I’m excited to introduce the Atlanta’s John Marshall’s Council of Magistrate Court Judges Research Project. This project provides JMLS students with an exclusive opportunity to serve as research assistance to Georgia’s magistrate judges . The project offers us a chance to showcase the wealth of talent and skill JMLS students offer. This is also a great way to meet judges, improve your research skills, and get pro bono credit.
Magistrate court judges from across the state submit closed-end research requests to JMLS. The requests include one legal question, some background information, and the date a response is needed. The research request is sent to one of the research students. The student conducts the research and submits a written response to the judge within the timeframe requested. Most written responses should be in memo form unless the judge requests another format. Please note that students are only required to respond to one specific legal issue. Students are not expected to provide ongoing research on an issue or to a particular judge.
In order to participate, students must meet the following requirements:
- 2d or 3d year students with a C+ (2.33) or better in your legal research and writing course(s).
- A written recommended from your legal writing instructor.
- Available to timely respond to research requests.
If you are interested in serving on the research panel, please submit your name, contact information, and a letter of recommendation to Prof. Turner as soon as possible. Feel free to also call with questions or if you need additional information.
Thank you for your interest. Your assistance is appreciated.