Pernini and Shapiro win best brief award at national moot court competition

Monday, October 26, 2020

Congratulations to third-year students Taylor E. Pernini and Jake A. Shapiro for winning the Best Respondent Brief Award and finishing as semifinalists in the 11th Billings, Exum & Frye National Moot Court Competition. A second UGA team comprised of third-year students Emily Hanson and Chandler Brooks also represented the law school in this tournament that fielded 48 teams. Advocacy Director Kellie Casey said both teams' excellent performance resulted from dedicated faculty members and alumni/alumnae who helped to prepare them, including faculty member Anna White Howard. A special thanks also goes to the law firm Epps, Holloway, DeLoach & Hoipkemier for hosting our teams for the virtual competition due to previously scheduled campus wide IT network maintenance and for their ongoing support of the school's advocacy program. 


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Brown elected to the American Law Institute

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Cleveland Distinguished Chair of Legal Ethics and Professionalism & Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor Lonnie T. Brown Jr. has been elected to the American Law Institute. The ALI is "the leading independent organization in the United States producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize and otherwise improve the law." The ALI's members work to "influence the development of the law in both existing and emerging areas," collaborate with other "eminent lawyers, judges and academics," give back to the legal profession and "contribute to the public good."


Yale's Monica Bell to deliver 118th Sibley Lecture

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Dr. Monica Bell, who serves as an associate professor of law and sociology at Yale University, will serve as the 118th Sibley Lecturer on Nov. 11. Bell specializes in criminal justice, welfare law, housing, race and the law, qualitative research methods, and law and sociology. The title of her talk is “The Case for Racism Response Funds: A Collective Response to Racist Acts” and is based on an op-ed she published this summer. Please be sure to RSVP to Nikko.Terry@uga.edu by November 9 to receive a Zoom link prior to the event.


Kecskes and Ortiz capture honors at virtual mock trial tournament

Monday, October 19, 2020

Ian L. Kecskes was named Best Overall Advocate and Amelia Welch Ortiz received an Outstanding Advocate Award at The 2020 All Star Bracket Challenge. The pair teamed up with fellow third-year students Janay S. Alexander and Ayman Tartir to compete in the virtual mock trial tournament featuring 64 law schools from across the country. As a group, the students finished fifth in their region. Alumnus Jeremy B. Dailey (J.D.'14) served as the volunteer alumni coach.


Mediation Practicum students piloting online program for Athens court

Friday, October 16, 2020

Through the Mediation Practicum, third-year law student Allison “Allie” Evans and second-year students Hiance M. Castro Guerrero and Marissa G. Hill are helping to create an online mediation program for the State Court of Athens-Clarke County. Judge Charles E. Auslander III (J.D.’97) asked the Mediation Practicum to assist Georgia’s 10th Judicial District ADR Program with the virtual delivery of services. Since practicum students receive training to become approved mediators with the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution and have had success with remote dispute resolutions in the Savannah area, they were ideal candidates to assist the local court, according to practicum supervisor Rob McNiff. “Many parties are finding that virtual mediations provide greater and safer access to an important process for resolving their cases,” McNiff said.

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