B.B.A., University of Georgia
J.D., Georgia State University
Leila Lawlor received her B.B.A., cum laude, from the University of Georgia and her J.D., magna cum laude, from Georgia State Law, where she served as associate editor for the Georgia State University Law Review. During law school, Lawlor served as a community and tax clinic legal volunteer and as a student editor for a book written by L. Lynn Hogue, professor emeritus. She received the American Jurisprudence Awards for excellence in Constitutional Law and Research, Writing and Advocacy; the Outer Barrister Guild Award; and the Best Brief Award in a competition among Georgia law schools.
Lawlor clerked for Judge Orinda Evans of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. She practiced real estate law in metro Atlanta and began teaching part-time while clerking for Judge Wayne Purdom of the State Court of DeKalb County. While teaching, she returned to graduate studies, earning an M.B.A and an M.S. in criminal justice. Lawlor is also a certified TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) instructor.
Lawlor is a member of the American Academy of Legal Studies in Business, the Southeastern Academy of Legal Studies in Business, and the Western Academy of Legal Studies in Business, in which she serves as president. She is also an active member of several philanthropic educational societies and has received a teaching award for incorporating technology in her classroom. She is a member of the Georgia State Faculty Senate.