ATLANTA – Georgia State University College of Law is accepting nominations for the 2014 Ben F. Johnson Jr. Public Service Award to honor a Georgia attorney who has selflessly committed to public service in the tradition of the college's founding dean.
"Ben F. Johnson Jr. displayed an unwavering commitment to public service," says Steven J. Kaminshine, dean and professor of law. "Johnson served as an example to all public servants as he worked tirelessly to ensure equal access to the legal profession during his lifetime of work."
In April, the college honored Judith A. O'Brien as the 2013 recipient. O'Brien, retired partner with Sutherland Asbill & Brennan and head of the pro bono and public service committees, specializes in employment and education litigation and has a career rich in public service, helping to further equal access to justice.
In accepting her award, O'Brien encouraged others to "remember richness. I encourage each of you to seek richness by reaching out and helping the community. We have an ethical and professional obligation to make sure the poor have access to services we can provide."
Other past recipients of the award include Randall L. Hughes in 2012, Emmet J. Bondurant in 2011, Horace Sibley in 2010; Linda K. DiSantis (J.D. '88), Randolph W. Thrower in 1998 and Judge Elbert P. Tuttle in 1994.
Nominations for the 2014 award are being accepted through Friday, Dec. 6. The recipient will be honored on Thursday, May 8.
For more information about the award or how to nominate someone, contact Clark Cunningham, W. Lee Burge Professor of Law and Ethics and the Ben F. Johnson Jr. Public Service Award selection committee chair, at email@example.com.
Learn more about the Ben F. Johnson Jr. Public Service Award at law.gsu.edu/nominate.