News Briefs

National Jurist Gives A- Diversity Rating to College

Georgia State Law received an A- rating in National Jurist‘s annual assessment of diversity in the nation’s law schools, published in preLaw magazine’s Winter 2017 issue.

“Our rating reflects our commitment to diversity at Georgia State Law,” said Steven J. Kaminshine, dean and professor of law. “Having faculty and students from a wide… more »

Gorsuch Nomination Guarantee for Compelling Political Theater

Posted On February 1, 2017 by By Tanya Washington, professor of law

The president’s pick for the U.S. Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, is not likely to impact the ideological balance on the Court between conservative and liberal justices. After all, nominee Judge Gorsuch would be taking the seat vacated by the late Associate Justice Antonin Scalia, who… more »

From Law School to Georgia General Assembly, Sam Park (B.A./B.S. ’09, J.D. ’13)

In November, Sam Park (B.A.’09, B.S.’09, J.D. ’13), who is Asian-American, made history by becoming the first openly gay man elected to the Georgia General Assembly for District 101.

“I believe the content of one’s character matters more than one’s race, ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation,” Park said. “I won my race not because… more »

2017 PILA Auction on Feb. 25; Tickets on Sale

Get ready to don your evening’s best and strut the red carpet right into the 25th Annual Public Interest Law Association Auction on Saturday, Feb. 25. This year’s auction theme, “A Night at the Lawscars,” celebrates the real stars: all of you!

Students, faculty, and alumni are invited to mix, mingle, and partake… 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 »

Kaminshine Stepping Down As Dean This Summer

Steven J. Kaminshine will step down as dean of Georgia State University College of Law this summer and return to the faculty. Colleagues quickly praised the breadth and depth of his leadership, reflected by the college’s rise in the national rankings from 97th in 2007 to 57th, as well as the college’s consistent top… 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 »

HeLP Provides MLP Model for Other Schools, including ones in Macon, S.C.

In 2014, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal signed SB 352, authorizing government funding of medical-legal partnerships (MLPs) that meet specific standards and making Georgia the second state after New York to endorse MLPs. Health Legislation and Advocacy students at Georgia State Law helped draft the bill under the direction of Sylvia B. Caley (M.B.A. ’86,… more »