Spring 2020 Signature Lectures to bring scholars, thought leaders to campus; including two School of Law grads

Friday, January 24, 2020

Renowned scholars and leaders in government, global affairs, the sciences, humanities and several other fields will visit the University of Georgia this semester as part of the spring 2020 Signature Lecture series. Signature Lectures highlight speakers noted for their broad, multidisciplinary appeal and compelling bodies of work. Many of the lectures are supported by endowments, while others honor notable figures and milestones in the university’s history. School of Law graduates Georgia Supreme Justice Robert Benham (J.D.'70) and University of Minnesota President Joan Gabel (J.D.'93) are among the 2020 lecturers.

UGA law school hosts book discussion on Dennis’ Rap on Trial

Thursday, January 16, 2020

The School of Law will host a discussion of the recently published book Rap on Trial: Race, Lyrics and Guilt in America, which was co-authored by Andrea L. Dennis, the holder of the law school’s John Byrd Martin Chair of Law. The discussion will be held Jan. 30 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Larry Walker Room of Dean Rusk Hall. Published by The New Press, Rap on Trial examines the use of “rap lyrics as criminal evidence to convict and incarcerate young men of color” based on hundreds of court cases from across the country. 

UGA law scholarship established in memory of legal trailblazer Phyllis Kravitch, former judicial clerks band together to create lasting tribute for the late jurist

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

By many accounts Phyllis A. Kravitch was a trailblazer. She entered the practice of law in 1944 when female attorneys were few and far between. She built her reputation at her father’s law firm, becoming the first woman Savannah Bar Association president in the mid-1970s, the first woman elected as a Georgia Superior Court judge in 1976 and the third woman to serve our nation as a U.S. Circuit Court judge in 1979. Her service on the U.S. Courts of Appeals lasted almost four decades. As a permanent tribute, more than 40 of her former judicial clerks created the Judge Phyllis A. Kravitch Scholarship Fund at the University of Georgia School of Law. 

Veterans Legal Clinic helps veteran prove VA administrative error

Friday, December 20, 2019

Two students participating in the law school's Veterans Legal Clinic, L. Andrew "Andy" Bastone and Michael R. "Mike" O’Brien, have helped a veteran recover over $8,600 in incorrectly withheld U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs benefits. The veteran, John Rivers, retired from the service in 2014 and started receiving disability compensation. In 2016, the VA reduced these benefits, stating that he could not receive both compensation and military drill pay at the same time. Bastone and O’Brien, both veterans themselves, successfully persuaded the VA that this decision constituted administrative error. Working under the supervision of clinic attorney Kelly A. Parker, they got the VA to repay Rivers the full amount of benefits it had mistakenly withheld.

Five students conduct research through Georgia Sea Grant Legal Fellowships

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

In 2019, five law students – Christopher J. Bertrand, Maria Mercedes Carruthers Ferrero, Ashley L. Henson, C. Joshua “Josh” Rewis and Amelia C. Stevens – participated in the Georgia Sea Grant Legal Fellowship Program conducting research to address critical environmental, economic and social concerns primarily affecting coastal Georgia. Bertrand and Rewis completed their fellowships this past summer along with Ferrero who continued her work through the fall semester. Stevens and Henson completed their projects this fall.