January – June 2014
Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School will host the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys’ installation of Tracee R. Benzo, Esq. as the 2014 GABWA President on Thursday, January 16, 2014 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Blackburn Conference Center.
Tracee is a partner at Hasner Law, LLC, where she represents injured workers across the State of Georgia, with offices in Atlanta and Savannah, Georgia. She is a participant in the GTLA L.E.A.D. program and serves on the New Lawyers Division of The Georgia Trial Lawyers Association. She also served on the Executive Board of The Gate City Bar Association and is a graduate of The Young Lawyers Leadership Academy.
Tracee graduated with distinction from Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School in Atlanta, Georgia. In law school, she was President of the Black Law Student Association and a member of the award-winning mock trial and moot court teams. She was the Legislative Review Editor for The John Marshall Law Journal. She is a previous GABWA Scholar, DeKalb Lawyers Scholar and recipient of the Leadership Institute for Women of Color Attorneys in Law & Business. Tracee earned her Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies and Speech and Communications from Clemson University.
To RSVP to this event, email email@example.com. This program is sponsored by Hasner Law.
Students interested in attending Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School are invited to learn more about the school, meet professors, students and key staff at our Prospective Student Open House 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., January 25, 2014. Associate Dean Van Detta will conduct an interactive mock-class session during the open house to give prospective law students a taste of what law school classes are like, the kinds of materials law students study, and the habits of thought and preparation that lead to law school success. The discussion will center on whether surrogate parenting contracts will — or should — be enforced by the courts.
Associate Dean Van Detta has considerable law-practice experience as a partner with an international law firm’s Atlanta office, where he concentrated on traditional labor law, employment discrimination law, international workplace regulation, and federal court litigation with an emphasis on advising and representing corporations such as PepsiCo, Frito-Lay, The Home Depot, Lockheed Martin Corporation, ConAgra, Delta Air Lines, Frito-Lay Snacks Caribbean (Puerto Rico), Sema Group Telecoms (U.K), and TV Asahi (Asahi National Broadcasting Company of Japan, Ltd.). He served as lead or co- counsel in numerous cases. Associate Dean Van Detta’s numerous writings on the law have been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court, several federal appeals and district courts, a state supreme court, and state appeals courts in Iowa and Georgia. His most recent article will appear in February 2014 in a peer-reviewed European journal.
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, fill out the form below. For additional questions, contact the Office of Admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 404-872-3593 ext. 261. The Office of Admissions looks forward to meeting you and your guests as we share all that John Marshall has to offer.
The 2014 Law Journal Symposium will focus on legal, ethical, and practical issues facing the Criminal Justice system in Georgia. The Symposium will be held at the State Bar of Georgia Building on March 4th, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The goal of this year’s Symposium is to present a unique holistic view of Georgia’s criminal justice system, bringing together all who play a role in the process that occurs when persons are accused of a crime. Topic areas include: obstacles challenging those who prosecute, defend, or adjudicate criminal cases in Georgia; outcomes in criminal cases contradictory to the principles of the Criminal Justice system; legal inconsistencies or flaws in Georgia precedent or legislation; defendants’ and victims’ rights in criminal cases; the effect of the new Georgia Code of Evidence on criminal cases; and post-conviction issues.
The 2014 Symposium will present the papers of the following authors: Professor Ron Carlson and Deputy Chief ADA Mike Carlson, Professor E. Imwinkelried, Chief ADA Don Geary, Professor D. Michael Risinger, and Professor Donald E. Wilkes. CLE credit is available for registrants through the Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia.
Registration (prior to February 1st, 2014): $100.00
Late Registration (February 1st, 2014 to March 4th, 2014): $125.00
To register, complete the Make a Payment form and select “Law Journal Symposium” in the drop down menu.
The 2014 Public Interest Law Society (PILS) Auction presented by the Public Interest Law Society and the Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School Alumni Association, a 501 (c) 3 organization will be held Friday, March 28, 2014 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP.; Located at 201 17th Street, NW, Suite 1700, Atlanta, Georgia 30363. All proceeds raised from this auction will support the Renata Turner Public Interest Scholarship Program. This program awards scholarships to students who possess a passion for public interest legal work and a commitment to community service. These scholarships help student recipients by offsetting the costs associated with performing unpaid public interest legal work in the community. For more information, contact Danielle Douglas, Public Outreach Chair for the Public Interest Law Society.
The Office of Admissions will host an Accepted Student Reception on Saturday, March 29, 2014 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the Blackburn Conference Center. This event is a great opportunity for students to learn more about their future law school home. Accepted students will have the opportunity to speak with faculty, administration, current students, alumni and much more. To RSVP, please complete the form below. Contact the Office of Admissions at email@example.com or call 404-872-3593 ext. 261 for additional questions. This event will show students and families what we mean when we say “Our students come for law school but find a community!” We look forward to seeing you soon!
In South Carolina, the plaintiff couple adopted a child born with an Intersex condition, from the foster care system. M.C. had a court hearing for termination of his birth mother’s legal rights, but not for gender assignment surgery, the complaint alleges.
Intersexion, the documentary, premiered in 2013. Award-winning filmmaker, Grant Lahood, produced this documentary featuring Mani Bruce Mitchell – New Zealand’s first “out” intersex person.
· Anne Tamar-Mattis, Esq. – Director of Advocates for Informed Choice. Serving as legal counsel in M.C. v Aaronson, Case No. 2:13-cv-01303-DCN, filed in U.S. District Court Charleston, S.C.
· Alesdair Ittelson, Esq. – The Southern Poverty Law Center, Skadden Fellow. Serving as legal counsel in M.C. v Aaronson, Case No. 2:13-cv-01303-DCN, filed in U.S. District Court Charleston, S.C.
· Dr. Briana Patterson, M.D. – Pediatric endocrinologist at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Egleston Campus & Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Emory University School of Medicine
Sean Saifa Wall – Board President Advocates for Informed Choice
· Ingrid Meintjes, M.A. – PhD Candidate, George W. Woodruff Fellow – Dep’t. of Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies at Emory University; South African AIDS and Gender researcher.
Intersex medical conditions are more common than most people realize, occurring every 1 in 2000 births; more common than cystic fibrosis.
Sponsors: OUTLAW & ALLIES at JMLS; The American Civil Liberties Union of GA; The Stonewall Bar Association of GA; M. Denise Dotson, LLC; Savannah Law School Outlaw & Allies; and the Koren M. Jones Foundation; and Atlanta’s John Marshall Student Organizations: Public Interest Law Society, International Law Student Association, Sports & Entertainment Law Society, Black Law Students Association, and Georgia Association of Women Lawyers.
Panelist will be discussing courtroom expectations and procedure for interns, clerks and newly licensed attorneys. This event is designed to give students an opportunity to hear and speak to judges outside of the courtroom atmosphere and meet the women behind the robes.
Panelist include: Georgia Supreme Court Justice Hunstein, Georgia Court of Appeals Judge Barnes and Judge McMillian, Fulton County Superior Court Judge Adams, Fulton County State Court Judge Edlein.
Lunch will be provided.
Dress Code: Professional Attire
The 11th Annual Bobby Lee Cook Practical Legal Symposium will be held on Friday, April 4, 2014, from 1-3 p.m. in the Blackburn Conference Center. The symposium will include a panel on practical legal issues. This year’s panelists include: Frank Strickland, Jack Slover, Anita Wallace Thomas, and John Kitch.
Mr. Strickland is the founding partner of Strickland Lewis Brockington, practicing in the fields of education law and election law. He served as Chairman of the Legal Services Corporation from 2003-10. He has been a member of the Board of Governors of the State Bar of Georgia since 1985, president of the Atlanta Bar Association, and a member of the Governor’s Judicial Nominating Commission, in addition to numerous other positions of civic and legal profession leadership.
Mr. Slover, is a partner in Slover Prieto Marigliano Holbert, following years as a name partner in the state-wide firm Hall, Booth, Smith and Slover. He has tried more than 350 cases to verdict in both state and federal courts. His trial experience has encompassed a wide variety of subjects, but his practice concentrates in professional negligence and catastrophic injury cases.
Ms. Wallace is a partner at Nelson Mullins, one of the prominent law firms in the Southeast. She has been the Chair of the Georgia Board of Bar Examiners, a board member of the National Association of Women Lawyers, and a member of the Board of Visitors of the Mercer Law School, in addition to other offices of extensive community service and leadership. She has served as lead counsel in more than 50 jury trials, and has served as counsel in the complicated Multi-District Litigation cases.
Mr. Kitch has been a sole practitioner in Nashville, Tennessee, for much of his career and has recently become Of Counsel to the Nashville firm, Cornelius & Collins. He is a former president of the Nashville Bar Association, and has been an active member of various Tennessee Bar Association sections and programs. In 1997 the American Bar Association named him the Sole practitioner of the Year, the first year the award was presented. He has successfully represented clients in a broad range of general practice matters during his career.
For more information, please contact Alumni Director Virginia Arnold at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Youth and The Law Summit is a day-long workshop presented in partnership with the Gate City Bar Association that introduces minority middle and high school students to the law through an examination of emerging issues such as cyber bullying, first amendment freedom of expression, and racial profiling. This year we will focus on the topic “Stand Your Ground.” For more information on the event, please contact the Director of the Office of Pro Bono and Experiential Learning at email@example.com or call (404) 872-3593 ext. 251.
Each spring the Student Bar Association hosts the Barrister’s Ball for the law school community as an opportunity to take a break from classes and enjoy an evening socializing with classmates, professors, alumni and friends. This year will be no different! The SBA will hold this year’s ball at The Biltmore Ballrooms on April 19, 2014 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. This year, students, faculty and staff tickets are free. Guest and alumni tickets will be on sale for $20. There is no RSVP needed to attend, but attendees will be required to pick up their tickets and pay for guests tickets prior to the day of the event. The dress code is Black Tie optional. For more information, please contact SBA Secretary Amber Reed at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students interested in attending Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School are invited to learn more about the school, meet professors, students and key staff at our Prospective Student Open House 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., April 26, 2014. 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, fill out the form below. For additional questions, contact the Office of Admissions at email@example.com or by phone at 404-872-3593 ext. 261. The Office of Admissions looks forward to meeting you and your guests as we share all that John Marshall has to offer.
Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School is pleased to announce the 2014 Commencement Exercises will be held on Saturday, May 17, 2014 at the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center. The ceremony will begin at 1:30 p.m. and tickets are not needed for entrance. For more information regarding the venue, including parking, please visit www.atlantaciviccenter.com.