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A record-breaking summer of service

Rising second-year student Amanda Payne worked at the New York Attorney General's Investor Protection Bureau.
School of Law welcomes its newest students
Class has begun for 189 members of the Juris Doctor Class of 2020. Twenty-five are first-generation college graduates; 21 percent self-identify as belonging to a minority group, and three are military veterans. The median undergraduate GPA of this impressive class is 3.71 and the median LSAT score is 162. Additionally, 15 LL.M. students, hailing from 10 countries on five continents, and four M.S.L. students began their legal studies. Statistics as of 8/10/17.

Law school creates Veterans Legal Services Clinic, renowned alumnus contributes lead gift
The School of Law is establishing a Veterans Legal Services Clinic funded by a lead gift from 1977 alumnus James E. “Jim” Butler Jr. in memory of his father. The new clinic will provide veterans in Georgia with legal assistance they might not otherwise have access to or be able to afford, with particular regard to denied or deferred claims before the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. It also includes an educational scholarship component. 

Record-breaking public interest fellowships
photo of scalesA record number of School of Law students – 36 – spent a summer of service in Georgia; Washington, D.C.; New York City and abroad. Work placements included nonprofits and nongovernmental organizations; local, state and federal government agencies; state and federal prosecutor’s offices; and criminal defense practices. Resources supporting these law students also reached a high point. Additionally, another 16 students gained experience as global externs at law firms, in-house legal departments, government agencies and nongovernmental organizations around the world. View photos of students in fellowships/externships


collage of professors photoWorld-class faculty

Five faculty members receive promotions: Kathleen A. Doty has been appointed director of the Dean Rusk International Law Center, where she will be assisted by two faculty co-directors, Diane Marie Amann and Harlan G. Cohen.  Andrea L. Dennis and Hillel Y. Levin were promoted to the rank of full professor, while Kent Barnett was awarded tenure and Jason A. Cade was named associate professor.

Three new faculty members: Joining the law school this fall are: Christopher M. Bruner, who specializes in corporate, securities and financial law; Sandra G. "Sandy" Mayson, who teaches in the areas of criminal law, evidence and criminal justice reform; and Catherine N. Clutter (J.D.’88), who will lead courses in legal writing, writing for judicial clerkships and advanced drafting.
Amann receives prestigious research appointments at USC and Oxford: In spring 2018, Diane Marie Amann will initially serve as the inaugural Breslauer, Rutman and Anderson Research Fellow at the Center for Advanced Genocide Research at the University of Southern California Shoah Foundation. Then she will travel to the University of Oxford, where she will be a Research Visitor and a Visiting Fellow. Her research at both locations will focus on the many roles women have played in post-World War II international criminal trials. 

West wins scholarship award: Sonja R. West was selected for the 2017 Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Stonecipher Award, which recognizes the best media law and policy article published during the previous year. She was honored for her article "The 'Press' Then and Now" published in 77 Ohio State Law Journal 49 (2016).

Student Spotlight: Second-year student Kristin Kennedy Williams

Class Notes and In Memoriam

Upcoming events include: GJICL Conference: The Next Generation of International Trade Agreements (9/18), 114th Sibley Lecture featuring the University of Southern California's Edward D. Kleinbard (9/25), Class of 2017 Job Fair and Speed Networking Event (10/11), Law School Association Council Fall Meeting (10/13), 27th Annual School of Law Homecoming BBQ (10/14), Supreme Court of Georgia Visit (10/24) and Board of Visitors Fall Meeting (11/3).

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