The law school's Community Health Law Partnership Clinic and First Amendment Clinic - together with four other clinics from Harvard, Columbia, Texas A&M and Boston universities - were recognized for their work representing women who allegedly endured abusive gynecological treatments and medical neglect while in the custody of U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement as well as retaliation for speaking out about that and other abuse. The Clinical Legal Education Association established the Award for Excellence in a Public Interest Case or Project to "honor and recognize a case or project that truly contributes to the public good."
Congratulations to the law school's Business Law Clinic for receiving the State Bar of Georgia's 2020 A Business Commitment Award presented by the bar's Access to Justice Committee and Pro Bono Resource Center. The honor recognizes the clinic for "its extensive business law services to the nonprofit community in Georgia, particularly in the challenging economic climate of the COVID-19 pandemic." Associate Clinical Professor Willow Tracy serves as the clinic's director.
Congratulations to third-year students M. Paige Finley and Peyton R. Stuart for receiving the State Bar of Georgia's 2020 Law School Excellence Award presented by the bar's Access to Justice Committee and Pro Bono Resource Center. The honor recognizes law students who have "excelled in participation in support of a civil pro bono or legal aid program" or have "been instrumental in the development of a civil pro bono program satisfying previously unmet civil needs or extended services to underserved segments of the population."
The Appellate Litigation Clinic recently won a case before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit relating to a Fair Housing Act issue in the case Webb v. United States Veterans Initiative. The clinic was appointed as amicus curiae on behalf of Webb, a disabled military veteran who claimed that U.S. Vets had deprived him of preferred housing based on his sex. Judge David S. Tatel wrote the opinion and said: "We appointed counsel to appear as amicus curiae in support of Webb and appreciate the outstanding efforts by appointed counsel and the student counsel who argued the case." Third-year student Mollie M. Fiero presented oral argument, and third-year student Jason N. Sigalos helped write the brief. The victory was covered by Bloomberg Law in the article titled "Homeless Veteran Can Sue Nonprofit for Bias in Housing Placement." It was written by Bernie Pazanowski and published 4/16/21.
Congratulations to first-year students Katherine E. Hoffecker and Justin W. Tilghman and to all of the other participants who made the 2021 First-year Moot Court Competition such a great success. On Friday, the final round was judged by UGA President Jere W. Morehead, Dean Peter B. "Bo" Rutledge and University Professor & Kilpatrick Chair of Corporate Finance and Securities Law Usha Rodrigues. Hoffecker was named champion and Tilghman finished as finalist. Hoffecker also received the Morehead Moot Court Award.