Law Week 2015

Law Week 2015

Law Matters 2015

Brett Duvall (J.D. '16)

Knowledge is power.

The law matters because it’s the thread holding together the American fabric. It touches on everyday life and it serves as instruction… more »

Jake Campbell (J.D. '16)

It can protect those who are disenfranchised, historically neglected or even abused by the law.

The law matters because it has served as a catalyst… more »

Dixon Revell (J.D. '16)

We’re all in this together.

Dixon Revell (J.D. ’16), is the managing editor for Georgia State University Law Review and he participates in Moot Court.

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Christian Dennis (J.D. '16)

It is the conscious of our society.

Christian Dennis (J.D. ’16) serves as a senator for the Georgia State Law Student Bar Association. He is… more »

Allison Averbuch (J.D. '15)

It brings people together to save lives.

Allison Averbuch (J.D. ’15) is a symposium editor for Georgia State University Law Review, a student member of… more »

Jason Bring (J.D. '98)

Jason Bring (J.D. '98)

To guide an orderly society.

Jason Bring (J.D. ’98), a health law attorney with Arnold Golden Gregory, talks about why the Law Matters.

Morgan Marsh (J.D. '16)

It offers a second chance.

Morgan Marsh (J.D. ’16) is an graduate research assistant with the Philip C. Cook Low-Income Taxpayers Clinic and the technology… more »

Beth Littrell (J.D. '01)

It can change the world.

Beth Littrell (J.D. ’01), is a senior attorney at the Southern Regional Office of Lambda Legal. She is a former… more »

Faryn Wallace (J.D. '16)

It navigates our daily lives.

Faryn Wallace (J.D. ’16), is a graduate research assistant, a representative for the Black Law Student Association and an intern… more »

Leah Ward Sears Headlines Law Week 2015

CJS_FIRM PHOTOFormer Georgia Chief Justice Leah Ward Sears kicks off Law Week 2015 on Monday, April 6, at Georgia State University College of Law. The weeklong celebration of the law continues through Friday, April 10, and includes presentations on the constitutionality of Georgia’s gay marriage ban, immigration law, federalism and other topics.

An annual tradition, the week, sponsored by the Student Bar Association, is an extension of Law Day, celebrated nationally as a day of dedication to the principle of government under law established by President Dwight Eisenhower in 1958.

“The purpose of Law Week is to highlight our student organizations and Georgia State Law’s commitment to public service,” said Darlene Childers (J.D. ’17), SBA senator and this year’s Law Week organizer. “This year, we focused on issues being addressed in the courts or in the news that fall within the student organizations’ purview.”

Sears’ keynote topic is “Dr. Seuss and Public Service.” A partner with Schiff Hardin LLP, Sears’ distinguished career embodies tenacity and fortitude. She is the first African-American female chief justice of any state’s highest appellate court in the United States.

Sears is the first woman and youngest person to serve as a Fulton County Superior Court judge and on Georgia’s Supreme Court. In winning her Superior Court seat and retaining her appointed position on the Georgia Supreme Court, she became the first woman to win a contested statewide election.

After her appointment to the Supreme Court, Sears spearheaded the Georgia Supreme Court’s Commission on Children, Marriage and Family Law, addressing the legal and administrative issues resulting from the fragmentation of Georgia’s families. She was instrumental in forming of the Committee on Civil Justice, an organization that develops, coordinates and supports policy initiatives to expand access to the courts for low-income Georgia residents. Additionally, Sears is founder of several projects aimed at bettering the lives of others, including the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys, which advocates for women and children.

After retiring in 2009, Sears is a Distinguished Fellow in Family Law in honor of her late brother, William Thomas Sears at the Institute for American Values, a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan research institution.

“There are so many amazing people we could have invited, but our first choice was Chief Justice Sears. She is obviously devoted to public service, and her professional accomplishments speak for themselves,” Childers said. “She embodies the spirit of Georgia State Law. Additionally, as a mom to a 7-year old who wants to be president, I believe Justice Sears is someone my daughter can look to for proof that one’s dreams can be realized through hard work, passion, and a desire to help others.”

In addition to Sears, Judge Stephen Louis A. Dillard of the Georgia Court of Appeals and senior attorney Beth Littrell (J.D.’01) of Lambda Legal will speak. Littrell represents the plaintiffs in Inniss v. Aderhold, challenging Georgia’s gay marriage ban.

“I’m so thrilled to have the opportunity to attend such a wide variety of events held by our diverse body of student organizations and seeing students excited about what we do well as a law school,” Childers said.

Learn more about Law Week 2015.