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Stephen B. Bright Joins College, Center for Access to Justice

Stephen B. Bright joined the faculty at Georgia State University College Law and its Center for Access to Justice this spring. A longtime champion of indigent defense, Bright began practicing law in 1975 and has built a national reputation for representing people facing the death penalty at trial and on appeal and advocating for… more »

Center for Access to Justice Launches Bridges Program

This spring, the Center for Access to Justice launched a program designed to “bridge” the gap between academics and practitioners working on issues of access to justice. Bridges is an opportunity for professors to share coffee and conversation with an interdisciplinary group comprised of other faculty, graduate students, and practitioners.  

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Ten Questions for Judge Neil Gorsuch

Posted On March 17, 2017 by By Eric Segall, Kathy and Lawrence Ashe Professor of Law

On March 20, the Senate will begin the confirmation hearings for Judge Neil Gorsuch. Based on his meetings with a few Senate Democrats, it appears he will be reluctant, like most nominees, to answer any question relating to his specific views on already decided cases or the existing state of the law. This… more »

Anne Hopkins

Hopkins Named New Director of Development

Anne Hopkins has joined Georgia State University College of Law as director of development. Hopkins has worked in the political arena for the past few years, fundraising for various campaigns. Formerly, she was the foundation coordinator for Arby’s Foundation and prior to that she worked as a trade show general contractor with event logistics.

“Anne… more »

Timm to Receive University’s 2017 Sparks Award

Bill Timm (A.B. ’65), associate director of the Philip C. Cook Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic, will receive a Sparks Award in recognition of his work at the Service Recognition Ceremony at 3 p.m Monday, April 17, in the university’s Student Center Ballroom.

The George M. Sparks Awards, named after one of the university’s most highly regarded presidents,… more »

Second Chairing a Trial: A Third-Year Experience

Although I didn’t know it, I had waited my entire academic career for this moment. Coming into law school, I didn’t intend to litigate, and I especially didn’t intend to pursue criminal law. And yet, here I was two and a half years later, about to start my first criminal trial.

I am in my… more »

Bobby Lee Cook to Receive 2017 Johnson Public Service Award

Bobby Lee Cook will receive the 2017 Ben F. Johnson Jr. Public Service Award on Thursday, March 23, at the College of Law. The college presents the award each year to an attorney whose overall accomplishments reflect the high tradition of selfless public service that Georgia State Law’s founding dean, Ben F.… more »

Justice System Should be Accessible and Attainable for All, Foster says

Quoting Robert F. Kennedy, Lisa Foster began the 59th Distinguished Lecture Series with a question: “’Do minorities or people who speak our language imperfectly…or those who are poor, really receive the same protection before the courts as the rest of our citizens? All too often, they do not.’”

Foster, former director of the more »

Law, Politics and the Courts in Difficult Times

Given President Trump’s recent (and not so recent) attacks on the federal judiciary, it is not surprising that Justice Stephen Breyer choose to speak out on Saturday (Feb. about the public’s mistaken notion that “we are actually politicians.” Breyer emphasized that the justices go through each case “with an open mind” and that… more »

Leslie Wolf

Wolf Lectures on HIV Exposure Statutes at Johns Hopkins University

Leslie Wolf, professor and director of the Center for Law, Health & Society, recently presented, “Reconciling Criminal HIV Exposure Statutes and Public Health, as part of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics Seminar Series. The presentation was based on Wolf’s research and teaching on this topic, including her… more »