Jill benton, shanee brown and mary zhao

The School of Law’s Emerging Scholars initiative brings accomplished practitioners to campus to hone their teaching and academic-writing skills during a two-year residency. Jill Benton (J.D.’99) is teaching in the area of criminal procedure, Shanée Brown will lead courses in evidence and sex crimes, and Mary Yiyue Zhao will instruct in the areas of international intellectual property law and international business transactions.


The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has announced the arrest of an Athens man in the murder investigation of Tara Louise Baker, who was a first-year School of Law student in January 2001. The release was issued 5/9/24.

prof coenen and julia houston

In recognition of his more than 35 years of service to the University of Georgia School of Law, 1995 alumna Julia A. Houston has created a scholarship in honor of longtime faculty member Dan T. Coenen. The Dan T. Coenen Scholarship will support students who intend to practice corporate or business law in Georgia; who have confronted significant challenges; and who will advance the diversity of the legal practice with particular attention given to those who have attended historically Black colleges or universities.

Institute of Continuing Judicial Education Event Coordinator Laura Kathryne Hogan was elected as coordinator for the UGA Staff Council for the 2024-2025 academic year.

Jeanette Fricks-Chavez

Congratulations to third-year student B. Jeanette Fricks-Chavez for being selected as one of UGA’s Top 100 student employees of the year. She works in the Alexander Campbell King Law Library and was recognized at a university-wide luncheon during April.