J.D., Georgia State University College of Law (1999)
B.S., Florida State University (1992)
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Bonnie O. Powell (J.D. ’99), adjunct professor of law, is a practicing mediator, trainer, and attorney. She directs the Landlord-Tenant Mediation Clinic, which allows students to receive training approved by the Supreme Court of Georgia, and work directly with disputing parties in a mediation setting in Fulton County and DeKalb County.
Powell’s work in alternative dispute resolution includes a private practice as a mediator in workplace and domestic disputes. Since 2002, she has served as the director of the Fulton State/Magistrate Landlord/Tenant Mediation Program, training and mentoring law students from Emory University School of Law, Georgia State University College of Law and Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School. Broadening her scope of ADR, Powell served as a consultant with the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution on matters related to training policies and procedures.
From 2006–2009, Powell was an adjunct professor with John Marshall Law School, where she taught the school’s first mediation course. She is a mediator for various court-connected programs in metro Atlanta and is an active participant in the organization and management of Georgia’s annual ADR Institute and Neutrals’ Conference. Powell is the chair of the State Bar of Georgia Dispute Resolution Section. Prior to assuming this role, she was a member of the executive committee as secretary, and more recently, vice-chair.
Powell is a graduate of Georgia State University College of Law. While in law school, she served as a graduate research assistant for the Consortium of Negotiation and Conflict Resolution, where she participated in numerous research projects, organized events for ADR practitioners and served as a coach and facilitator for Georgia University System Mediation Training.