Urban Fellows Program
Urban Fellow Emily McClendon (J.D. ’15)
The Urban Fellows Program is an interdisciplinary initiative of the Center for the Comparative Study of Metropolitan Growth in the College of Law. Top graduate students are selected from across Georgia State University and Georgia Institute of Technology’s School of City and Regional Planning to study and discuss issues related to urban growth with top decision makers.
- 4:10-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 26: The Atlanta Way: How Major Decisions are Made by Sam Williams, professor in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies and former president of the Metro Atlanta Chamber.
- Noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15: The History of Atlanta by Dr. Tim Crimmins, professor of history and director of the Center for Neighborhood and Metropolitan Studies.
- 4:10-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23: Odetta MacLeish-White, Program Director at Enterprise Community Partners.
- 4:10-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7: New City Startup, Early Operations and Brookhaven’s Growth by Marie Garrett, city manager for the City of Brookhaven.
- Noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14: Strengths Finder Assessment with Kristina Clement, associate director for Leadership Development at Georgia State University (this is a professional development workshop for Urban Fellows students only).
- 4:10-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28: Reed v. City of Gilbert by Lem Ward, Counsel at Dentons USA LLP.
- Broaden your awareness about urban and environmental issues by attending the speaker series
- Build your network of professionals with similar interests
- Develop cross-disciplinary contacts at Georgia State University and other universities in Atlanta
- Receive guidance and direction to write a paper of publishable quality and earn course credit
- Make connections in the community through volunteer opportunities
- Become privy to job opportunities
- Boost your resume
- Qualify for graduate research assistantships sometimes available to Georgia State Law students
- Attend the Monthly Lecture Series: The program runs August through April, and there are four afternoon lectures per semester (8 total per year) — generally, one afternoon per month from 4:10-5:30 p.m. Attendance is required to remain in the program. Speakers will address a variety of urban, growth management and environmental issues.
- Attend Brown Bag Lunches: Brown bag lunches are scheduled throughout the semester. The brown bag lunches are open to non-urban fellows students and faculty across the university. Urban Fellows are expected to attend these lunches.
- Write a Research Paper: All Urban Fellows are required to write one research paper on an urban affairs issue during their term with the program. GSU Law students will be automatically registered in the paper writing Urban Fellows course (LAW 7494). Papers must be of publishable quality and meet the writing requirements outlined in the program. Download the writing requirements.
- Perform Five Hours of Community Service Each Semester: Students are required to participate in five hours of community outreach projects that address urban issues and strengthen communities each semester. Hours should be submitted to Karen Johnston.
Questions? Contact Karen Johnston (J.D. '08) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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