As a high school government and economics teacher, Amy BeMent (J.D. ’17) exposed her students to several aspects of the law – mock trials, mock legislatures and judicial competitions. After 11 years, she decided that she didn’t want to just teach the law, she wanted to participate in it. Upon the urging of her husband,… more »
Access to Justice News
Georgia State Law faculty members Charlotte Alexander, Erin Fuse Brown and Lauren Sudeall Lucas have been promoted to associate professor with tenure and associate professor Robert Weber was recently awarded tenure. This designation is a testament to the hard work and dedication each has to their students,… more »
It’s a little after 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 14, the first Tuesday of spring break. The Fulton County Magistrate Court clerk just read the dispossessory calendar call. Her instructions: “when your name is called, answer ‘plaintiff, defendant, landlord or tenant.’”
A woman runs in after the call. She is out of breath and proceeds to… more »
Stephen B. Bright joined the faculty at Georgia State University College Law and its Center for Access to Justice this spring. A longtime champion of indigent defense, Bright began practicing law in 1975 and has built a national reputation for representing people facing the death penalty at trial and on appeal and advocating for… more »
This spring, the Center for Access to Justice launched a program designed to “bridge” the gap between academics and practitioners working on issues of access to justice. Bridges is an opportunity for professors to share coffee and conversation with an interdisciplinary group comprised of other faculty, graduate students, and practitioners.
Giving an overview of the litigation landscape for transgender rights, Georgia State University College of Law’s Center for Access to Justice and student group OUTLaw presented a March 9 panel to a standing-room only crowd.
“This timely panel was enlightening and inspiring,” said Darcy Meals, assistant director of the Center for Access to Justice. “Too… more »
The Center for Access to Justice, founded in 2016, supports those working to ensure meaningful access to the courts and equal treatment in the civil and criminal justice systems, with a regional focus on the South. To that end, the center convenes stakeholders, engages in research and public education and trains… more »
Quoting Robert F. Kennedy, Lisa Foster began the 59th Distinguished Miller Lecture Series with a question: “’Do minorities or people who speak our language imperfectly…or those who are poor, really receive the same protection before the courts as the rest of our citizens? All too often, they do not.’”
Foster, former director of the more »
The Center for Access to Justice has had a successful inaugural semester. Launched in August, the center’s mission is to support those working to ensure meaningful access to the courts and equal treatment for all in the civil and criminal justice systems, with a regional focus on the South.
We’ve accomplished a lot in our… more »
One of the great tenets of the legal profession is fairness and equal treatment under the law. The barriers to access to legal representation in the criminal and civil systems for those with limited financial means lead to grave inequalities in the scales of justice. With a growing divide between the wealthy and the poor,… more »