Three national titles in 10 days and a victory in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
School of Law students enjoyed a very successful year. This spring, they captured three national titles in just under 10 days. They won the 6th Annual South Texas Mock Trial Challenge (an invitation only national advocacy tournament), the Transactional LawMeet and the Energy Law Negotiation Competition. Additionally, the school’s Appellate Litigation Clinic students won a case in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit earlier in the year. Third-year student Jacob S. “Jake” Edwards presented oral argument addressing the question of whether or not a client’s habeas petition was second or successive given that it challenged a “new judgment,” and the court decided in favor of the clinic's position.
Alumni/alumnae and supporters receive significant honors
The UGA Alumni Association recently recognized Kathelen V. Amos (J.D.’82) with a 2017 Alumni Merit Award and the Gayle and Jimmy Alston family with its 2017 Family of the Year Award. The Alston family’s John N. Goddard Foundation established the Distinguished Law Fellows program at the law school last year in memory of Philip H. Alston, Jr. Left image: Amos. Right image: (l. to r.) Jimmy and Gayle Alston with Alston Distinguished Law Fellows Taryn Winston and Lindsey Bunting.
Additionally, earlier this spring, Ertharin Cousin (J.D.’82), William J. “Bill” Stembler (J.D.’71) and Audrey Boone Tillman (J.D.’89) received the law school alumni/alumnae association’s highest honor – the Distinguished Service Scroll Award – for their outstanding dedication and service to the legal profession and the law school. Georgia Supreme Court Justice Robert Benham (J.D.’70) delivered the keynote address prior to the awards ceremony. Appearing in the header photo above are: (l. to r.) Stembler, Cousin, Benham and Tillman.
School sees improvement in employment stats and continues to be recognized as for its return on investment
According to recent calculations, the School of Law ranks among the top 13 law schools for its Class of 2016 employed at 10-month data, based on statistics supplied to the ABA for the law schools ranked among the top 30 by U.S. News & World Report earlier this year. (This statistic is calculated using employment positions that are full-time, long-term jobs that require bar passage or are J.D.-advantage jobs.)
Independently, U.S. News & World Report recognized Georgia Law as a great return on investment when looking at median salary-to-debt ratios for the Class of 2015 for those employed full-time in the private sector.
Hunstein to deliver Commencement keynote
Georgia Supreme Court Justice Carol W. Hunstein will deliver the law school’s Commencement address on May 20. Approximately 200 students will receive degrees at the ceremony, including 181 who have earned the Juris Doctor, 13 who have earned the Master of Laws and three who have earned the Master in the Study of Law.
• Hosch Associate Professor Mehrsa Baradaran has been chosen to present a portion of her forthcoming book The Color of Money: Black Banking and the Racial Wealth Gap at the 2017 Stanford/Harvard/Yale Junior Faculty Forum. She also recently presented "How the Other Half Banks" at Harvard Law School.
• Hosch Professor Elizabeth Weeks was recently counted among the most-cited health law scholars from 2010 to 2014 according to a law faculty citation analysis published on the Harvard Law School Petrie-Flom Center's Bill of Health blog.
• Sibley Professor in Corporate and Business Law Larry D. Thompson was named as Volkswagen's independent compliance monitor under the terms of its settlements with the U.S. government. In this role, Thompson will assess, oversee and monitor the company’s compliance with the terms of its settlements for a period of three years, including measures to further strengthen Volkswagen’s compliance, reporting and monitoring mechanisms and implementation of an enhanced compliance and ethics program.
Student spotlight: Second-year student Shayla J. Bivins
Class Notes & In Memoriam
Upcoming events include Commencement (5/20), the Joseph Henry Lumpkin Society Spring Twilight Affair (6/16), the 114th Sibley Lecture featuring the University of Southern California’s Edward D. Kleinbard (9/25) and the 27th Annual School of Law Homecoming BBQ (10/14).
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