2013-2014 National Moot Court Competition

Congratulations to GLR members Steven Strasberg, Ben Thorpe, and Emily Westberry! (Feb. 14, 2014) The Executive Moot Court Board is proud to announce that our National Moot team won the 2013-14 National Moot competition nationals held in New York City.  Team members Steven Strasberg, Ben Thorpe and Emily Westberry won the final round against Emory […]

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Eleventh Circuit Upholds Constitutionality of City Ordinance Prohibiting Picketing, Denies Constitutionality of Loitering Provision in Ordinance

In Winnifred Bell v. City of Winter Park, Florida, No. 13-11499 (Mar. 20, 2014), the Eleventh Circuit decided whether the City of Winter Park’s Ordinance No. 2886-12, which generally prohibits targeted picketing within fifty feet of a residential dwelling, is an unconstitutional infringement on First Amendment freedom of speech. Comparing § 62-79 of the ordinance […]

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GLR Alumnus to Clerk for Supreme Court

Andrew Pinson, Class of 2011 and the Executive Articles Editor for Volume 45, has been selected to clerk for Justice Clarence Thomas. Mr. Pinson’s selection makes him the sixth UGA Law graduate in nine years to clerk for the Supreme Court. Click here for the UGA Law announcement.

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What Did the Supreme Court Hold in Heffernan v. City of Paterson?

Reasoned opinions count as much or more than outcomes, partly because “reasoned response to reasoned argument is an essential aspect of [the judicial] process,” and partly because “the opinion has as one if not its major office to show how like cases are properly to be decided in the future.” Scrutiny of the Supreme Court’s reasons is called for not only when the result seems doubtful, but also when the result is intuitively appealing. Weak reasons may in the long run undermine a holding that deserves a better foundation than the Court has built for it, or at least distort and delay the elaboration of doctrine. When the intuition behind the holding deserves broader application than the Court’s reasons can support, an effort to identify more convincing reasons is an especially worthwhile project.

Heffernan v. City of Paterson, illustrates the good result/weak reasons problem.

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From Russia without Love

  From Russia without Love *Chris Collins After dissolving their 16 year marriage, Anna Sergeeva, Appellee, and Mikhail Leopoldovich Dubin pursued a division of marital assets in Hoamvnischesky District Court of Moscow.  Sergeeva v. Tripleton Int’l Ltd., No. 15-3008, 2016 WL 4435616, at *1 (11th Cir. Aug. 23, 2016).  Ms. Sergeeva claimed that her ex-husband […]

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Capital Crime and Punishment: An Analysis of Dostoyevksy, Collective Guilt, and Executions in America

This Essay considers Dostoyevsky’s story of the murderer, Raskolnikov, in Crime and Punishment, and the “Grand Inquisitor” chapters of The Brothers Karamozov, to show that literature and the law, while separate discourses, are not so distinct, particularly with regard to humanity, morality, and justice. Dostoyevsky’s philosophical concepts of collective guilt and redemption are applicable to the unique set of jurisprudential questions that capital punishment raises, particularly given its irrevocable finality and the certain reality of human error and arbitrary application.

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