Alumni in the News

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 »

Marie Wilcox (J.D. '16)

Wilcox (J.D. ’16) Publishes in ABI Journal

The American Bankruptcy Institute Journal published “The Federal Student Loan Bubble,” by Marie Wilcox (J.D. ’16) in its February issue.

After taking visiting assistant professor of law Summer Chandler’s bankruptcy class, Wilcox became interested in student loan debt and bankruptcy. To fulfill her research writing requirement, she chose to… more »

In Their Words: Trey Kelley (J.D. ’14)

Why did you decide to pursue a career in politics? From an early age, my parents, both public school teachers, instilled in me the value of community service. After graduating from Shorter University, my wife, Amy, and I moved back to my hometown of Cedartown, where we quickly became re-engaged in our community through the… more »

In Their Words – Judge Belinda E. Edwards (J.D. ’90)

Why did you pursue a career in law? I wanted to make a positive difference in my community and in the lives of others.

As a child of the civil rights movement, raised in the segregated South, I experienced firsthand discrimination and the adverse effects of unequal justice. I realized early that it was the… more »

Is Trump’s Nominee Neil Gorsuch a Judicial or a Political Appointment?

On Tuesday, federal appeals court Judge Neil Gorsuch took home the red rose when President Donald Trump nominated him to the Supreme Court to fill the vacancy left by the late Justice Antonin Scalia.

So is he everything the Republicans hoped for when they decided to ignore the nomination of Merrick Garland, and… more »

‘You Can Chase Your Dreams,’ Jessica Leiva (J.D. ’19)

Jessica Leiva (J.D. ’19) knew she wanted to be a lawyer since she was a teenager. But her dreams were pushed aside after she graduated from college and entered the workforce. The birth of her son propelled her to set an example for him.

Although she had proven successful in other endeavors—she was the first… more »

Charles (J.D. ’18) Leads National Mindfulness Society’s Student Division

Austin Charles (J.D. ’18), with the help of his faculty advisor Charity Scott, the Catherine C. Henson Professor of Law, is the chair of the Mindfulness in Law Society student division and has taken the lead for developing mindfulness resources and networking among law students who desire to establish mindfulness programs at their… more »

Barbara Swinton (J.D. '91)

Swinton (J.D. ’91) Appointed to Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin selected Judge Barbara Swinton (J.D. ’91) to serve on the Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals. Prior to her appointment, Swinton served as district court judge for the 7th Judicial District, after her election in 2002.

Swinton chose to pursue a legal career as a high school freshman, but her… more »

Celebrating Twenty-Two December Graduates

The eighth annual Georgia State Law December graduate luncheon was filled with laughter and many hugs on Dec. 15 at the Commerce Club. Paired with their favorite professors, graduates talked of the future and their law school careers.

“These faculty members have had a significant impact on your lives and law school career,” said Steven… more »

Alumni Handle Largest Bond Issuance in the State

Two former Georgia State Law classmates, Andrew Egan (J.D. ’05, M.A. ’06) of Kutak Rock and Jon Pannell (J.D. ’05) of Gray Pannell & Woodward LLP, recently assisted with the largest bond offering ever undertaken by the State of Georgia. Egan served as disclosure counsel and Pannell as bond counsel for the over $1.37 billion… more »