News Briefs

Fuse Brown Receives Morgan Award for Outstanding Scholarship

Erin C. Fuse Brown, associate professor of law, received the 2017 Patricia T. Morgan Award for Outstanding Scholarship, which recognizes faculty members who have compiled a substantial and continuing record of outstanding research and scholarly activity within the previous two calendar years.

“Erin has become one of the leading voices on a number… more »

Margaret Hughes Vath

Atlanta Bar Association Elects Vath, Iannarone & Cleland (J.D. ’92) to Leadership Positions

Members of the Atlanta Bar Association elected Margaret Vath, instructor of law, as president, Nicole G. Iannarone, assistant clinical professor, as vice president/president-elect, and A. Craig Cleland (J.D. ’92) as treasurer for the 2017-18 term.

Both Vath and Iannarone served on the board last year, with Vath… more »

Georgia State Law Graduates Hold Steady on February Bar Exam

Georgia State University College of Law graduates passed the February bar exam with a 70.6 rate for first-time test-takers, well ahead of the overall state rate of 53.9 percent.

“Our students earned the highest pass rate among all exam takers and the second highest among first-time test takers. They also had the highest… more »

Segall: College Reflects Kaminshine’s Values of Putting Students First

College, Alumni and Friends Celebrate Accomplishments of Dean and His Tenure

“It takes a village to build an institution, and this is a great institution and a remarkable village,” said Eric J. Segall, Kathy and Lawrence Ashe Professor of Law at a Thursday, May 18, for a reception honoring Dean Steven J. Kaminshine… more »

‘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 »