John Marshall Law School Volunteers with the Atlanta Community Food Bank

On April 14, 2010, volunteers from Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School helped the Atlanta Community Food Bank to distribute 3,448 pounds of food to 2,298 families. Volunteers included faculty, staff and students of the school, with Professor Renata Turner, Shannon Keef, Randi Moore, Anne Bowerman, Carlos Nauedo, Alpa Amin, Barbara Herzberg, Lauren Wallace, Cliff Turner and Gregory Gelpi all lending a hand to this great cause. The Atlanta Community Food Bank works with more than 800 nonprofit partner agencies including food pantries, community kitchens, childcare centers, night shelters, senior centers and other service programs to distribute almost two million pounds of food each month to low-income Georgians. To learn more about The Atlanta Community Food Bank, please visit their website at www.ACFB.org Volunteers pictured (from left to right): Barbara Herzberg, Shannon Keef, Alpa Amin, Randi Moore and Greg Gelpi

Professor Jonathan Rapping Receives a Federal Grant to Launch National Public Defender Fellowship Initiative

The Southern Public Defender Training Center (SPDTC), founded and run by Professor Rapping, was awarded $700,000.00 to partner with Equal Justice Works to develop the Public Defender Corps (PDC), a national fellowship program for public defenders based on the SPDTC model. The PDC will place its inaugural class of Fellows in public defender offices throughout the U.S. beginning Summer 2011. In a highly competitive process, approximately 500 applicants have applied for 18 Fellowship positions. Read more about this initiative in the Daily Report. Professor Rapping’s work is also highlighted in a recent article on the national state of indigent defense in The American Prospect.

Professor Jonathan Rapping Receives a Federal Grant to Launch National Public Defender Fellowship Initiative

The Southern Public Defender Training Center (SPDTC), founded and run by Professor Rapping, was awarded $700,000.00 to partner with Equal Justice Works to develop the Public Defender Corps (PDC), a national fellowship program for public defenders based on the SPDTC model. The PDC will place its inaugural class of Fellows in public defender offices throughout the U.S. beginning Summer 2011. In a highly competitive process, approximately 500 applicants have applied for 18 Fellowship positions.

Read more about this initiative in the Daily Report. Professor Rapping’s work is also highlighted in a recent article on the national state of indigent defense in The American Prospect.

Shirley Franklin to Launch Leadership Lecture Series at Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School

Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School will kick off its 77th academic year with former Mayor Shirley Franklin addressing members of Atlanta’s legal community and the largest incoming class in the school’s history. On Monday, August 23rd at noon, Franklin will discuss the role of public service in Atlanta, and the need for ethical professionals to provide structure and security for our communities. The Leadership Lecture Series is presented by Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School, whose mission is to prepare highly competent professionals who possess a strong social conscience, demonstrate high ethical standards, and are committed to the improvement of the legal system and society. “This program was developed by our students to explore the fundamental values of the legal profession and engage civic leaders at the highest levels and to inspire ethical public service upon graduation,” according to Dean of Students Sheryl Harrison. “What we do, as lawyers, is greater than ourselves; we serve our fellow man. John Marshall Law School strives to instill a high level of responsibility in our students to uphold the values of our profession, beginning the first day of their legal education.” Known for her commitment to improving diversity, infrastructure, and security, Franklin will share her experiences as a public servant and professional leader in Atlanta. She will discuss the changes she initiated while Mayor, her interactions with Atlanta’s legal community and her vision of how attorneys can help the public at large. “Atlanta has a rich and diverse civic and human rights history of people working together across lines and aisles to make this community better and brighter,” noted Franklin. “I commend John Marshall for encouraging a student body who is also working for the betterment of our communities through leadership with a social conscience.” Within the last academic year, Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School obtained full accreditation from the American Bar Association, welcomed Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas as Commencement speaker, and launched Atlanta’s first online LLM degree program for Employment Law. The Leadership Lecture Series will continue on Thursday, September 16th, featuring Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle. Since 1933, Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School has been committed to developing lawyers with a strong social conscience. The school continues on its historic path, remaining faithful to its mission, while looking to the future with innovation, new programs, and unmatched faculty from across the country. For more information on the Leadership Lecture Series or to attend Shirley Franklin’s Lecture on August 23 at noon, please contact Dean of Students Sheryl Harrison at sharrison@johnmarshall.edu or Carlos Vilela at crvilela@johnmarshall.edu.

Shirley Franklin to Launch Leadership Lecture Series at Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School

Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School will kick off its 77th academic year with former Mayor Shirley Franklin addressing members of Atlanta’s legal community and the largest incoming class in the school’s history. On Monday, August 23rd at noon, Franklin will discuss the role of public service in Atlanta, and the need for ethical professionals to provide structure and security for our communities.

The Leadership Lecture Series is presented by Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School, whose mission is to prepare highly competent professionals who possess a strong social conscience, demonstrate high ethical standards, and are committed to the improvement of the legal system and society.

“This program was developed by our students to explore the fundamental values of the legal profession and engage civic leaders at the highest levels and to inspire ethical public service upon graduation,” according to Dean of Students Sheryl Harrison. “What we do, as lawyers, is greater than ourselves; we serve our fellow man. John Marshall Law School strives to instill a high level of responsibility in our students to uphold the values of our profession, beginning the first day of their legal education.”

Known for her commitment to improving diversity, infrastructure, and security, Franklin will share her experiences as a public servant and professional leader in Atlanta. She will discuss the changes she initiated while Mayor, her interactions with Atlanta’s legal community and her vision of how attorneys can help the public at large.

“Atlanta has a rich and diverse civic and human rights history of people working together across lines and aisles to make this community better and brighter,” noted Franklin. “I commend John Marshall for encouraging a student body who is also working for the betterment of our communities through leadership with a social conscience.”

Within the last academic year, Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School obtained full accreditation from the American Bar Association, welcomed Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas as Commencement speaker, and launched Atlanta’s first online LLM degree program for Employment Law.

The Leadership Lecture Series will continue on Thursday, September 16th, featuring Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle.

Since 1933, Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School has been committed to developing lawyers with a strong social conscience. The school continues on its historic path, remaining faithful to its mission, while looking to the future with innovation, new programs, and unmatched faculty from across the country.

For more information on the Leadership Lecture Series or to attend Shirley Franklin’s Lecture on August 23 at noon, please contact Dean of Students Sheryl Harrison at sharrison@johnmarshall.edu or Carlos Vilela at crvilela@johnmarshall.edu.

Students Volunteer with Hosea Feed the Hungry & Homeless

On Saturday, August 14, 2010, first year evening students of Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School participated in a community service project with Hosea Feed the Hungry & Homeless (HFTH). The law school is dedicated to pro bono work that furthers its mission of “promoting the development of a student body and faculty with a strong social consciousness and dedication to improving the legal system and society” and is thankful to our students for volunteering their time and assistance towards this worthy cause.  HFTH was also thankful for our students who worked through the rain to pass out food and sort clothing. Last year, Hosea Feed the Hungry and Homeless’ Prevention division’s on-going programming provided over 160,000 individuals with food, clothing, toiletries, transportation and other supplies and prevented homelessness through rent and utility assistance for nearly 300 families. For more information on Hosea Feed the Hungry, please visit www.HoseaFeedTheHungry.com

Students Volunteer with Hosea Feed the Hungry & Homeless

On Saturday, August 14, 2010, first year evening students of Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School participated in a community service project with Hosea Feed the Hungry & Homeless (HFTH). The law school is dedicated to pro bono work that furthers its mission of “promoting the development of a student body and faculty with a strong social consciousness and dedication to improving the legal system and society” and is thankful to our students for volunteering their time and assistance towards this worthy cause.  HFTH was also thankful for our students who worked through the rain to pass out food and sort clothing.

Last year, Hosea Feed the Hungry and Homeless’ Prevention division’s on-going programming provided over 160,000 individuals with food, clothing, toiletries, transportation and other supplies and prevented homelessness through rent and utility assistance for nearly 300 families. For more information on Hosea Feed the Hungry, please visit www.HoseaFeedTheHungry.com

John Marshall Law School Hosts State Bar of Georgia Diversity Program's Pipeline Program

John Marshall is proud to have once again hosted the two-week State Bar of Georgia Diversity Program’s Pipeline Program, which brings young high school students together for classes and real life experiences. This year’s class of 18 included 8 students who participated in the first and second years of the program, some of whom have been accepted to college for the fall. After morning classes of training in grammar, writing, speech, and library usage, the students visit law firms and corporate legal departments for lunch and mentoring. Congratulations to all the participants!

Atlanta's John Marshall Law School Offering LL.M. in Employment Law

Now enrolling for Fall 2010, Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School announces an innovative, graduate-level program for attorneys seeking to develop or strengthen an employment law practice. In recent years, employment law claims of all types have increased in number and scope, requiring attorneys to develop new strategies to serve their clients on both the employer and employee side. Experts predict that the number of claims will continue to climb due to many factors, including new legislation, increased knowledge of rights by employees and changes in the economy. The LL.M. in Employment Law is specifically designed for busy practitioners who want to develop or expand their expertise in the field. Small class sizes, in-depth curriculum and innovative distance learning technology combine to set the program apart. The unique structure of the LL.M. program allows students to earn their degree without taking time away from work. Classes will be offered consecutively, one class at a time, and exclusively online. To learn more about the program, please visit theLL.M. Program section of our site.

Justice Clarence Thomas is Keynote Speaker at John Marshall Commencement

United States Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas was the keynote speaker at Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School’s Commencement, held Saturday, May 15, 2010, at the Georgia World Congress Center. During the ceremonies, the law school conferred more than 160 Juris Doctor degrees. Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School conferred an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws, Honoris Causa, on Justice Clarence Thomas for his unparalled career in public service and dedication to the rule of law.

2010 Distinguished Alumni: Neera Bahl

Neera Bahl founded Neera Bahl & Associates in 2009. She received her J.D. from Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School in 2000 after a career of more than twenty years in medical and scientific research. Neera is active in professional and community organizations, including the State Bar of Georgia, Atlanta Bar Association, Georgia Association of Women Lawyers, American Immigration Lawyers Association, Raksha, Georgia Indo American Chamber of Commerce, and India Cultural and Religious Center.

2010 Distinguished Alumni: Judge James G. Bodiford

James G. Bodiford, Judge, Cobb County Superior Court, was honored by Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School as a 2010 Distinguished Alumni. Judge Bodiford was elected Superior Court Judge in 1994 and has since been re-elected three times to this position, most recently with an 83% majority. He was Chief Judge of the Cobb County Superior Court during 2005-2006. Judge Bodiford has presided successfully over a number of high-profile, media-intensive cases, including State of Georgia v. Brian G. Nichols in Fulton County. He is a 1976 graduate of Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School.

2010 Distinguished Alumni: Neera Bahl

Neera Bahl founded Neera Bahl & Associates in 2009. She received her J.D. from Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School in 2000 after a career of more than twenty years in medical and scientific research. Neera is active in professional and community organizations, including the State Bar of Georgia, Atlanta Bar Association, Georgia Association of Women Lawyers, American Immigration Lawyers Association, Raksha, Georgia Indo American Chamber of Commerce, and India Cultural and Religious Center.

Justice Clarence Thomas is Keynote Speaker at John Marshall Commencement

United States Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas was the keynote speaker at Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School’s Commencement, held Saturday, May 15, 2010, at the Georgia World Congress Center. During the ceremonies, the law school conferred more than 160 Juris Doctor degrees. Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School conferred an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws, Honoris Causa, on Justice Clarence Thomas for his unparalled career in public service and dedication to the rule of law.

2010 Distinguished Alumni: Judge James G. Bodiford

James G. Bodiford, Judge, Cobb County Superior Court, was honored by Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School as a 2010 Distinguished Alumni. Judge Bodiford was elected Superior Court Judge in 1994 and has since been re-elected three times to this position, most recently with an 83% majority. He was Chief Judge of the Cobb County Superior Court during 2005-2006. Judge Bodiford has presided successfully over a number of high-profile, media-intensive cases, including State of Georgia v. Brian G. Nichols in Fulton County. He is a 1976 graduate of Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School.

Bobby Lee Cook Endowed Scholarship Fund

Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School acknowledges the unparalleled generosity of Bobby Lee Cook for his $100,000 donation to establish the Bobby Lee Cook Endowed Scholarship Fund. Bobby Lee Cook is widely recognized for his career as a prominent trial attorney and his representation in some of the most controversial criminal trials in the state. His long-term commitment to the school includes past service as a member of the Board of Directors and sponsorship of the annual Bobby Lee Cook Practical Legal Symposium, held at the law school each Spring for the past 8 years. The Bobby Lee Cook Endowed Scholarship Fund will support a number of scholarships each year. We hope to sustain the fund through the continued generosity of friends and alumni of the law school.

Bobby Lee Cook Endowed Scholarship Fund

Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School acknowledges the unparalleled generosity of Bobby Lee Cook for his $100,000 donation to establish the Bobby Lee Cook Endowed Scholarship Fund. Bobby Lee Cook is widely recognized for his career as a prominent trial attorney and his representation in some of the most controversial criminal trials in the state. His long-term commitment to the school includes past service as a member of the Board of Directors and sponsorship of the annual Bobby Lee Cook Practical Legal Symposium, held at the law school each Spring for the past 8 years. The Bobby Lee Cook Endowed Scholarship Fund will support a number of scholarships each year. We hope to sustain the fund through the continued generosity of friends and alumni of the law school.

Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School’s 3rd Annual Youth and the Law Summit

Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School held its annual Youth and the Law Summit on Saturday, April 17, 2010. More than thirty middle-school students attended this year’s Summit. The students came from various schools from the Atlanta and Clayton County school districts. Their day started with a continental breakfast and ice-breaker conducted by Darrick McDuffie, an attorney from King and Spalding. The students were then broken up into four groups. Each group, led by a John Marshall law student, participated in two separate lessons/activities designed to teach them how to analyze the impact of laws, think critically, and write persuasively. After a pizza lunch, the students listened to a panel of three attorneys, Willie Lovett, Jr., Candiss Collins, and Prof. Kamina Pinder, discuss their paths to becoming a lawyer. Students were able to ask of questions about the panelists’ educational and career choices. In the afternoon, the students broke into two teams for a very spirited debate on the First Amendment rights of students using MySpace. Closing remarks were made by Shukura Ingram, President of the Gate City Bar Association. In addition to DiscoverLaw.org back packs, students also received a portfolio, a U.S. Constitution and a certificate to mark the occasion.

Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School’s 3rd Annual Youth and the Law Summit

Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School held its annual Youth and the Law Summit on Saturday, April 17, 2010. More than thirty middle-school students attended this year’s Summit. The students came from various schools from the Atlanta and Clayton County school districts. Their day started with a continental breakfast and ice-breaker conducted by Darrick McDuffie, an attorney from King and Spalding. The students were then broken up into four groups. Each group, led by a John Marshall law student, participated in two separate lessons/activities designed to teach them how to analyze the impact of laws, think critically, and write persuasively. After a pizza lunch, the students listened to a panel of three attorneys, Willie Lovett, Jr., Candiss Collins, and Prof. Kamina Pinder, discuss their paths to becoming a lawyer. Students were able to ask of questions about the panelists’ educational and career choices. In the afternoon, the students broke into two teams for a very spirited debate on the First Amendment rights of students using MySpace. Closing remarks were made by Shukura Ingram, President of the Gate City Bar Association. In addition to DiscoverLaw.org back packs, students also received a portfolio, a U.S. Constitution and a certificate to mark the occasion.

Equal Justice Works Honors Atlanta Area Law Schools

Equal Justice Works hosted a reception at Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. on April 15, 2010 to honor Equal Justice Works Fellows Atlanta area law schools. One of the keynote speakers was Steve Reba, a 2008 graduate of Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School. Steve, a member of the Equal Justice Works Fellows Class of 2009, works at the Barton Juvenile Defender Clinic of the Emory University School of Law. He gave a moving speech about his work to free and rehabilitate incarcerated juveniles. Class of 2010 Fellows were also in attendance, including Alpa Amin, a 2010 graduate from Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School. Alpa was awarded a fellowship to work with GAIN, the Georgia Asylum and Immigration Network. We are very proud of both Steve and Alpa and the positive impact they are making in our community. The Equal Justice Works Fellowship Program creates partnerships among public interest lawyers, nonprofit organizations, law firm/corporate sponsors and other donors in order to afford underrepresented populations effective access to the justice system. Equal Justice Works is currently supporting 108 Fellows in the field: 54 Fellows who began in September 2007 and 54 new Fellows who began last fall. Equal Justice Works is committed to recruiting attorneys who represent a variety of experiences and backgrounds and to providing them with a strong foundation on which to build a public interest career. For more information about the program, please visit: http://www.equaljusticeworks.org/programs/fellowships/general.

Equal Justice Works Honors Atlanta Area Law Schools

Equal Justice Works hosted a reception at Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. on April 15, 2010 to honor Equal Justice Works Fellows Atlanta area law schools. One of the keynote speakers was Steve Reba, a 2008 graduate of Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School. Steve, a member of the Equal Justice Works Fellows Class of 2009, works at the Barton Juvenile Defender Clinic of the Emory University School of Law. He gave a moving speech about his work to free and rehabilitate incarcerated juveniles. Class of 2010 Fellows were also in attendance, including Alpa Amin, a 2010 graduate from Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School. Alpa was awarded a fellowship to work with GAIN, the Georgia Asylum and Immigration Network. We are very proud of both Steve and Alpa and the positive impact they are making in our community.

The Equal Justice Works Fellowship Program creates partnerships among public interest lawyers, nonprofit organizations, law firm/corporate sponsors and other donors in order to afford underrepresented populations effective access to the justice system. Equal Justice Works is currently supporting 108 Fellows in the field: 54 Fellows who began in September 2007 and 54 new Fellows who began last fall. Equal Justice Works is committed to recruiting attorneys who represent a variety of experiences and backgrounds and to providing them with a strong foundation on which to build a public interest career. For more information about the program, please visit: http://www.equaljusticeworks.org/programs/fellowships/general.

Bobby Lee Cook Practical Legal Symposium

John Marshall proudly presents its 8th Annual Bobby Lee Cook Practical Legal Symposium on Friday, April 9, 2010 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. This event, which was established to honor Mr. Cook, Georgia’s renowned criminal defense and civil rights attorney, will feature prominent members of the legal community. A long-time friend of the Law School, Mr. Cook will lead the panel, which will include J. Vincent “Jay” Cook, R. Price Nimmo, Chilton Davis Varner and Judge Alvin T. Wong. This event is free and open to the public. We encourage law students, members of the bar, and interested parties to join us for this unique opportunity to benefit from the experience of these distinguished lawyers and the “dean” of Georgia’s criminal defense attorneys. Bobby Lee Cook, principal of Cook & Connelly in Summerville, GA, has earned fame for his career as a criminal defense attorney and representation in some of the most controversial criminal trials in the state. He is believed by many to have inspired the character of “Matlock” in the television series. Mr. Cook’s influence extends beyond Georgia, as he has also represented national and international figures. Early in his career, Mr. Cook served in the Georgia House of Representatives and Senate before becoming a State Court Judge. Mr. Cook’s achievements were recognized by the Georgia Bar in 1994, when it named him Trial Lawyer of the Year. J. Vincent “Jay” Cook is a veteran trial lawyer, having achieved significant judgments and settlements for clients in cases involving wrongful death, personal injury, business torts, and commercial and construction litigation. He is a respected leader in Georgia’s legal community, is past president of the State Bar of Georgia, president of the Georgia Civil Justice Foundation, and former president of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, the Georgia Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates and the Western Circuit Bar Association. Mr. Cook has written and edited numerous publications on the law and has conducted seminars on medical malpractice. He is the Managing Partner of Cook Noell Tolley & Bates LLP in Athens, Georgia. R. Price Nimmo is a partner with Nimmo, Hoehn & Nimmo in Nashville, Tennessee. He is an experienced litigator, focusing his practice on matters of personal injury, insurance defense, criminal defense, products liability, and family law. Chilton Varner has 30 years of courtroom experience as a trial lawyer defending corporations in product liability, business torts, contract and other commercial disputes. Ms. Varner was appointed by Chief Justice Rehnquist in 2004 and re-appointed by Chief Justice Roberts in 2007 to the Federal Civil Rules Advisory Committee, where she has participated in the Committee’s drafting of amendments governing electronic discovery and consideration of changes to the Rules governing summary judgment and expert discovery. Ms. Varner speaks regularly on women’s issues for the American Bar Association and DRI. She currently practices with King & Spalding in Atlanta, Georgia. Judge Alvin T. Wong has served on the State Court of DeKalb County, Georgia for eleven years. A 1976 graduate of Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School, Judge Wong is the only Asian Pacific American to be elected judge in the Southeast. Judge Wong serves on the Fernbank Museum of Natural History Board of Trustees, the Georgia Commission on Access and Fairness in the Courts, and the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) Law Foundation Board.

John Marshall Law School Volunteers with the Atlanta Community Food Bank

On April 14, 2010, volunteers from Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School helped the Atlanta Community Food Bank to distribute 3,448 pounds of food to 2,298 families. Volunteers included faculty, staff and students of the school, with Professor Renata Turner, Shannon Keef, Randi Moore, Anne Bowerman, Carlos Nauedo, Alpa Amin, Barbara Herzberg, Lauren Wallace, Cliff Turner and Gregory Gelpi all lending a hand to this great cause.

The Atlanta Community Food Bank works with more than 800 nonprofit partner agencies including food pantries, community kitchens, childcare centers, night shelters, senior centers and other service programs to distribute almost two million pounds of food each month to low-income Georgians. To learn more about The Atlanta Community Food Bank, please visit their website at www.ACFB.org

Volunteers pictured (from left to right): Barbara Herzberg, Shannon Keef, Alpa Amin, Randi Moore and Greg Gelpi

Public Interest Law Society’s 1st Annual Silent Auction and Networking Mixer

Great fun and entertainment was had at the Public Interest Law Society’s 1st Annual Silent Auction and Networking Mixer on Friday, April 9, 2010. The silent auction was followed by a live auction and included items such as dinner and snooker with Dean Lynn, mentoring lunches donated by various faculty members and alumni, “stay-cation” packages, cultural events and sporting tickets, jewelry and art work. Thank you to the Zweifel Law Firm for their generosity in sponsoring the event and to the many contributors. JMLS Alumnus The Honorable G. Alan Blackburn was presented with the first annual Public Interest Law Award for his more than thirty years of public service. Proceeds of the auction will be used to sponsor a JMLS student engaged in pro bono work during this summer.

Judge Blackburn Presented with First Annual Public Interest Law Award

The Honorable G. Alan Blackburn (’67 Alumnus) was honored by Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School’s Public Interest Law Society with the First Annual Public Interest Law Award at the Public Interest Law Society’s Silent Auction and Networking Mixer on Friday, April 9, 2010. The award recognizes Judge Blackburn’s more than thirty years of public service.

Public Interest Law Society’s 1st Annual Silent Auction and Networking Mixer

Great fun and entertainment was had at the Public Interest Law Society’s 1st Annual Silent Auction and Networking Mixer on Friday, April 9, 2010. The silent auction was followed by a live auction and included items such as dinner and snooker with Dean Lynn, mentoring lunches donated by various faculty members and alumni, “stay-cation” packages, cultural events and sporting tickets, jewelry and art work. Thank you to the Zweifel Law Firm for their generosity in sponsoring the event and to the many contributors. JMLS Alumnus The Honorable G. Alan Blackburn was presented with the first annual Public Interest Law Award for his more than thirty years of public service. Proceeds of the auction will be used to sponsor a JMLS student engaged in pro bono work during this summer.

Judge Blackburn Presented with First Annual Public Interest Law Award

The Honorable G. Alan Blackburn (’67 Alumnus) was honored by Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School’s Public Interest Law Society with the First Annual Public Interest Law Award at the Public Interest Law Society’s Silent Auction and Networking Mixer on Friday, April 9, 2010. The award recognizes Judge Blackburn’s more than thirty years of public service.

Professor Tripp to Serve on National Health Care Standards Committee

Ms. Lisa Tripp, Assistant Professor of Health Care Law at Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School, has been selected to be part of the Steering Committee for the National Quality Forum’s National Voluntary Consensus Standards for Nursing Homes project. The Steering Committee is responsible for selecting the standard metrics used to evaluate, assess and improve the quality of care provided by chronic and post-acute care nursing facilities. Professor Tripp practiced health care law and commercial litigation prior to joining the faculty of John Marshall Law School in 2006. As an attorney for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Professor Tripp focused primarily on elder abuse. She litigated many cases against nursing homes involving physical and sexual abuse, neglect and substandard care. To read more about the National Quality Forum and the National Voluntary Consensus Standards for Nursing Homes, please visit: http://www.qualityforum.org/Home.aspx.

Professor Tripp to Serve as Panelist on MedPAC Panel on LTCH Quality Measures

Ms. Lisa Tripp, Assistant Professor of Health Care Law at Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School, has been selected to take part in a panel discussion that will advise the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) on quality meassures for long-term care hospitals (LTCHs). The Panel will discuss and identify prevalent quality of care issues in LTCHs and identify existing process and outcome measures that could provide information about the quality of care for Medicare beneficiaries in LTCHs. Recommendations from the panel meeting will be incorporated into MedPAC’s annual report to Congress. Professor Tripp practiced health care law and commercial litigation prior to joining the faculty of John Marshall Law School in 2006. As an attorney for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Professor Tripp focused primarily on elder abuse. She litigated many cases against nursing homes involving physical and sexual abuse, neglect and substandard care.

Professor Tripp to Serve on National Health Care Standards Committee

Ms. Lisa Tripp, Assistant Professor of Health Care Law at Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School, has been selected to be part of the Steering Committee for the National Quality Forum’s National Voluntary Consensus Standards for Nursing Homes project. The Steering Committee is responsible for selecting the standard metrics used to evaluate, assess and improve the quality of care provided by chronic and post-acute care nursing facilities.

Professor Tripp practiced health care law and commercial litigation prior to joining the faculty of John Marshall Law School in 2006. As an attorney for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Professor Tripp focused primarily on elder abuse. She litigated many cases against nursing homes involving physical and sexual abuse, neglect and substandard care.

To read more about the National Quality Forum and the National Voluntary Consensus Standards for Nursing Homes, please visit: http://www.qualityforum.org/Home.aspx.

Professor Tripp to Serve as Panelist on MedPAC Panel on LTCH Quality Measures

Ms. Lisa Tripp, Assistant Professor of Health Care Law at Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School, has been selected to take part in a panel discussion that will advise the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) on quality meassures for long-term care hospitals (LTCHs). The Panel will discuss and identify prevalent quality of care issues in LTCHs and identify existing process and outcome measures that could provide information about the quality of care for Medicare beneficiaries in LTCHs. Recommendations from the panel meeting will be incorporated into MedPAC’s annual report to Congress.

Professor Tripp practiced health care law and commercial litigation prior to joining the faculty of John Marshall Law School in 2006. As an attorney for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Professor Tripp focused primarily on elder abuse. She litigated many cases against nursing homes involving physical and sexual abuse, neglect and substandard care.

Bobby Lee Cook Practical Legal Symposium

John Marshall proudly presents its 8th Annual Bobby Lee Cook Practical Legal Symposium on Friday, April 9, 2010 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. This event, which was established to honor Mr. Cook, Georgia’s renowned criminal defense and civil rights attorney, will feature prominent members of the legal community. A long-time friend of the Law School, Mr. Cook will lead the panel, which will include J. Vincent “Jay” Cook, R. Price Nimmo, Chilton Davis Varner and Judge Alvin T. Wong. This event is free and open to the public. We encourage law students, members of the bar, and interested parties to join us for this unique opportunity to benefit from the experience of these distinguished lawyers and the “dean” of Georgia’s criminal defense attorneys.

Bobby Lee Cook, principal of Cook & Connelly in Summerville, GA, has earned fame for his career as a criminal defense attorney and representation in some of the most controversial criminal trials in the state. He is believed by many to have inspired the character of “Matlock” in the television series. Mr. Cook’s influence extends beyond Georgia, as he has also represented national and international figures. Early in his career, Mr. Cook served in the Georgia House of Representatives and Senate before becoming a State Court Judge. Mr. Cook’s achievements were recognized by the Georgia Bar in 1994, when it named him Trial Lawyer of the Year.

J. Vincent “Jay” Cook is a veteran trial lawyer, having achieved significant judgments and settlements for clients in cases involving wrongful death, personal injury, business torts, and commercial and construction litigation. He is a respected leader in Georgia’s legal community, is past president of the State Bar of Georgia, president of the Georgia Civil Justice Foundation, and former president of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, the Georgia Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates and the Western Circuit Bar Association. Mr. Cook has written and edited numerous publications on the law and has conducted seminars on medical malpractice. He is the Managing Partner of Cook Noell Tolley & Bates LLP in Athens, Georgia.

R. Price Nimmo is a partner with Nimmo, Hoehn & Nimmo in Nashville, Tennessee. He is an experienced litigator, focusing his practice on matters of personal injury, insurance defense, criminal defense, products liability, and family law.

Chilton Varner has 30 years of courtroom experience as a trial lawyer defending corporations in product liability, business torts, contract and other commercial disputes. Ms. Varner was appointed by Chief Justice Rehnquist in 2004 and re-appointed by Chief Justice Roberts in 2007 to the Federal Civil Rules Advisory Committee, where she has participated in the Committee’s drafting of amendments governing electronic discovery and consideration of changes to the Rules governing summary judgment and expert discovery. Ms. Varner speaks regularly on women’s issues for the American Bar Association and DRI. She currently practices with King & Spalding in Atlanta, Georgia.

Judge Alvin T. Wong has served on the State Court of DeKalb County, Georgia for eleven years. A 1976 graduate of Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School, Judge Wong is the only Asian Pacific American to be elected judge in the Southeast. Judge Wong serves on the Fernbank Museum of Natural History Board of Trustees, the Georgia Commission on Access and Fairness in the Courts, and the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) Law Foundation Board.

The City of Atlanta Law Department Summer Externships

The City of Atlanta’s Law Department is accepting resumes for its summer internship program. The nine week program runs from June 1 through July 31. Students will work in two of four practice areas: litigation, commercial transactions, government council and aviation. For more details, please visit their website. Please note that the website shows an April deadline, however, the actual DEADLINE IS MARCH 15. For more information contact Prof. Turner at rturner@johnmarshall.edu or Jerry Deloach at JDeloach@AtlantaGa.Gov.

The City of Atlanta Law Department Summer Externships

The City of Atlanta’s Law Department is accepting resumes for its summer internship program. The nine week program runs from June 1 through July 31. Students will work in two of four practice areas: litigation, commercial transactions, government council and aviation. For more details, please visit their website. Please note that the website shows an April deadline, however, the actual DEADLINE IS MARCH 15. For more information contact Prof. Turner at rturner@johnmarshall.edu or Jerry Deloach at JDeloach@AtlantaGa.Gov.

The Legal Aid Office of Cobb County’s Domestic Violence Legal Assistance Project

The Domestic Violence Legal Assistance Project provides free legal representation to low- and low-middle income victims of violence each week in TPOs. 3L’s will work with Legal Aid attorneys to represent victims of violence under the Third Year Practice Act. For more information, please contact Prof. Turner at rturner@johnmarshall.edu.

Adequate Public Education: Georgia’s Report Card

On February 24, 2010, the John Marshall Law Journal hosted its Annual Symposium entitled, “Adequate Public Education: Georgia’s Report Card.” In honor of its out-going faculty advisor, the John Marshall Law Journal opened the event by designating the Annual Symposium to be The Dean Robert J. D`Agostino Law Journal Symposium in perpetuity. The Symposium featured four panel discussions on timely issues in education law including religion in schools, charter schools, the use of restraint and seclusion techniques in schools, and tuition scholarship programs. Guests included several Atlanta-area school law attorneys, educators, law professors, and students. The event was a great success and will continue to be an annual spring tradition dedicated to Dean D`Agostino.

Adequate Public Education: Georgia’s Report Card

On February 24, 2010, the John Marshall Law Journal hosted its Annual Symposium entitled, “Adequate Public Education: Georgia’s Report Card.”

In honor of its out-going faculty advisor, the John Marshall Law Journal opened the event by designating the Annual Symposium to be The Dean Robert J. D`Agostino Law Journal Symposium in perpetuity. The Symposium featured four panel discussions on timely issues in education law including religion in schools, charter schools, the use of restraint and seclusion techniques in schools, and tuition scholarship programs. Guests included several Atlanta-area school law attorneys, educators, law professors, and students. The event was a great success and will continue to be an annual spring tradition dedicated to Dean D`Agostino.

U.S. Supreme Court

On January 11, 2010, eleven John Marshall alumni were personally admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court. Dean Richard Lynn proudly moved the admissions and Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. administered the oath. Following the ceremony, the group remained to hear oral arguments.

Now Accepting Applications for Micronesian Externship

Gain real world experience and enhance your resume, while working in the Micronesian Islands. Placement sites include judicial clerkships, legislative counsel, attorneys general offices, public defender offices, and legal services. Placements available for both first and second year students. For an application please contact Sylvia Fernandez, Faculty Secretary (8th Floor Faculty Suite) – sfernandez@johnmarshall.edu / Ext: 285 or Professor Kathleen Burch (8th Floor Faculty Suite) –kburch@johnmarshall.edu / Ext: 105 or click here.

Now Accepting Applications for Micronesian Externship

Gain real world experience and enhance your resume, while working in the Micronesian Islands. Placement sites include judicial clerkships, legislative counsel, attorneys general offices, public defender offices, and legal services. Placements available for both first and second year students.

For an application please contact Sylvia Fernandez, Faculty Secretary (8th Floor Faculty Suite) – sfernandez@johnmarshall.edu / Ext: 285 or Professor Kathleen Burch (8th Floor Faculty Suite) –kburch@johnmarshall.edu / Ext: 105 or click here.

Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School Receives Full Accreditation

Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School is pleased to announce that on Saturday, December 5, 2009, the Council of the ABA Section on Legal Education granted full approval to the Law School. As we move forward with a renewed purpose, there is much more to be done as we consolidate our strengths as a law school and establish new programs to benefit students, the legal community, Atlanta, and the nation. Dean Lynn

Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School Receives Full Accreditation

Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School is pleased to announce that on Saturday, December 5, 2009, the Council of the ABA Section on Legal Education granted full approval to the Law School. As we move forward with a renewed purpose, there is much more to be done as we consolidate our strengths as a law school and establish new programs to benefit students, the legal community, Atlanta, and the nation.
Dean Lynn

The Fred Gray Social Justice Seminar

The law school is proud to host the third annual Fred Gray Social Justice Seminar, honoring The Georgia Innocence Project, with the topic “Guilty Until Proven Innocent: The Journey to Justice for the Wrongfully Accused.” Panelists include Attorney Aimee Maxwell, Executive Director of GIP, Professor Heather Kleider, Ph.D., an expert in the field of eyewitness accuracy, and three gentlemen freed from wrongful imprisonment, Mr. Clarence Harrison, freed from prison in 2004 after serving approximately 18 years, Mr. Ronald Taylor, freed from prison in 2007 after serving 14 years, and Mr. Mario Rocha, freed from prison in 2006 after serving 10 years. The Seminar is open to the public. Please join us on November 13, 2009, 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. in Room 301 for this program.

The Fred Gray Social Justice Seminar

The law school is proud to host the third annual Fred Gray Social Justice Seminar, honoring The Georgia Innocence Project, with the topic “Guilty Until Proven Innocent: The Journey to Justice for the Wrongfully Accused.”

Panelists include Attorney Aimee Maxwell, Executive Director of GIP, Professor Heather Kleider, Ph.D., an expert in the field of eyewitness accuracy, and three gentlemen freed from wrongful imprisonment, Mr. Clarence Harrison, freed from prison in 2004 after serving approximately 18 years, Mr. Ronald Taylor, freed from prison in 2007 after serving 14 years, and Mr. Mario Rocha, freed from prison in 2006 after serving 10 years.

The Seminar is open to the public. Please join us on November 13, 2009, 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. in Room 301 for this program.

Professor Jonathan Rapping Wasserstein Public Interest Fellowship

Professor Rapping has been honored as a 2009-2010 Fellow in the Wasserstein Public Interest Fellows Program at Harvard Law School for his work as Founder and Executive Director of the Southern Public Defender Training Center (SPDTC) where he is in charge of training, recruiting, and placing new public defenders in the South. Prior to joining the Faculty at JMLS, Professor Rapping was the Director for training and recruitment at the Orleans Public Defenders in New Orleans, LA, where he led the overhaul of the public defender’s office in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Earlier, he was the Training Director for the Georgia Public Defender Standards Council, where he designed and implemented a state-wide public defender system, and a Staff Attorney and Training Director with the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia. For information on the Wasserstein Fellowship, visit: Law Harvard.

Professor Jonathan Rapping Wasserstein Public Interest Fellowship

Professor Rapping has been honored as a 2009-2010 Fellow in the Wasserstein Public Interest Fellows Program at Harvard Law School for his work as Founder and Executive Director of the Southern Public Defender Training Center (SPDTC) where he is in charge of training, recruiting, and placing new public defenders in the South. Prior to joining the Faculty at JMLS, Professor Rapping was the Director for training and recruitment at the Orleans Public Defenders in New Orleans, LA, where he led the overhaul of the public defender’s office in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Earlier, he was the Training Director for the Georgia Public Defender Standards Council, where he designed and implemented a state-wide public defender system, and a Staff Attorney and Training Director with the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia.

For information on the Wasserstein Fellowship, visit: Law Harvard.

Professor Kathleen M. Burch ACLU of Georgia 2009 Volunteer Attorney Award

At a luncheon on October 8, 2009, the ACLU of Georgia honored Professor Burch with the 2009 Volunteer Attorney Award for her vision and initiative in creating the two Civil Liberties seminars at the law school. Civil Liberties: Litigation engages students in the litigation of an actual ACLU case; Civil Liberties: Legislation has students working on live legal issues being addressed by the Georgia General Assembly. Professor Burch taught both classes last year. She and her students were lauded for their contributions to the ACLU’s efforts to defend civil liberties.

Professor Kathleen M. Burch ACLU of Georgia 2009 Volunteer Attorney Award

At a luncheon on October 8, 2009, the ACLU of Georgia honored Professor Burch with the 2009 Volunteer Attorney Award for her vision and initiative in creating the two Civil Liberties seminars at the law school. Civil Liberties: Litigation engages students in the litigation of an actual ACLU case; Civil Liberties: Legislation has students working on live legal issues being addressed by the Georgia General Assembly. Professor Burch taught both classes last year. She and her students were lauded for their contributions to the ACLU’s efforts to defend civil liberties.

Jr DA Program @ JMLS

In July, Academic Dean Michael Mears hosted a group of 25 students and 5 chaperones from the Fulton County Junior DA Program for their Legal Professionals Day.
The group had a tour of the school and the opportunity to hear Dean Mears speak about the criminal justice system.

Law Review Symposium

On February 27, 2009 from 3 to 5, John Marshall Law Journal and John Marshall Property Law Society will co-host a Symposium focusing on Georgia’s treatment of Privacy and Private Property Rights. The free event will include presentations of articles featured in the Law Journal’s forthcoming volume including a presentation by Larry Frankel, ACLU, State Legislative Counsel, in Washington D.C. A question and answer session will follow each presentation. A reception will immediately follow with free food and drinks. For more information click here.

Law Review Symposium

On February 27, 2009 from 3 to 5, John Marshall Law Journal and John Marshall Property Law Society will co-host a Symposium focusing on Georgia’s treatment of Privacy and Private Property Rights. The free event will include presentations of articles featured in the Law Journal’s forthcoming volume including a presentation by Larry Frankel, ACLU, State Legislative Counsel, in Washington D.C. A question and answer session will follow each presentation. A reception will immediately follow with free food and drinks.
For more information click here.

Impressive Performance by Inaugural JMLS RUN FOR JUSTICE Team

Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School’s inaugural team performance in the 2008 RUN FOR JUSTICE impressed race organizers and the Atlanta legal community. Proceeds from the storied annual 5K benefit Atlanta Legal Aid. The JMLS team took 2nd in overall participation, and pictured left, Justin Cawthorn (JMLS 1L) won the race overall with a finishing time of 18 minutes; 20 seconds.

Impressive Performance by Inaugural JMLS RUN FOR JUSTICE Team

Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School’s inaugural team performance in the 2008 RUN FOR JUSTICE impressed race organizers and the Atlanta legal community. Proceeds from the storied annual 5K benefit Atlanta Legal Aid. The JMLS team took 2nd in overall participation, and pictured left, Justin Cawthorn (JMLS 1L) won the race overall with a finishing time of 18 minutes; 20 seconds.

JMLS Launches its Facebook Page

We are happy to announce that Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School now has an official Facebook page. If you are unfamiliar with Facebook, it is a social networking internet site with over 120 million users worldwide. The purpose of our Facebook page is to connect the entire JMLS community including current students, alumni, faculty, administration, and prospective students. There is a Forum set up for current students, one for alumni, and another for prospective students to post comments and share their stories. We have also added various photo albums, notes from the Deans and Admissions, as well as a list of upcoming events. This site is not meant to replace our current website but rather provide an additional avenue into the law school community. If you already have a Facebook page, and would like to become a “fan” of our site, either click here: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/pages/Atlanta-GA/Atlantas-John-Marshall-Law-School/34985428066 or search us from the search tab in the upper right corner of your Facebook page. If you would like to view our page without becoming a member, click on the above link and view it with Mozilla Firefox. Internet Explorer does not seem to allow you to view the page without becoming a member first. If you do not have a facebook page and would like to be a part of this online community, please visit www.facebook.com and follow the simple instructions on setting up a page. If you choose to set up a page, we suggest reviewing the security options to determine who can view your page before posting it. Otherwise, everyone in the community will be able to view what you have posted. If you plan to use Facebook to network with your own friends and family, we suggest creating both a personal and a professional page. This would require using two different email addresses and setting up two separate pages. As a reminder, this is a professional site and should be used appropriately. We ask that you do not post any profanity or inappropriate photos on the site. The site will be monitored; however, we ask that you report any inappropriate content that we may have missed. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Roderick Jackson, IT Director at rjackson@johnmarshall.edu. Otherwise, we will see you on Facebook!

JMLS Launches its Facebook Page

We are happy to announce that Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School now has an official Facebook page. If you are unfamiliar with Facebook, it is a social networking internet site with over 120 million users worldwide. The purpose of our Facebook page is to connect the entire JMLS community including current students, alumni, faculty, administration, and prospective students. There is a Forum set up for current students, one for alumni, and another for prospective students to post comments and share their stories. We have also added various photo albums, notes from the Deans and Admissions, as well as a list of upcoming events. This site is not meant to replace our current website but rather provide an additional avenue into the law school community.

If you already have a Facebook page, and would like to become a “fan” of our site, either click here: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/pages/Atlanta-GA/Atlantas-John-Marshall-Law-School/34985428066 or search us from the search tab in the upper right corner of your Facebook page.

If you would like to view our page without becoming a member, click on the above link and view it with Mozilla Firefox. Internet Explorer does not seem to allow you to view the page without becoming a member first.

If you do not have a facebook page and would like to be a part of this online community, please visit www.facebook.com and follow the simple instructions on setting up a page. If you choose to set up a page, we suggest reviewing the security options to determine who can view your page before posting it. Otherwise, everyone in the community will be able to view what you have posted. If you plan to use Facebook to network with your own friends and family, we suggest creating both a personal and a professional page. This would require using two different email addresses and setting up two separate pages.

As a reminder, this is a professional site and should be used appropriately. We ask that you do not post any profanity or inappropriate photos on the site. The site will be monitored; however, we ask that you report any inappropriate content that we may have missed. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Roderick Jackson, IT Director at rjackson@johnmarshall.edu. Otherwise, we will see you on Facebook!

Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School Celebrated 2008 Commencement Ceremony

Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School held its Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 17, 2008. The class of 102 graduates, along with hundreds of family and friends gathered at the World Congress Center in Downtown Atlanta. Dean Richardson Lynn delivered the opening remarks.

The Honorable Griffin B. Bell delivered the commencement address. Judge Bell, appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit by President Kennedy, later served as U.S. Attorney General in the Carter administration. As a Fifth Circuit Judge during the struggle for civil rights, Griffin Bell’s opinion aided in the peaceful integration of public places and services. In his speech, Judge Bell told the graduates, “To the public you owe the duty of seeing to it that counsel is made available for those who cannot afford counsel either on a pro bono basis or for such fees as can be afforded.” Dr. Michael Markovitz, Chair of the law school’s Board of Directors, conferred upon Judge Bell an Honorary Degree from the law school.

Beginning a new tradition, Distinguished Alumni Awards were presented to the Honorable G. Alan Blackburn (Class of 1968) who was introduced by Georgia Supreme Court Justice Carol W. Hunstein, and to Adam Malone (Class of 1999), introduced by Professor Robert D’Agostino.

The Valedictorians Jessica Rachel Scott (Part-Time Division) and Diona M. Potter (Full-time Division) also spoke to their classmates. As Ms. Scott said, “As this institution, this faculty, and our family and friends have invested themselves in our legal education, let us now invest ourselves in the improvement of our communities and our system of justice.”

2007-2008 Student Honors & Awards

Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School Celebrated 2008 Commencement Ceremony

Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School held its Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 17, 2008. The class of 102 graduates, along with hundreds of family and friends gathered at the World Congress Center in Downtown Atlanta. Dean Richardson Lynn delivered the opening remarks. The Honorable Griffin B. Bell delivered the commencement address. Judge Bell, appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit by President Kennedy, later served as U.S. Attorney General in the Carter administration. As a Fifth Circuit Judge during the struggle for civil rights, Griffin Bell’s opinion aided in the peaceful integration of public places and services. In his speech, Judge Bell told the graduates, “To the public you owe the duty of seeing to it that counsel is made available for those who cannot afford counsel either on a pro bono basis or for such fees as can be afforded.” Dr. Michael Markovitz, Chair of the law school’s Board of Directors, conferred upon Judge Bell an Honorary Degree from the law school. Beginning a new tradition, Distinguished Alumni Awards were presented to the Honorable G. Alan Blackburn (Class of 1968) who was introduced by Georgia Supreme Court Justice Carol W. Hunstein, and to Adam Malone (Class of 1999), introduced by Professor Robert D’Agostino. The Valedictorians Jessica Rachel Scott (Part-Time Division) and Diona M. Potter (Full-time Division) also spoke to their classmates. As Ms. Scott said, “As this institution, this faculty, and our family and friends have invested themselves in our legal education, let us now invest ourselves in the improvement of our communities and our system of justice.” 2007-2008 Student Honors & Awards

Commencement Ceremony

Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School will hold its 70th Commencement Ceremony at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 17, 2008. The Law School is honored to present Judge Griffin Bell as this year’s speaker. Judge Bell served on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals from 1961 to 1976, and then served as the 72nd United States Attorney General. He is now Senior Counsel at King & Spalding. Commencement exercises will begin at 1:00 p.m. in the Sidney Marcus Auditorium at the Georgia World Congress Center. A reception will follow. All graduates must report to Room B401 at 11:30 a.m. The Auditorium is located in Building A. For driving directions, click here. For a parking map, click here.

Commencement Ceremony

Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School will hold its 70th Commencement Ceremony at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 17, 2008. The Law School is honored to present Judge Griffin Bell as this year’s speaker. Judge Bell served on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals from 1961 to 1976, and then served as the 72nd United States Attorney General. He is now Senior Counsel at King & Spalding.

Commencement exercises will begin at 1:00 p.m. in the Sidney Marcus Auditorium at the Georgia World Congress Center. A reception will follow. All graduates must report to Room B401 at 11:30 a.m. The Auditorium is located in Building A.

For driving directions, click here.
For a parking map, click here.

Dean Michael Mears Shares High-Profile Trial Expertise with NPR

In a recent national NPR segment, Dean Michael Mears, the law school’s Associate Dean for Academics explained why the Brian Nichols trial is costing taxpayers millions. Nichols is the gunman accused of killing four people including the presiding judge for his 2005 rape trial, the court reporter and a sheriff’s deputy. Many people thought his case should have been wrapped up long ago. But Georgia’s defense fund ran out of money — making the trial run into a number of delays. Listen to segment.

Dean Michael Mears Shares High-Profile Trial Expertise with NPR

In a recent national NPR segment, Dean Michael Mears, the law school’s Associate Dean for Academics explained why the Brian Nichols trial is costing taxpayers millions. Nichols is the gunman accused of killing four people including the presiding judge for his 2005 rape trial, the court reporter and a sheriff’s deputy. Many people thought his case should have been wrapped up long ago. But Georgia’s defense fund ran out of money — making the trial run into a number of delays.
Listen to segment.

Bobby Lee Cook Symposium

John Marshall proudly presents its Sixth Annual Bobby Lee Cook Practical Legal Symposium on Friday, March 28th, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. This event, which was established to honor Mr. Cook, Georgia’s renowned criminal defense and civil rights attorney, will feature prominent members of the legal community. A long-time friend of the Law School, Mr. Cook will lead the panel. Adam Malone, Alumni Association President and experienced personal injury litigator, will moderate. This year’s program will feature members of the judiciary who will share their experiences with future lawyers by providing unique perspectives from the bench. The panelists include: Judge James G. Bodiford; Judge Duncan D. Wheale; and Judge Kristina Cook Connelly. Bobby Lee Cook, principal of Cook & Connelly in Summerville, GA, has earned fame for his career as a criminal defense attorney and representation in some of the most controversial criminal trials in the state. He is believed by many to have inspired the character of “Matlock” in the television series. Mr. Cook’s influence extends beyond Georgia, as he has also represented national and international figures. Early in his career, Mr. Cook served in the Georgia House of Representatives and Senate before becoming a State Court Judge. Mr. Cook’s achievements were recognized by the Georgia Bar in 1994, when it named him Trial Lawyer of the Year. Judge James G. Bodiford has served as a Superior Court Judge for Cobb County since 1994, prior to which he served as Cobb County’s Chief Magistrate Judge (1985 – 1994). He is well known for conducting Georgia’s first drug court and eliminating a backlog by completing over 500 felony cases. He was the trial judge for the two month death penalty trial of ex-lawyer Fred Tokars and the month long murder trial of Lynn Turner, the anti-freeze murderer. Judge Bodiford also presided over and successfully completed the internationally covered Tri-State Crematory case. Most recently, he has been appointed to preside over the notorious Brian Nichols case in Fulton County. Judge Duncan D. Wheale has served as a Superior Court Judge for the Augusta Judicial Circuit since 1999. In that time, he has become known for his strict yet compassionate approach in presiding over domestic cases involving divorce, child custody and child abuse. In 2001, in response to four cases involving allegations of serious child abuse, Judge Wheale held a public hearing for the local Department of Family and Children Services, and then assembled a volunteer task force to evaluate how to ensure protection of such children. After ten years of service, Judge Wheale plans to retire from the bench in January of next year. Judge Kristina Cook Connelly has served as Walker County Superior Court Judge since her appointment by Governor Zell Miller in 1992. Prior to taking the bench, Judge Connelly practiced law with her father, Bobby Lee Cook, and husband, Branch Connelly. This event is free and open to the public. We encourage law students, members of the bar, and interested parties to join us for this unique opportunity to benefit from the experience of three members of the judiciary and the “dean” of Georgia’s criminal defense attorneys.

Bobby Lee Cook Symposium

John Marshall proudly presents its Sixth Annual Bobby Lee Cook Practical Legal Symposium on Friday, March 28th, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. This event, which was established to honor Mr. Cook, Georgia’s renowned criminal defense and civil rights attorney, will feature prominent members of the legal community. A long-time friend of the Law School, Mr. Cook will lead the panel. Adam Malone, Alumni Association President and experienced personal injury litigator, will moderate. This year’s program will feature members of the judiciary who will share their experiences with future lawyers by providing unique perspectives from the bench. The panelists include: Judge James G. Bodiford; Judge Duncan D. Wheale; and Judge Kristina Cook Connelly.

Bobby Lee Cook, principal of Cook & Connelly in Summerville, GA, has earned fame for his career as a criminal defense attorney and representation in some of the most controversial criminal trials in the state. He is believed by many to have inspired the character of “Matlock” in the television series. Mr. Cook’s influence extends beyond Georgia, as he has also represented national and international figures. Early in his career, Mr. Cook served in the Georgia House of Representatives and Senate before becoming a State Court Judge. Mr. Cook’s achievements were recognized by the Georgia Bar in 1994, when it named him Trial Lawyer of the Year.

Judge James G. Bodiford has served as a Superior Court Judge for Cobb County since 1994, prior to which he served as Cobb County’s Chief Magistrate Judge (1985 – 1994). He is well known for conducting Georgia’s first drug court and eliminating a backlog by completing over 500 felony cases. He was the trial judge for the two month death penalty trial of ex-lawyer Fred Tokars and the month long murder trial of Lynn Turner, the anti-freeze murderer. Judge Bodiford also presided over and successfully completed the internationally covered Tri-State Crematory case. Most recently, he has been appointed to preside over the notorious Brian Nichols case in Fulton County.

Judge Duncan D. Wheale has served as a Superior Court Judge for the Augusta Judicial Circuit since 1999. In that time, he has become known for his strict yet compassionate approach in presiding over domestic cases involving divorce, child custody and child abuse. In 2001, in response to four cases involving allegations of serious child abuse, Judge Wheale held a public hearing for the local Department of Family and Children Services, and then assembled a volunteer task force to evaluate how to ensure protection of such children. After ten years of service, Judge Wheale plans to retire from the bench in January of next year.

Judge Kristina Cook Connelly has served as Walker County Superior Court Judge since her appointment by Governor Zell Miller in 1992. Prior to taking the bench, Judge Connelly practiced law with her father, Bobby Lee Cook, and husband, Branch Connelly.

This event is free and open to the public. We encourage law students, members of the bar, and interested parties to join us for this unique opportunity to benefit from the experience of three members of the judiciary and the “dean” of Georgia’s criminal defense attorneys.

John Marshall Day

The Georgia House of Representatives proclaimed John Marshall Day on Tuesday, March 4, 2008. This proclamation was sponsored by Representatives Doug Collins (2008) and Billy Maddox (2006), and was attended by Dean Richardson Lynn, Associate Dean Kathleen Burch, and John Marshall students and faculty. The event recognized the growth and achievements of Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School, including a record increase in faculty, growth of student body, and success in achieving provisional ABA approval. The Law School will celebrate its 75th Anniversary in this Fall.

Youth and the Law Summit

On Saturday, March 1st, a group of students from Atlanta’s Coan Middle School joined John Marshall faculty and students for their inaugural Youth and the Law Summit. The Summit, sponsored by Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School in partnership with the Gate City Bar Association, is designed to give minority students the opportunity to think critically about ethical and practical implications of the law. This year’s Summit, organized by Profs. Renata Turner and Kamina Pinder, and Darrick McDuffie of King and Spalding, focused on topics that have a direct and present impact on students’ lives. For instance, breakout sessions conducted by JMLS students Corey Martin, Mark Calhoun, Tiffany Simmons, Quisha Riche and Nicole Page, analyzed recent saggy pants and anti-gang legislation. Shareef Cousins, an innocent man sentenced to death at the age of 16, engaged the students in an interactive lecture in the afternoon. After the lecture, graduates from Gate City’s Justice Robert Benham Law Camp conducted a mock trial based on the facts that led to Mr. Cousin’s wrongful conviction. Students gave brilliant opening and closing arguments, demonstrating their potential to become tomorrow’s great legal minds. The students’ enthusiasm for the Summit continued after they returned to Coan. Their teacher, Mr. Charles Hawk, reports that students who previously wanted to become athletes or singers are now talking about becoming lawyers. They completed a bulletin board to commemorate their experience and expressed their desire to participate in the program next year. Two students will get that opportunity as they will be selected to participate in the upcoming 2008 Justice Benham Law Camp. John Marshall looks forward to continuing and expanding the Summit next year to reach even more future lawyers.

John Marshall Day

The Georgia House of Representatives proclaimed John Marshall Day on Tuesday, March 4, 2008. This proclamation was sponsored by Representatives Doug Collins (2008) and Billy Maddox (2006), and was attended by Dean Richardson Lynn, Associate Dean Kathleen Burch, and John Marshall students and faculty. The event recognized the growth and achievements of Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School, including a record increase in faculty, growth of student body, and success in achieving provisional ABA approval. The Law School will celebrate its 75th Anniversary in this Fall.

Youth and the Law Summit

On Saturday, March 1st, a group of students from Atlanta’s Coan Middle School joined John Marshall faculty and students for their inaugural Youth and the Law Summit. The Summit, sponsored by Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School in partnership with the Gate City Bar Association, is designed to give minority students the opportunity to think critically about ethical and practical implications of the law. This year’s Summit, organized by Profs. Renata Turner and Kamina Pinder, and Darrick McDuffie of King and Spalding, focused on topics that have a direct and present impact on students’ lives. For instance, breakout sessions conducted by JMLS students Corey Martin, Mark Calhoun, Tiffany Simmons, Quisha Riche and Nicole Page, analyzed recent saggy pants and anti-gang legislation.

Shareef Cousins, an innocent man sentenced to death at the age of 16, engaged the students in an interactive lecture in the afternoon. After the lecture, graduates from Gate City’s Justice Robert Benham Law Camp conducted a mock trial based on the facts that led to Mr. Cousin’s wrongful conviction. Students gave brilliant opening and closing arguments, demonstrating their potential to become tomorrow’s great legal minds.

The students’ enthusiasm for the Summit continued after they returned to Coan. Their teacher, Mr. Charles Hawk, reports that students who previously wanted to become athletes or singers are now talking about becoming lawyers. They completed a bulletin board to commemorate their experience and expressed their desire to participate in the program next year. Two students will get that opportunity as they will be selected to participate in the upcoming 2008 Justice Benham Law Camp. John Marshall looks forward to continuing and expanding the Summit next year to reach even more future lawyers.

John Marshall February 2008 Bar Exam: 100% passing

First-time takers on the February, 2008 bar exam passed at a 100% rate, equaled only by graduates of the University of Georgia. The overall passing rate for all John Marshall graduates (after ABA approval) was 64.2%, surpassing even Mercer University. The average score by John Marshall graduates on the multi-state portion of the exam was seven points higher than on the February 2007 bar exam. Congratulations to everyone who succeeded on their first try!

John Marshall February 2008 Bar Exam: 100% passing

First-time takers on the February, 2008 bar exam passed at a 100% rate, equaled only by graduates of the University of Georgia. The overall passing rate for all John Marshall graduates (after ABA approval) was 64.2%, surpassing even Mercer University. The average score by John Marshall graduates on the multi-state portion of the exam was seven points higher than on the February 2007 bar exam. Congratulations to everyone who succeeded on their first try!

BLSA Celebrates Black History Month

The Avarita Hanson Chapter of the Black Law Students Association hosts its annual Black History Month Celebration with a series of programs that will feature minority members of the Bench and Bar, and which will cover a range of issues, from African-American children in foster care to minority perspectives in the practice of law and on the judiciary. All events are free and open to the public: “What About Our Babies?” February 13, 2008, 5:00 – 6:15 p.m. Room 301 A panel discussion focusing on the overrepresentation of African-American children in the foster care system and the role of Child Advocate Attorneys and Special Assistants to the Attorney General (SAAG) in remedying the problem. Featuring: Judge Nikki Marr, Dekalb County Juvenile Court Karlise Grier, Esq. Antavius Weems, Esq. Lytia Brown, Esq. Minorities in the Profession Present: The Practice of Law: Getting in the Game, Playing the Game, and Changing the Game February 20, 2008, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. 9th Floor Conference Room Featuring a managing partner whose clients include fortune 100 companies; a former recruiter for a local top-tier firm; an attorney from the Fulton County Prosecutor’s Office; a large law firm association who transitioned to a midsized firm; in-house counsel for a fortune 100 company; a large firm associate; a public interest attorney; and a former attorney who has left the practice. Refreshments will be served. Judicial Panel Discussion: Taking Judicial Notice . . . A Judge’s Perspective from a Minority View February 27, 2008, 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Room 301 Featuring: Judge Herbert Phipps, Georgia Court of Appeals Judge Mark Anthony Scott, Dekalb County Superior Court Judge Barbara Mobley, Dekalb County State Court

BLSA Celebrates Black History Month

The Avarita Hanson Chapter of the Black Law Students Association hosts its annual Black History Month Celebration with a series of programs that will feature minority members of the Bench and Bar, and which will cover a range of issues, from African-American children in foster care to minority perspectives in the practice of law and on the judiciary. All events are free and open to the public:

“What About Our Babies?”
February 13, 2008, 5:00 – 6:15 p.m.
Room 301
A panel discussion focusing on the overrepresentation of African-American children in the foster care system and the role of Child Advocate Attorneys and Special Assistants to the Attorney General (SAAG) in remedying the problem.
Featuring:
Judge Nikki Marr, Dekalb County Juvenile Court
Karlise Grier, Esq.
Antavius Weems, Esq.
Lytia Brown, Esq.

Minorities in the Profession Present:
The Practice of Law: Getting in the Game, Playing the Game, and Changing the Game
 February 20, 2008, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
9th Floor Conference Room
Featuring a managing partner whose clients include fortune 100 companies; a former recruiter for a local top-tier firm; an attorney from the Fulton County Prosecutor’s Office; a large law firm association who transitioned to a midsized firm; in-house counsel for a fortune 100 company; a large firm associate; a public interest attorney; and a former attorney who has left the practice.
Refreshments will be served.

Judicial Panel Discussion:
Taking Judicial Notice . . . A Judge’s Perspective from a Minority View

February 27, 2008, 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Room 301
Featuring:
Judge Herbert Phipps, Georgia Court of Appeals
Judge Mark Anthony Scott, Dekalb County Superior Court
Judge Barbara Mobley, Dekalb County State Court

The Pipeline Project

Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School recently teamed with The State Bar of Georgia’s Diversity Program, and The Leadership Institute for Women of Color Attorneys to launch the Pipeline Project. The project goal is to increase interest in the study and practice of law among minority high school students.

Dean Michael Mears Shares High-Profile Trial Expertise with NPR

In a recent national NPR segment, Dean Michael Mears, the law school’s Associate Dean for Academics explained why the Brian Nichols trial is costing taxpayers millions. Nichols is the gunman accused of killing four people including the presiding judge for his 2005 rape trial, the court reporter and a sheriff’s deputy. Many people thought his case should have been wrapped up long ago. But Georgia’s defense fund ran out of money — making the trial run into a number of delays. Listen to segment.

Dean Michael Mears Shares High-Profile Trial Expertise with NPR

In a recent national NPR segment, Dean Michael Mears, the law school’s Associate Dean for Academics explained why the Brian Nichols trial is costing taxpayers millions. Nichols is the gunman accused of killing four people including the presiding judge for his 2005 rape trial, the court reporter and a sheriff’s deputy. Many people thought his case should have been wrapped up long ago. But Georgia’s defense fund ran out of money — making the trial run into a number of delays.
Listen to segment.

Micronesian Externship Program

JMLS launches its Micronesian Externship Program. Three rising third year students have traveled to remote Pacific Islands to work with local courts and an attorney general. Daniel Stafford is an extern with the Supreme Court of the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas. Cara Rockhill is an extern in the chambers of Judge Michael Bordallo of the Superior Court of the Territory of Guam. Jared Craig is an extern with the Office of the Attorney General for the State of Yap in the Federated States of Micronesia. Click on “Micronesian Externship Program” to read their blogs and learn more about their experiences. Go to Micronesian Externship Program

Micronesian Externship Program

JMLS launches its Micronesian Externship Program. Three rising third year students have traveled to remote Pacific Islands to work with local courts and an attorney general. Daniel Stafford is an extern with the Supreme Court of the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas. Cara Rockhill is an extern in the chambers of Judge Michael Bordallo of the Superior Court of the Territory of Guam. Jared Craig is an extern with the Office of the Attorney General for the State of Yap in the Federated States of Micronesia. Click on “Micronesian Externship Program” to read their blogs and learn more about their experiences.

Go to Micronesian Externship Program

Fred Gray Social Justice Seminar

In honor of one of the leading lawyers in the Civil Rights movement, Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School is pleased to present the inaugural Fred Gray Social Justice Seminar Honoring the Past, Looking to the Future: the Struggle for Civil and Human Rights Friday, November 9, 2007 12:00 – 1:00 Luncheon – Invitation Only In honor of Attorney Fred Gray and the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights for their outstanding resilience and service. 1:00 – 3:30 Panel Discussion – The Public is Invited (Click here to register) Confronting issues of Civil and Human Rights in 2007

  • The Struggle for Human Rights: Working for Justice, Opportunity, and Peace Jakada Imani, Executive Director Ella Baker Center for Human Rights
  • America’s Legal System: The Last Frontier for the Civil Rights Movement Attorney Gary Parker
  • Human Rights and the CIA’s “Extraordinary Rendition” Program Attorney Azadeh Shahshahani, Interim Legal Director ACLU of Georgia
  • Civil & Human Rights Issues Regarding Juveniles Susan Teaster, Senior Appellate Attorney Georgia Public Defender Standards Counsel

A veteran civil rights attorney from Alabama, Fred Gray represented Rosa Parks when she refused to give up her seat to a white man on a city bus and was chief counsel during the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Gray was also Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s first civil rights lawyer. Gray has been at the forefront of changing the social fabric of America regarding desegregation, integration, constitutional law, racial discrimination in voting, housing, education, jury service, farm subsidies, medicine and ethics. For more information about the work of Attorney Fred Gray, visit www.fredgray.net.

Fred Gray Social Justice Seminar

In honor of one of the leading lawyers in the Civil Rights movement, Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School is pleased to present the inaugural

Fred Gray Social Justice Seminar
Honoring the Past, Looking to the Future: the Struggle for Civil and Human Rights

Friday, November 9, 2007

12:00 – 1:00 Luncheon – Invitation Only
In honor of Attorney Fred Gray and the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights for their outstanding resilience and service.

1:00 – 3:30 Panel Discussion – The Public is Invited (Click here to register)
Confronting issues of Civil and Human Rights in 2007

  • The Struggle for Human Rights: Working for Justice, Opportunity, and Peace
    Jakada Imani, Executive Director
    Ella Baker Center for Human Rights
  • America’s Legal System: The Last Frontier for the Civil Rights Movement
    Attorney Gary Parker
  • Human Rights and the CIA’s “Extraordinary Rendition” Program
    Attorney Azadeh Shahshahani, Interim Legal Director
    ACLU of Georgia
  • Civil & Human Rights Issues Regarding Juveniles
    Susan Teaster, Senior Appellate Attorney
    Georgia Public Defender Standards Counsel

A veteran civil rights attorney from Alabama, Fred Gray represented Rosa Parks when she refused to give up her seat to a white man on a city bus and was chief counsel during the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Gray was also Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s first civil rights lawyer. Gray has been at the forefront of changing the social fabric of America regarding desegregation, integration, constitutional law, racial discrimination in voting, housing, education, jury service, farm subsidies, medicine and ethics. For more information about the work of Attorney Fred Gray, visit www.fredgray.net.

Fifth Annual Bobby Lee Cook Practical Legal Symposium

In the few brief years since its inception, the School’s Annual Bobby Lee Cook Practical Legal Symposium has become a respected tradition in the legal community, drawing some of Georgia’s top attorneys as featured presenters. Consistent with the School’s mission, the Symposium was created to help all Georgia law students learn the issues involved in practicing law.

Fifth Annual Bobby Lee Cook Practical Legal Symposium

In the few brief years since its inception, the School’s Annual Bobby Lee Cook Practical Legal Symposium has become a respected tradition in the legal community, drawing some of Georgia’s top attorneys as featured presenters. Consistent with the School’s mission, the Symposium was created to help all Georgia law students learn the issues involved in practicing law.

The Legal Skills and Professionalism Program at Atlanta's John Marshall Law School

The Legal Skills and Professionalism Program at Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School takes a holistic approach to preparing students for success during and after law school. John Marshall developed its Program with two goals in mind: higher bar passage rates and developing client-ready graduates who can practice law independently after obtaining a law license. The Program offers a cohesive approach to legal problem solving: students utilize tools they learn in their first year to solve increasingly complex and varied legal problems in the courses that follow. The Program begins with Legal Research, Writing & Analysis I and II in the first year. Building upon what is learned in the first year, students further develop their analytical and writing skills in two upper-level writing courses – Pretrial Practice and Procedure and Legal Drafting. Upper level elective courses such as Negotiation, Mediation, Trial Advocacy, Client Interviewing and Counseling, and Advanced Appellate Advocacy offer further opportunities for students to hone their legal problem solving skills. A professionalism component is built into every course in the Program, preparing students to confront and resolve real-world professionalism and ethics issues as they learn to solve legal problems and meet client goals. The Program relies heavily on a hands-on approach – each Program course provides opportunities to participate in simulated oral arguments, client conferences, negotiations or other exercises. The Program also provides support for several national and intra-state mock-trial, moot-court and other skills-based competitions, in which John Marshall students compete against other law schools. In addition, students can gain valuable experience in the field through the school’s Externship Program. John Marshall Legal Skills Faculty come to the School with diverse but expansive practice experience, including medical malpractice litigation, commercial litigation, administrative law, domestic relations practice, and corporate/transactional work. The Legal Skills Faculty are active in the Georgia legal community, involving practitioners in judging student oral arguments, guest speaking, and sponsoring workshops.

Faculty CLE Program on hosted by Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School

Receive five CLE hours including one hour of Professionalism presented by full-time and adjunct John Marshall Law School faculty. This program is offered to alumni at cost: $5.00 for each general hour and $15.00 for the hour of Professionalism. Non-alumni fees are $10.00 for each general hour and $30.00 for the hour of Professionalism. Register for one hour or for the entire program! A box-lunch is included in the cost of the program. Please call (404) 872-3593 or email vrichardson @ johnmarshall.edu. Payment must be made at the time of the program. We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, personal checks (made payable to JMLS) and cash.

Faculty CLE Program on hosted by Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School

Receive five CLE hours including one hour of Professionalism presented by full-time and adjunct John Marshall Law School faculty. This program is offered to alumni at cost: $5.00 for each general hour and $15.00 for the hour of Professionalism. Non-alumni fees are $10.00 for each general hour and $30.00 for the hour of Professionalism.

Register for one hour or for the entire program! A box-lunch is included in the cost of the program.

Please call (404) 872-3593 or email vrichardson @ johnmarshall.edu.

Payment must be made at the time of the program. We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, personal checks (made payable to JMLS) and cash.