Virginia (Ginger) Arnold

Virginia (Ginger) Arnold’s AJMLS Story carries an underlying theme: service. As a non-traditional student, Ginger earned her J.D. in the part-time day program while also serving as an elected class representative, Student Ambassador, Peer Mentor, Law Journal Editor, research assistant, member of the nationally ranked Client Counseling team, and full-time mom. Since graduating from the law school in 2011, Ginger has opened the Law Office of Virginia C. Arnold, been co-leader for her daughter’s Girl Scout troop, served as a member of the Board of Directors for Girl Talk, Inc., a non-profit peer mentoring program for middle school girls that helps them deal with bullying and other important issues they face, and serves as the law school’s Alumni Director. As the Alumni Director, Ginger leads the not-for-profit Alumni Association and seeks to connect, engage, and encourage current students and alumni through networking and scholarship fundraising events throughout the year. Ginger’s AJMLS Story is ongoing as she is often found in the Alumni Offices on the 7th floor of the law school.

David Lee Windecher

Stories - David Lee Windecher

David Lee Windecher credits his career and success to the law school. “John Marshall gave me an opportunity to redefine my life,” said David. “They believed in me. AJMLS gave a poor kid from the hood an opportunity to engage his passion and realize his American dream.” Since graduating from the law school in 2012, David has opened The Windecher Firm, chronicled his life journey in American Dream: HisStory in the Making, signed an exclusive rights Shopping Agreement with Tyler Perry’s production company 34th Street Films for a movie on the book, joined Nancy Grace’s panel as a criminal defense attorney, and founded RED, Inc., a non-profit organization which sponsors GED programs for young juveniles that are facing non-violent criminal charges who are capable of rehabilitation through an education. RED Inc. has also teamed up with the Dekalb County Solicitor General’s office to assist non-violent offenders rehabilitate through the SG’s diversion program GOALS (Gaining Opportunities And Living Smarter) by mentoring youthful offenders and sponsoring their GED programs. David’s AJMLS Story has just begun; follow the rest on Twitter @DavidWindecher.

Travis Foreman, Class of 2016

Atlanta John Marshall Law School provided me with the opportunity to attain a legal education in a diverse community of students, professors and staff. It also prepared me for future endeavors as a lawyer by equipping me with knowledge that allowed me to excel during my internships and by presenting occassions to network with leaders in the legal community.

Jasmine Rowan, Class of 2014

I was afforded access to a plethora of legal opportunities while at John Marshall. The rigors of the classroom paired with knowledgeable and resourceful faculty challenged my work ethic while molding my legal mind. As a non-traditional student I sincerely value John Marshall believing in me and assisting in my being prepared for the bar and work as an attorney.

Sam Moore, Class of 2015

As a transfer student at John Marshall I was welcomed into a hospitable and student-friendly law school community. The faculty and administration were always willing to offer their support and guidance whenever I needed since there was no communication barrier with their open-door policies. At John Marshall the faculty and administration genuinely invest themselves in assuring not only your success as a law student, but also as a future attorney.

Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School Welcomes State Bar of Georgia President as 2015 Commencement Speaker

Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School (AJMLS) is pleased to announce Mrs. Patrise M. Perkins-Hooker, State Bar of Georgia President, as the law school’s 2015 commencement speaker. Commencement exercises are scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m. on May 23, 2015 at the Georgia World Congress Center – Sidney Marcus Auditorium, Building A.

Dean Malcolm L. Morris notes,

The law school has the distinct pleasure of welcoming President Perkins-Hooker as the commencement speaker for this year’s ceremony. She is a leading luminary in the profession who has consistently demonstrated her commitment to providing access to justice for all Georgians. No doubt, her words will guide the graduates on a successful path for their future professional careers.

About Mrs. Patrise M. Perkins-Hooker

President Perkins-Hooker is the first African-American to lead the State Bar of Georgia. Perkins-Hooker has a long list of professional accomplishments. She is best known, however, for her role as general counsel and vice president for the Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. where she is responsible for land acquisitions, as well as a wide range of other real estate related legal issues.

Prior to joining the Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. she was a partner at Hollowell, Foster & Gepp, PC, where she led the law firm’s Commercial Real Estate Group. Perkins-Hooker is also the immediate past chair of Hosea Feed the Hungry’s Board of Directors.

Additional 2015 AJMLS Commencement Information

Tickets are not required for entry. For information regarding parking or other venue related topics, you may visit www.gwcc.com. Additionally, there will be a small reception immediately following the ceremony for the graduates and their guests, faculty, staff and volunteers.

To join the commencement conversation on Twitter, follow the hashtags #AJMLSGrad and #LawGrad.

Former Chief Justice Norman Fletcher Mentions Professor Mears While Accepting Gideon’s Promise Award

Professor Michael Mears, a former public defender and leading expert on the death penalty in Georgia, was mentioned in high regard by former Chief Justice Norman Fletcher as he accepted the Gideon’s Promise Award from the Southern Center for Human Rights.

During Fletcher’s award acceptance, he addressed Steve Bright (Southern Center’s president and senior counsel) by saying,

Steve, I am going to shock you, and probably most everyone here, for I must now admit that your criticism of my death penalty decisions was justified. For with wisdom gained over the past 10 years, I am now convinced there is absolutely no justification for continuing to impose the sentence of death in this country. In 2001 when the Georgia Supreme Court in a 4-3 decision ended the use of electrocution and turned to lethal injection as the sole means of inflicting the death sentence, a colleague remarked that Mike Mears and Steve Bright would never be satisfied until the death penalty itself was totally abolished in Georgia and in this country. Time has proved that colleague to be right, and I thank God for Mike’s and Steve’s resolve. Our death penalty system is unsupportable.

To read more of his acceptance speech, click here.

Professor Michael Mears is an Associate Professor at Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School where he teaches Evidence, Advanced Criminal Procedure, and Ethics. He is considered one of Georgia’s leading experts on the death penalty and is a frequent contributor on NPR and WPBA on the subject.

Alumnus David Lee Windecher Publishes Book, Credits Law School

Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School Alumnus, David Lee Windecher (’12), has chronicled his extraordinary life journey of going from defendant to defense attorney in his soon to be released book* “AmerIcan Dream: HisStory in the Making”. He hopes to utilize his personal story to inspire others to overcome challenges and pursue their dreams.

“John Marshall gave me an opportunity to redefine my life,” said David. “They believed in me. JMLS gave a poor kid from the hood an opportunity to engage his passion and realize his American dream.”

David Lee Windecher became a leader of his class at John Marshall Law School. Windecher was elected President of the Sports and Entertainment Society and was voted Peer Mentor of the Year in 2011.

Today, David Lee Windecher is a practicing criminal defense attorney at Atlanta firm Arora & LaScala and the founder of RED, Inc. (Rehabilitation Enables Dreams), a non-profit organization which sponsors GED programs for young juveniles that are facing non-violent criminal charges who are capable of rehabilitation through an education. RED, Inc.’s mission is to decrease recidivism and increase literacy amongst America’s youth.

“My career, my success… John Marshall was instrumental in it all,” said David.

Congratulations, David!

 *A book release party is planned for Thursday, May 21, 2015 in Buckhead. For more details email: americandreampress@gmail.com.

Family of Alumnus Judge G. Alan Blackburn Establish Memorial Scholarship

As printed by AJC.com on May 11, 2015:

Chief Judge Gerald Alan Blackburn, 76, of Marietta, died on May 9, 2015. He was born May 6, 1939 in East Bend, North Carolina. After serving four years on active duty in the United States Air Force, returned to Atlanta and entered John Marshall Law School and later received his LLM degree from the Virginia School of Law. He engaged in the private practice for twenty years and served as Administrative Law Judge for the Georgia Department of Medical Assistance, before being elected to the Court of Appeals in 1992. He was a member of the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, Georgia Association of Administrative Law Judges; the American Bar Association, State Bar of Georgia, and the Cobb County Bar Association. He served as chairman of the Cobb County Salvation Army Advisory Board; chairman of the Board of Directors of New Horizons Ministries and served on the Board of Directors of the National Committee for the Prevention of Child Abuse- Ga Chapter. Survivors include his wife, Linda Blackburn and their four children, Daughters, Jennifer (Ralph) Alewine, Merideth (Dylan) Manning, Elizabeth (Evan) Watkins; Son, Christopher Blackburn; and Grandchild, Ward Manning. Other surviving daughters include, Susan Winger, Jackie Carver, Sandra Blackburn and their families. The funeral will be at Johnson Ferry Baptist Church on May 13, 2015 at 11 am with a reception following the service. Interment will be at 1:30 pm in Arlington Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution to Atlanta’s John Marshall Alumni Association/ Judge Blackburn Scholarship 1422 W. Peachtree St., Atlanta Ga 30309, where a building has been named in his honor. Sandy Springs Chapel is overseeing the arrangements. 

Professor Jonathan Rapping Speaks at Bold Moves TEDx Talk

Professor Jonathan Rapping, Director of the Criminal Justice Honors Program and 2014 MacArthur Genius Fellow, spoke at the April 28, 2015 Bold Moves TEDx Atlanta talk.

TEDx described the Bold Moves event on their website,

What’s a bold move and why does it matter? It’s a challenge to go where you’ve never gone before. It’s the sounding of a wake-up call that draws attention to a situation or shows a different way forward. Without them it becomes ever more difficult to initiate much needed change in our lives and communities. With TEDxAtlanta 2015 we’ll explore bold moves from individuals and organizations who are providing ideas and platforms that shift our thinking and calls to actions in impactful ways—through their courage, conviction and commitment.

Professor Rapping spoke of his organization, Gideon’s Promise, and how it is inspiring a new generation of public defenders facing “the nation’s greatest civil rights issue today” – the tragic shortage of representation for those who can’t afford a lawyer.

You may view the video in its entirety on YouTube here.

Marc Reece Inducted into Southern Polytechnic State University Athletics Hall of Fame

Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School congratulates Marc Reece, current College Relations Manager, who was recently inducted into the Southern Polytechnic State University’s Athletics Hall of Fame.

The university created the first-ever Athletics Hall of Fame to celebrate the accomplishments of its greatest student-athletes, coaches, special contributors and teams over the past six-plus decades of intercollegiate competition.

Reece was part of three NAIA Division I national tournament teams (Sweet 16 in 2005 and 2006); saw action in 98 games over his career, improving his scoring and rebounding averages each season; shot 52.3 percent from the field in 2003-04 and 53.3 percent the following year; worked in SPSU’s admissions office from 2007-12; appeared in the reality competition television program Pros vs. Joes on Spike TV in 2009 (vs. former NBA stars Shawn Kemp, Eddie Jones and Ron Harper) and BET’s College Hill Interns in 2007; former secretary/treasurer of the Southern Poly Athletic Association; B.S. in business administration.

Marc Reece has served the Office of Admissions as College Relations Manager since 2012.

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Atlanta’s John Marshall to Offer International Business Transactions (IBT 810) Online Summer 2015

Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School is pleased to announce that Associate Dean for Scholarship and the John E. Ryan Professor of International Business & Workplace Law, Jeffrey A. Van Detta, will open his upper-division elective course– International Business Transactions (IBT 810) online this summer to visiting law students.

The online learning community is not new to Dean Van Detta as he has taught the online course since 2008 and has educated over 150 law students from around the world via the online platform. The course picks up where Contracts II leaves off–and explores a number of interesting, cutting edge areas, while giving students the opportunity to create real-world client deliverables in the context of a course-long client scenario.

IBT 810 will have 3-hour class meetings held entirely online, using the Live Discussion feature of TWEN (which creates a written transcript of each session). The class is scheduled to meet online from 6:15 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the Summer Session. The course contains graded projects (both individual and team)–no final examination.

The value to visiting students is to be able to take the entire course online, and do so in the convenience of the location of their own choosing — whether in New York, any other U.S. state, or any other country or continent!

Eligible students will have completed their first year of law school coursework, full-time, at an ABA-approved law school. Students should also check their own school’s policies to see exactly what they need to do to have their credit for this course transfer. The course will be billed at a rate of $1,270 per credit hour. Visiting law students that will need financial aid will need to get with their financial aid office (at originating law school) to arrange a consortium agreement.

Interested students please contact the Associate Dean for Academic Programs, Scott Boone at sboone@johnmarshall.edu.

Questions about the course may be directed to Dean Jeffrey A. Van Detta at jvandetta@johnmarshall.edu.

To apply – complete the visiting student application found on our website and submit to the Office of Admissions via email (admissions@johnmarshall.edu) or fax (404) 581-5565.

Professor Lisa Tripp Writes Opinion Piece on Euro Crisis for CNN

Professor Lisa Tripp’s expertise in Greece, the Eurozone and the U.S. healthcare system has led her to become a frequent guest and contributor to CNN. Tripp’s recent opinion piece, Greece the only villain in euro crisis? Don’t believe it!, is paraphrased below. The full article may be read online here.

Europe is in the midst of a political and economic crisis that threatens to unravel decades of European integration and derail the world’s recovery from the great recession.

Because Spain and Greece cannot devalue the euro, the only way they can become competitive is through internal devaluation. This means Greece and Spain are in for years of high unemployment, reduced living standards, falling wages and deflation. In other words, massive impoverization.

Mario Draghi, head of the European Central Bank, famously said: “The euro is forever.” That may or may not be so, but it doesn’t mean that countries like Greece and Spain should stay in the euro forever. Contrary to popular opinion, this crisis cannot be explained away with a moral tale of Greek fiscal irresponsibility. The facts suggest otherwise.

Lisa Tripp is an Associate Professor at Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School, Atlanta Georgia. She teaches Health Care Law, Torts and Remedies.

Dean Renata D. Turner Appointed Associate Judge for Fulton County Juvenile Court

Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School congratulates Assistant Dean Renata D. Turner, current Magistrate Judge in Fulton County, who has recently been appointed as Fulton County’s next Associate Juvenile Court Judge.

Fulton County Juvenile Court is the largest such court in Georgia and amongst the largest in the Southeast, with over 6,500 cases handled in 2014. In fulfilling the role of an Associate Judge, Judge Turner will hear a variety of court proceedings, conduct adjudications and refer children to the Court’s many diversion and rehabilitative programs, such as The Learning Club, Juvenile Drug Court and Family Dependency Treatment Court.

Judge Turner’s career and leadership at the law school began in 2007 and grew from Associate Professor to Director of Pro Bono Outreach and Externships to her most recent post as Assistant Dean for Pro Bono and Experiential Learning.

Under her leadership, the law school has been recognized and awarded such honors as:
The Community Outreach Award at the U.S. Attorney’s Office Community Outreach Awards Ceremony (December 2014), for the work done by the law school’s Office of Pro Bono and Experiential Learning.
• Named among the best law schools for practical training (National Jurist, 2014), which is awarded for efforts to provide students with a quality and in-depth variety of pro bono and externship opportunities.
• Ranked among the top 25 law school for externships (preLaw Magazine, 2013), in recognition of maximizing opportunities for students through experiential learning.

“I’m both honored and humbled by this new opportunity- honored to be entrusted with providing justice for our children and humbled by the magnitude of that responsibility,” said Judge Turner about her upcoming role as Associate Judge for Fulton County Juvenile Court.

The Office of Pro Bono Outreach and Experiential Learning will continue to serve the Atlanta community and produce impactful programs, developed over the course of Judge Turner’s career at Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School:

  • Street Law – Based on the curriculum of the national non-profit, Street Law teaches high school students about constitutional and legal issues that directly impact their lives. The law school partners with the U.S. Attorney’s Office Northern District and Booker T. Washington High School each spring to teach legal issues to students.
  • Youth Law Summit – 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.
  • Reentry Forum – The law school partners with individuals, agencies and organizations that support prisoner reentry efforts to help formerly incarcerated men and women transition back into society.

Judge Turner currently serves on the Fulton County Child Advocates Board, is a member of the Charles Weltner Family Law Inn of Court, as well as a current member and past president of the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys (GABWA).

Professor Michael Mears Quoted by AJC’s Bill Torpy About Last Meals on Death Row

Professor Michael Mears was quoted by Bill Torpy of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution in his recent column that discussed the last meal of death row inmate, Kelly Renee Gissendaner, as well as the history of the last meal ritual. Just last month, Mears also appeared on GPB Radio to discuss Georgia’s death penalty law and the execution of mentally disabled persons.

The column,  A double voyeur, with macabre on the side, quotes:

Georgia defense attorney Mike Mears said some prisoners order as much as they can to jerk around the system. “It’s their last act of defiance.”

“Others order food that had good memories with families,” said Mears, who has been involved with 167 death penalty cases and had six clients die. “It’s probably the last pleasure they will ever experience.”

Many of the meals, Mears said, come from a truck stop near Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson. Comfort food is the norm. Most on death row don’t have much experience with fancy foods. Treadwell said double burgers seem to be far and away the choice of the doomed.

But, Mears said, it wasn’t always just the prisoners digging in.

In the 198os, Mears discovered that the Corrections Department produced a spread for those involved in the execution. One inventory included of 10 pounds of Turkey Ham, 20 pounds of Turkey Pastrami, 10 pounds of Turkey Salami, and 225 pounds of chicken. The menu also included pounds of pimento cheese, trays of hors d’oeuvres and cheese straws.

“The prisoner gets it before the execution,” Mears said. “The guards get it after.”

You may read the full column online here.

Alumna Sherri Jefferson Awarded FDHA Healthcare Champions Chairman Award & 11Alive CSA

Atlanta’s John Marshall Alumna, Sherri Jefferson (’95), was recently award the Fulton-Dekalb Hospital Authority (FDHA) Champions Chairman Award, as well as the 11Alive Community Service Award in 2014.

On Sunday, December 7th, the Fulton DeKalb Hospital Authority hosted its healthcare champions’ awards ceremony at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis. It was the third year for the event and more than 200 people attended. Jefferson received recognition for founding the African American Juvenile Project. Her acceptance speech may be viewed here.

Additionally, Jefferson received the 11Alive Community Service Award in May 2014. Her acceptance speech may be viewed here.

Office of Academic Achievement Spring 2015 Calendar

PDF of Office of Academic Achievement Spring 2015 Calendar

Date Time Event
Thursday, February 26, 2015 12:00 p.m.-1 p.m.

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

3L/4L GeneralBarTalk

Room 609

Saturday, February 28, 20,15 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Office Hours
Thursday, March 5, 2015 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Bar Examination Overview Georgia Office ofBarAdmissions Presenter:Leigh Burgess

AttendanceMandatoryforMay Graduates

 

Spring 2013graduates

BlackburnConferenceCenter

Saturday, March 7, 2015 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. MPRE Workshop

Prof. Boone

Saturday, March 7, 2015 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 3LBarEssayWriting Workshop for

May Graduates

   

Friday-Sunday, March 27-29, 2015 Friday: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Saturday: 1:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

Sunday: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

 

 

 3LMultistate BarExamination (MBE) Workshop for May 2015 Graduates

 

Saturday, March 28, 20,15 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Office Hours
Saturday, April 11, 20,15 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Office Hours
Saturday, April 25, 20,15 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Office Hours

SBA to Host Masquerade Barrister’s Ball at Opera Nightclub, April 11

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 as the SBA will hold this year’s ball at Opera Nightclub on April 11, 2015 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. Ticket tables will be held in the lobby from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on:

  • March 25th
  • March 30th
  • March 31st
  • April 1st
  • April 6th

The theme for this year will be masquerade. For more information, please contact SBA Secretary Meaghan Eustice at maeustice@johnmarshall.edu.

Professor Lisa Tripp Discusses Future of Greek Economy on CNN

Prior to the polls coming to a close in Greece’s recent election, Professor Lisa Tripp spoke with CNN’s Jonathan Mann via Skype to discuss the future of the country’s economy.

After the election, Tripp joined CNN’s Amara Walker and Michael Holmes on CNN Today to weigh-in on the new Prime Minister’s economic challenges.

Lisa Tripp is an Associate Professor at Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School, Atlanta Georgia. She teaches Health Care Law, Torts and Remedies. Professor Tripp practiced health care law and commercial litigation prior to joining the faculty of Atlanta’s 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 long term care enforcement. She litigated many cases involving physical and sexual abuse, elopements, falls, neglect and substandard quality of care. Professor Tripp currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Leadership Council of The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care. She has served on health quality measurement committees and panels for the National Quality Forum and the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC). Professor Tripp received her law degree, with honors, from George Washington University Law School, in Washington, D.C.

You may view a sample of the CNN Today discussion on our Facebook page, linked below: