Professor Ilya Somin Comments on the Supreme Court’s recent Decisions Surrounding the Principle of Denominational Neutrality

Ilya Somin, Professor of Law

“Presented with a chance to ‘correct’ their error and signal that they will not tolerate religious discrimination in death penalty administration, they were willing to bend over backwards to seize the opportunity, and not let it slip away.”, April 4, April 4, April 4, April 4

Professor J.W. Verret is Cited as one of the Authors of a Study on New Regulations on Corporate Advisory Firms

J.W. Verret, Associate Professor of Law

A majority of retail investors want companies to pursue profit-maximizing strategies over social priorities, and believe the arcane corporate advisory firms that back those measures should be regulated more strongly by the federal government, according to a study published on Tuesday., April 4

Professor Eugene Kontorovich on the Right to Boycott

Eugene Kontorovich, Professor of Law

Support for boycotts of Israel has been growing in recent years, along with an increase in legislation seeking to curb this kind of boycott. Our story is about a contractor in Texas who feels they have no choice but to turn down a job when they realize the state requires they agree not to boycott Israel. We look at where this Israel boycott clause in employment contracts comes from and weigh it against the First Amendment right to free speech.

Then we travel to the occupied Palestinian territories and meet a man who wanted to protest the Israeli occupation by starting a purely Palestinian business. His answer was to start a mushroom farm, but after initial success he ran into unexpected challenges., April 1

Professor Thomas P. Vartanian and Comptroller Joseph Otting Discuss FinTech Issues, Community Reinvestment Act Modernization and Opportunities for improvements to Anti-Money Laundering Rules

Thomas P. Vartanian, Professor of Law and Founder and Executive Director, Financial Regulation & Technology Institute

On March 27, 2019, Comptroller Joseph Otting was the guest lecturer at the inaugural Meet the Policymakers Forum for students, faculty and invited guests sponsored by Antonin Scalia Law School’s Program on Financial Regulation & Technology.

Comptroller Otting opened the evening with a discussion of President Trump’s Executive Memorandum issued just several hours earlier on Federal Housing Finance Reform and termination of the conservatorships of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. In an armchair conversation with Professor Thomas P. Vartanian, the Executive Director of the Program, the Comptroller also discussed developing FinTech issues, Community Reinvestment Act modernization and opportunities for improvements to anti-money laundering rules., March 28

Professor Eugene Kontorovich on Israeli Sovereignty over Golan

Eugene Kontorovich, Professor of Law

“Only a clear statement that the Golan is part of Israel can deter Iranian and Syrian attempts to challenge Israel’s control. While American politicians of all stripes claim they support Israel’s control of the Golan, most lacked the courage to translate this into the necessary diplomatic language of sovereignty – until Pres. Trump.”, March 28

Adam White on the Mueller Report

Adam White, Assistant Professor and Executive Director, The C. Boyden Gray Center for the Study of the Administrative State

For nearly two years, President Trump’s critics placed immense weight on Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation of allegations that Candidate Trump colluded with Russia before the 2016 election, and that President Trump obstructed justice after his 2017 inauguration., March 26

“The lack of findings of actual president guilt after such an exhaustive investigation cannot simply be brushed aside”, March 26

“Throughout the Mueller investigation, the President’s critics preemptively criticized any effort by the President or his appointees to undermine Justice Department norms and rules in order to advance the President’s political fortunes.”, March 26