Teaching the Law

The Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School faculty combines excellent academic credentials with years of practical experience. Hailing from some of the world’s leading institutions: Boston College, University of Chicago, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Duke, Emory, Georgetown University Law Center, The George Washington University National Law Center, University of Georgia School of Law, the London School of Economics, Michigan, University of North Carolina School of Law, Northwestern University School of Law, Princeton, Spelman, University of Texas, Union College, University of Virginia School of Law, Washington and Lee University School of Law, Washington University School of Law, and Wisconsin. Our full-time faculty have taught over 260 combined years at the Law School.

From the United States Supreme Court to the Federal States of Micronesia Supreme Court, the Atlanta’s John Marshall faculty can teach from their personal courtroom experience. The United States Supreme Court has cited the work of two faculty members, and judges all around the country rely on the scholarship published by the Atlanta’s John Marshall faculty. From King & Spalding and Troutman Sanders to the Georgia Pacific Corporation and Kimberly-Clark Corporation, the Atlanta’s John Marshall faculty teach from their firm and business experience.

The Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School faculty have also given back to the community serving in positions of leadership such as President of the Board of Directors for the National Juvenile Defender Center, Chairperson of the Leadership Council of The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care, Board Member of Federal Defenders, Inc., Board Member of ACLU of Georgia, Board Member of Georgia Association of Women Lawyers Foundation, Board Member of Atlanta Bar Association Business and Finance Law Section, Board Member of CLEO, Vice-Chairperson of the Institute of Continuing Legal Education Board of Trustees, Chairperson of State Bar of Georgia Criminal Law Section, President of Gideon’s Promise, presidential appointee to U.S. Department of Justice as Assistant Deputy Attorney General for Civil Rights, and mayor of the city of Decatur.

Subject of an award-winning HBO documentary and leader of a TedX Talk, the Atlanta’s John Marshall faculty are teaching in and outside the building.

Quoted in the New York Times, CNN International, Fox Business Channel, National Public Radio, Huffington Post, and others, the Atlanta’s John Marshall faculty and their expertise are recognized internationally.

Faculty News

    Dr. Ortega Leads Training for Georgia Association of Legal Externships

    August 14, 2019

    Several years ago, Georgia law schools formed GALE, the Georgia Association of Legal Externships. GALE has worked hard to standardize policies and practices for the supervision of externs in their field placements. Every year, the Georgia Association of Legal Externships hosts an annual Supervising Attorney training designed to help externship supervisors and their organization get […]

    Professor Elizabeth Jaffe Cited in Dissenting Opinion

    June 18, 2019

    The Indiana Court of Appeals recently issued its decision on the F.B.C. v MDwise, Inc. case. In this case, F.B.C. filed a suit against her health insurance company alleging “disclosure,” “intrusion,” and “outrage” after her husband saw personal information that was placed on a web portal and decided to continue with their divorce process. The […]

    Professor Jonathan Rapping Cited in National Media Outlets on the Equal Defense Act

    May 29, 2019

    Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School (AJMLS) Professor and Director of the Criminal Justice Certificate Program, Jonathan Rapping, was cited in many articles regarding the Equal Defense Act. “I am hopeful that this Act prompts us all to continue to understand public defenders as a critical piece of the criminal justice solution, and to build on […]

    Professor Michael Mears Featured on National Television

    May 7, 2019

    Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School (AJMLS) Associate Professor, Michael Mears, was a special guest on the New York based show “Law and Crime,” which is shown nationally and on many cable outlets. In this segment, Professor Mears explores details regarding the recent death penalty case in Georgia involving Tiffany Moss who was tried in the […]

    Professor John Melvin Named Georgia Bureau of Investigation Chief of Staff

    March 21, 2019

    Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School (AJMLS) Adjunct Professor and Acting District Attorney in Cobb County has been named the new Chief of Staff at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI). In addition to teaching AJMLS students, Professor Melvin is in his 24th year as a prosecutor and has worked in three metro Atlanta counties: Dekalb, […]

    Professor Jaffe Quoted in The Wall Street Journal

    March 19, 2019

    Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School (AJMLS) Associate Professor, Elizabeth Jaffe, was recently quoted in The Wall Street Journal. The article, It’s Hard to Spot the Terrorists Among the Trolls, analyzes the correlation between online harassment and hateful acts such as terrorism found in mass shootings. With the rise of online social platforms, research conducted on […]

    Professor Jonathan Rapping Helps Facilitate Trial Advocacy Workshop at Harvard Law School

    January 15, 2019

    Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School (AJMLS) Professor and Director of the Criminal Justice Certificate Program, Jonathan A. Rapping, helped to facilitate the Trial Advocacy Workshop for law students at Harvard Law School January 9-10, 2019. In addition to his roles at AJMLS, Professor Rapping serves as the President and Founder of Gideon’s Promise, is a Visiting Professor of Law […]

    Dean Malcolm L. Morris Represents CLEO in Collaboration with National Conference of Bar Examiners

    November 5, 2018

    NCBE and CLEO Announce New Collaboration NCBE invests in diversity and inclusion within the legal profession *Madison, Wisconsin – The National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) and the Council on Legal Education Opportunity, Inc. (CLEO) are pleased to announce a new collaboration in support of their shared goal of increasing diversity and inclusion in the […]

    Professor Jeffrey Van Detta Lectures at Belmont University Law School and State Bar of Georgia ICLE

    November 1, 2018

    Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School (AJMLS) Professor Jeffrey Van Detta, the John E. Ryan Professor of International Business and Workplace Law, recently gave two lectures based on his most recently completed works of legal scholarship. On October 5, 2018, Professor Van Detta was one of the featured speakers at Belmont University Law School’s 2018 Law […]

    AJMLS Professor Delivers Keynote as Two Alumna Are Honored at Atlanta Bar Association Celebrating Service Luncheon

    October 19, 2018

    The Atlanta Bar Association is hosting their 11th Annual Celebrating Service Luncheon today at the Commerce Club. The luncheon is a celebration honoring legal professionals who have made significant impacts on our community through their dedication to public service. Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School (AJMLS) Professor and Director of the Criminal Justice Certificate Program, Jonathan […]

    AJMLS Professors and Associate Dean to Chair and Participate in 25th Annual U.S. Supreme Court Update

    October 2, 2018

    Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School (AJMLS) Professor Kathleen M. Burch has been selected as Program Chair of the 25th Annual United States Supreme Court Update seminar of the State Bar of Georgia’s Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE) to be held on October 18, 2018. Additionally, Professor Jeffrey A. Van Detta and Associate Dean Judith […]

    Dean Malcolm L. Morris Meets with Aspiring Law Students at CLEO ASAP Event

    July 2, 2018

    Dean Malcolm L. Morris met with aspiring law students this past week at the Council of Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO) Achieving Success in the Application Process (ASAP) event in Washington, D.C. Dean Morris is a member of the CLEO, Inc. Board of Directors and its Executive Committee. ASAP is an intensive weekend that helps participants […]

    Professor Lisa Tripp Speaks at Department of Justice World Elder Abuse Awareness Event

    June 20, 2018

    The Department of Justice (DOJ) recently recognized the 13th annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day by hosting an event in Washington, DC. Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School (AJMLS) Professor Lisa Tripp was invited to attend and speak at the event, where next steps in seeking nationwide elder justice were announced. Tripp is a consultant to […]

    Professor Michael Mears Elected to Serve Second Term as Chairperson of ICLE Board of Trustees

    June 8, 2018

    Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School (AJMLS) Professor B. Michael Mears has been re-elected as Chairperson for the Georgia Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE) Board of Trustees. The ICLE is a not-for-profit educational service for Georgia’s licensed attorneys. The State Bar of Georgia assumed administrative duties for the ICLE in 2017 and is governed by representatives from each of […]

    Professor Mears’ Article Selected for Cover of The Journal Jurisprudence

    May 8, 2018

    Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School Associate Professor Michael Mears’ article, “An American Tragedy: The Story of Johnny Lyn Old Chief,” has been selected as the cover article for The Journal Jurisprudence Easter Term 2018. The Journal Jurisprudence is an international law journal publication and issued four times per year. Each edition focuses on a key […]

    Four AJMLS Professors Secure Highest Rating Allowed by Martindale Hubbell

    February 21, 2018

    Four Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School (AJMLS) professors have been given the highest rating allowed by Martindale-Hubbell for 2018. Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings allow attorneys to complete anonymous peer reviews where they rate fellow lawyers on a 1 (lowest) to 5 (highest) scale in five categories: Legal Knowledge, Analytical Capabilities, Judgment, Communication Ability and Legal […]

    Atlanta’s John Marshall Faculty Members Celebrate Milestone Anniversaries

    November 20, 2017

    In 2017, Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School (AJMLS) is fortunate to celebrate major milestone faculty anniversaries for six professors. Professor Michael Lynch is celebrating 20 years with AJMLS while Professors Dalton, Jeffries, McMillian, Mears, and Rapping are all celebrating 10 years with the Law School. AJMLS is built on the principle that the Law School is […]

    AJMLS Professors Participate in 24th Annual U.S. Supreme Court Update

    October 24, 2017

    On Thursday, October 19, 2017, Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School’s Professor Kathleen Burch served as the Program Chair for the 24th Annual United States Supreme Court Update seminar held at the State Bar of Georgia. She gave the welcome and program overview and served as the presiding moderator. Additionally, Professors Judith Barger and Michael Mears were also […]

    Welcome New Faculty and Staff Members!

    August 14, 2017

    A very warm welcome to the new members of the Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School (AJMLS) faculty and staff! Each joins the AJMLS community with a stellar background and a plethora of experience within the legal community. Paul Wilson and B. Taylor Bartlett join the Career Development office. Debbi Cohen and Dione Duckett join the […]

    Professor Michael Mears Named Chairperson for the Georgia Institute of Continuing Legal Education

    August 1, 2017

    Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School (AJMLS) Professor B. Michael Mears has been named Chairperson for the Georgia Institute of Continuing Legal Education for a two year term. This is a great honor for Professor Mears as he has served as a member of the Board of Trustees for over four years and was recently elected by his fellow trustees to […]

    A Tribute to Professor Willie J. Lovett, Jr.

    May 9, 2017

    Do Good Anyway- A Lesson from Professor Willie J. Lovett, Jr.  March 22, 1965 – January 30, 2017 By: Judge Renata D. Turner Judge. Professor. Mentor. Leader. Friend. These are just a few of the titles proudly worn by our beloved Professor Willie Jake Lovett, Jr. I am most honored to have called him a […]

    Professor Rapping Quoted in The New York Times

    April 14, 2017

    Professor Rapping was recently quoted in the SundayReview, an Op-Ed in The New York Times. The article, Justice Springs Eternal, explores the current state of the American prison system. In recent years the prison population numbers have been on the decline. The article examines how that decline may be affected by President Trump and a new […]

    AJMLS Professor, Michael Mears, Quoted in April’s Atlanta Magazine

    April 13, 2017

    AJMLS Associate Professor, Michael Mears, was recently quoted several times in the April edition of Atlanta Magazine. The article, Why did Georgia execute more prisoners in 2016 than any other state?, centered on the nine convicted murderers put to death in Georgia in 2016, more than any other state. This is the highest number of executions […]

    Professor Tripp Cited in Groundbreaking New Regulation

    October 7, 2016

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently published a historic new regulation that prohibits nursing homes receiving federal funds from using pre-dispute binding arbitration agreements. Pre-dispute binding arbitration agreements are usually presented to residents upon admission to the nursing home and residents are often unaware that by signing them they are giving up their rights to go to court. […]

    SALT Awards 2016 Junior Faculty Teaching Award to Professor Harpalani

    September 23, 2016

    Savannah Law School Professor Harpalani has been awarded the esteemed 2016 Junior Faculty Teaching Award by the Society of American Law Teachers (‘SALT’). The award recognizes an outstanding and emerging law professor who demonstrates a commitment to justice, equality and academic excellence. Professor Harpalani was selected for the award among a field of highly deserving nominees. Professor Harpalani is […]

    Professor Jaffe Quoted in The Wrap

    September 21, 2016

    Robert Sepúlveda Jr. is Logo TV’s lead in the network’s first same-sex dating show, Finding Prince Charming. He is threatening to sue online cyberbullies for “targeted harassment, shaming and bullying.” Sepúlveda Jr. turned to Instagram to fire back at those he feels have bullied him and stated “if you come for me, we will come for you and […]

    Professor Rapping Discusses Current State of the Criminal Defense System

    August 17, 2016

    Atlanta’s John Marshall’s Professor Jonathan Rapping was recently asked to participate in a discussion on the podcast Criminal (In)Justice with David Harris. The subject of the podcast was the current state of our criminal defense system, specifically indigent defendants requiring state-provided assistance of counsel. Professor Rapping was asked to participate because of both his impressive […]

    Professor Rapping Selected to Participate in Town Hall by Russell Simmons

    July 8, 2016

    Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School Professor Jonathan Rapping was recently selected by Russell Simmons and his media company, All Things Def, and participated in a town hall at the Montalban Theater in Los Angeles. Along with our own Professor Rapping, the panel featured Nick Cannon; National Bar Association President Benjamin Crump, who represented the family […]

    Professor Michael Mears Publishes Viewpoint in Daily Report

    June 16, 2016

    Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School Associate Professor of Law Michael Mears recently wrote a poignant article which was published in the June 16, 2016 issue of the Daily Report. The article affirms that law students with dreams of joining the legal profession make a tremendous commitment of both their time and finances to further their […]

    Professor Michael Mears to Serve as Vice-Chair of ICLE Georgia’s Board of Trustees

    May 5, 2016

    Professor Michael Mears has been asked to serve as the Vice-Chairperson of the Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE) in Georgia’s Board of Trustees for the year of 2017. The Chair of the Board will be Robert Kauffman, the Immediate Past-President of the State Bar of Georgia. This is a tremendous honor, not only for […]

    Professor Suparna Malempati Named Area Vice President for Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

    March 11, 2016

    Professor Suparna Malempati has joined the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (GACDL) as area Vice President for Fulton County beginning in January 2016.  GACDL is a statewide association that supports criminal defense attorneys in their fight to advocate and protect the rights of the accused.  GACDL is the largest member supported statewide criminal defense […]

    Assistant Dean Ortega and Professor Malempati Present at 2015 Georgia Conference on Children and Families

    October 29, 2015

    Assistant Dean Ortega and Professor Malempati of Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School presented at the 2015 Georgia Conference on Children and Families (GCCF) held in Augusta, Georgia October 21-23, 2015. The GCCF is the largest annual interdisciplinary event in Georgia designed to bring together the community that serves children and families, including child advocacy, juvenile justice, […]

    Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School Welcomes New Faculty

    August 17, 2015

    Fall classes are officially underway and the law school is pleased to welcome its new and returning faculty.   New to Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School Derek Alphran, Adjunct Professor Judith Barger, Distinguished Teaching Professional Ronald Blasi, Adjunct Professor Sujata Chanani, Adjunct Professor Erin Corken, Adjunct Professor Joe Habachy, Adjunct Professor Susan Jackson, Adjunct Professor […]

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

    May 21, 2015

    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) […]

    Professor Jonathan Rapping Speaks at Bold Moves TEDx Talk

    May 11, 2015

    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 […]

    Professor Lisa Tripp Writes Opinion Piece on Euro Crisis for CNN

    March 24, 2015

    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 […]

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

    March 19, 2015

    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. […]

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

    March 3, 2015

    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 […]

    Professor Lisa Tripp Discusses Future of Greek Economy on CNN

    January 30, 2015

    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 […]

    Professor Michael Mears Appears on GPB Radio to Discuss Georgia’s Death Penalty Law

    January 28, 2015

    Professor Michael Mears appeared as a guest on the GPB Radio program On Second Thought (hosted by Celeste Headlee) on Tuesday, January 27. Mears discussed the history of Georgia’s death penalty law and the execution of mentally disabled persons. The timely discussion was prompted by the scheduled [Tuesday] execution of Georgia inmate, Warren Lee Hill. Also […]

    Professor Patrice Fulcher Quoted in The Economist

    January 27, 2015

    Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School congratulates Professor Patrice Fulcher, who has been quoted in a headline article in the 24 January 2015 issue of The Economist. Patrice Fulcher is a Tenured Associate Professor at Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School where she teaches Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure. Her scholarship focuses on issues surrounding the Prison Industrial […]

    AJMLS Alumnus and Professor Quoted in AJC on Immigration

    October 2, 2014

    When it comes to the debate on U.S. immigration; neither U.S. Rep Doug Collins (Class of 2008) or Professor Joseph Rosen are strangers to the discussion. In an article recently published by the Atlanta Journal Constitution (AJC), both Collins and Rosen, along with several other law professors were given the opportunity to share their views […]

    The Honorable Wendell Willard Visits John Marshall

    September 26, 2014

    The Honorable Wendell Willard, Chairman of the Georgia House of Representatives Judiciary Committee, recently visited Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School to speak to Professor Michael Mears’ Evidence class. State Representative Willard led a decade long fight to have the model rules of evidence adopted in Georgia. It was largely through his efforts that Georgia adopted the […]

    Professor Tripp, Guest Speaker on FOX Business Channel

    September 22, 2014

    FOX Business channel recently aired a news segment featuring Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School professor, Lisa Tripp. Professor Tripp was a guest on MONEY with Melissa Francis discussing amongst a panel of experts the referendum in Scotland and their currency options if they chose independence . She was contacted by FOX based on her recent article, […]

    Professor Mears Discusses Ethics at Georgia Public Defenders Council Lecture

    September 19, 2014

    Professor Michael Mears was recently asked to prepare and present a course and lecture for the Georgia Public Defenders Council entitled Ethics for Public Defenders. The Council subsequently decided to use Mears’ presentation as a statewide webinar lecture on ethics, as well as a learning tool on the Council’s YouTube channel. The one-hour lecture has […]

    Professor Jonathan Rapping Named MacArthur Genius Fellow

    September 17, 2014

    Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School is honored to announce that Professor Jonathan Rapping was named a 2014 MacArthur Genius Fellow for the impact his non-profit organization, Gideon’s Promise, has made on society. The MacArthur Fellow Program awards unrestricted fellowships to talented individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a […]

    Pro Bono Assistant Director to Speak at 10th Annual Accountability Courts Conference

    September 16, 2014

    Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School is proud to announce that Bridgett E. Ortega, Assistant Director for the Office of Pro Bono and Experiential Learning, will speak at the Accountability Courts Conference. The conference will be held at the Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel & Convention Center during the week of September 14-18, 2014.  Sponsored by the […]

    AJMLS Professor Travels to New Mexico Detention Center to Represent Immigrant Children

    September 10, 2014

    Joseph Rosen, Immigration Law adjunct professor at Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School  will travel to an immigration detention center in New Mexico next week to represent some of the Central American detainees who have recently crossed the U.S.-Mexico border. Rosen will be helping immigrant children and their parents determine if they have viable claims for […]

    Professor Mears Discusses Death Penalty with the Chattanooga Times Free Press

    August 20, 2014

    Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School professor, Michael Mears, was recently interviewed by the Chattanooga Times Free Press to discuss delayed justice in Walker Co., GA where many inmates sit on death row for decades while the families of their victims are left to wait hopelessly for justice to be served. In the article, Professor Mears […]

    Article from Professor Fulcher Listed on SSRN’s Top Ten Download List

    July 22, 2014

    An article from Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School professor, Patrice Fulcher, was recently listed on Social Science Research Network’s (SSRN) Top Ten download list for the topic Security and Safety. The article also reached the Top Ten downloads list for the Criminology eJournal, Political Economy – Development eJournal, and the Economic Inequality & the Law […]

    Professor Dalton Discusses Priest-Penitent Privilege in The Washington Times

    July 16, 2014

    Fueling the debate over priest-penitent privilege, is the recent ruling in the Louisiana Supreme Court which states that a teenage girl’s confession to a priest can be used as testimony in a child abuse case. A recent article by The Washington Times says, the Diocese of Baton Rouge deemed the court’s decision a violation of […]

    Professor Joseph Rosen Discusses Immigration in Special Fourth of July Podcast

    July 7, 2014

    Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School professor, Joseph Rosen was recently interviewed by Mark Deal from U.S. Immigration Podcast in a special Fourth of July episode. As America turned 238 years old, Professor Rosen was selected to speak on the history and future of immigration in the country. Rosen also discussed topics such as the Chinese […]

    Professor Mears Discusses the Upcoming Execution of Marcus Wellons

    June 17, 2014

    Marcus Wellons, convicted of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl in 1989 is set to be executed on June 17, 2014 at 7 p.m. However, instead of a three-drug cocktail formerly used, the state of Georgia wants to use one drug — sodium pentothal — to execute Marcus Wellons. In small doses, it is a sedative. […]

    Professor Rapping Speaks on Unequal Representation for the Poor

    June 17, 2014

    A recent article from The Guardian calls on Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School professor Jonathan Rapping to discuss unequal representation for the nation’s poor. In the article by Sadhbh Walshe, the issue of wealth and its connection with acquittals, not-guilty verdicts, and reduced sentences were discussed. Professor Rapping insists that, “Money determines who sits in […]

    Footnote from AJMLS Professor Used in Dissent of Justice Benham

    May 20, 2014

    The Georgia Supreme Court recently issued its opinion in the Warren Lee Hill case. Hill was sentenced to death following the 1990 murder of a fellow inmate in the Lee County Correctional Institute, in which Hill beat the victim with a board embedded with nails. Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School professor Michael Mears was quoted […]

    AJMLS Professor Accepts the Eleventh Annual Ridenhour Prize for Gideon’s Army

    May 12, 2014

    Gideon’s Army, an HBO documentary about the non-profit organization of AJMLS professor Jon Rapping, recently received the 2014 Ridenhour Documentary Film Prize. The film follows three young public defenders as they struggle with staggering caseloads, long hours, low pay, and trying to balance their commitment to public service with a criminal justice system strained to […]

    National Institute for Trial Advocacy Invites AJMLS Professor to Teach Trial Advocacy Basics

    May 2, 2014

    The National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) is the nation’s leading provider of legal advocacy skills training. A 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization based in Boulder, Colorado, NITA pioneered the legal skills learning-by-doing methodology over 40 years ago and has since remained the ultimate standard in continuing legal education. Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School professor Suparna Malempati […]

    Daily Report Interviews Professor Mears on Botched Oklahoma Execution

    May 1, 2014

    “The botched execution of Clayton Lockett in Oklahoma on Tuesday should serve as a wake-up call to Georgia officials scrambling to find ways to put inmates to death without trampling constitutional guarantees and basic human decency,” said Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School professor, Michael Mears, in a recent interview with the Daily Report. Professor Mears, […]

    AJMLS Announces Eleven Upcoming Tenure Appointments

    April 24, 2014

    Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School (AJMLS) is pleased to announce that the Board of Directors has granted tenure to eleven faculty members, effective August 1, 2014. Eight of the eleven appointments are AJMLS professors and three are professors at Savannah Law School (SLS), a branch of AJMLS. Upcoming Tenured Professors at AJMLS Associate Professor K. […]

    AJMLS Professor Chosen for Radio Interview with Legal Talk Network

    April 22, 2014

    Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School professor and Director of the Honors Program in Criminal Justice, Jonathan Rapping was recently interviewed on Legal Talk Network’s radio program, Lawyer2Lawyer, to discuss his organization Gideon’s Promise. On this episode of Lawyer2Lawyer, hosts Bob Ambrogi and J. Craig Williams interviewed Professor Rapping, founder of the Atlanta-based public defender training […]

    Law Review Article by AJMLS Professor Cited in Forbes Magazine

    April 22, 2014

    Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School professor Beckett Cantley was cited in a recent article by Forbes Magazine discussing life insurance and 831(b) captive insurance companies. His extensive experience on the issue, in addition to his recent appearance as a panelist at the Spring Meeting of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association made […]

    Professor Fulcher Gives Expert Opinion to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

    April 15, 2014

    Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School professor Patrice Fulcher was asked by Representative Elijah E. Cummings’ office, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, to comment on the contempt proceedings against Lois Lerner. Cummings released opinions from 25 legal experts across the country and the political spectrum concluding that Committee Chairman Darrell […]

    Jonathan Rapping Earns National Recognition with Inaugural Purpose Economy 100 Award

    April 8, 2014

    Nearly 80 percent of the 12 million people who move annually through America’s criminal justice system cannot afford a lawyer. As a result, many innocent defendants plead guilty simply because they cannot afford to take their case to trial, and the public defender system is so overwhelmed by crushing volume, that adequate and meaningful defense […]

    Professor D’Agostino Interviewed Regarding Bankruptcy Laws

    March 24, 2014

    In a recent article from CardHub, Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School professor Robert D’Agostino and other legal experts answered common questions individuals have regarding bankruptcy. CardHub offers an easily-accessible search engine and relevant articles for individuals to use to find a credit card that suits their personal and financial needs. However, due to the increase […]

    Professor Rapping Receives the INSPIRE Award from Cardozo School of Law

    February 4, 2014

    Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School professor Jonathan Rapping was recently awarded the INSPIRE Award from Cardozo School of Law in New York City. The award was given to Professor Rapping, President and Founder of Gideon’s Promise, because of his work with an organization that inspires, mobilizes and trains legal professionals to provide the highest quality […]

    AJMLS Professor’s Non-Profit Organization Receives $1 Million Grant from Department of Justice

    October 31, 2013

    Attorney General Eric Holder recently announced a total of $6.7 million in grants to state and local criminal and civil legal services organizations across the country that provide legal defense services for the poor.  The non-profit organization of Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School professor Jon Rapping was one of the organizations chosen to receive a […]

    Professor Rapping Gives Keynote Address at University of Iowa Law School

    October 21, 2013

    Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School Professor Jon Rapping was recently the keynote speaker at the University of Iowa Law School’s “Fifty Years of Gideon” symposium. Professor Rapping was chosen based to his work with Gideon’s Promise, his nonprofit organization that works to inspire, mobilize and train legal professionals to provide the highest quality defense representation […]

    Professor Rapping Named the 2013 Public Interest Scholar in Residence at Touro Law School

    October 8, 2013

    Professor Jon Rapping was recently selected as the 2013 Public Interest Scholar in Residence at Touro Law School. Through the Distinguished Public Interest Lawyer in Residence Program, Touro Law Center recognizes attorneys who have made significant contributions to society by representation of individuals or groups historically denied access to justice. Honorees visit the Law Center […]

    Professor Van Detta Named the John E. Ryan Professor of International Business & Workplace Law

    September 20, 2013

    Dean Richardson Lynn is pleased to announce that the Board of Directors of Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School, in recognition of Professor Jeffrey Van Detta’s distinguished service to the law school, his excellence as a teacher, and the breadth and depth of his scholarship, has conferred upon him a named Chair in Law:  The John […]

    Professor Rapping Interviewed by The Seattle Times in Indigent Defense Case

    September 9, 2013

    Jon Rapping, Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School professor and founder and president of Gideon’s Promise, a national organization aimed at improving indigent defense, was recently interviewed by The Seattle Times regarding an ongoing indigent-defense case. The Seattle Times reports: Today, many in America’s legal and law-enforcement communities — from judges and prosecutors to defense lawyers […]

    Professor Mears Reappointed to the Post-Conviction Capital Representation Committee of the State Bar

    July 19, 2013

    Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School Professor Micheal Mears was recently reappointment to a very important State Bar of Georgia committee.  He has been honored to be appointed to the Post-Conviction Capital Representation Committee.  This committee of the State Bar deals with matters relating to the post conviction of defendants in death penalty cases and reports […]

    AJMLS Professor Joins Group of National Experts at the White House

    June 7, 2013

    Professor Rapping was among a group of national experts invited to the White House on June 5, 2013 to discuss Judicial Vacancies and the Importance of the Courts.  With five unfilled vacancies on the Eleventh Circuit and Northern District of Georgia, four of which are considered judicial emergencies, the situation is particularly pressing for Georgians. […]

    AJMLS Adjunct Professor Appointed Juvenile Court Judge

    June 3, 2013

    On May 21, 2013, Judge Willie J. Lovett, Jr. began serving as a Juvenile Court Judge for the Atlanta Judicial Circuit in Fulton County, Georgia.  Judge Lovett will preside over all juvenile matters originating in Fulton County and will provide leadership to the Juvenile Court as it prepares to implement Georgia’s new Juvenile Code, which […]

    VIDEO: Professor Burch Interviewed by 11 Alive to Discuss Bibles in State Park Lodging

    May 17, 2013

    Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School Associate Professor Kathleen Burch was recently interviewed by 11 Alive News reporter Brenda Wood  to discuss the issue of banning Bibles in guest rooms and lodges at state parks in Georgia after a visitor complaint. To view this interesting debate, click here for the video.  

    AJMLS Dedicates Law Library to Esteemed Faculty Member

    April 30, 2013

    On April 29, 2013, Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School dedicated its law library to Michael J. Lynch, Director of the Law Library and Professor. The dedication ceremony, attended by faculty, staff and students, was a fitting recognition of Professor Lynch’s work in expanding the library and library services, a key part of obtaining full ABA […]

    AJMLS Professor Weighs in on Anti-Bullying Laws

    April 25, 2013

    Elizabeth Jaffe, Associate Professor at Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School was a recent panelist at a daylong cyberbullying conference at Rutgers University in New Jersey where lawyers, scholars, educators, and others discussed the difficulties of drawing a legal line that determines if schools – or parents – are culpable. An excerpt from the article is […]

    AJMLS Adjunct Professor Interviewed by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution

    March 28, 2013

    A Baptist preacher, a prosecutor, and an adjunct professor at Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School – John Melvin has a full plate of duties, responsibilities, and obligations. In a recent article by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Professor Melvin was asked about how he seamlessly balances being a prosecutor and preacher. “Being a prosecutor isn’t that different […]

    European Law Journal Appoints Associate Dean Van Detta to Permanent Board of Peer-Review Referees

    March 8, 2013

    Merkourios, Utrecht Journal of International and European Law, has appointed Jeffrey Van Detta, Associate Dean for Scholarship and Professor of Law at AJMLS, to its Permanent Board of Referees.  Merkourios is an Open Access, peer-reviewed, student-led law journal, which focuses on international and European law.  The Journal provides immediate, open access to its content on […]

    AJMLS Professor Publishes Book on New Georgia Evidence Code

    January 28, 2013

    Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School adjunct professor Michael Carlson has recently released a highly anticipated, first-of-its-kind book on Georgia’s new evidence code. Carlson on Evidence: Comparing the Georgia and Federal Rules by Ronald L. Carlson and Michael Scott Carlson was published in December 2012 by the Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia. It is […]

    AJMLS Professor and Staff Member Elected to the Board of Directors of the ACLU of Georgia

    November 12, 2012

    Michael Oeser, Associate Professor and Bridgett Ortega, Assistant Director of the Office of Pro Bono and Experiential Learning were elected to the ACLU of Georgia’s Board of Directors at the November 10th Annual Meeting. Professor Oeser and Mrs. Ortega join Professor Kathleen Burch who has served on the ACLU Board for the past two years […]

    AJMLS Professor Appointed Magistrate Judge in Fulton County

    November 12, 2012

    Last week, AJMLS professor Renata Turner was appointed as a part-time magistrate judge of the Fulton County State Court.  Professor Turner teaches Domestic Violence and is the Director of the Office of Pro Bono and Experiential Learning. Magistrate judges conduct first appearances and preliminary examinations of felony charges and hear felony arraignments. They also can […]

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

    February 9, 2012

    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 […]

    AJMLS Staff Member Elected as Secretary of the Board of Directors for the NJDC

    January 6, 2012

    AJMLS’ Assistant Director of Pro Bono Outreach and Externships, Bridgett Ortega, was recently elected as Secretary of the Board of Directors for the National Juvenile Defender Center (NJDC) in Washington D.C. The mission of the NJDC is to ensure excellence in juvenile defense and promote justice for all children.The organization was created in 1999 to […]

    AJMLS Professor Appointed to the Joint Commission’s PTAC

    December 7, 2011

    Noted AJMLS faculty member, Lisa Tripp was recently appointed as a representative for the Joint Commission’s Professional & Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC). The PTACs are an integral part of the Joint Commission’s advisory structure. By representing the views of a diverse group of professional associations and other interests and by providing expert advice, Professor Tripp […]

    Dean Cieply Appointed to the NIMJ Board of Advisors

    December 7, 2011

    AJMLS Associate Dean of Academics and associate professor, Kevin Cieply has an extensive military and legal background. His dedication and skills have recently positioned him for a prestigious honor. The National Institute of Military Justice (NIMJ) have appointed Dean Cieply to their Board of Advisors. The NIMJ is a District of Columbia non-profit corporation organized […]

    AJMLS Professor Elizabeth Jaffe Adds Insight to Revamped Bullying Laws (Audio)

    November 9, 2011

    The bullying epidemic has been present in schools across the nation for decades. However, incidents of bullying have become more frequent and fatal in recent years. To raise awareness and combat this issue, forty-seven states have passed anti-bullying legislation. AJMLS professor and former family law practitioner, Elizabeth Jaffe was recently called on by Georgia Public […]

    Attorney General Eric Holder Acknowledges AJMLS Professor Jon Rapping During Speech

    October 21, 2011

    Attorney General Eric Holder praised AJMLS professor Jon Rapping for his dedication to improving indigent defense and for his efforts to effect meaningful reform of the criminal justice system in a speech given earlier this month. He also talked extensively about a ground-breaking training program that was recently launched by Rapping’s non-profit, the Southern Public […]

    Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School Appoints Three New Administrators

    September 23, 2011

    Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School (AJMLS) – Georgia’s only fully accredited, stand-alone law school – has appointed a new Chief Financial Officer, an Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and an Associate Dean of Recruitment and Marketing. New administrators include: Kevin Cieply, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs Prior to joining AJMLS in 2008, Cieply served more […]

    AJMLS Professor Michael Mears Gives Thoughts on Troy Davis Execution

    September 21, 2011

    Gaining national and international attention, the scheduled execution of Troy Davis for the killing of Savannah police officer, Mark MacPhail has created a media frenzy and raised many ethical, moral, and legal questions. In the two decades since Davis was condemned for fatally shooting MacPhail, seven of the nine witnesses who testified against Davis at […]

    Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School Adds Impressive Roster of Tenured and Visiting Professors

    September 20, 2011

    Standing firmly behind our mission to prepare highly competent and professional lawyers who are committed to the improvement of the legal system and society, Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School (AJMLS) is excited about the recent addition to our growing institution. AJMLS has hired seven tenured/tenure-track professors and seven visiting professors to bolster its commitment to […]

    Dean Mears Participates in Transnational Law Program

    April 13, 2011

    Professor Michael Mears, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, was recently a guest a Bahcesehir Universitesi, Turkey where he taught six courses on scientific evidence in their Transnational Law Program. He enjoyed a warm welcome from faculty, students and staff at this modern, highly technological law school on the Bosporus River in Istanbul. Dean Mears’ visit […]

    Professor Jonathan Rapping Receives a Federal Grant to Launch National Public Defender Fellowship Initiative

    November 17, 2010

    The Southern Public Defender Training Center (SPDTC), founded and run by Professor Rapping, was awarded $700,000.00 to partner with Equal Justice Works to develop the Public Defender Corps (PDC), a national fellowship program for public defenders based on the SPDTC model. The PDC will place its inaugural class of Fellows in public defender offices throughout […]

    Professor Jonathan Rapping Receives a Federal Grant to Launch National Public Defender Fellowship Initiative

    November 17, 2010

    The Southern Public Defender Training Center (SPDTC), founded and run by Professor Rapping, was awarded $700,000.00 to partner with Equal Justice Works to develop the Public Defender Corps (PDC), a national fellowship program for public defenders based on the SPDTC model. The PDC will place its inaugural class of Fellows in public defender offices throughout […]

    Professor Tripp to Serve on National Health Care Standards Committee

    April 7, 2010

    Ms. Lisa Tripp, Assistant Professor of Health Care Law at Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School, has been selected to be part of the Steering Committee for the National Quality Forum’s National Voluntary Consensus Standards for Nursing Homes project. The Steering Committee is responsible for selecting the standard metrics used to evaluate, assess and improve the […]

    Professor Tripp to Serve as Panelist on MedPAC Panel on LTCH Quality Measures

    April 7, 2010

    Ms. Lisa Tripp, Assistant Professor of Health Care Law at Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School, has been selected to take part in a panel discussion that will advise the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) on quality meassures for long-term care hospitals (LTCHs). The Panel will discuss and identify prevalent quality of care issues in LTCHs […]

    Professor Tripp to Serve on National Health Care Standards Committee

    April 7, 2010

    Ms. Lisa Tripp, Assistant Professor of Health Care Law at Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School, has been selected to be part of the Steering Committee for the National Quality Forum’s National Voluntary Consensus Standards for Nursing Homes project. The Steering Committee is responsible for selecting the standard metrics used to evaluate, assess and improve the […]

    Professor Tripp to Serve as Panelist on MedPAC Panel on LTCH Quality Measures

    April 7, 2010

    Ms. Lisa Tripp, Assistant Professor of Health Care Law at Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School, has been selected to take part in a panel discussion that will advise the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) on quality meassures for long-term care hospitals (LTCHs). The Panel will discuss and identify prevalent quality of care issues in LTCHs […]

    Professor Jonathan Rapping Wasserstein Public Interest Fellowship

    October 19, 2009

    Professor Rapping has been honored as a 2009-2010 Fellow in the Wasserstein Public Interest Fellows Program at Harvard Law School for his work as Founder and Executive Director of the Southern Public Defender Training Center (SPDTC) where he is in charge of training, recruiting, and placing new public defenders in the South. Prior to joining […]

    Professor Jonathan Rapping Wasserstein Public Interest Fellowship

    October 19, 2009

    Professor Rapping has been honored as a 2009-2010 Fellow in the Wasserstein Public Interest Fellows Program at Harvard Law School for his work as Founder and Executive Director of the Southern Public Defender Training Center (SPDTC) where he is in charge of training, recruiting, and placing new public defenders in the South. Prior to joining […]

    Professor Kathleen M. Burch ACLU of Georgia 2009 Volunteer Attorney Award

    October 8, 2009

    At a luncheon on October 8, 2009, the ACLU of Georgia honored Professor Burch with the 2009 Volunteer Attorney Award for her vision and initiative in creating the two Civil Liberties seminars at the law school. Civil Liberties: Litigation engages students in the litigation of an actual ACLU case; Civil Liberties: Legislation has students working […]