On May 9, 2020, Rajesh 'Raj' Mehta (J.D. '01), senior staff attorney at the Cobb County Magistrate Court known for his kindness, thoughtfulness, helpfulness, and selflessness, was tragically killed while trying to prevent domestic violence, and he heroically saved lives by his actions. You may find more details of Raj's life here:

'Raj died a hero': Beloved Cobb attorney fatally shot after confronting gunman

In October of 2022, Raj's shooter was convicted and sentenced to life without parole.

Murderer of Cobb attorney convicted, sentenced to life without parole

Raj, 45, worked as the senior staff attorney for three separate chief magistrate judges after joining the Cobb County Magistrate Court in September 2008 - former Chief Magistrate Judge Frank Cox, former Chief Magistrate Judge Joyette Holmes (A.B. '97), and Chief Magistrate Judge Brendan F. Murphy (J.D. '05).

Prior to that, he worked under Cobb Superior Court Judge Mary Staley Clark (J.D. '78). During his time in law school, Raj served as a research assistant to Professor Ron L. Carlson. He received his undergraduate degree in 1998 from Georgia Institute of Technology.

The University of Georgia School of Law is privileged to honor Raj's legacy and heart for service through a campaign to endow the Rajesh 'Raj' Mehta Memorial Endowment for Family Justice.


The purpose of the Rajesh 'Raj' Mehta Memorial Endowment for Family Justice is to provide support for scholarships, fellowships (summer, semester, or distinguished law), and/or service, academic, clinical, or professional initiatives for family justice.  Recipients will be determined by a committee appointed by the Dean of the School. Preference will be given to those who demonstrate at least two of the following characteristics:

  • Dedication to kindness, thoughtfulness, helpfulness, and service.
  • Commitment to family justice or domestic violence initiatives - whether via work, study, service, or experience - particularly in the Family Justice Clinic at the School of Law;
  • Have resided or worked in Cobb County, Georgia;
  • Graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech).
Ways to Give
  • Mail:
    • Check payable to: UGA Foundation
      For: Rajesh 'Raj' Mehta Memorial Endowment for Family Justice (71765783)

      University of Georgia School of Law
      Law School Advancement Office
      225 Herty Drive
      Athens, GA 30602-6012
  • Online - One-time or recurring gift options via debit/credit card
  • Phone:
  • Stock or Wire Transfer Instructions:
    • Available upon request
Fund Type
Student Scholarship

The Law School Advancement Office welcomes the opportunity to talk with donors about making gifts to existing funds or creating new funds to benefit the law school.

For more information, please contact the Law School Advancement Office at
(706) 542-7639 or lawgifts@uga.edu.