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Matt Hilferty Receives 2016 Girth Staff Achievement Award

Media Services Coordinator Matt Hilferty received the 2016 Marjorie L. Girth Staff Achievement Award at the annual holiday luncheon. The award recognizes Georgia State Law staff members who have rendered exceptional service to the college, Georgia State University, the public or who have achieved important professional development goals.

“It’s an honor and very… more »

Forensic Evidence Largely Not Supported by Sound Science – Now What?

Forensic science has become a mainstay of many a TV drama, and it’s just as important in real-life criminal trials. Drawing on biology, chemistry, genetics, medicine and psychology, forensic evidence helps answer questions in the legal system. Often, forensics provides the “smoking gun” that links a perpetrator to the crime and ultimately puts the bad… more »

Jerri Nims Rooker (J.D. '03)

From The Law Alumni President: Happy Thanksgiving 2016

“She was bold, she was brave, she was stubborn, she was smart.” At first, “stubborn” seems out of place among the other laudable qualities. These qualities were repeated by my daughter and other students throughout their play about Sarah Hale’s role in convincing President Abraham Lincoln to add Thanksgiving as America’s third nationally celebrated holiday.

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In Getting ‘New’ Clinton Emails, Did the FBI Violate the Constitution?

FBI Director James Comey’s Oct. 28 bombshell letter to Congress – which has the potential to affect the presidential election – may be based on illegally obtained emails.

In his letter, Comey says the FBI “has learned” of the existence of emails “that may be pertinent” to the closed investigation of… more »

Elaine T. McGruder (J.D. ’90) Honored with 2016 Public Service Award

The Atlanta Bar Association honored State Court conflict defender Elaine T. McGruder (J.D. ’90) with the 2016 Public Service Award for her significant contributions in advancing the fair administration of justice in the community. She was presented with the award at the ninth annual Celebrating Service Luncheon on Oct. 21.

“Many of us aspire to… more »

Todres Discusses Human Rights in Children’s Literature on City Lights

“A person is a person, no matter how small.” This classic quote from Dr. Suess’ Horton Hears a Who is what inspired Professor Jonathan Todres to write a book about the human rights lessons one can learn from children’s books.

On Sept. 28, Todres was a guest on WABE’s “City Lights,”… more »

What to Do in October? Check Out These Five Festivals

As the humidity fades and the leaves turn, fall in the South is a beautiful, if not a short-lived, opportunity for all sorts of outdoor occasions. With cooler weather approaching, there’s no shortage of events, fairs and festivals to take advantage of in the Atlanta area this October.

1. Georgia Blues & Roots… more »

HeLP: Improving the Wellbeing of Atlanta’s Vulnerable Kids

The social, economic and physical conditions in which chronically ill or disabled children live can be detrimental to improving their health. The Health Law Partnership (HeLP), an interdisciplinary collaboration between lawyers and medical professionals, has been helping low-income children in Atlanta overcome these challenges and improve their health and wellbeing for the last… more »

Segall: Alexander Hamilton and the New Supreme Court Term

As the Supreme Court’s new term begins, many court watchers have observed that the justices don’t have the usual front-page, nationally important cases on their docket.

By this time a year ago, the Supreme Court had already decided to hear controversial affirmative action, free speech and redistricting cases. Soon thereafter the… more »

Powell (J.D. ’99) Elected Chair of State Bar of Georgia Dispute Resolution Section

Bonnie Powell (J.D. ’99), director of the Landlord-Tenant Mediation Clinic, serves as the chair of the State Bar of Georgia Dispute Resolution Section, which promotes and facilitates negotiation, mediation, arbitration and methods other than traditional litigation for the resolution of legal disputes.

Powell has worked with the section and its chairs for… more »