Pharma settlements. The article titled "Judge Approves Settlement That Shields Sacklers From Being Sued" was written by Graison Dangor and published 9/1/21.

To promote our Culture of Shared Responsibility, the School of Law is pleased to announce an exciting monetary incentive program for School of Law faculty/staff and J.D., LL.M. and M.S.L. students to get vaccinated. The law school is a small and cohesive community, so up to 80 individuals (more than 10%) have the opportunity to receive money! Please note that participation is strictly voluntary.

Distinguished Research Professor & Shackelford Distinguished Professor in Taxation Law Emeritus Walter Hellerstein's treatise State Taxation was quoted by the Oregon Tax Court in Global Hookah Distributors, Inc. v. Department of Revenue  (August 6, 2021). His article “Substantive and Enforcement Jurisdiction in a Post-Wayfair World" in 90 State Tax Notes 283 (2018) (with A. Appleby) was also quoted in the opinion.

Assistant Professor Lindsey Simon was featured in a Bloomberg article regarding the Purdue Pharma bankruptcy plan. The article titled "Purdue Pharma Tests Limits of Liability Shields in Bankruptcy" was written by Daniel Gill and published 8/30/21.

The University of Georgia School of Law has named its iconic rotunda after its first Black graduate, Chester C. Davenport. A portrait of Davenport is being commissioned and will eventually hang in the space located at the main entrance to the law school. Davenport, who passed away in August 2020, was a monumental figure in the School of Law’s history. He was the law school’s first Black student and remained its only Black student during his law school career. He earned his law degree in 1966, finishing in the top 5% of his class and serving as a founding member of the editorial board of the Georgia Law Review.