Georgia State College of Law experiential law faculty are highly-respected experts in their focus areas. Below is a list of experiential learning faculty highlights for 2020:
Mark and Evelyn Trammell Professor, Associate Clinical Professor of Law, Director of the Philip C. Cook Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic
Afield was appointed to a three-year term on the IRS Advisory Council and was invited to join the Low-Income Tax Clinic Advisory Board for the Center for Taxpayer Rights. He presented on Taxpayer Rights Paternalism during the Association for Mid-Career Tax Law Professors annual conference. He was listed by Forbes as one of the Top 100 Must-Follow Tax Twitter Accounts for 2020. Afield was also quoted in “6 Captivating Tax Opinions by Justice Ginsburg” by Amy Lee Rosen, Law360 Tax Authority.
Lisa R. Bliss
Associate Dean of Experiential Education, Clinical Programs, Clinical Professor, Co-director of Health Law Partnership Legal Services Clinic
Bliss served on the AALS Section on Clinical Legal Education’s planning committee for the annual Conference on Clinical Legal Education. The conference was cancelled due to COVID-19, and Bliss will continue on the committee to plan the conference for 2021. Bliss was also a distinguished speaker at webinar on “Clinical Legal Education: International Perspectives,” presenting on the history of clinical education in the US and status of clinical education today and under COVID-19. She was also named to Class of 2020-21 Equity Facilitation Fellows by CREATE Teacher Residency, a fellowship designed to harness the skills required for facilitation of conversations about educational equity and justice.
Associate Clinical Professor of Law, Director of Externships
Kerew started her term as president of the Clinical Legal Education Association. She was named a fellow of the Holloran Center for Ethical Leadership in the Professions at the University of St. Thomas. She was also a presenter at the Holloran Center Workshop on Self-Directedness Assessment.
Clinical Assistant Professor, Assistant Director, Philip C. Cook Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic
Lester and Tax Clinic fellow Emily Yaun facilitated a three-part tax-law training session for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, which is housed at United Way of Greater Atlanta. Lester also spoke about the Earned Income Tax Credit program at the mayor of Atlanta’s EITC Awareness Day event.
Assistant Director, Center for Access to Justice
Meals presented at an Association of American Law Schools panel titled “Pro Bono and Public Service: Pillars of Democracy and the Legal Profession.” She published “Limited Representation Helps Tenants Who Would Otherwise Face Eviction Alone” on Law.com.
Clinical Supervising Attorney and Adjunct Instructor of Law
Drawing from his work with medical professionals in the HeLP Clinic, Mitchell co-presented “Interdisciplinary Work in Clinical Legal Education” at the Southern Clinical Conference. He also presented, along with colleagues from the Health Law Partnership, “Public Health Law: Exploring Possible Partnerships and Barriers” at the University of Georgia College of Public Health’s State of the Public’s Health Conference.
Co-director, Health Law Partnership (HeLP) Legal Services Clinic
Co-director, Master of Jurisprudence Program
Silverthorn is now co-director of the Health Law Partnership (HeLP) Legal Services Clinic. She also presented on child welfare law and practice at the Child Abuse, Neglect and Delinquency Judicial Conference in Solomons, Maryland in October.
Director, Center for Access to Justice
Sudeall was invited to serve as a member of the American Bar Foundation/JPB Foundation Access to Justice Scholars Program Advisory Council. She has also conducted extensive research on access to justice issues during COVID-19, including co-authoring a report for Data for Progress/The Justice Collaborative on rural jails and coronavirus and publishing “Courts in Crisis: Exploring the Impact of COVID-19 on Eviction Court in Georgia.”
Assistant Clinical Professor
Director, Immigration Clinic
Torstveit-Ngara and her co-teacher Will Miller welcomed the inaugural class of 11 students to the Immigration Clinic in January 2020. Torstveit-Ngara gave a virtual keynote address at Beyond the Borders: The Interdisciplinary Conference on Studies in Spanish and Criminal Justice at the University of North Georgia on April 3, 2020.