Ben F. Johnson Jr. Public Service Award

Honoring An Exceptional Georgia Lawyer

Johnson, founding deanThe Ben F. Johnson Jr. Public Service Award is presented each year to a Georgia attorney whose overall accomplishments reflect the high tradition of selfless public service that our founding dean, Ben F. Johnson Jr., exemplified during his career and life.

“Ben F. Johnson Jr. worked tirelessly to ensure equal access to the legal profession through helping private schools integrate without losing their tax exempt status and helping to restore part-time, ABA-accredited legal education to Atlanta at Georgia State,” says Steven J. Kaminshine, dean and professor of law. “His commitment to public service is exemplary for all Georgia lawyers.”

Submit your letter of nomination and any supporting materials to award@gsulaw.net.

Nominations and supporting materials may also be submitted by mail to:

Professor Clark D. Cunningham
Johnson Award Selection Committee
Georgia State University College of Law
P.O. Box 4037
Atlanta, GA 30302-4037

Nominations and supporting materials must be submitted by Saturday, Dec. 3.

As executive director of the Georgia Innocence Project, Aimee Maxwell (M.Ed '83, J.D. '87) works to exonerate those who were wrongfully convicted. On May 5, Maxwell will be honored with the 2016 Ben F. Johnson Jr. Public Service Award, which is presented 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. Johnson Jr., exemplified. More>>

  • 2015: Rita A. Sheffey
  • 2014: Miles J. Alexander
  • 2013: Judith A. O’Brien
  • 2012: Randall L. Hughes
  • 2011: Emmet J. Bondurant
  • 2010: Horace Sibley
  • 2009: Steven Gottlieb
  • 2008: Judge Orinda D. Evans
  • 2007: John T. Marshall
  • 2006: Linda K. DiSantis
  • 2005: Judge Anthony A. Alaimo
  • 2004: Judge Robert Benham
  • 2003: Stephen B. Bright
  • 2002: Griffin B. Bell
  • 2001: Clifford Oxford
  • 2000: Judge Luther A. Alverson
  • 1999: Paul Cadenhead
  • 1998: Randolph W. Thrower
  • 1997: State Justice Dorothy Toth Beasley
  • 1996: State Justice Harold G. Clarke
  • 1995: Donald L. Hollowell
  • 1994: Judge Elbert P. Tuttle

  • Cass Brewer, associate professor of law;
  • Sylvia Caley (J.D. '89), associate clinical professor of law;
  • Clark Cunningham, W. Lee Burge Professor of Law and Ethics and committee chair
  • Linda K. DiSantis (J.D. ’88)
  • Ben Johnson III;
  • Paul Milich, professor of law;
  • Mary Radford, professor of law, and
  • Jerri Nims Rooker (J.D. ’03), Law Alumni Council president
  • Corneill Stephens, professor of law.

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