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Graduates In the News

School of Law graduates are often the focus of news stories appearing in a variety of media outlets. Below are links to some of these stories.

Justice Delores Thomas talks COVID, her career and the Brooklyn matrimonial part at Lunch with a Judge
Alumna Delores J. Thomas (J.D.'78) was featured in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle regarding her hosting the Brooklyn Women’s Bar Association's “Lunch with a Judge,” where she talked about her career and service on the Kings County Supreme Court. The article was written by Rob Abruzzese and published 9/14/20. Read the article

Auburn University Names Student Center for Georgia Chief Justice Melton
Alumnus Harold D. Melton (J.D.'91) was featured in the Daily Report regarding Auburn University naming its student center in his honor. The article was written by Katheryn Tucker and published 9/4/20. Read the article

Georgia Legal Award Recipients Provide Respite From Disease and Discord
Nine School of Law graduates were recognized in the Daily Report for their professional accomplishments. Caryl Greenberg Smith (J.D.'82) and Rex Smith (J.D.'76) received Lifetime Achievement Awards; Woody Jameson (J.D.'88) was named a Distinguished Leader; and Austin Bersinger (J.D.'11), Elizabeth Broadway Brown (J.D.'10), David Dove (J.D.'14), Jeffrey Fisher (J.D.'10), Yvonne Godfrey (J.D.'11) and Tiffany Mallory Moore (J.D.'08) were selected for the On the Rise list. The article was written by Jonathan Ringel and published 8/24/20. Read the article

UGA grad known for his intricate sand sculptures, includes replica of law school
Alumnus Dylan E. Mulligan (J.D.'18) was featured in the Athens Banner-Herald regarding his creation of a sand sculpture of Hirsch Hall. The article was written Chris Starrs and published 7/28/20. Read the article

University of Georgia unveils 40 Under 40 Class of 2020
Four School of Law graduates were included in UGA's 40 Under 40 Class of 2020, which celebrates the personal, professional and philanthropic achievements of successful UGA graduates under the age of 40. Included in this year's list are: John D. Cates (J.D.'12), Stacey A. Chavis (M.S.L.'19), Lauren K. Ward (J.D.'07) and Matthew Wilson (J.D.'14). Read the release

Newton County Judicial Center renamed in honor of Judge Horace Johnson
The late Horace J. Johnson Jr. (J.D.'82) was featured in The Citizens regarding the Newton County Judicial Center being named in his memory. The article was written by Alice Queen and published 7/7/20. Read the article

Here Are the Recipients of the Georgia Legal Awards
Several School of Law graduates were featured in the Daily Report for their achievements. Caryl G. Smith (J.D.'82) and Rex Smith (J.D.'76) were presented Lifetime Achievement awards, while Woody James (J.D.'88) was named a Distinguished Leader. Austin Bersinger (J.D.'11), Elizabeth Brown (J.D.'10), David Dove (J.D.'14), Jeff Fisher (J.D.'10), Yvonne Godfrey (J.D.'11) and Tiffany Mallory Moore (J.D.'08) were selected for the On the Rise list, which is comprised of the state's "most promising lawyers under the age of 40." The article was written by Jonathan Ringel and published 6/24/20. Read the article

Atlanta Inno: Collab Capital invests in black founder's beauty startup Hairbrella
Alumna Tracey Pickett (J.D.'11) was featured in the Atlanta Business Chronicle regarding innovation and operating her own business. The article was written by Madison Hogan and published 6/12/20. Read the article

Nine Minutes to Swear in Three New Georgia Jurists - Details From the Ceremony
Alumnae Carla Wong McMillian (J.D.'98) and Verda M. Colvin (J.D.'90) were featured in the Daily Report regarding their new positions on the benches of the Supreme Court of Georgia and the Georgia Court of Appeals, respectively. The article was written by Katheryn Tucker and published 4/10/20. Read the article

Atlanta Lawyers Are Connecting Georgia Hospitals With N95 Masks
Class of 1999 alumni - John B.A. Ayoub, W. Bradley "Brad" Carver and Charles L. "Chuck" Clay Jr. - were featured in the Daily Report regarding efforts to supply local hospitals with protective masks. The article was written by Meredith Hobbs and published 3/30/20. Read the article

Kemp Makes Historic Appointments to Georgia's Top Courts
Alumnae Carla Wong McMillian (J.D.'98) and Verda M. Colvin (J.D.'90) were featured in the Daily Report regarding their appointments to the Supreme Court of Georgia and the Georgia Court of Appeals, respectively. The article was written by Katheryn Tucker and published 3/27/20. Read the article

2020 Alumni Awards recipients unveiled
Alumnus Peter Shedd (J.D.'77) was named the recipient of the UGA Alumni Association's Faculty Service Award, which recognizes current or former UGA faculty and staff who have distinguished themselves in service to the university. The release was written by Danielle Bezila and published 3/4/20. Read the release

Meet the CG: Hilary Harp of Habitat for Humanity International
Alumna Hilary Harp (J.D.'85) was featured in the Daily Report regarding her position as general counsel of Habitat for Humanity International. The article was written by Jonathan Ringel and published 3/9/20. Read the article

"I Put on the Armor of the Law to Slay the Dragons,' Justice Benham Says at UGA Lecture
Alumnus Robert Benham (J.D.'70) was featured in the Daily Report regarding his delivery of the 2020 UGA Holmes-Hunter Lecture. The article was written by Katheryn Tucker and published 2/3/20. Read the article

Q&A: Former regents chairman links state's future success to educational efforts now
Alumnus Don L. Waters (J.D.'78) was featured in the Savannah Morning News regarding his chairmanship of the University System of Georgia Board of Regents. The article was published 2/2/20. Read the article 

Questions for the Bench: Judge Gary Jackson of Atlanta Municipal Court
Alumnus Gary E. Jackson (J.D.'75) was featured in the Daily Report regarding his Atlanta Municipal Court judgeship. The article was written by Jonathan Ringel and published 1/23/20. Read the article

New Del. Justice Makes History In Move To Supreme Court
Alumna Tamika R. Montgomery-Reeves (J.D.'06) was featured in Law360 regarding her new seat on the Delaware Supreme Court. The article was written by Jeff Montgomery and published 1/3/20. Read the article  

Joan T.A. Gabel: The Minnesota Connection
Alumna Joan T.A. Gabel was featured in UGA Today regarding her role as the first woman president of the University of Minnesota. The article was written by Aaron Hale and published 12/5/19. Read the full article

Questions for the Bench: Chief Judge Penny Haas Freesemann of Chatham County Superior Court
Alumna Penny H. Freesemann (J.D.'78) was featured in the Daily Report regarding her leadership of the Chatham County Superior Court. The article was written by Jonathan Ringel and published 11/13/19. Read the article.

Ethics Week Lecture speaker discusses role of corporations
Alumna Ashley Watson (J.D.'93) was featured in Columns for her delivery of UGA's Ethics Week Lecture. The article was written by Krista Richmond and published 11/14/19. Read the article 

How New Justice Blazed Trail From Miss. to Del.'s Top Court
Alumna Tamika R. Montgomery-Reeves (J.D.'06) was featured in Law360 for her confirmation as a Delaware Supreme Court justice. The article was written by Jeff Montgomery and published 11/15/19. Read the article

Here's Who's Making the Rules for Statewide Business Court
Alumni J. Stephen Schuster (J.D.’76) and Joel O. Wooten (J.D.’75) were featured in the Daily Report regarding them being named to the Georgia Business Court Rules Commission, which will provide support and advice to the inaugural judge of the state's business court, Walter W. Davis. The article was written by Katheryn Tucker and published 11/13/19. Read the full article

UGA Alumni Association announces Bulldog 100; eight graduates included
Congratulations to Gino Brogdon, Jr. (J.D. ’11), Eric C. Crawford (J.D. ’05), Russell Edwards (J.D.’10), Sherry Jackson (J.D.’87), Joshua Moore (J.D.’01), Charles Thompson (J.D.’03), Joe Vancura (J.D.’98) and Julie Wade (J.D.’00) were recognized by the University of Georgia Alumni Association for being selected for this year’s Bulldog 100 list. The award recognizes the fastest-growing businesses owned or operated by UGA alumni. See the full list

Questions for the Bench: Chief Judge J. Randal Hall, US District Court for the Southern District of Georgia
Alumnus J. Randal Hall (J.D.'82) was featured in the Daily Report regarding his leadership of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia. The article was written by Jonathan Ringel and published 10/29/19. Read the article

Governor Carney Announces Delaware Supreme Court Nominations
Alumna Tamika R. Montgomery-Reeves (J.D.'06) has been nominated to become a justice of the Delaware Supreme Court. The nomination was announced by Delaware Gov. John Carney on 10/24/19. Read the release

Questions for the Bench: Chief Judge Clay Land of the US District Court in Columbus
Alumnus Clay D. Land (J.D.'85) was featured in the Daily Report regarding his leadership of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia. The article was written by Jonathan Ringel and published 10/8/19. Read the article 

Zachary Faison: The Millennial President
Alumnus A. Zachary Faison, Jr. (J.D.'06) was featured by the UGA Alumni Association regarding being selected for its 40 Under 40 Awards. The article was written by Bailey Carreker and was published 9/4/19. Read the article

What a New Chief Magistrate Judge Did on His First Day
Alumnus Brendan Murphy (J.D.'08) was featured in the Daily Report regarding his new post as the Cobb County Magistrate Court chief judge. The article was written by Katheryn Tucker and published 7/16/19. Read the article

Joan Gabel takes over as University of Minnesota president
Alumna Joan T.A. Gabel (J.D.'93) was featured in the Minnesota Daily regarding her new post as president of the University of Minnesota System. The story was written by Michelle Griffith and published 7/1/19. Read the article 

New Court of Appeals Chief Judge McFadden Embarks on 'Challenging' Path, Follows 'Twitter Laureate'
Alumnus Christopher J. McFadden (J.D.'85) was featured in the Daily Report regarding his new position as chief judge of the Georgia Court of Appeals. The story was written by Katheryn Tucker and published 6/25/19. Read the article

Distinguished Leader: Judge Horace Johnson Jr.
Alumnus Horace Johnson Jr. was featured in the Daily Report regarding being named a "Distinguished Leader" by the publication. The article written by Jonathan Ringel and was published 6/19/19. Read the article

US Senate Confirms Judge Boulee to Federal Court
Alumnus Jean-Paul "J.P." Boulee (J.D.'96) was featured in the Daily Report regarding his appointment to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. The article was written by Katheryn Tucker and published 6/12/19. Read the article 

Kemp Names 4 Superior Court Judges
Alumnus Jeffery O. Monroe (J.D.'00) was featured in the Daily Report regarding his appointment to the Macon Judicial Circuit Superior Court. The article was written by Katheryn Tucker and published 5/31/19. Read the article

FBI's Chris Wray Picks Another King & Spalding Partner as Next Chief of Staff
Alumnus Paul B. Murphy (J.D.'88) was featured in the Daily Report regarding his new post as chief of staff at the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The article written by R. Robin McDonald was published 5/29/19. Read the article 

Lifetime Achievement: TSYS' Sanders Griffith loyal to clients, company and Georgia
Alumnus G. Sanders Griffith III (J.D.'77) was featured in the Atlanta Business Chronicle regarding his receipt of the publication's Corporate Counsel Lifetime Achievement Award. The article was written by H.M. Cauley and published 5/10/19. Read the article 

Questions for the Bench: Judge Christian Coomer of the Georgia Court of Appeals
Alumnus Christian A. Coomer (J.D.'99) was featured in the Daily Report regarding his judgeship on the Georgia Court of Appeals. The article was written by Jonathan Ringel and published 5/6/19. Read the article

Robert Benham and his 1984 appointment with Georgia history
Alumnus Robert Benham (J.D.'70) was featured in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution regarding his upcoming retirement from the Georgia Supreme Court. It was written by Jim Galloway and published 5/3/19. Read the article

Ex-Atlanta Lawyer Talks About Top Legal Job at Whole Foods
Alumna Heather C. Stern (J.D.'02) was featured in the Daily Report regarding her role as senior vice president for legal affairs and general counsel at Whole Foods. The article was written by Kristen Rasmussen and published 4/30/19. Read the article

Phi Kappa unveils new portrait of first African-American president in debate hall
Alumnus Jeffery O. Monroe (J.D.'00) was featured in The Red & Black regarding his portrait being installed in UGA's Phi Kappa Hall to honor him for being the first African-American president of the literary society. The article was written by Savannah Sicurella and published 4/20/19. Read the article

Riner takes charge of the 166th Airlift Wing; From attendant to commander
Alumna Carla D. Riner (J.D.'08) was featured in the News Journal regarding her becoming the leader of the Delaware Air National Guard 166th Airlift Wing. The article was written by Jessica Bies and published 4/19/19. Read the article

James Reap to receive top US/ICOMOS award
Alumnus James K. Reap (J.D.'76) has received the Ann Webster Smith Award for extraordinary and sustained achievement in support of conserving the world’s cultural heritage by US/ICOMOS, the United States Committee of the International Council on Monuments and Sites. Read the release  

55 Years Later, Lawyer Will Again Argue Over Redistricting Before Supreme Court
Alumnus Emmet J. Bondurant II (LL.B.'60) was featured on NPR for his efforts relating to redistricting that have allowed him to argue before the U.S. Supreme Court. The article was written by Johnny Kauffman and published 3/24/19. Read the article  

Visionary Halpern Ensures Family Company Future
Alumnus Jack N. Halpern (J.D.'75) was featured in the Atlanta Jewish Times regarding his leadership role at Halpern Enterprises. The article was written by Maria Caller Jaffe and published 3/20/19. Read the article 

Child sex abuse victims in Georgia face powerful foes
Alumnus Marlan B. Wilbanks (J.D.'86) was featured in The Brunswick News regarding his role in creating the law school's Wilbanks Child Endangerment and Sexual Exploitation Clinic and its work representing survivors of child sexual abuse. The article was written by Dick Yarbrough and published 3/6/19. Read the article

Questions for the Bench: Judge Elizabeth Gobeil of the Georgia Court of Appeals
Alumna Elizabeth Gobeil (J.D.'95) was featured in the Daily Report regarding her Georgia Court of Appeals judgeship. The article was written by Jonathan Ringel and published 3/1/19. Read the article

Q&A Harold Melton Chief Justice, Georgia Supreme Court
Alumnus Harold D. Melton (J.D.'91) was featured in Georgia Trend magazine regard his role of chief justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia. The article was written by Susan Percy and published 2/27/19. Read the article

Harold Melton: All Rise
Alumnus Harold D. Melton (J.D.'91) was featured in Georgia Magazine regarding his position as chief justice of the Georgia Supreme Court. The article was written by Leigh Beeson and published 2/28/19. Read the article

From General Counsel to Chief Transformation Officer: What Can Happen When You 'Never Say No'
Alumnus Shyam K. Reddy (J.D.'00) was featured in the Daily Report regarding his path to chief transformation officer of BlueLinx Corp. The article was written by Kristen Rasmussen and published 2/19/19. Read the article

Chief Justice Talks Up Volunteer Lawyers in State of the Judiciary
Alumnus Harold D. Melton (J.D.'91) was featured in the Daily Report regarding his first State of the Judiciary address given as the chief justice of the Georgia Supreme Court. In his speech, he mentioned the law school's "Be Kind Fund," established in memory of his predecessor and mentor P. Harris Hines. The article was written by Katheryn Tucker and published 2/19/19.  Read the article  

Questions for the Bench: Judge Steve Goss of the Court of Appeals
Alumnus Stephen S. "Steve" Goss (J.D.'86) was featured in the Daily Report's new series "Questions for the Bench" due to his position on the Georgia Court of Appeals. The article was written by Jonathan Ringel and published 2/14/19. Read the article   

Former Congressman Jack Brinkley dies in Columbus at 88
Alumnus Jack T. Brinkley (J.D.'59) was remembered by Georgiapol.com regarding his life of service as a member of our country's military and as a U.S. congressman. He passed away on 1/23/19 at the age of 88. The article was written by Theresa Garcia Robertson and published 1/23/19. Read the article

Hodges Gets a Little Roasting - and a Big Hug - at Investiture
Alumnus Kenneth B. "Ken" Hodges III (J.D.'91) was featured in the Daily Report regarding his Georgia Court of Appeals investiture ceremony. The article was written by Katheryn Tucker and published 1/16/19. Read the article

 

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