Swindall argues before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Third-year student Ryan F. Swindall recently presented oral argument before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit as part of the law school’s Appellate Litigation Clinic. The question in the Hayes v. Plumley case was whether the client's false confession was coerced and whether the client should get an evidentiary hearing to determine if the medical examiner held the statutory qualifications to perform autopsies. Second-year student Alexander "Alex" Weathersby assisted in arguing the government's position in practices.

Wilbanks CEASE Clinic wins first case tried to verdict under Georgia’s Hidden Predator Act

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Congratulations to the Wilbanks Child Endangerment and Sexual Exploitation Clinic for the successful resolution of the first case tried to verdict under Georgia’s Hidden Predator Act. The legislation created a two-year window of relief from the statute of limitations for bringing civil charges in cases of child sexual abuse. The case was tried in the Paulding County Superior Court earlier this month.

Bivins, Oladeinbo recognized by DeKalb Lawyers Association

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Congratulations to third-year student Shayla J. Bivins and second-year student Gilbert O. Oladeinbo, who received recognitions at the DeKalb Lawyers Association's Annual Scholarship Breakfast. Bivins was awarded the Laurene Jackson Work Hard/Play Hard Award, and Oladeinbo was awarded the Donald L. Hollowell Legacy Award.

Georgia Supreme Court justice to deliver School of Law Commencement address

Monday, May 7, 2018

Supreme Court of Georgia Justice Robert Benham will deliver the keynote address at the University of Georgia School of Law’s Commencement to be held May 19 at 10 a.m. Benham, a 1970 graduate of the School of Law, was the first African-American ever appointed to the state Supreme Court. IMPORTANT: UGA's Clear Bag Policy will be in full effect for the law school's Commencement. 

Billy Payne’s Olympian Triumph

Thursday, April 26, 2018

The story of Atlanta’s emergence as an international city began, as unlikely triumphs often do, with one man’s improbable dream. And yet, William Porter “Billy” Payne (J.D.'73)  was not known as a dreamer. In fact, before 1987—when he resolved to bring the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games to Atlanta, in defiance of all odds—the then-middle-aged real estate lawyer wasn’t widely known at all. But Payne has become one of the era’s most celebrated Georgians thanks to his sheer determination and a unique ability to unite others in pursuit of his long-shot ambition. Payne’s success in winning the Olympic bid and preparing the city for the games effectively put Atlanta on the global map and became the catalyst for growth in tourism, private investment and international prominence that continues to this day.