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Courtroom dedicated in honor of Butler family
Recently the courtroom in Dean Rusk Hall was named the James E. Butler Courtroom in honor of three generations of the Butler family – James E. Butler, 1977 alumnus James E. “Jim” Butler Jr. and 2008 alumnus James E. “Jeb” Butler III. A portrait of Jim was also unveiled, and it now hangs outside the courtroom. Friends and family, including UGA President Jere W. Morehead (J.D.'80), former deans Rebecca Hanner White and David E. Shipley, Associate Dean Emeritus Paul M. Kurtz, numerous members of the state and federal judiciary and colleagues including Joel O. Wooten Jr. (J.D.'75), Butler’s longtime law partner gathered at the dedication. In attendance (above) with Jim were (l. to r.) his daughters Emily Patteson and Catherine Butler and son Jeb Butler. View photos and video from the event.
Students argue before the U.S. Court of Appeals in the Fourth and D.C. Circuits
The Appellate Litigation Clinic provides Georgia Law students with unique hands-on litigation experiences. Third-year student Jacob S. “Jake” Edwards presented oral argument before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. The question in the case was whether William Gray Jr.’s habeas petition was second or successive given that it challenged a “new judgment.” Third-year students Mary Grace Griffin and David R. Waldrep assisted, and all three students attended the argument in Richmond, Virginia.
Additionally, third-year student Matt B. Rosenthal presented oral argument before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. The case was Lawrence Niskey v. Jeh Johnson, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, and the question was whether Niskey had exhausted his administrative remedies while pursuing his Title VII claims. Third-year students Mandi R. Moroz and Lesley A. O’Neill were student counsel in the case as well, and they attended the argument in our nation’s capital.   

Federal judge discusses process of sentencing
lisa godbey wood picAs part of the law school’s Georgia Women in Law Lead (WILL) initiative, U.S. District Court Chief Judge Lisa Godbey Wood (J.D.’90) delivered a lecture titled “Reflections on Sentencing.” Wood served as the school’s inaugural Edenfield Jurist in Residence earlier this semester and taught on the topic of sentencing. Her speech was also selected to be part of UGA's Signature Lecture series. View photos from the event.

Two professors win national scholarship awards
chapman picAssistant Professor Nathan S. Chapman was announced as the winner of the inaugural Berman Prize for his article "The Establishment Clause, State Action, and Town of Greece" in the William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal. The Association of American Law Schools Section on Law and Religion created the honor to recognize tenure-track scholars for excellence in scholarship. He will receive the award in January.
west picProfessor Sonja R. West received the National Communication Association’s 2016 Haiman Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Freedom of Expression. This annual honor is bestowed on an NCA member who has authored outstanding published research on freedom of expression. West’s winning article “Press Exceptionalism” was published in the Harvard Law Review.

Two professors elected to prestigious organizations
rodrigues and thompson picsAssociate Dean for Faculty Development Usha Rodrigues was elected to the American Law Institute, which is the leading independent organization in the United States producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize and improve the law.
Sibley Professor in Corporate and Business Law Larry D. Thompson was elected to 2016 Class of Fellows of The American College of Governance Counsel, which is a professional, educational and honorary association of lawyers widely recognized for their achievements in the field of governance. 

Commit to Georgia campaign launches with focus on students
Last month UGA President Jere W. Morehead (J.D.’80) announced the public phase of the university’s comprehensive capital campaign – Commit to Georgia. Morehead said, “The success of our efforts will be measured not only by the number of dollars raised but also – and more importantly – by the number of lives changed.” In this campaign, the law school’s goals are to increase student scholarship funding; expand the number of Distinguished Law Fellowships; expand the number of scholarships for first-generation college graduates; build a modern, dedicated space for our legal clinics; and create a new veteran legal services clinic.

Mentoring program deemed a success
mentor picThe mentoring program, launched in August, is yielding great results. Each first-year student was matched with a faculty member, a career development counselor, an upper-level law student and a law school graduate or legal professional who they can rely upon for insights and opinions. Scores of these connections have produced meaningful relationships. First-year student Lauren B. Wallace (pictured with her mentor team) said: “After being out of school for a few years, I really had no idea what to expect going into my 1L year. Georgia Law created a welcoming atmosphere for me to not only ask a range of questions, but also feel at home before classes even started. Since starting in August, I was able to establish relationships with my mentors who had experiences and backgrounds that looked similar to my own. I don't know if my first semester experience would have been the same without the help from my team. In general, I feel very supported and know that I'm not in this alone.”  Above left, Wallace poses (center) with her mentor team of (l. to r.) Hosch Professor Elizabeth Weeks (J.D.’99), Career Development Associate Director Laura E. Woodson (J.D.’90), 2013 alumnus Rory A. Weeks and second-year student Harris R. Mason.

Spotlight: Second-year student Tyler M. Sandifer
Spotlight: Alumnus Neil H. Wasser (J.D.'80)

Class Notes & In Memoriam

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