Mize and Rodrigues named as UGA provost search committee members

Monday, August 13, 2018

University of Georgia President Jere W. Morehead has appointed a search committee to recruit and review candidates to be the next senior vice president for academic affairs and provost of the institution. The committee — composed of faculty, staff, administration, student and alumni representatives — includes Circulation Manager of the Law Library and President of the Staff Council Marie Mize and Kilpatrick Chair of Corporate Finance and Securities Law Usha Rodrigues.

Six professors receive promotions

Monday, August 13, 2018

Congratulations to Mehrsa Baradaran, Kent Barnett, Christopher M. Bruner, Jason A. Cade, Nathan S. Chapman and Hillel Y. Levin for receiving promotions. Baradaran now holds the Robert Cotten Alston Associate Chair in Corporate Law. Barnett became a J. Alton Hosch Associate Professor of Law. Bruner was named the Stembler Family Distinguished Professor in Business Law. Levin assumed the Alex W. Smith Professorship of Law. Additionally, Cade was awarded tenure, while Chapman was promoted to associate professor with tenure.

School of Law welcomes the Class of 2021

Friday, August 10, 2018

Orientation has begun for the 207 members of the Class of 2021. These Juris Doctor students are a diverse group with a variety of backgrounds, and 21 are first-generation college graduates. They hail from 24 states and studied at 83 undergraduate institutions. Fifty-two percent of the class are male, and 48 percent are female. Twenty percent self-identify as belonging to a minority group, while seven are military veterans. The school also welcomes 16 LL.M. (Master of Laws) students, hailing from 14 countries on five continents and nine M.S.L. (Master in the Study of Law) students seeking knowledge of the legal system to enhance their careers.

Trauma-informed mock trial program wins innovative teaching award

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Two UGA faculty members, who designed a model for teaching trauma-informed courtroom practices to social work and law students, have won the 2018 SAGE Publishing/CSWE Award for Innovative Teaching in Social Work Education. Emma Hetherington (J.D.'11), assistant clinical professor in the UGA School of Law and director of the Wilbanks Child Endangerment and Sexual Exploitation Clinic, and Jennifer Elkins, associate professor in the UGA School of Social Work, developed a model for a course which integrated classroom lessons with a mock trial simulation. The course aims to demonstrate how to more effectively advocate for and represent child welfare-involved children and families within the juvenile court system. The award is given annually by the Council on Social Work Education and will be officially presented in early November.

School of Law welcomes two new faculty members

Monday, August 6, 2018

The UGA School of Law is pleased to welcome two new faculty members this fall: Associate Professor Melissa J. Durkee and Assistant Professor Lindsey Simon. Durkee earned her law degree from Yale Law School and her research focuses on new forms of global governance, particularly interactions between government and business actors that affect the content and success of international legal rules. She teaches in the areas of international, transnational and business law. Simon earned her law degree magna cum laude from the Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law and her research focuses on the bankruptcy system, drawing concepts from bankruptcy structure and procedure to address broader institutional design challenges. Her course load will include Bankruptcy, Secured Transactions and the Bankruptcy Practice Seminar.