Magazine Summer17

Dawn Smith

In Their Words | Dawn Smith (J.D. ’89)

Dawn Smith (J.D. ’89) is a partner at Smith & Lake, where she practices family and education law. She has served as deputy director of the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation and was named Atlanta Legal Aid Volunteer of the Year in 2016. She founded Cool Girls Inc. in 1989 and is an advocate… more »

In Their Words | Christopher J. Chan (J.D. ’98)

Christopher J. Chan (J.D. ’98) is a member of the Intellectual Property Practice Group of Eversheds Sutherland. He serves on his firm’s Professional Development and Pro Bono & Public Service Committees, Georgia State’s Law Alumni Council and Intellectual Property Advisory Board, the Executive Board of the Center for Puppetry Arts and the Board of Directors for… more »

Darlene Childers (J.D. ’17): Initiative & Openness

As associate dean for student affairs, Kelly Cahill Timmons interacts with many students. She’s watched one in particular — Darlene Childers (J.D. ’17), president of the Student Bar Association — model leadership.

Profiles in leadership

What makes a great leader? We asked several leaders in the Georgia State Law community to share their thoughts on others who exhibit leadership qualities worth modeling.… more »

Don Samuel: Credibility and Compassion

For Manny Arora (J.D. ’94), Don Samuel possesses leadership qualities worth emulating. Arora observed Samuel, an adjunct professor, when they were partners at Garland, Samuel & Loeb, and he strives to employ those characteristics at his firm, Arora & LaScala.

Profiles in leadership

What makes a great leader? We asked several leaders in the Georgia State Law community to share their… more »

Alumni Leaders Set Examples for Students

Linda K. DiSantis (J.D. ’88), Cathy Henson (J.D. ’89), Shawn Ellen LaGrua (J.D. ’87)

Lawyers must have good leadership qualities, says Roy M. Sobelson, professor of law and former associate dean for academic affairs. “People in leadership positions accomplish things and empower others to accomplish.”

To this end, Georgia State Law students hear about… more »

Leading in Afghanistan and Anniston, Alabama

There is no place like Afghanistan to show your leadership reflexes. You have to know how to perform on your own, which first means controlling your emotional temperature and making sure you don’t add to the crisis. There’s no live chat support there.

So in 2012 when a suicide car bomb exploded 200 yards away from his office in… more »

Leslie E. Wolf: Thoughtful and Trustworthy

Several female colleagues were playing a game in which each selected a card she felt best described the “it” person. Every card chosen for Leslie E. Wolf, director of the Center for Law, Health & Society and professor of law, said, “The one we would most like to have her finger on the nuclear… more »

Ben F. Johnson Jr. : A Foundation of Leadership

Posted On July 11, 2017 by Jennifer Bryon Owen 

A proven leader was needed to establish the new law school at Georgia State University. Ben F. Johnson Jr. was just the person. Though he had just retired from 35 years as professor and dean at Emory University School of Law, Johnson, who was in his late 60s, accepted the charge to be Georgia State… more »

Craig Cleland

Craig Cleland (J.D. ’92): Communicating Clearly

As a student, Luke Donohue (J.D. ’16) was helped to succeed in Complex Litigation by the leadership of adjunct professor Craig Cleland (J.D. ’92). As an associate at Ogletree Deakins working under Cleland, a shareholder, that leadership education continues.

“[As a professor] he was passionate and helped students tackle a difficult subject and do well,” Donohue said. 

Cleland clearly communicated… more »