Advocate Magazine

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2017 (Vol. 51)

ISSN 1557-1025

Table of Contents

From the law school's leaders  p.0

From the Dean: Prepare. Connect. Lead.  p.1

Distinguished jurists teach; five jurists, including a U.S. Supreme Court justice. lead law courses  p.4

Committed to excellence p.5

This summer more than 35 law students worked in public interest positions around the globe addressing a variety of causes and concerns. They were supported by nearly $70,000 in fellowship grants.
School of Law students captured three national titles during the 2016-17 academic year. They won the 6th Annual South Texas Mock Trial Challenge (an invitation-only national advocacy tournament), the Transactional LawMeet and the Energy Law Negotiation Compeitition.

Conference highlights p.11

Scholarships provide for first-rate training and opportunities  p.12
The School of Law strives to prepare its students for the practice of law and to connect them with people and opportunities so they can excel and be leaders in their chosen career fields and communities. Scholarships are key to making this happen, and the Distinguished Law Fellows program is leading the way.

Law School Life p.13

Student profiles pp.14-15

Class of 2017 Commencement  pp.16-17
A photo essay of this special day featuring Georgia Supreme Court Justice Carol Hunstein as keynote speaker.

Conference addresses child endangerment and sexual abuse  p.18
The Wilbanks Child Endangerment and Sexual Exploitation Clinic, the first of its kind in the nation, held its inaugural conference shortly after just one year in existence. Ross Cheit, a Brown University professor and author of Witch-Hunt Narrative, was the keynote speaker.

Women's leadership initiative p.19

Inaugural Edenfield Jurist in Residence: Class, lecture focus on sentencing  p.20
The inaugural Edenfield Jurist in Residence, Lisa Godbey Wood (J.D.’90) of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia, taught a one-week course on sentencing this past fall and delivered a university Signature Lecture.

Center entrenches law school's global presence p.21

Edith House Lecture: Federal judge shares her story as a mother and jurist p.22

Thanks to Jim Smith p. 22

Introducing the law school's new professors  p.23
Christopher Bruner and Sandy Mayson will join the law school’s faculty in the fall of 2017. Bruner specializes in corporate, securities and financial law, and Mayson teaches in the areas of criminal law, evidence and criminal justice reform.

Faculty promotions and achievements pp.24-28

Alumni/Alumnae profiles pp.29-31

Alumni/Alumnae Weekend 2017 p.32

DSS Awards: Cousin, Stembler and Tillman honored  pp.33-34
Ertharin Cousin (J.D.’82), Bill Stembler (J.D.’71) and Audrey Boone Tillman (J.D.’89) received the 2017 Distinguished Service Scroll Awards. This accolade is the highest honor given by the Law School Association and recognizes outstanding dedication and service to the legal profession and the law school.

Bersinger receives Young Alumni/Alumnae of Excellence Award p. 34

Law School Life p.35

Courtroom named for Butler family  p.36

U.S. Court of Appeals judge portrait unveiled pg. 36

Homecoming BBQ 2017 & Alumni/Alumnae Weekend 2018 p.37

Become a Sustainer (Back Cover)