Harold D. Melton, who previously served as the chief justice of the Georgia Supreme Court, has been named the holder of the Carl E. Sanders Scholar in Political Leadership at the University of Georgia School of Law. In this role, he will teach a seminar during the spring 2022 semester titled “Representing the State.”
The University of Georgia School of Law remains one of the best returns on investment in legal education in the country, according to a recent ranking by National Jurist. The School of Law has been ranked as the #1 or #2 best value law school for the last five years. This ranking examines outcome-driven metrics such as bar passage and employment rates in addition to average indebtedness, tuition and cost of living.
Congratulations to third-year student Benjamin S. "Ben" Causey and second-year student N. Molly Laughlin for winning the Intramural Mock Trial Competition. Many thanks to finalists Abigail C. "Abi" Hartlein and Emily P. Johnson, both second-year students, and the other competitors for contributing to a wonderful tournament.
The School of Law regrets to announce the passing of law student S. Davis Bergsagel on October 9, 2021. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia in 2018 with honors and was pursuing his Juris Doctor at the law school. A memorial service will take place 3 p.m. October 15 at Roswell Presbyterian Church, 755 Mimosa Boulevard, Roswell. A Celebration of Life will follow the service at Roswell Historic Cottage, 972 Alpharetta Street, Roswell. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI.ORG)
Congratulations to third-year student Jacob D. Swanstrom for winning the Best Direct Examination Award at the King of the Hill Mock Trial Competition recently. He competed in the tournament with his classmates Charles D. Calkins, Peyton J. Clark, Varad R. Dabke and Brandon D. Waller. Collectively they finished as national quarterfinalists out of 32 teams. The team was coached by 2014 alumnus Jeremy B. Dailey, with assistance from William D. "Will" Ortiz (J.D.'20), Amelia Welch Ortiz (J.D.'21) and Ian L. Kecskes (J.D.'21).