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Dear Friends,

 

Welcome to the January edition of the Dean’s List! I’m happy to report that Scalia Law is off to a roaring start this semester!

 

I just returned from The Law & Economics Center’s Judicial Education Program in Florida, where we had the privilege of hosting 62 federal judges for one week of courses taught by Scalia Law faculty. We experienced a dynamic week with these esteemed judges and some of the finest law and economics professors in the academy.

 

Recently, our National Security Institute (NSI) joined Stanford’s Hoover Institution and the Federalist Society to discuss the future of national security and cybersecurity with corporate leaders from the tech community. We are thrilled NSI is leading this critical conversation on national security and cybersecurity; exploring solutions to some of the most vexing problems of our time.

 

Congratulations to the Mason Veterans and Servicemembers Legal Clinic (M-VETS) for winning a case on behalf of a veteran and his family. Kudos to student advisers Casey Hunt and Michael Vlcek who won the case! I’m proud of the work the M-VETS clinic does to support our military and veterans.
 

Scalia Law has much to be proud of this month. Our Global Antitrust Institute obtained eight nominations for the Concurrences Antitrust Writing Awards (2019). Please keep reading; you’ll have the chance to read and vote for these articles.

 

Thanks, as ever, for your participation in the life of Scalia Law, as students, faculty, alumni, friends, and supporters. Scalia Law is a great school because of you!

 

Onward & Upward!

 

 

Henry N. Butler
Dean and Professor of Law
Antonin Scalia Law School
George Mason University

 

 

 

THE LAW & ECONOMICS CENTER HOSTED 62 PROMINENT JUDGES FOR JUDICIAL EDUCATION PROGRAM

 

The Law & Economics Center’s Judicial Education Program hosted 62 state and federal judges in Islamorada, Florida, for a two-part program series, January 23-31.

 

The participants included one judge from the US Court of Federal Claims, one judge from the US Court of Appeals, four judges from US District Courts, and ten state Supreme Court Justices.

 

Dean Henry N. Butler taught The Short Course on Economics for Judges, with Professors D. Bruce Johnsen, Joshua Wright, and Murat Mungan.

 

Dean Butler also led the Case Analysis Seminar with Professors Todd Zywicki and Nuno Garoupa. Professors Joshua Wright and John Yun (pictured) taught the Workshop on Antitrust Economics.

 

The Judicial Education Program, started over four decades ago, offers intellectually rigorous, balanced, and timely instruction in the belief that the fundamental principles of a free and just society depend on a knowledgeable and well-educated judiciary.

 

 

 

NATIONAL SECURITY INSTITUTE, STANFORD'S HOOVER INSTITUTION, AND THE FEDERALIST SOCIETY HOST "TECH TITANS & NATIONAL SECURITY" EVENT

 

The National Security Institute (NSI), the Hoover Institution, and the Federalist Society’s International and National Security Law Group hosted "Tech Titans & National Security: West Coast Edition" at Stanford University. The hosts welcomed experts from Uber, Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft, and other companies to discuss their vital role in cybersecurity and national security.  Panelists and moderators included NSI Founder Jamil Jaffer, NSI Senior Fellow Matthew Heiman, and Advisory Board member Matt Olsen.

 

 

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CENTER FOR THE PROTECTION OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY SCHOLARS JOIN AMICUS BRIEF: RETURN MAIL v. UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE 

 

Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property (CPIP) Executive Director Adam Mossoff and CPIP Senior Scholar Kristen Osenga joined an amicus brief, written on behalf of seven law professors by Adam MacLeod, a CPIP Thomas Edison Innovation Fellow for 2017 and 2018, and a member of CPIP’s growing community of scholars.

The brief, which was filed in Return Mail v. United States Postal Service, asks the Supreme Court to reverse the Federal Circuit’s determination that the federal government can challenge the validity of an issued patent in a covered business method review before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.

 

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M-VETS PREVAILS IN SECURING JUDGMENT FOR VETERAN’S SECURITY DEPOSIT

 

The Mason Veterans and Servicemembers Legal Clinic (M-VETS) represented a veteran and his wife at trial in General District Court to recover their $2,000 security deposit held by their former landlords. In a nearly five-hour-long trial, M-VETS student advisors Casey Hunt (left) and Michael Vlcek (below) conducted an opening statement, direct and cross examinations, and a closing argument, culminating in judgment for the full amount sought by the clinic’s clients.

 

“Michael and Casey did an excellent job through full trial preparations and ultimately securing a favorable judgment for our clients,” said M-VETS Assistant Director Leigh Winstead. “Like many of our civil matters, this is a case where the attorneys’ fees required to litigate would have outweighed the potential recovery; M-VETS’s representation allowed this veteran and his family to pursue their legal remedies with the assistance of counsel and recover what was rightfully theirs.”

 

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GLOBAL ANTITRUST INSTITUTE EARNS EIGHT NOMINATIONS FOR ANTITRUST WRITING AWARDS

 

 

 

The Global Antitrust Institute (GAI) at Scalia Law obtained eight nominations for the Concurrences Antitrust Writing Awards (2019) for articles by the GAI faculty.

 

In 2018, GAI published as many as 33 articles, papers, and chapters in books, including dozens of comments to antitrust agencies in the United States and abroad, and works nominated for academic awards. The GAI continues to promote the application of sound economic analysis to competition enforcement around the world through economic education programs, competition advocacy, and research.

 

You may read and vote for any of the articles by clicking on the links below. 

 

 

Requiem for a Paradox: The Dubious Rise and Inevitable Fall of Hipster Antitrust

 

Common Ownership: Solutions in Search of a Problem

 

Understanding Google’s Search Platform and the Implications for Antitrust Analyses

 

US v. AT&T Time Warner: A Triumph of Economic Analysis

 

Antitrust Analysis Involving Intellectual Property and Standards: Implications from Economics

 

Hipster Antitrust meets Public Choice Economics: The Consumer Welfare Standard, the Rule of Law and Rent Seeking

 

Comment on the U.S. FTC Hearings on Competition and Consumer Protection in the 21st Century: The Consumer Welfare Standard in Antitrust Law

 

Comment on the U.S. FTC Hearings on Competition and Consumer Protection in the 21st Century: Vertical Mergers

 

 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

Annual Antitrust Symposium

 

The 22nd Annual Antitrust Symposium will be held Friday, February 15, at Scalia Law. "Antitrust at the Crossroads?" is organized by the George Mason Law Review and the Law & Economics Center’s Henry G. Manne Program in Law and Economics StudiesClick here for more information and to register.

 

Global Antitrust Institute Invitational Moot Court Competition

 

The fifth annual Global Antitrust Institute (GAI) Invitational will be held February 16 and 17 at the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. The GAI Invitational is the only moot court competition in the United States devoted exclusively to antitrust law. The event is hosted by the Scalia Law Moot Court Board in conjunction with the GAI and Judge Douglas Ginsburg. For more information, click here.

 

 

WIPO-CPIP Summer School on Intellectual Property

 

The Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property (CPIP) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is hosting the second iteration of the WIPO-CPIP Summer School on Intellectual Property, June 3-14 at Scalia Law. Registration is now open for this exclusive, two-week summer course. The course provides a unique opportunity for students, professionals, and government officials to gain a deeper knowledge of IP to advance their careers. Click here to learn more and to register.

 

 

 

FACULTY, STUDENT, & ALUMNI HIGHLIGHTS

 

 

 

Scalia Law’s new Financial Services Regulation Law Concentration is offering a new class for the Spring 2019 semester – the FinTech & Cybersecurity Law seminar.  The class will explore a wide range of legal, policy, and business issues presented by the development of FinTech – including Bitcoin and other virtual currencies, Blockchain, and the global cybersecurity threats and challenges that face the financial services sector. Professor Robert Ledig (pictured) will teach the class, along with National Security Institute Fellow Adam Golodner.

 

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The National Security Institute (NSI) published its first podcast in December, featuring a panel of experts analyzing cyber deterrence. Moderated by NSI Senior Fellow Lester Munson, the wide-ranging conversation addressed topics such as the National Cyber Strategy, the role of the private sector in cyber deterrence, and the evolution of norms in cyberspace. 

 

To hear further podcasts, follow NSI on SoundCloud.

 

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Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property (CPIP) Executive Director Adam Mossoff and CPIP Senior Scholars Jonathan Barnett, Chris Holman, Erika Lietzan, Sean O’Connor, and Kristen Osenga joined a comment letter that was filed with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) as part of its ongoing hearings on Competition and Consumer Protection in the 21st Century. Legal academics, economists, and former government officials—including former U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Director David Kappos and former Federal Circuit Chief Judge Paul Michel—joined the comment letter supporting an evidence-based approach to policymaking.

 

Professors Mossoff and Osenga also joined former Federal Circuit Chief Judge Randall Rader in a comment letter explaining how the FTC is harming health science innovation by meddling in patent disputes between branded and generic drug companies.

 

READ THE LETTER ON POLICY APPROACH

READ THE LETTER ON INNOVATION IN HEALTH

 

 

A new Law and Policy Paper from the National Security Institute (NSI) argues that the U.S. should seek additional restrictions on Huawei and ZTE products and services in the U.S., while working with allies and partners to limit Chinese telecommunications expansion.  The paper, "Chinese Telecommunications Companies Huawei and ZTE: Countering a Hostile Foreign Threat," describes the foundations of Huawei and ZTE, the concerning actions taken by these companies, and the responses taken by the United States and allied governments.

 

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Dean Butler Joins the Virginia Bar Association’s Board of Governors.

 

The Virginia Bar Association’s Board of Governors appointed Dean Henry N. Butler to advise it on law schools and government attorney interests. This is a one-year term that can be extended for up to three years. 

 

 

 

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Professor Todd Zywicki is the new Chairman of the American Association of Law Schools' (AALS) Law & Economics Division. The AALS Section on Law and Economics promotes economic analysis of law and legal institutions, encourages its proper use in legal education, facilitates exchange of ideas, discussion, and activities among members, and makes recommendations on teaching and improvement of the law.

 

 

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Two articles by Professor Ilya Somin made the Regulatory Review's compilation of the Top Regulatory Essays of 2018.  

The publication listed Somin's "On Immigration, Trump is No Regulator" and  "Federalism Comes Out as the Winner in Murphy v. NCAA" as two of the publication's best of the year.   

 

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Nghia “Neo” Tran (JD ’09) was named a partner at Kutak Rock’s DC office. 

 

Tran focuses his practice on government contracts and finance transactions. He works with public and private sector clients on a variety of regulatory, corporate, transactional, and litigation matters.

 

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Adam Aft (JD '10) has been elected to partnership at Baker McKenzie as of January 1. 

 

He is based in Chicago and is a member of the firm's Intellectual Property and Technology Transactions Practice. 

 

 

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Zohra Anwari (JD ’16) has joined the D.C. office of the health-care law firm Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman.  Anwari comes to Hall Render from the Advanced Medical Technology Association, where she served as Associate General Counsel.

 

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FACULTY IN THE NEWS

 

Professor Helen Alvaré

 

Professor David Bernstein

  • The Controversy Over Laws Punishing Israel Boycotts, Explained: Vox
  • Presentation, "Are you Eligible for Racial/Ethnic Preferences? How the Government Determines Whether you are African American, Hispanic or Asian": Students for Liberty
     

Professor Caroline Cecot

 

Professor Eugene Kontorovich

 

 

Professor Michael Krauss

  • SCOTUS to Examine a Common Legal Strategy Drugmakers Use to Sidestep Patient Lawsuits: STAT Plus
  • Supreme Court Seems Unlikely to Overhaul Popular Drug Industry Legal Standard: STAT Plus

 

Professor Joyce Malcolm

  • Panel, "Campus Free Speech: Building a Culture for Expression": Students for Liberty
  • New York's Gun Transportation Rules Draw Supreme Court Scrutiny: Bloomberg

Professor Adam Mossoff

Professor Jordan Neyland

  • How the Bezos Divorce Could Impact Amazon Shareholders: CNBC

Professor Ilya Somin 

  • Author, Op-Ed, "Using Emergency Powers to Seize Property and Build the Wall Would Set a Horrible Precedent": New York Daily News
  • Author, Op-Ed, "Donald Trump Can Call a 'National Emergency,' But That Doesn't Mean He Can Build The Wall": USA Today
  • The Senator Who is Betraying the Senate: The Atlantic
  • Interview with Furland author Tullio Avoledo: Tiscali Specattoli
  • Why the Supreme Court May be Taking a 'Go Slow' Approach: Christian Science Monitor
  • President Trump Bets Big on Supreme Court to Uphold Controversial Policies After Lower Court Losses: USA Today
  • Trump Eyes Untested Emergency Power to Fund Wall, Skirt Congress: Bloomberg
  • The Worst Case Scenario for Conservatives if Trump Invokes Emergency Powers to Build a Border Wall: Washington Examiner
  • Kavanaugh is True to Form in His First Supreme Court Opinion: Law360
  • The US Government Shutdown: i24 News (Israel) - Take :30 with Shayna Estulin
  • National Emergency Would be Rife with Legal Challenges: Law360
  • Here's How the Shutdown Could Jeopardize Obamacare Benefits: Washington Post
  • Eminent Domain and the Border Wall: Sirius XM - Knowledge@Wharton
  • President Trump Threatened to Declare a National Emergency to Get His Wall, Can He Do That?: Washington PostMSN
  • Trump's Border Wall Land Grab Makes No Sense For Conservatives Who Hate Eminent Domain: Mother Jones
  • Democracy is Sick, Here is a Cure to Avoid the Authoritarian Drift: Econopoly (Italy)
  • Trump's False Claims: The Star (Toronto)
  • The Technology That Can Make The Next Generation Healthier, Happier, and Smarter: Epocha (Brazil)
  • Teleforum, "Sanctuary City & State Legislation Update - What Happens When Federal and Local Enforcement Policies Conflict: Federalist Society

Professor J.W. Verret

Professor Todd Zywicki

  • Panel Moderator, “Promoting Fintech Innovation and Consumer Choice: The Role of Regulatory Sandboxes”: Cato Institute

 

Founder of the National Security Institute and Adjunct Professor Jamil Jaffer

 

 
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