UGA School of Law’s Tricia Hackleman honored for exemplary work

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Writer/Contact: Cindy H. Rice, 706/542-5172, cindyh@uga.edu

Athens, Ga. - The University of Georgia School of Law Staff Council recently presented Tricia Jonas Hackleman with the 2010 Emma P. Terrell Employee of the Year Award. Given annually, this honor recognizes and rewards outstanding employees for their service to the law school.

Hackleman joined Georgia Law in 2008 as a career advisor in the Office of Legal Career Services, where she specialized in assisting students seeking federal and state judicial clerkships and externships. As of Jan. 1, she became the law school's student affairs advisor. She also continues to oversee summer judicial externs as part of the school's Civil Externship Clinic.

One of the nominations stated: "I hear directly from students all the time that Tricia drops everything to assist them even on the weekend or late at night if she is contacted or learns that a student needs some help.  It's Tricia's commitment to go the extra mile that ensures our students maximize their clerkship opportunities."

Other nominators described her positive attitude despite the pressures of her job as well as her great rapport with students, faculty and other staff members. "... [Y]ou will never see Tricia without a smile on her face."

Before joining Georgia Law, Hackleman practiced in Atlanta for five years and was the assistant director of student activities and campus programs at The Ohio State University for two years. She also served as a judicial clerk for Justice Deborah L. Cook of the Supreme Court of Ohio, for Judge Mark P. Painter of the Ohio 1st District Court of Appeals and for Judge Michael L. Close of the Ohio 10th District Court of Appeals.

She earned her bachelor's degree from Purdue University and her Juris Doctor from the University of Cincinnati, where she was the executive editor of the University of Cincinnati Law Review.

The award, formerly known as the Employee Distinguished Service Award, was renamed in February 2005 in memory of the late Emma P. Terrell, a longtime employee remembered for her dedication to and enthusiasm for the law school.

The Law School Staff Council presents this award annually to recognize staff members who demonstrate an outstanding work ethic, commitment to service and exceptional job performance in addition to the cooperation necessary to increase the quality of education and service provided by the law school.

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