May 25, 2006
Georgia State College of Law student Adwoa Ghartey-Tagoe recently won the Georgia Association for Women Lawyers (GAWL) Outstanding Student Award. The award program recognizes law students who have demonstrated an aptitude for leadership, achieved excellence in academics and contributed to women’s issues.
"I was deeply humbled and surprised that someone would even consider me for this award," said Ghartey-Tagoe, who will receive an engraved award and a one-year membership in GAWL. "From a very young age I always knew that I wanted to fight for the little guy. As I got older I had a deep-seated need to be an advocate and use my voice to help other individuals."
The award is a final honor for Ghartey-Tagoe, who graduated from the College of Law May 13. In her three years as a law student, Ghartey-Tagoe was recognized for distinguished oral advocacy as a first-year law student when she advanced to the final round of the First-Year Moot Court Com petition. She also served as vice president of appellate advocacy for the Georgia State Moot Court Board, where she co-taught the appellate advocacy course second-year students must take to qualify for Moot Court.
Ghartey-Tagoe has participated in a variety of community service projects, most recently the Truancy Intervention Project, a program that represents children in truancy cases. She has also mentored numerous first and second-year female law students and young women in high school who are interested in the practice of law.
After graduation, Ghartey-Tagoe will be working at Powell Goldstein in Atlanta. Although she hopes to focus on international law, Ghartey-Tagoe plans to continue pro bono work in the area of child advocacy, including representing children in education neglect cases and those with learning disabilities.