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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)


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


    404-872-3593 Ext. 267

    Courses Taught:

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


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

  • Patrice A. Fulcher

    Patrice A. Fulcher

    Associate Professor


    404-872-3593 Ext. 128

    Courses Taught:

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


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

  • James Alec Gelin

    James Alec Gelin

    Associate Professor


    404-872-3593 Ext. 288

    Courses Taught:

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


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

  • Elizabeth M. Jaffe

    Elizabeth M. Jaffe

    Associate Professor


    404-872-3593 Ext. 266

    Courses Taught:

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


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

  • Browning Jeffries

    Browning Jeffries

    Associate Dean of Academic Administration, Associate Professor


    404-872-3593 Ext. 155

    Courses Taught:

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


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

  • Bruce Luna

    Bruce Luna

    Assistant Professor


    Courses Taught:

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

  • Suparna Malempati

    Suparna Malempati

    Associate Professor


    404-872-3593 Ext. 134

    Courses Taught:

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


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

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.