Scholarship Opportunity: The LL.M. in Employment Law

AJMLS is pleased to announce that need-based scholarships are now available to qualified applicants to the LL.M. in Employment Law program! Learn more about scholarship opportunities at the Tuition & Financial Aid page and at the How to Apply page. The LL.M. in Employment Law is delivered exclusively online; you take only one class at a time; the program uses innovative distance learning technology; and it is a part-time program designed to be completed in five consecutive semesters.

New students enter the program in May and September of each year. The next LL.M. cohort will begin classes in early May and attend orientation April 27-28. You can learn more about the LL.M. in Employment Law, and about scholarship opportunities by using the navigation tools to the left of this page or by contacting LL.M. Program Director, Lisa Kaplan at

Please note that due to anticipated high demand, space in the program is expected to fill up quickly (each cohort is approximately 15 students).

AJMLS Goes to the UN!

On September 20, 1963, in the closing remarks of his speech to the United Nations General Assembly, President John F. Kennedy stated, “My fellow inhabitants of this planet: Let us take our stand here in this Assembly of nations. And let us see if we, in our own time, can move the world to a just and lasting peace.” On February 10, 2012, in the same General Assembly Hall where that speech was made, two students represented Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School, and affirmed their commitment to embracing the challenge set forth by our 35th President.

Xavier A. Cunningham (2L), President of the International Law Society, and David Borum (2L), Vice President of the International Law Society, attended the 2012 Year of Decision: The UN in American Foreign Policy Conference at the UN Headquarters in New York City.  This year, the conference was hosted by the United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA).  The conference provided them an opportunity to meet with high ranking UN officials and engage in topical discussions with some of the most prominent foreign policy-shapers of our time, such as Dr.Jeffery Sachs of Columbia University’s Earth Institute, Rosemary A. DiCarlo, Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative with the United States Mission to the United Nations, and Congresswoman Nita Lowey.

As law students, Xavier and David were able to perceive the global challenges discussed at the conference through a judicial lens. Whether discussing the evolution of UN Peacekeeping operations, or the growing assertiveness of the Security Council in dealing with peace and security in the 21st century, it is clear how courses such as Constitutional Law, Public International Law, Conflicts of Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution, and others, prepare law students to confront global challenges with an extensive arsenal of knowledge.  Thank you Xavier and David for representing AJMLS with intelligence, confidence and professionalism.

For more information about this conference and its host,please visit,

Professor Rapping Appointed to the Board of Directors for the Federal Defender Program

AJMLS’s own Professor Jonathan Rapping was recently appointed to the Board of Directors for the Federal Defender Program, Incorporated (FDP) by the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. The FDP provides representation for all the indigent defendants in the Atlanta, Newnan, and Gainesville Divisions of the Northern District, that is not precluded by a conflict of interest.

On behalf of the entire AJMLS community, congratulations Professor Rapping on another outstanding honor!

Congratulations to the AJMLS Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition Teams!

On January 19, 2012, AJMLS’ BLSA Moot Court Teams competed in the Southeast Regional Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition in Birmingham, Alabama. The Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition is an annual, national competition that coincides with the National Black Law Students Association’s (NBLSA) regional and annual conferences. There were two teams selected from AJMLS who competed in the Southeast Regional competition.

Team one, consisting of Ashley Barnett (2L) and Sharee Tumbling (3L), won the Best Respondent Brief Award. Team two, consisting of Lauren McAlpin (2L) and Sarah Redparth (2L), advanced to the final four and placed 4th out of 24 teams in the overall competition. Team two member, Sarah Redparth, won the Best Oral Advocate Award.

Congratulations to all the ladies for their hard work and stellar performances at the NBLSA Southeast Regional Moot Court competition!

AJMLS Negotiations Team Places Third in National Competition

The AJMLS Negotiations Team placed third in the nation at the ABA’s National Negotiation Competition, held this weekend at the ABA Midyear Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana. Out of an initial field of 228 teams, AJMLS was among the 24 teams that advanced out of the regional rounds to compete at the national competition. Competing at the national level for the first time, the AJMLS team continually knocked out its competitors to reach the semi-final round and then the championship round.

Congratulations to AJMLS team members Torrey Rainey and Christina Scott, assisted by Joyce Adelugba and Zach Pritchard. And a special thanks to the AJMLS alumni coaches, Charles Barry and Shaun Adams, who led this year’s team to an unprecedented success.