Alumni

‘You Can Bend the Arc Toward Justice,’ Childers (J.D. ’17) Tells Classmates

ABA President Linda Klein Tells Graduates ‘To Do Good’

“The moral arc of the universe does bend toward justice, but only because it is shaped by just people, often in the most trying of times,” said Darlene Childers (J.D. ’17), the 2016-17 Student Bar Association president at the 2017 Commencement and Hooding Ceremony on… more »

Amy BeMent (J.D. ’17): Moot Court Inspires Passion

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 »

Alex Stone (J.D. ’17): Serving as a Voice For Those Who Cannot Speak

From the time she was a small child, Alex Stone (J.D. ’17) has been intrigued by criminal law. Her grandfather was an agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, and she took a great interest in learning about the people he was investigating.

Stone came to Georgia State Law after graduating from the… more »

Kianna Hawkins Chennault (J.D. ’17): Aspiring Criminal Litigator & New Mom

The last semester of law school is stressful for most students, but when you’re expecting your first child, the workload seems a bit more intense. That did not deter Kianna Hawkins Chennault (J.D. ’17).

During her second year at Georgia State Law, Chennault became a member of the Georgia State University Law Review… more »

Justin Leef (J.D./M.P.A. ’17): Taking Initiative to Save Lives

Justin Leef (J.D./M.P.A. ’17) recently learned of an alternative understanding of the Latin legal phrase sua sponte: “take the initiative.” His interpretation is that “if you see a problem that matters to you, tactfully take the initiative and work hard toward a solution.”

During his first year of law school, Leef did just that. He introduced… more »

Darlene Childers (J.D. ’17): Service & Leadership Hallmark of Experience

Having a bachelor of science and master’s degree in social science education, Darlene Childers (J.D. ’17) taught for a few years before becoming a stay-at-home mom. After her divorce, she decided to change careers and enrolled at Georgia State Law as a part-time day student.

“My experience at Georgia State Law has been one of… more »

Team Namer (J.D. ’17): Siblings Team Up in Life and Law

Michelle Namer (J.D. ’17) was teaching high school science and searching for her calling when her older brother Michael Namer (J.D. ’17) was completing the Georgia State Law application process.

“I spent a lot of time thinking about how I wanted to spend my days and the skills I wanted to strengthen. Law felt like… more »

American Bar Association President Klein to Deliver 2017 Commencement Address

Linda Klein, president of the American Bar Association, will deliver the commencement address to 192 J.D. graduates and 26 LL.M. graduates at the 2017 Georgia State University College of Law Commencement and Hooding Ceremony at 4:30 p.m. Friday, May 12, in the Georgia State University Sports Arena, 125 Decatur St., Atlanta, GA 30303.

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Elizabeth Lester (J.D. ’05)

Lester (J.D ’05) Wins Corporate Counsel Award

Elizabeth Lester (J.D. ’05) received the specialist counsel award at the 2017 Corporate Counsel Awards, which are sponsored by the Atlanta Business Chronicle and the Association of Corporate Counsel Georgia Chapter. The award honors an outstanding corporate counsel who specializes in employment, tax, privacy, intellectual property (IP) or real… more »

Students Win Outstanding Advocate, Brief at South Texas Mock Trial Challenge

Three Georgia State Law students, Lacey Wheeler (J.D. ’17), Ryan Brown (J.D. ’17) and Brandon Reed (J.D. ’18) fared well in the South Texas Mock Trial Challenge, the country’s largest invitational mock trial competition, held March 2-April 2 in Houston. Brown won the Outstanding Advocate award and Reed’s brief was named Outstanding Brief. The… more »