Magazine – Winter 2017

Two Sides: Professors on the Supreme Court

Constitutional scholars, Supreme Court commentators and judges and lawyers have long debated whether the Supreme Court is more of a political or legal institution. Given that the justices normally resolve cases implicating unclear constitutional text, contested history and fuzzy precedents, it is not surprising that they have significant discretion to decide cases consistent with their… 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 »

A League of Their Own

Excellence in Sports Translates to Success in Law School 

Alex Hegner (B.S. ’16, J.D. ’18) and Monique Mead (J.D. ’18) do not have to invent resolve or tenacity within themselves to help them meet the challenge of pursuing a law degree at Georgia State.

There is something about pitching in the eighth inning of a… more »

Tips for Practitioners | Essential Technology in Law Firms

It is no secret that the legal industry is resistant to change, especially when it comes to technology. However, the positive impact of technology is quickly forcing change. Document management systems, case management software, automated client intake systems and electronic signature solutions are all becoming essential to the legal practice.  

 Why should law firms… more »

Tips for Practitioners | Tax Tips for Small Businesses

What business wouldn’t like to save a little on its expenses? A good cost-saving measure can be achieved by minimizing your tax liability with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The beginning of the year is the perfect time to do a check-in with your firm. Here are a few tips that can help shave money… more »

How Bias Can Weaken Legislation

When it comes to law, ignorance isn’t bliss.

It’s bias.

Prejudicial policy continues to find its way into law despite the noble goals of the judicial system and the efforts of well-meaning lawmakers.

Two Georgia State Law professors have done important work in understanding how and why this happens. Their works illustrate, in one case,… more »

Steven J. Kaminshine

From the Dean: Implicit Bias and How it Can Impact the Law

An essential component of training exceptional lawyers is cultivating professional development, especially with client interaction. In addition to teaching how to communicate effectively and other skills, our professors also devote time to the issue of implicit bias and how it can impact the law, legal system and our students’ ability to develop effective client relationships.

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Jury Consultant de La Rue Fighting for ‘Fair and Impartial’

The reconnaissance that goes into picking a jury is a combination of art and science, and it takes time. It is studying demographics, but it is also studying body language and nonverbal hints from a prospective juror.

It is turning over a rock to see what is on the other side. It is not… more »