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Cleveland Distinguished Chair of Legal Ethics and Professionalism & Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor Lonnie T. Brown Jr. was featured in the Daily Report regarding his argument before the Georgia Supreme Court in relation to the state bar's proposed guidance on ex parte communication. The article titled "Civil Defense Bar Asks Ga. Justices to Nix Proposed Rule to Allow Contact with Opponents' Ex-Employees" was written by Greg Land and published 10/20/21.

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Cleveland Distinguished Chair of Legal Ethics and Professionalism & Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor Lonnie T. Brown Jr. was featured on Law360 regarding his argument before the Georgia Supreme Court in relation to the state bar's proposed guidance on ex parte communication. The article titled "Ga. Justices See Holes in the Atty Group's Attack on Bar Advice" was written by Rosie Manins and published 10/19/21.

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Clinical Assistant Professor & Prosecutorial Justice Program Director Melissa D. Redmon was featured on VICE News regarding her thoughts on suppressed evidence in relation to jury selection in the Ahmaud Arbery murder trial. The article titled "Court Mistakenly Gave Potential Jurors Access to Ahmaud Arbery's Mental Health History" was written by Trone Dowd and published 10/19/21.

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Callaway Chair of Law Emeritus Ronald L. Carlson was featured in The New York Times regarding the Ahmaud Arbery Trial. The article titled "In the trial of Ahmaud Arbery's accused killers, unsettling video will have a starring role" was written by Richard Fausset and published 10/17/21. The article was reprinted in the Boston Globe and other media outlets around the country.

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Callaway Chair of Law Emeritus Ronald L. Carlson was featured in USA Today regarding the Ahmaud Arbery Trial. The article titled "'Race will be front and center' in Arbery trial" was written by N'dea Yancey-Bragg and was published 10/15/21.

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Callaway Chair of Law Emeritus Ronald L. Carlson was featured on ABC News regarding the Ahmaud Arbery Trial. The segment titled "Ahmaud Arbery murder case may evoke Georgia's history on race: Experts" was reported by Bill Hutchinson and aired 10/17/21. 

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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 Chair 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.” 

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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.

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Assistant Dean Tony Waller was featured in the Daily Report regarding summer 2021 legal work opportunities for law students. The article titled "For Atlanta Firms' Summer Associate Programs, Being In Person Made All the Difference" was written by Jacob Polacheck and published 10/15/21.

2021 intramural mock trial competition

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.

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Callaway Chair of Law Emeritus Ronald L. Carlson's book Carlson on Evidence (with M. Carlson) was recently cited by the Georgia Court of Appeals in the case Marshall v. State regarding jury deliberation privacy. This citation brings the total to 60 times that this text has been used by Georgia appellate courts to resolve evidentiary issues. 

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Metadata Services and Special Collections Librarian Rachel Evans, Access Services Manager Marie Mize and Access Services Associate Szilvia Somodi co-presented "Process Before Technology: UGA Law Library's Item Request Webform" as part of the Georgia Library Association's annual conference during October. Additionally, Somodi and Mize presented "Taking Care of Business and Student Employees During the Pandemic."

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Brumby Distinguished Professor in First Amendment Law Sonja R. West's article "The U.S. Supreme Court's Characterizations of the Press: An Empirical Study" (with R.A. Jones) was reviewed by Helen Norton in JOTWELL (Oct. 8, 2021). In the review titled "How the Supreme Court talks about the press (and why we should care)," Norton calls West's and Jones' study an "impressive empirical work" that details "the dramatic deterioration in both the frequency and the positivity of the Court's description of the press."

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University Professor & Kilpatrick Chair of Corporate Finance and Securities Law Usha Rodrigues was featured on Bloomberg Law regarding special purpose acquisition companies. The article titled "SEC Leans on SPACs for Detailed Disclosures of Risk, Controls" was written by Nicola M. White and published 10/13/21.

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UGA Associate Provost & Kirbo Chair Elizabeth Weeks published "One Child Town: The Health Care Exceptionalism Case Against Agglomeration Economies" in 2021 Utah Law Review 319.

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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)

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University Professor & Kilpatrick Chair of Corporate Finance and Securities Law Usha Rodrigues presented "Insider IPOs" as part of Cornell Law School's faculty colloquium series. 

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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).   

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UGA Associate Provost & Kirbo Chair Elizabeth Weeks published "Introduction: The Future of Global Health Governance" in 49 Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law 483 (2021) (with Anish Patel (J.D.'21)).

New Veterans Legal Clinic Staff Attorney Katie Becker successfully persuaded the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to award survivor’s benefits to the 15-year-old daughter of an Operation Iraqi Freedom combat veteran whose post-traumatic stress disorder caused his death by drug overdose. The VA had denied the dependent’s benefits because it found overdose to be unrelated to the veteran’s military experience. Becker argued that the drugs resulting in his death included some prescribed by the VA for his combat-related PTSD in addition to others he used to self-medicate to help with his severe symptoms. This decision has resulted in a substantial retroactive award and ongoing monthly payments to support the veteran’s surviving child.