Law Week 2016
Law Matters 2016
It Gives Everyone An Equal Opportunity.
Lucy Zhang (J.D. ’16), law clerk at Cohen, Cooper, Estep & Allen LLC, where she works on tax controversy… more »
It Provides a Structure for Parties to Air Grievances.
A civilized society must have a system in which aggrieved parties may seek… more »
It’s a Calling Not a Job
The law matters when it is at its best. And, it is at its best when… more »
It’s Our Opportunity to Ensure the Rules are Built Upon Principles of Integrity.
The law is a system of rules that changes… more »
It Touches Each and Every One Of Us.
Lucy Aquino (J.D. ’16), is a privacy consultant for State Farm Insurance, and a member of… more »
It Ensures Justice for All.
The law is what ensures justice for all. It helps create and maintain structure within our society.… more »
Because Of What it Makes Possible.
It Limits the Powerful
The law matters because it provides every member of our society with a set of rights and responsibilities… more »
Steven Williams (J.D. ’17) is the president of OUTlaw.
People Become Victims Everyday.
Meaghan Frankish (J.D. ’16), is a judicial assistant for Judge Shawn Ellen LaGrua (J.D. ’87) at Fulton County Superior Court,… more »
It Is a Tool Against Oppression, Discrimination, Inequality and Other Injustices.
It Helps Us Reconcile Competing Values and Goals.
Law Matters Because It Gives Everyone Access to Power
Law matters because it gives everyone access to power. As lawyers we know where… more »
Great Lawyers Can Change the World.
Manoj Mishra (J.D. ’02), director of field operations and strategic deals for North American and European Financial Institutions… more »
It Provides Certain Guidelines by Which Citizens Can Expect Their Government To Operate.
Everyone Deserves a Fair Trial.
David Douds (J.D. ’16), vice president of the Oglethorpe Legal Society, is completing an externship with Justice Robert Benham… more »
It Serves as the Great Equalizer.
The law is not perfect and I know there are many populations of American citizens who… more »
It lays out the duties and rights of a person, which enables a society to follow a democratic process and reach collective prosperity.
Law sets… more »
Everyone Has Rights Worth Protecting.
Stephanie Everett (J.D. ’02), executive director of Lawyers for Equal Justice
“You have a right to an attorney. If… more »
It Advances Health and Safety.
Timothy Lytton, distinguished university professor and professor of law
It Enhances People’s Quality of Life.
Nicole Henderson (J.D./M.S.H.A.‘17), is a Health Law Certificate student, president of the Black Law Students Association and a… more »
Judge López To Deliver Law Week Keynote at Noon on Wednesday, April 6
DeKalb County State Court Judge Dax López will be the keynote speaker for Law Week 2016, held April 4-8. López will discuss “How to Succeed in the Legal Profession” at noon Wednesday, April 6, in Room 241.
“Judge López is a trailblazer and serves as a tremendous role model for our law school community,” said Darlene Childers (J.D. ’17), Student Bar Association senator and Law Week coordinator.
López was the youngest judge appointed to DeKalb’s state court bench at the time, and the second Latino in the history of Georgia appointed to serve on a Georgia trial court. Prior to his appointment in 2010, López practiced complex civil litigation and handled class actions, employment matters, and product liability cases at several different firms.
Last year, López was nominated by President Obama to the Federal District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. López will share practical advice drawn from his extensive experience in both the private and public sectors.
Born in Puerto Rico, López moved to Georgia at age of 6. He earned a J.D. and B.S. from Vanderbilt University.
After law school, López clerked for Judge Hector M. Laffitte in the Federal District Court for the District of Puerto Rico. In 2002, he returned to Atlanta and worked at several law firms before being appointed to DeKalb State Court bench. He presides over both criminal misdemeanor and civil matters, as well as two sections of the DeKalb County DUI Court, one of which includes the only such court conducted entirely in Spanish.
López has been active in several civic and community organizations, including the Georgia Hispanic Bar Association, CETPA, Caminar Latino and the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials. He has received numerous recognitions throughout his career, including being named one of the Top Fifty Industry Leaders by the Atlanta Business Chronicle, as among Georgia’s Legal Elite by Georgia Trend magazine, and as a Rising Star by the Super Lawyers magazine.
In addition to the keynote speaker, Law Week offers a vast array of experience and guidance by event participants, Childers said, adding that every student organization is participating this year.
“Law Week is important because it is a week of concentrated collaboration among our students, faculty, and the Atlanta legal community to promote and reiterate our commitment to public service,” Childers said.
Learn more about Law Week 2016.