Duke Digest — October 11, 2013

The Duke Digest — October 11, 2013

In Today’s Issue:

  • ANNOUNCING: Blue Devil Lunch with Athletics Dept. on Tuesday, Oct. 15 at Duke in Washington
  • Law’s Sachs’ Supreme Court Brief Takes Center Court at Oral Arguments
  • Law’s Schwarcz Explains the Dangers of a Debt Default
  • COMMENTARY: Faculty discuss ongoing Syrian crisis in roundtable
  • DEVILS IN DC: Duke Officials Talk Student Loans
  • Fuqua’s Marxx Presents Report to FCC
  • Justice Alito Offers Lessons from the Bench — and a Distinguished Career during Campus Visit
  • REMINDER: Duke Politics and Policy Network Happy Hour on Oct. 25
  • Duke Commemoration of 50th Anniversary of First Black Students Concludes

ANNOUNCING: BLUE DEVIL LUNCH WITH ATHLETICS DEPT. ON TUESDAY, OCT. 15 AT DUKE IN WASHINGTON
Please join the Duke University Office of Federal Relations for a Blue Devil Lunch with Jon Jackson,  the Associate Athletic Director for External Affairs. Jon will be live from campus to discuss the state of Duke athletics — and give us a sneak preview of the upcoming basketball season! Come with questions and for a chance to catch up with fellow Duke alumni. Lunch will be provided.

The Blue Devil Lunch will take place next Tuesday, Oct. 15, from 12:00pm2:00pm at the Duke in Washington Office (1201 New York Ave. NW). Please RSVP to alyssa.dack@duke.edu by lunchtime Monday.

**Due to the ongoing federal government shutdown, please help us spread the word about this event! Forward to fellow Duke alums on Capitol Hill via email and word of mouth!**

 

LAW’S SACHS’ SUPREME COURT BRIEF TAKES CENTER STAGE IN ORAL ARGUMENTS
Stephen Sachs, assistant professor of law, filed an amicus brief “in support of neither party” in the case Atlantic Marine v. U.S. District Court that received 11 mentions during the oral arguments before the Supreme Court earlier this week. Before the arguments, the justices highlighted the brief, which argues that both parties in the case present flawed arguments on the matters at hand, and issued a directive for both sides to be prepared to discuss and respond to the points raised therein.

Sachs was on-hand as the oral arguments took place. He says, “I find it really interesting when something I study as part of teaching Civil Procedure suddenly becomes relevant to a real-world case in the Supreme Court. I also think it’s the job of academics to stay connected with what’s going on in the courts and to be able to say, ‘Hey, this will actually have some effect beyond this case that might not have been immediately apparent just based on the parties’ briefs.’”

Read More:
Sachs’ Supreme Court amicus brief “in support of neither party” gets noticed (law.duke.edu)
Duke Law Prof’s Brief Takes Center Court (www.law.com)
Justices’ Order: Read This Brief (www.law.com)

 

LAW’S SCHWARCZ EXPLAINS THE DANGERS OF A DEBT DEFAULT
Stephen Schwarcz, the Stanley A. Star Professor of Law & Business, in a forthcoming paper presents a systematic examination of a potential US debt default — from how it might occur, how it could be avoided, its potential consequences if not avoided, and how those consequences could be mitigated. Although the U.S. government has technically defaulted on its debt in the past, his paper explains why such a default today would be much more devastating. Indeed, because almost half of U.S. debt is currently held by foreign investors, even the threat of a default could undermine the nation’s creditworthiness.

Read More:
Understanding the dangers of a debt default (constitutioncenter.org)

 

COMMENTARY: FACULTY DISCUSS ONGOING SYRIAN CRISIS IN ROUNDTABLE
A panel of Duke scholars discussed the ongoing crisis in Syria at a talk hosted by the Duke Islamic Studies Center’s ISLAMiCommentary project recently on campus. Together Phil Bennett, director of DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy; Abdeslam Maghraoui, associate professor of the practice for political science; Bruce Jentleson, professor of public policy and political science; addressed the political implications of US media coverage of the Syria crisis, US national security and humanitarian interests, the chemical weapons issue, and the potential for a peaceful settlement.

Read More:
Between a Red Line and a Hard Place: Duke Scholars Discuss What’s Next for Syria (islamicommentary.org)

 

DEVILS IN DC: DUKE OFFICIALS TALK STUDENT LOANS
Donna Lisker, associate vice provost for undergraduate education, and Alison Rabil, assistant vice provost and director of financial aid, traveled to Washington on September 23 to discuss higher education issues with staff from three North Carolina delegation offices.

Read More:
Devils in DC: Duke Officials Talk Student Loans (governmentrelations.duke.edu)

 

FUQUA’S MARX PRESENTS REPORT TO FCC
Duke University Fuqua School of Business economics professor Leslie Marx appeared at the FCC headquarters in Washington, D.C. on September 25 to  discuss the upcoming “incentive auction” to buy spectrum licenses back from TV broadcasters to sell them to wireless carriers.  While in town, Marx also met with Congressional staff on the Communications and Technology Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee to provide expert opinion in an informal briefing.

Read More:
Fuqua Economics Professor to Meet with FCC (fuqua.duke.edu)
An Open Spectrum Auction Is Best for Consumers and Public Safety (allthingsd.com)

 

JUSTICE ALITO OFFERS LESSONS FROM THE BENCH — AND A DISTINGUISHED CAREER
Supreme Court Associate Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. visited Duke Law for a week in late September.  In addition to teaching a seminar titled Current Issues in Constitutional Interpretation to 15 second- and third-year students, Alito shared highlights and insights from his life and career with an overflow student audience during a Sept. 19 “Lives in the Law” conversation with Dean David F. Levi.

Read More:
Justice Alito Offers Lessons from the Bench — And a Distinguished Career (law.duke.edu)

 

REMINDER: DUKE POLITICS AND POLICY NETWORK HAPPY HOUR OCT. 25
You are invited to a happy hour to introduce the new Duke Politics and Policy Network, a network for and about Duke alumni in the politics and policy industries. The happy hour is an opportunity to meet other Duke Alumni in politics and policy and to discuss the potential for the network: your involvement, events, structure, etc. The happy hour will be at 5:00 p.m. on October 25 at Lounge 201 (201 Mass Ave. NE).  RSVP here. Questions?  Contact Elizabeth Jackson at jackson@dcw.org.

 

DUKE COMMEMORATION OF 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF FIRST BLACK STUDENTS CONCLUDES
The nine-month commemoration of the 50th anniversary of black students at Duke University came to an end this past weekend with hundreds of black alumni returning to campus to lay claim to the university that helped shape them.

Brodhead highlighted notable black alumni and faculty who have made advances at Duke, including Rev. Luke Powery, the first black dean of Duke Chapel; Paula McClain, the first black dean of a school; politicians such as N.C. State Sen. Dan Blue and U.S. Sen. Mo Cowan and Duke’s first black head coach, wrestling coach Glen Lanham.

Read More:
Laying Claim to a Legacy (today.duke.edu)