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“John Marshall’s externship program offers quality field placements that develop professional and practical skills while ensuring  successful and meaningful on-the-job performance.” Paul Nam, Graduate (’12)

Faculty

At Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School, legal writing and advocacy are not just courses; they are integral parts of our school’s curriculum.  The entire faculty recognizes the value in quality legal skills education, both to the institution and to the success of its students. As part of the faculty’s commitment to keeping student-to-faculty ratio low in the legal skills classroom, the number of full-time faculty dedicated to teaching primarily in the Legal Skills & Professionalism Program has doubled in recent years and is expected to continue growing.

Legal Skills Faculty

  • Kari Mercer Dalton

    Kari Mercer Dalton

    Associate Professor

    kdalton@johnmarshall.edu

    404-872-3593 Ext. 267


    Courses Taught:

    Legal Research, Writing & Analysis I & II; Pretrial Practice & Procedure; Negotiations


    Education:

    B.A., Boston College
    J.D., Loyola University School of Law, cum laude


  • Andrea Doneff

    Andrea Doneff

    Associate Professor

    adoneff@johnmarshall.edu

    404-872-3593 Ext. 254


    Courses Taught:

    ADR & Writing, Mediation, Civil Procedure, Legal Writing, Research, and Advocacy


    Education:

    B.A., Emory University, high honors
    M.A., Emory University
    J.D., Emory University School of Law, with distinction, Order of the Coif


  • Patrice Fulcher

    Patrice Fulcher

    Associate Professor

    pfulcher@johnmarshall.edu

    404-872-3593 Ext. 128


    Courses Taught:

    Criminal Law; Legal Research, Writing & Analysis I, II & III; Pretrial Practice & Procedure; Trial Advocacy; Criminal Procedure


    Education:

    B.A., Howard University
    J.D., Emory University School of Law


  • James Alec Gelin

    James Alec Gelin

    Associate Professor

    jgelin@johnmarshall.edu

    404-872-3593 Ext. 288


    Courses Taught:

    Criminal Pretrial Practice; Legal Writing, Research & Analysis I and II; Trial Advocacy & Writing


    Education:

    B.A., Amherst College, magna cum laude
    J.D., Duke University School of Law, With Honors


  • Elizabeth M. Jaffe

    Elizabeth M. Jaffe

    Associate Professor

    ejaffe@johnmarshall.edu

    404-872-3593 Ext. 266


    Courses Taught:

    Client Interviewing & Counseling; Depositions; Legal Research, Writing & Analysis I & II; Pretrial Practice & Procedure


    Education:

    B.A., Emory University, magna cum laude
    J.D., Washington University School of Law


  • Neva Browning Jeffries

    Neva Browning Jeffries

    Associate Professor

    bjeffries@johnmarshall.edu

    404-872-3593 Ext. 155


    Courses Taught:

    Legal Drafting; Legal Research, Writing & Analysis I & II; Pretrial Practice & Procedure; Business Organizations


    Education:

    A.B., Duke University, cum laude
    J.D., University of Virginia School of Law


  • Bruce Luna

    Bruce Luna

    Assistant Professor

    404-872-3593

    Courses Taught:

    Legal Writing, Research & Advocacy I and II, Transactional Drafting, Professional Responsibility and Sales and Secured Transactions


  • Suparna Malempati

    Suparna Malempati

    Associate Professor

    smalempati@johnmarshall.edu

    404-872-3593 Ext. 134


    Courses Taught:

    Legal Writing, Research & Analysis I & II, Trial Advocacy


    Education:

    A.B., Dartmouth College
    J.D., George Washington University


Adjunct Legal Skills Faculty

  • Martin L. Ellin

    Executive Director, Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation

    Courses Taught:

    Mediation


    Education:

    B.A., Duke University
    J.D., University of Maryland


  • Derric Crowther

    Courses Taught:

    Trial Advocacy


    Education:

    B.A., University of Pennsylvania
    J.D., University of Dayton
    Partner, The Crowther Law Firm, P.C


AJMLS 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. Members of the Legal Skills Faculty are active in the Georgia legal community, involving practitioners in judging student oral arguments, guest speaking, authoring publications, and sponsoring workshops.

Recent Legal Skills Faculty Publication

Lucille Jewel, The Conflict Between the Participatory Culture of the Internet and the Legal Profession, 12 MINN. J.L. SCI. & TECH. (forthcoming 2011).

Andrea Doneff, Arbitration Clauses in Contracts of Adhesion Trap “Sophisticated Parties” Too, 2010, No. 2 J. DIS. RES. (forthcoming Winter 2010).

Elizabeth Jaffe & Robert D’Agostino, Bullying in Georgia Public Schools: The IntersectionBetween the Free Speech Rights of Students and the Duty of the School to Protect,  63 MERCER   L. REV. (forthcoming March 2011).

Lucille Jewel, Through a Glass Darkly:  Using Brain Science and Visual Rhetoric to Gain a Professional Perspective on Visual Advocacy, 19 S. CAL. INTERDISC. L.J. 237 (Spring 2010).

Kevin Cieply, Kurt Johnson & Jeanne Myers, The Relations between Military and Civilian Authorities within the United States, in LEGAL ISSUES IN THE STRUGGLE AGAINST TERROR, 299 (Carolina Academic Press 2010).