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Two Sides: Professors on the Supreme Court

Constitutional scholars, Supreme Court commentators and judges and lawyers have long debated whether the Supreme Court is more of a political or legal institution. Given that the justices normally resolve cases implicating unclear constitutional text, contested history and fuzzy precedents, it is not surprising that they have significant discretion to decide cases consistent with their… more »

In Their Words: Trey Kelley (J.D. ’14)

Why did you decide to pursue a career in politics? From an early age, my parents, both public school teachers, instilled in me the value of community service. After graduating from Shorter University, my wife, Amy, and I moved back to my hometown of Cedartown, where we quickly became re-engaged in our community through the… more »

In Their Words – Judge Belinda E. Edwards (J.D. ’90)

Why did you pursue a career in law? I wanted to make a positive difference in my community and in the lives of others.

As a child of the civil rights movement, raised in the segregated South, I experienced firsthand discrimination and the adverse effects of unequal justice. I realized early that it was the… more »

How Bias Can Weaken Legislation

When it comes to law, ignorance isn’t bliss.

It’s bias.

Prejudicial policy continues to find its way into law despite the noble goals of the judicial system and the efforts of well-meaning lawmakers.

Two Georgia State Law professors have done important work in understanding how and why this happens. Their works illustrate, in one case,… more »

Steven J. Kaminshine

From the Dean: Implicit Bias and How it Can Impact the Law

An essential component of training exceptional lawyers is cultivating professional development, especially with client interaction. In addition to teaching how to communicate effectively and other skills, our professors also devote time to the issue of implicit bias and how it can impact the law, legal system and our students’ ability to develop effective client relationships.

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Tiffany Roberts

The Beast Within: Subconscious Bias and the Battle for Justice

The second-year law school students watched in amazement.

A woman gave testimony in a domestic violence hearing in Cobb County Superior Court. Instead of the subdued, tearful, intimidated stereotype of a domestic abuse victim, the woman seethed with fury, crying out.

She blew student preconceptions apart like a bomb.

After the hearing, Tiffany Roberts… more »

Cultural Awareness Class Creates Questions, Provides Answers

Bias is a hot-button word in today’s cultural climate. Few other words will grab as much attention or spark such a physical, emotional or legal reaction.

In a cultural awareness class, Kendall Kerew, assistant clinical professor, and Kinda Abdus-Saboor, lecturer, examine implicit biases by prompting students to evaluate the lens through which they see the world.… more »