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Graduates In the News

School of Law graduates are often the focus of news stories appearing in a variety of media outlets. Below are links to some of these stories.

Lone University of Minnesota finalist would be first female president in school’s history
Alumna Joan T. Gabel (J.D.'93) was featured in the StarTribune regarding being named the sole finalist in the University of Minnesota’s president search. The article was written by Mila Koumpilova and was published 12/6/18. Read full article

Young Plaintiffs Firm Butler Tobin Gives $100k to Charities That Maximize Bang for Buck
Alumni James E. "Jeb" Butler III (J.D.'08) and Darren M. Tobin (J.D.'08) were featured in the Daily Report regarding their firm's donation to three charitable causes. The article was written by Meredith Hobbs and published 12/4/18. Read full article

Meet the GC: Beth Chandler of Rollins Inc. 
Alumna Elizabeth “Beth” T. Chandler (J.D.'88) was featured in the Daily Report regarding her position as vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary of Rollins Inc. The article was written by Jonathan Ringel and was published 11/30/18. Read full article

Director of Environmental Ethics Certificate Program to retire Dec. 31
Alumna Dorinda Dallmeyer (J.D.'84) was featured in UGA Today regarding her retirement from her position as the director of the Environmental Ethics Certificate Program at UGA’s College of Environment and Design. The article was written by Melissa Tufts and was published 11/30/18. Read full article

Judge, geneticist to deliver fall Commencement addresses
Alumnus Steve C. Jones (J.D.'87) has been selected to deliver UGA's fall undergraduate Commencement address on Dec. 14. Read the full release

Beauty and brains: Carly Mathis has it all
Alumna Carly Mathis (J.D.'18) was featured in the Albany Herald regarding graduating from law school and holding the Miss Georgia 2013 title. The article was written by Terry Lewis and was published 11/17/18. Read full article

Savannah businessman Don Waters elected Regents chairman  
Alumnus Don L. Waters (J.D.'78) was featured in the Savannah Morning News regarding being elected chairman of the Board of Regents for the University System of Georgia. The article was written by Ann Meyer and published 11/13/18. Read full article

Rewriting the Narrative for Edward Waters College 
Alumnus A. Zachary Faison Jr. (J.D.'06) was featured on diverseeducation.com regarding his position as the president and CEO of Edwards Waters College. The article was written by Tiffany Pennamon and published 11/10/18. Read full article 

Board of Regents Elects New Officers
Alumnus Don L. Waters (J.D.'78) was elected by the Board of Regents to a one-year term as the board’s chair. The nomination was announced in a press release on 11/14/18. Read the full release

House Majority Whip Prepares to Leave Legislature for the Bench 
Alumnus Christian A. “Chris” Coomer (J.D.'99) was featured in the Daily Report regarding his appointment as a judge on the Georgia Court of Appeals by Governor Nathan Deal. The article was written by Katheryn Tucker and published 10/29/18. Read full article

Millennial Evans Jumps to Holland & Knight’s Government Team 
Alumnus James C. “Jake” Evans (J.D.'12) was featured in the Daily Report regarding his move to the Holland & Knight law firm. The article was written by Meredith Hobbs and published 10/26/18. Read full article 

DeKalb Appoints New Juvenile Court Judge
Alumna Temika J. Murry (J.D.'01) was featured in the Daily Report regarding her appointment as a DeKalb County Juvenile Court Judge. The article was written by Meredith Hobbs and published 10/24/18. Read the full article

Deal announces judicial appointments
Alumni Nicholas A. “Nick” Primm (J.D.'01), Rebecca Crumrine Rieder (J.D.'01) and John M. Stephenson Sr. (J.D.’84) have been appointed to serve on the Superior Court of the Piedmont Circuit, the Superior Court of the Atlanta Circuit and the State Court of Dougherty County, respectively.  Read the full release

Senate Confirms Judge Billy Ray for Federal Bench
Alumnus William M. “Billy” Ray II (J.D.'90) was featured in the Daily Report regarding his confirmation to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia by the U.S. Senate. The article was written by Katheryn Tucker and published 10/12/18. Read full article 

New Members Named for Chief Justice Commission 
Alumnus Harold D. Melton (J.D.'91) was featured in the Daily Report regarding his appointment as the new chairman of the Chief Justice Commission. The article was written by Katheryn Tucker and published 10/11/18. Read full article 

GC Profile: Reta Peery of Up Entertainment
Alumna Reta G. Peery (J.D.'86) was featured in the Daily Report regarding her positions as chief administrative and operations officer and general counsel for UP Entertainment. The article was written by Jonathan Ringel and published 10/8/18. Read the full article

Charlie Bethel Takes Oath for Georgia Supreme Court
Alumnus Charles J. "Charlie" Bethel (J.D.'01) was featured in the Daily Report regarding his Georgia Supreme Court swearing-in ceremony. The article was written by Jonathan Ringel and published 10/2/18. Read the full article

Deal announces judicial appointments
Alumni Charles J. "Charlie" Bethel (J.D.'01) and Christian A. Coomer (J.D.'99) have been appointed to serve on the Georgia Supreme Court and the Georgia Court of Appeals, respectively.  Read the full release

Assistant Solicitor Pinson Moves Up to Replace Warren 
Alumnus Andrew A. Pinson (J.D.'11) was featured in the Daily Report regarding his appointment as solicitor general for the state of Georgia by Attorney General Chris Carr (J.D.’99). The article was written by Katheryn Tucker and published 9/12/18. Read full article 

‘Just When You Think I Don’t Get It, I am on the Brink of Enlightenment:’ Melton Takes on Chief Role 
Alumnus Harold D. Melton (J.D.'91) was featured in the Daily Report regarding his swearing in ceremony as the chief justice of the Georgia Supreme Court. The article was written by Katheryn Tucker and published 9/4/18. Read full article 

New Chief Justice Melton Leads Younger Generation of Judges 
Alumnus Harold D. Melton (J.D.'91) was featured in the Daily Report regarding being sworn in as the chief justice of the Georgia Supreme Court. The article was written by Katheryn Tucker and published 8/31/18. Read full article 

Senate Confirms Baker to Southern District Court
Alumnus R. Stanley "Stan" Baker (J.D.'04) was featured in the Daily Report regarding his Senate confirmation to the bench of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia. The article was written by Katheryn Tucker and published 8/28/18. Read the full release  

President Donald J. Trump Announces Seventeenth Wave of Judicial Nominees
Alumnus Jean-Paul “J.P.” Boulee (J.D.’96) was nominated to fill a district judge vacancy on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia by President Donald J. Trump. The nomination was announced in a press release on 8/27/18. Read the full release

Leadership Georgia honors Judge Johnson with service award
Alumnus Horace J. Johnson Jr. (J.D.'82) was featured in The Covington News regarding being awarded the Frederick B. Kerr Service Award by Leadership Georgia. The article was written by Jackie Gutknecht and published 8/24/18. Read the full article 

Conasauga’s Bert Poston Named State’s District Attorney Of The Year
Alumnus Herbert M. “Bert” Poston (J.D.'92) was featured on The Chattanoogan regarding being named the District Attorney Generals Association of Georgia’s District Attorney of the Year. The article was published 8/22/18. Read the full article 

Michael Nation named chief Municipal Court judge in Conyers
Alumnus Michael B. Nation (J.D.'01) was featured in the Rockdale Newton Citizen regarding being named the chief judge of the Municipal Court of Conyers. The article was published 8/18/18. Read the full article 

Retiring Judge Gary Andrews Breaks His Silence
Alumnus Gary B. Andrews (J.D.’71) was featured in the Daily Report regarding his recent retirement after serving 28 years on the bench. The article was written by Katheryn Tucker and published 8/9/18. Read the full article

Forsyth gets 2 full-time Juvenile Court judges
Alumnus J. Russell “Rusty” Jackson (J.D.’84) was featured in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution regarding his appointment as a juvenile court judge in Forsyth County. The article titled “Forsyth gets 2 full-time Juvenile Court judges” was written by David Ibata and published 8/7/18. 
Read the full article

Deal Names New Superior Court Judges
Alumni Lauren A. Watson (J.D.’06) and Terry N. Massey (J.D.’90) were featured in the Daily Report regarding their appointment to the Superior Court judgeships by Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal. The article was written by Katheryn Tucker and published 7/20/18. Read the full article

Cave-Diving Atlanta Lawyer on Thai Rescue: ‘Miraculous’
Alumnus Robert S. Highsmith Jr. (J.D.’98) published an article in the Daily Report regarding a recent Thailand cave rescue. The article was published 7/11/18. Read full article

2018 Georgia Legal Awards; seven graduates honored
Congratulations to alumni Adam R. Abbate (J.D.'11), James C. “Jake” Evans (J.D.’12), Darren M. Tobin (J.D.'08), Jeffrey A. Zachman (J.D.'10) and alumnae Stephanie L. Friese (J.D.'99), Meaghan E. Boyd (J.D.'05) and Lauren A. Villnow (J.D.'10) for being honored in the Daily Report’s 2018 Georgia Legal Awards. Read the full article

In South Fulton, the entire criminal justice system is run by black women
Alumnae Viveca F. Powell (J.D.’83) and Tiffany N. Sellers (J.D.’06) were featured in a CNN article regarding their positions with the City of South Fulton, which has an all black female criminal justice team. The article was written by Doug Criss and published 6/22/18. Read the full article

Ga. High Court Honors Trial Lawyer With Amicus Curiae Award
Alumnus Joel O. Wooten Jr. (J.D.’75) was featured in the Daily Report regarding the Georgia Supreme Court honoring him with the Amicus Curiae Award. The article was written by Katheryn Tucker and published 6/25/18   Read the full article

Lane Young Recalled as Legal 'Renaissance Man'
Alumnus H. Lane Young II (J.D.’76) was featured in the Daily Report regarding his life and the impact he had throughout his career. The article was written by Greg Land and published 6/14/18. Read the full article

Hodges sworn in as State Bar president
Alumnus Kenneth B. “Ken” Hodges III (J.D.’91) was featured in the Albany Herald regarding being sworn in as the 56th president of the State Bar of Georgia. The article was published 6/13/18. Read full article 

Brown, Gobeil Sworn in as State Appellate Court Judges
Alumna Elizabeth D. Gobeil (J.D.'95) was featured in the Daily Report regarding her Georgia Court of Appeals swearing in ceremony. The article was written by Kristen Rasmussen and published 6/5/18. Read the full article

Commit to your passion: Ryan and Kiel Scates
Alumnus Ryan A. Scates (J.D.'13) was featured on UGA's Commit to Georgia web page regarding his efforts to combat Autism and support the University of Georgia. The article was published 6/4/18. Read the full article 

US Senate confirms ambassador to Luxembourg 
Alumnus J. Randolph “Randy” Evans (J.D.'83) was featured in the Luxembourg Times regarding his recent confirmation as the ambassador to Luxembourg. The article was written by Heledd Pritchard and published 5/25/18. Read the full article

Deal announces judicial appointments
Alumni Elizabeth D. Gobeil (J.D.'95) and Stephen S. Goss (J.D.'86) have been appointed to the Georgia Court of Appeals by Gov. Nathan Deal. The release was distributed 5/10/18. Read the full release

Former U.S. Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates Rejoins King & Spalding; Will Spearhead the Firm's Independent Investigations Practice
Alumna Sally Quillian Yates (J.D.'86) has rejoined King & Spalding as a partner in the Special Matters & Government Investigations Team. The King & Spalding release was distributed 5/8/18. Read the full release 

Savannah's Sonny Seiler inducted into UGA Circle of Distinction
Alumnus Frank W. "Sonny" Seiler (J.D.'57) was featured in the Savannah Morning News regarding his reception of the university's Circle of Distinction award. The article was written by Mary Mayle and published 4/28/18. Read the full article

TIAA Names John L. Douglas as Chief Oversight and Advocacy Officer
Alumnus John L. Douglas (J.D.'77) has been named senior executive vice president and chief oversight and advocacy officer of TIAA, a leading financial services provider.  The TIAA release was distributed 4/23/18. Read the full release 

Man behind Savannah bombing, murder of local leader Robbie Robinson to be executed Thursday
Alumnni Robert E. "Robbie" Robinson (J.D.'74) and Steven Scheer (J.D.'74) were featured in the Savannah Morning News regarding Scheer's memories of Robinson, who was killed 28 years ago. The article was written by DeAnn Komanecky and published 4/18/18. Read the full article

Georgia Supreme Court Elects New Chief and Presiding Judge
Alumnus Harold D. Melton (J.D.'91) was featured in The Daily Report regarding his unanimous election to the position of chief justice of the Georgia Supreme Court. The article was written by Katheryn Tucker and published 4/17/18. Read the full article

Alumnus Bligh named assistant judge advocate general of the Navy, Military Law
Alumnus David J. Bligh (J.D.'97) was named the assistant judge advocate general of the Navy, Military Law. Bligh previously served as deputy staff judge advocate to the Commandant of the Marine Corps. Read the full release

EWC Announces New President
Alumnus A. Zachary Faison Jr. (J.D.'06) was featured in the Jacksonville Free Press regarding his recent appointment as the president of Edward Waters College. The article was published 4/11/18. Read the full article

NSBA Council of Attorneys Elects New Leadership for 2018-19
Alumnus Phillip L. "Phil" Hartley (J.D.'79) was named the chair-elect of the National School Boards Association Council of School Attorneys, which is the national network of attorneys representing K-12 public school districts. The release was published 4/7/18. Read the press release

11th Circuit Judge Carnes Announces Retirement
Alumna Julie E. Carnes (J.D.'75) was featured in the Daily Report regarding her retirement from the bench. The article was written by Katheryn Tucker and published 3/23/18. Read the full article

Philanthropist Ertharin Cousin on fighting global food poverty
Alumna Ertharin Cousin (J.D.'82) was featured in The Financial Times regarding her ongoing fight against world hunger. The article was written by Ruth Lewis-Coste and published 3/9/18. Read the full article

Divided Loyalties
Alumnus Ronnie Mabra (J.D.'04) was featured in Georgia Magazine regarding his ties to both UGA and Georgia Tech. The article was written by Aaron Hale and published in spring 2018 issue. Read the full article

Ga. Appeals Court Judge 'Tripp' Self Confirmed to Federal Bench
Alumnus Tilman E. "Tripp" Self III (J.D.'97) was featured in the Daily Report regarding his confirmation as a judge on the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia. The article was written by Greg Land and published 3/5/18. Read the full article 

'They balance each other,' friends said of John and Elizabeth Calvert
Alumna Elizabeth Calvert (J.D.'87) was highlighted in the Island Packet regarding her and her husband's disappearance approximately 10 years ago. The article was published 3/4/18. Read the full article

Georgia Court of Appeals Judge Charlie Bethel: Judge's Role Is to Apply the Law, Not Make It
Alumnus Charles J. "Charlie" Bethel (J.D.'01) was featured in the Dalton Daily Citizen regarding the role of a judge. The article was written by Charles Oliver and published 2/22/18. Read the full article

UGA Indoor Athletic Facility named for Billy and Porter Payne
Alumnus William P. "Billy" Payne (J.D.'73) was featured in The Augusta Chronicle regarding the University of Georgia's plans to name its Indoor Athletic Facility in his honor. The article was published 2/13/18. Read the full article

Deal announces appointment for the Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit
Alumnus Benjamin A. “Ben” Land (J.D.’92) has been appointed a Superior Court Judge for Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit by Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal. The appointment was announced in a press release on 12/30/18. Read the full release

UGA Alumni Association announces ninth annual Bulldog 100; four School of Law graduates included
Graduates Todd Stanton (J.D.’02), Darren Gaynor (J.D.’02), R. Lawton Jordan (J.D.’00) and Russell Edwards (J.D.’10) were recognized by the University of Georgia Alumni Association for being selected for this year’s Bulldog 100 list. The award recognizes the fastest-growing businesses owned or operated by UGA alumni. See the full list

Michael Brown Confirmed to Northern District of Georgia Bench
Alumnus Michael L. Brown (J.D.'94) was featured on GeorgiaPol.com regarding his senate confirmation as judge on the U.S. District Court of the Northern District of Georgia. The article was written by Zack Lindsey and published 1/11/18. Read the full article

Mrs. Taylor's grandson: Living his best life
Alumnus Francys Johnson (J.D.'04) was profiled on ConnectStatesboro.com. The article was written by Angye Morrison and published 1/3/18. Read the full article

 

 

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