‘He Helped Us Find a Solution’

Professor Roy Sobelson, Dean Steven J. Kaminshine, Judge Shawn Ellen LaGrua (J.D. ‘87) and Anne Ware Lewis (J.D. ‘89) at a luncheon honoring Kaminshine.

Professor Roy Sobelson (from left), Dean Steven J. Kaminshine, Judge Shawn Ellen LaGrua (J.D. ‘87) and Anne Ware Lewis (J.D. ’89) Pose at a luncheon honoring Kaminshine’s service.

I was never fortunate enough to have Steve as a professor, but I know a lot of people who did — and I know, for many of them, he shaped their careers in the labor and employment field. I know many have also called upon Steve after they graduated to ask labor and employment questions, just as similar calls have been made to — and answered by — Roy Sobelson, Lynn Hogue and others through the years.

One of the many great things about being a Georgia State Law alum is that the same care and concern the professors have for you while you’re a student continue into your professional years. They are great advocates for graduates who are learning how to be lawyers. I’m thankful to Steve for fostering that.

Over the years, I’ve had the wonderful experience of working with Steve on the Law Advisory Council and in other College of Law groups. Steve is an ever-present, always active member of every group.

Last year, I had the good fortune to work with Steve in a different capacity, when he served as a mediator in a case in which our firm represented some of the parties. The case was a difficult one, involving neighbors who clearly all loved their community but were simply at odds on a particular issue. I think it would be fair to say that the other lawyers and I initially thought, “Nobody’s going to be able to get this resolved.”

But Steve came in and helped us find a solution to a dispute that had been dividing an otherwise undivided community for several years. He found a way to get the parties and their lawyers to come together, just as he has gained consensus on so many projects during his time at Georgia State.

So while I never had Steve as a professor, I have learned so much from him long after leaving Georgia State Law. When I think about Steve’s leadership, I think about the saying, “There is simply no limit to what can be done if it doesn’t matter who gets the credit.” That is Steve Kaminshine.

— Anne Ware Lewis (J.D. ’89)

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