April 16, 2007
John T. Marshall (L) looks on as Dean Steven Kaminshine and Ben F. Johnson III present the 2007 Ben F. Johnson Jr. Public Service Award
The Georgia State University College of Law honored attorney John T. Marshall, a 45-year member of Powell Goldstein LLP, with the Ben F. Johnson Jr. Public Service Award during an April 12 ceremony at The Commerce Club in downtown Atlanta.
The honor is presented annually to a Georgia lawyer whose life and career reflect the tradition of selfless public service that the College of Law's founding dean, Ben F. Johnson Jr., exemplified during his career.
“We are particularly grateful for John's service to the Bar, and to the College of Law,” said Dean Steve Kaminshine. “John has not only been an exemplary lawyer and litigator, but he has also been a role model, mentor and teacher to countless lawyers and students. That is the heart of his public service.”
Marshall serves as chairman of the College of Law's Board of Visitors, helped launch the College of Law's mentorship program for students and has taught litigation to Georgia State University law students as an adjunct professor.
The former chair of the litigation department at Powell Goldstein, Marshall served as special counsel to the Ethics Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives, and has appeared in the role of Presidential Counsel on the public television series "The Advocates."
Marshall has also been recognized by Atlanta Magazine as a 2007 Georgia Superlawyer and has received the following awards: American Inns of Court Professionalism Award for 11th Judicial Circuit; ALI - American Bar Association's Harrison Tweed Award (for teaching trial evidence); State Bar of Georgia's Distinguished Service Award; State Bar of Georgia's Tradition of Excellence Award (for service to bar and community); State Bar of Georgia's A. Gus Cleveland Award (for service to continuing legal education); Atlanta Bar Association's Charles E. Watkins, Jr. Award (for service to the Bar); Atlanta Bar Association's Leadership Award; Atlanta Bar Association's Professionalism Award; and Atlanta Volunteer Lawyer Foundation's Phil Heiner Award (for legal service to indigents).
Guest speakers during the award ceremony included University Provost Ron Henry; Ben F. Johnson III, Alston & Bird; Randall L. Hughes, Powell Goldstein; William G. Scrantom Jr., Page Scrantom Sprouse Tucker & Ford; The Honorable Frank Hull, U. S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit; and Steven Gottlieb, Atlanta Legal Aid Society.
”John Marshall has given his time tirelessly to fellow lawyers and students,” noted Judge Hull. “He has firm principles, but he also knows how to lead with a firm touch.”
Video - Photo Album of the ceremony
Past recipients of the Georgia State College of Law Ben F. Johnson Jr. Public Service Award include:
Linda K. DiSantis, Esquire, 2006
The Honorable Anthony A. Alaimo, 2005
The Honorable Robert Benham, 2004
Stephen B. Bright, Esquire, 2003
The Honorable Griffin B. Bell, 2002
Clifford Oxford, Esquire, 2001
The Honorable Luther A. Alverson, 2000
Paul Cadenhead, Esquire, 1999
Randolph W. Thrower, Esquire, 1998
The Honorable Dorothy Toth Beasley, 1997
The Honorable Harold C. Clarke, 1996
Donald L. Hollowell, Esquire, 1995
The Honorable Elbert P. Tuttle, 1994