Two UGA faculty members named Regents’ Professors; Amann, Beach recognized for their renowned scholarly impact

Monday, January 11, 2021

Two University of Georgia professors have been named Regents’ Professors, an honor bestowed by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia for faculty whose scholarship or creative activity is recognized both nationally and internationally as innovative and pace-setting. The School of Law's Diane Marie Amann was selected. Her scholarship focuses on the ways that national, regional and international legal regimes interact as they endeavor to combat atrocity and cross-border crime. Her current research will produce the first-ever book, under contract with Oxford University Press, on the roles of women professionals at the 1945-46 war crimes trial before the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg.

In Memoriam: Dean Edward D. “Ned” Spurgeon

Thursday, January 7, 2021

Former Dean Edward D. “Ned” Spurgeon passed away on January 2 at the age of 81, after battling cancer for several years. He served as dean of our law school from 1993 to 1998 and was a member of our faculty for another five years specializing in law, public policy and aging; taxation of gifts, estates and trusts; and estate planning. After leaving Georgia, his connection to the law school remained constant through his support of the Spurgeon Fellowship, which provides funding for law students working in summer public interest positions. Dean Spurgeon was a leader, scholar, teacher and mentor to many. He is survived by his wife, Carol; his sons, Michael and Stephen; his daughters-in-law, Elizabeth and Janie; his sister Joan Brennan and four grandchildren.

Community HeLP clinic obtains release of client from immigration detention on health grounds

Thursday, December 24, 2020

The Community Health Law Partnership clinic recently obtained release of a client from an immigration detention center in Georgia pursuant to the district court's order in Fraihat v. ICE, which requires new assessments and release determinations for individuals at heightened risk of contracting COVID-19 while in custody. Third-year student Raneem Ashrawi helped prepare the request along with clinic Staff Attorney Kristen E. Shepherd and clinic Director Jason A. Cade.

First Amendment Clinic authors amicus brief arguing against judicial narrowing of a Georgia sunshine law

Monday, December 21, 2020

The First Amendment Clinic authored an amicus brief filed in the Georgia Court of Appeals that challenges a lower court’s decision to weaken Georgia’s sunshine laws. Writing in the case of Love v. Atlanta Falcons Stadium CompanyLLC on behalf of fellow amici - the Georgia Press Association and the Georgia First Amendment Foundation - the clinic's brief addressed whether documents relating to a government-contracted, tax-funded construction project are publicly obtainable under Georgia’s Open Records Act. Third-year student Nneka I. Ewulonu co-authored the brief with clinic Director Clare R. Norins.

Dixon receives 2020 Emma Terrell Distinguished Employee Award

Friday, December 18, 2020

Congratulations to Mandy Dixon, winner of the 2020 Emma Terrell Distinguished Employee Award. Presented annually by the Law School Staff Representative Group, the award recognizes staff members who have demonstrated “a strong work ethic, commitment to service, and exceptional job performance as well as the cooperation needed ... to ensure the School of Law meets and exceeds its goals.”