Scalia Law Students Attend Conversation with Justice Kagan on Fairfax Campus

Robinson Professor of Public Affairs Steven Pearlstein speaks with United States Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagen during the second annual Roger Wilkins Lecture at George Mason University. Photo by Lathan Gourmas/Office of Communications and Marketing.

Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan said in a visit to George Mason University on Monday that “it’s long past time to stop” voting strictly along party lines when confirming Supreme Court justices because it politicizes the process in a way that is detrimental to the court’s purpose and stature.

www2.gmu.edu, November 19

JW Verret’s Op-Ed on the Impeachment Hearings

J.W. Verret, Associate Professor of Law

Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee have had little success in challenging the central premise of the impeachment investigation: President Trump withheld military aid to Ukraine to pressure them to investigate Hunter Biden. This has been a particular challenge in the wake of repeated corroborating evidence from foreign services officers who cut a sharp profile in congressional hearings.

www.washingtonexaminer.com, November 19

Quid Pro Quo has given way to the word bribery in the impeachment hearings. Somin responds.

Ilya Somin, Professor of Law
“Knowingly causes or attempts to cause any person to make a contribution of a thing of value (including services) for the benefit of any candidate or any political party, by means of the denial or deprivation, or the threat of the denial or deprivation, of…any payment or benefit of a program of the United States” if that payment or benefit “is provided for or made possible in whole or in part by an Act of Congress.”. reason.com, November 15

Professor Ilya Somin on the Wisdom and Legality of Sanctuary Cities

Ilya Somin, Professor of Law 

The issue of sanctuary cities has increasingly been in the news in recent years. The Trump administration has threatened to cut off funds to sanctuary jurisdictions and to transport aliens who enter our borders to those jurisdictions, and also claims that these jurisdictions are endangering their citizens. Sanctuary jurisdictions have challenged (so far successfully) the administration’s ability to cut off funds and has cited the Tenth Amendment, among other arguments, to support their actions. They also argue that being a sanctuary jurisdiction actually helps their law enforcement efforts by encouraging illegal immigrants (who are often victims or witnesses of criminal conduct) to “come out of the shadows” and cooperate with law enforcement officials.
www.youtube.com, November 15

Law students advocate for immigrants in new litigation clinic

George Mason University Law Students and Immigration Law Clinic participants Liza Yang, Samantha Martinez-Villarreal, Emily Ahdieh, Alma Atassi, Emily Kvalheim, and Jack Goodman. Photo by Lathan Goumas/Office of Communications and Marketing.

Six students at George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School are participating in the school’s new Immigration Litigation Clinic and advocating for clients facing a range of complex immigration proceedings.
www2.gmu.edu, November 15

Professor Adam Mossoff on Patents and Pirates

Adam Mossoff, Professor of Law

Pirates have become cultural icons today thanks to Walt Disney’s widely successful “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie franchise. But real pirates are not so honorable, nor do they engage in delightful antics like Captain Jack Sparrow. They are scoundrels who steal goods created by the productive labors of innovators and businesspersons who are driving the global innovation economy.
morningconsult.com, November 13