Dean’s Message

Richardson Lynn

Dean’s Message:

I am pleased to announce Dean’s Awards to nine students who assisted with the Southern Public Defenders Training Center’s Autumn Soiree, an event featuring former Georgia Supreme Court Justice Norman Fletcher.  Professor Rapping, who also serves as the President of the SPDTC, tells me that the students presence and participation helped make this worthy cause a great success.  So, Dean’s Awards and the thanks of a grateful nation to:  Alexandria Clark, Andrew Powell, Campbell Williamson, Catherine DeRoth, Keosha Johnson, Frank Starosto, Laura Bilbrough, Marsha Terry, and Ashley Jones.

Let me remind you of the opportunity to join the Atlanta Bar Association and four sections (different practice areas) for FREE.  This is an exceptional opportunity to network with lawyers.  There is no excuse for not taking advantage of it.

Have a great week!

Dean Lynn

From the Career Development Office

Tips for the Week:

  1. You must register for your new Career Development student account at in order to apply for all On-Campus Interviews.  All resumes/materials MUST be uploaded to your profile as a PDF!
  2. Please “like” our new Facebook page, Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School Career Development Office.



Would you like to schedule and appointment with your Career Counselor?

Meet the staff:

Ivonne Betancourt, Director, Career Development ##Ext. 113

Hope Martin, Associate Director, Career Development ##Ext. 421

Carolyn Roan, Assistant Director, Career Development  ##Ext. 121

Rachael McCullough, Employer Recruitment Manager, Career Development Ext 113

Career Counselor Sections (by last name)

Ivonne Betancourt-

1L’s- A-F, 2L’s- A-G, 3L’s- A-G, 4L’s- A-H

Hope Martin-

1L’s- G-O, 2L’s- H-O, 3L’s- H-N, 4L’s- J-P

Carolyn Roan

1L’s- P-Z, 2L’s- P-Z, 3L’s- O-Z, 4L’s R-Z

On Campus Interviews & Resume Forwarding Opportunities

*Some deadlines have been extended!

Please go to to apply under the Employment Tab. 

US Army Jag Corps- EXTENDED to October 5!

Chattahoochee River Keeper- EXTENDED!

Kim & Associates- EXTENDED!

Law Office of Bhavya Chaudhary- EXTENDED!

Haynes Johnson, LLC- EXTENDED!

Coleman Legal Group- EXTENDED!

Claxton Law Group- EXTENDED!

*If you have any problems viewing jobs, you might need to update your class year in your profile on your MCS account.  To do so, please go to the profile tab and update your class year.

Seminars/On-Campus Events



How to Participate:

Mock interviews will be held this Fall.  Sign-up is on a first-come first-served basis in the Career Development Office. To sign up, bring your resume to the 2nd floor Career Development Office and reserve your spot with one of several practicing attorneys that represent a range of fields and positions within the Atlanta legal community.  Interviews will last 30 minutes, allowing for a practice interview and a helpful critique.  Since this is an authentic simulation, you should bring a copy of your resume and list of references to the interview.


Internships/Career Fairs

Equal Justice Works Presents:


October 26 & 27 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott/1700 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Arlington, VA 22202

Important Dates

  • August 15 – September 13
  • Student registration and application
  • September 20 – October 4

Interview selections announced.

$25 Registration Fee per student – refundable if cancelled by October 16

Join us for the largest national public interest law career fair in the country and be on your way to finding the career that is right for you.

  • INTERVIEW Connect with over 125 public interest employers from across the country.*
  • NETWORK Meet thousands of public interest-minded students and practitioners.
  • PREPARE Have your resume and cover letters reviewed and participate in mock interviews with experienced professionals.
  • WORKSHOPS Hear professional advice on job searches and applications and learn more about various public interest law career options.
  • TABLE TALK Make a lasting impression with employers outside the formal interview process.

Visit for more information or contact

Note: Due to NALP guidelines, 1L students are not eligible to interview with employers during the Equal Justice Works Career Fair. However, 1L students may informally meet with employers during the Table Talk sessions on Friday and Saturday.


Fall Writing Contest

The National Law Review is hosting it’s Fall 2012 Law Student Writing Contest with the winner’s article to be published on the National Law Review website, the National Law Forum blog, and included in the October newsletter. For more information and for submission details, please contact the Career Development Office.

GAWL Participation Party

Join us for the GAWL 2012 Participation Party! This is a great opportunity to mingle with current GAWL members, get to know prospective GAWL members, and learn more about how you can make a difference by getting involved in a GAWL committee!

Sarah Watchko – Walk to Cure Diabetes

On October 20, 2012, Sarah Watchko, another fan favorite at the Druid Hills NNB, will walk to cure Diabetes at Centennial Olympic Park in downtown Atlanta. Please join or donate to Team Watchko. If you have any questions, then please contact Sarah Watchko at

Volunteer Opportunity – Help GAWL Foundation serve a Welcome to America lunch

Volunteer to help the GAWL Foundation Board Community Service Committee serve a Welcome to America Lunch on September 25, 2012 from 11:30-1 p.m with Refugee Resettlement & Immigration Services of Atlanta (RRISA). This lunch is served during RRISA’s orientation for new refugees who have arrived in Atlanta and allows volunteers to meet these new residents of the U.S. and Georgia and welcome them to our community. RRISA is a non-profit agency whose multi-lingual staff members, some of them former refugees themselves, help clients begin new lives and succeed. If you, your firm or organization would like to make a donation and/or help serve at the Welcome to America Lunch, please contact the community service committee at

Volunteer Opportunity – Special Olympics of Georgia’s “Strike the R-Word” Bowling event

Act quickly! A few spots are still available to help with registration, silent auction tables, and making goody bags at the Special Olympics of Georgia’s “Strike the R-Word” Bowling event, which will be held this Thursday, September 20, 2012 from 6:30-9 p.m. at 300 Atlanta, 2175 Savoy Drive, Atlanta, GA 30341. If you would like to volunteer, please email Bethaney Embry with the community service committee at


From the Office of Pro Bono Outreach and Externships

Spring Externship News

Please remember that students will no longer be able to register for externships online.  The new process requires that you complete a Student Action Request and have it signed by Professor Turner or her assistant, Ms. Ortega.  You must turn in your externship Secured Placement Form at the time you present your action request for signature.

Spring Externship Timetable

September 24, 2012                Pre-registration form and resumes deadline

October 8-26, 2012                 Interviews

November 5, 2012                  Offers due

November 19, 2012                Last day to register for spring

January 18, 2012                     Last day to Drop/Add for the spring

October is Pro Bono Month

Once again you’ve been challenged!  October is Pro Bono Month.  We want to exceed our target from last year.  The goal is 1,000 hours during the month of October.  Last year we were just shy of 600.   The Office of Pro Bono Outreach and Externships is challenging Atlanta’s John Marshall students, faculty, and staff to earn 1,000 hours of pro bono credit in October as part of Georgia’s Pro Bono Month and National Pro Bono Week.  Be on the look-out (JMTV, Flyers, student notices, newsletters, and the Office of Pro Bono Outreach & Externships webpage) for pro bono opportunities. You don’t have to look far for pro bono opportunities. There are several planned here at John Marshall.

  • Rights Restoration Project – Help criminal offenders transition back into society and help reduce recidivism. Meet with Ms. Ortega to help update the Home for Good  re-entry guide – a Q&A on how to find a job, get documentation, housing, etc. On October 20, we will also be hosting a Re-Entry Forum at the Blackburn Center. Contact Ms. Ortega at for more details.
  • Home for Good Re-entry Forum – Participate in a forum designed to educate and help those re-entering from prison to integrate successfully back into their communities.  This year’s forum is October 20, 2012 from 4 p.m.- 8 p.m.  Contact Ms. Ortega at for more details.
  • Georgia Bar Association Video Project – Get involved in a new partnership with the Georgia Bar Association. John Marshall has been asked to create videos for its legal reference guide. This is an ongoing project and can be done at your convenience. Contact Megan McClinton at for more information.

If you’re looking for more opportunities, go to the Pro Bono Outreach TWEN page. For more information on any of these projects or other pro bono opportunities, contact the PBOE Office at

Each week, we will update our progress on a thermometer in the first floor lobby.  Be sure to submit your pro bono hours to the PBOE Office using the form on TWEN, so your hours can be counted.  We want to recognize you, so report your pro bono hours to  Your report should include number of hours worked, where they were earned, and the impact your service had on the community.

Save the Date:  Home for Good – Re-entry Forum

Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School aims to prepare highly competent lawyers who are committed to the improvement of the legal system and society.    This year, we are pleased to partner with Formerly Incarcerated Persons- Effective Re-Entry Collaborative (F.I.P.-E.R.C) to present the Home for Good: Overcoming Legal Barriers for Re-Entry Forum on Saturday, October 20, 2012 from 4 p.m.- 8 p.m.  As a part of the forum, we have judiciously selected individuals, agencies and organizations that have supported the re-entry efforts by breaking down barriers, helping individuals and families’ transition, and advocate just treatment and transition that support preventing or reducing recidivism.

In addition to recognizing the individuals and organizations that are making great strides in the community, we will also facilitate an informative and interactive public discussion between academics, community, religious leaders, ex-offenders, government agencies, non-profit groups, and law students.  The forum will culminate with the development of an action plan that will make the criminal justice system less devastating for families and communities impacted by incarceration. We look forward to convening organizations and individuals in an effort to create new partnerships and resources for those in need of services.   Students please get involved.  This event is eligible for pro bono credit.

Your Vote Counts

Registration to vote in the Presidential Election ends on October 9, 2012!

To register, you must be:

18 years old

A citizen of the U.S.

A legal resident of your county

NOT held to be mentally incompetent by a judge

NOT serving a sentence for a felony/crime involving moral turpitude

Visit the Georgia Secretary of State website for more info!

Contact the Pro Bono Office if you have any questions or need voter registration form!

Georgia Election Protection

Currently seeking volunteers to participate in voter protection program!

  • Help ensure that all voters have a chance to participate in the election process!
  • Excellent networking opportunity with large Atlanta firms and Atlanta attorneys at the State Bar and Troutman Sanders!
  • Earn Pro Bono Hours while you protect voting rights!

For more information please contact Megan McClinton at or Lauren McAlpin at

AJMLS Attends LL.M. Forum in New York, October 13

AJMLS will attend the LL.M. Law School Forum in New York on October 13. The forum, which is hosted by the Law School Admission Council, will give prospective LL.M. students the chance to speak personally with the LL.M. Program Director. AJMLS offers both residential and online LL.M. programs, for both U.S. and foreign-educated attorneys. The event will be held at the Hilton New York on the Avenue of the Americas from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is free of charge. For more information, please visit the LSAC LL.M. forum event website.

AJMLS Students Contribute to Online Access to Justice in Georgia

Four students at Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School have created educational videos covering several areas of the law for low-income Georgians.  The videos, all found online now at, cover domestic violence, consumer law, Social Security and unemployment insurance law.

Greg Gelpi, a third-year law student at John Marshall coordinated the effort after meeting with the State Bar of Georgia Pro Bono Project director, Mike Monahan. “Law students are looking for ways to learn and to contribute their time and talents.  Technology is such a part of our generation that we thought one good way to offer pro bono services as law students would be to help create web content to improve access to justice,” says Gelpi.

John Marshall students Sharee Malcolm, Heather Miller, Maria Keller and Jacqueline Givens developed legal education videos based on legal information brochures from Georgia Legal Services Program.  Videos entitled Breaking Free from Domestic Violence, What You Need to Know about Garnishments and Bankruptcies, Unemployment Insurance Benefits- Common Questions, and  Spanish and English versions of Overpayments and Collections- Social Security and SSI Benefits were created by the four students over the past few months.

“Many web users prefer audio or video over text.  People learn in different ways,” adds Mike Monahan, Director of the State Bar of Georgia Pro Bono Project and co-manager of . “Once we get low-income clients on the web reading and listening, we can move them to take action on their legal problem or help them avoid a problem altogether.  We can also direct them on the website to legal aid programs or to local bar associations in their community to get legal assistance.”

Renata Turner, Associate Professor and Director of Pro Bono Outreach and Externships at John Marshall Law School notes, “We are honored and proud to be a part of this project. Our students had fun, learned about discrete areas of the law, and created a practical tool to improve access to justice for low-income citizens- all the goals of our pro bono  program.”

“This is just the beginning,” Gelpi said. “Our goal is to create a comprehensive video library in multiple languages to serve as a jumping-off point for those in need of legal assistance.”

For more information on these programs visit Pro Bono Project or the Georgia Legal Services Program. AJMLS would also like to extend our appreciation to Mike Mohahan for highlighting the accomplishments of our students.

AJMLS to Host Prospective Student Open House, October 20

Students interested in attending Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School are invited to learn more about the school, meet professors, students, alumni and key staff at our Prospective Student Open House 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Oct. 20, 2012. The event will be at the law school’s Blackburn Conference Center located at 1405 Spring Street, Atlanta, GA 30309. To RSVP to this event, please contact the Office of Admissions at or by phone at 404-872-3593 ##Ext. 211.