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Students give 11th Circuit Court oral arguments

Third-year students Chris Kelleher (right) and Alex Weathersby presented oral arguments on the same day in two separate cases before the Eleventh Circuit Court.

Veterans Legal Clinic opens 
The School of Law has opened its much anticipated Veterans Legal Clinic to provide former service men and women 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. Under the direction of Professor Alexander W. “Alex” Scherr, a 30-plus year public service lawyer and educator, the clinic is staffed by law students who are working directly with veterans and their dependents to access to benefits and services.
Law school 1977 alumnus James E. “Jim” Butler Jr. provided the lead gift for the establishment of the clinic in memory of his father, Lt. Cmdr. James E. Butler Sr., who was a U.S. Navy fighter pilot.

Wilbanks CEASE Clinic makes history
In May, the Wilbanks Child Endangerment and Sexual Exploitation Clinic won the first case tried to verdict under Georgia’s Hidden mangan picPredator Act. The legislation created a two-year window of relief from the statute of limitations for bringing civil charges in cases of child sexual abuse. Clinic Staff Attorney Jean Goetz Mangan (J.D.’11) tried the case. The Wilbanks CEASE Clinic – the first of its type in the nation – is funded through the generosity of law school 1986 alumnus Marlan B. Wilbanks.
Appellate Litigation Clinic wins case in the 11th Circuit, students argue two more cases
The law school's Appellate Litigation Clinic recently won a case in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. The case Smith v. Dewberry involved whether the client was in imminent danger at the time he filed his complaint such that he could bypass the three-strike rule under the Prison Litigation Reform Act. Additionally, in August, third-year students Christopher “Chris” Kelleher and Alexander “Alex” Weathersby presented oral arguments on the same day in two separate cases before the Eleventh Circuit Court. Kelleher represented the clinic’s client in Petersen v. Blanton, et al. and Weathersby argued in the case Jones v. Secretary, Florida Department of Corrections.
Alumnus becomes chief justice of Georgia Supreme Court
melton picOn September 4, Harold D. Melton (J.D.’91) became the chief justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia. He was appointed to the state’s highest court by Gov. Sonny Perdue in 2005 and served as presiding justice from January 2017-September 2018. Prior to joining the court, Melton served as executive counsel to Perdue, representing the governor on legal issues covering the entire scope of state government.

Law Clinics@50
Celebrating more than 50 years of clinical and experiential learning at the University of Georgia School of Law, a yearlong initiative iclinics graphics underway to connect current law students, School of Law graduates and legal community partners who have all played a role in one of the hallmarks of the first-rate legal education provided by the law school. Activities will include: 
  •  the official unveiling of dedicated office space for five law school clinics in downtown Athens.
  •  a series of educational events bringing current law students and former clinic and externship graduates together.
  •  a partnership with the Georgia Law Review for articles highlighting the school’s clinical programs and service learning offerings (of which there are currently 17).
  •  the collection of memories and accomplishments of former alumni/alumnae who gained essential hands-on experience through the school’s service learning opportunities.
Of special note, this yearlong initiative will culminate on March 29, 2019, during the law school’s Annual Alumni/Alumnae Weekend with celebratory events including a reunion for former faculty and graduates – as well as current students – and a CLE.

UGA climbs to 13th in U.S. News & World Report rankings
The University of Georgia jumped three spots to No. 13 in the U.S. News & World Report ranking of best public national universities, the highest ranking in UGA's history.

World-class scholars
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Batten becomes instructor-in-residence
Judge Timothy C. Batten Sr. (J.D.’84) of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia is currently serving as instructor-in-residence at the School of Law’s facility in Atlanta. He is teaching the required introductory course on the American legal system for the school’s Master in the Study of Law degree.
Ringhand testifies before U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee regarding Supreme Court nomination process
Hosch Professor Lori A. Ringhand testified about the U.S. Supreme Court judicial confirmation process before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Oversight, Agency Action, Federal Rights and Federal Courts.
Baradaran recognized at the Georgia Author of the Year Awards
Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives & Hosch Associate Professor Mehrsa Baradaran was selected as a finalist at the 2018 Georgia Author of the Year Awards for her book The Color of Money: Black Banks and the Racial Wealth Gap in the category of history/biography.
Wells publishes article in Fordham Law Review
Carter Chair in Tort and Insurance Law Michael L. Wells published "Wrongful Convictions, Constitutional Remedies, and Nelson v. Colorado" in 86 Fordham Law Review 2199 (2018).


Spotlight: Tyler Love (J.D.'09) and Eric Roden (J.D.'12)

Class Notes and In Memoriam

In Memoriam: Callaway Chair Emeritus Verner F. Chaffin
chaffin picThe School of Law regrets to share news of the passing of Callaway Chair Emeritus Verner F. Chaffin (LL.B.’42), who served on the law school’s faculty for more than 30 years. Specializing in the areas of wills, trusts, estate planning and future interests, Chaffin passed away on April 27, just a few months shy of the age of 100. This remarkable scholar, teacher, alumnus and mentor will be sorely missed by the entire law school community and all those whose lives he touched throughout the years. He is survived by his wife of 74 years, Ethel Tison Chaffin; daughter Ethel Chaffin Simonetti; daughter Mary Chaffin (J.D.’82); son V. Frank Chaffin; son John Chaffin and five grandchildren.
Advocate In Memoriam Article (2018)        Athens Banner-Herald Obituary (2018)      

Advocate Chaffin Legacy Article (2002)     Remembrances and wishes for the Chaffin family
Remembering UGA Oral History Collection: Verner Chaffin, Goin' Back (2007)

Upcoming events include:  Young Alumni/Alumnae Committee Fall Meeting (9/28); Law School Association Council Fall Meeting (10/5); Career Day: Employer Table Talk and Reception (10/5); 28th Annual School of Law Homecoming BBQ (10/6); Interdisciplinary Opioid Epidemic Symposium (10/20); Welcome to the Dark Web CLE & Young Alumni/Alumnae Committee's Quarterly Reception (11/1) and Board of Visitors Fall Meeting (11/9).

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