Mercer Law School


Jim Fleissner, Professor of Law & Co-director of the LL.M. Program

The principal architect of the curriculum for the LL.M. in Federal Criminal Practice and Procedure is Professor Jim Fleissner, who brought to the task both substantial federal criminal practice experience and an extensive record in legal education. He will serve as Co-director of the LL.M. program and as a member of the program faculty. After graduation from the University of Chicago Law School in 1986, Jim Fleissner was appointed as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Chicago, where he worked as a federal prosecutor on a wide variety of investigations and prosecutions, representing the government in numerous trials and appeals. He won several Department of Justice awards for outstanding service. He also was appointed to several supervisory positions in the U.S, Attorney’s Office, last serving as chief of the office’s 45-lawyer General Crimes section.

Since 1994, Jim Fleissner has served on the Mercer law faculty. He is a ten-time recipient of the law school’s teaching excellence award. His teaching and scholarship focus on federal criminal law and procedure, federal evidence law, and federal trial and appellate practice and procedure. He has provided expert commentary for media outlets on federal criminal matters such as the Oklahoma City bombing cases and frequently serves as an instructor at programs for judges and criminal practitioners, including U.S. Department of Justice programs.

Since joining the Mercer faculty, Jim Fleissner also has remained active in federal criminal practice. Besides representing several indigent defendants and engaging in some private practice and consulting, he has been appointed to several government positions, including part-time work as a Senior Associate Independent Counsel (1998-2000), full-time work as Chief of Appeals and general legal advisor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago during a leave of absence (2003-2005), and part-time work as deputy to Special Counsel Patrick J. Fitzgerald in the CIA Leak Case (2004-2009).

Patrick E. Longan, William Augustus Bootle Chair in Professionalism and Ethics

Professor Longan is a nationally recognized leader in the field of legal ethics and professionalism. Among other positions he holds, Professor Longan is a member of the Georgia Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism, the Advisory Board for the National Institute for Teaching Ethics and Professionalism and the Formal Advisory Opinion Board of the State Bar of Georgia.

Professor Longan teaches Mercer’s first year course on professionalism, the upper-level Law of Lawyering course, Judicial Field Placement, and Law & Economics. He received the 2005 National Award for Innovation and Excellence in Teaching Professionalism from the Conference of Chief Justices, the ABA Standing Committee on Professional Responsibility, and the Burge Endowment for Legal Ethics. In his academic career, Professor Longan has also taught at Stetson University, the University of Florida, Southern Methodist University, the Charleston School of Law, John Marshall Law School, and Georgia State University. Before entering law teaching, Professor Longan served as a law clerk to Senior United States District Judge Bernard M. Decker in Chicago and practiced law with the firm of Andrews & Kurth in Dallas, Texas.

Deryl Dantzler, Tommy Malone Distinguished Chair in Trial Advocacy and Dean for the National College of Criminal Defense

Professor Dantzler, who is a native of Macon and earned both undergraduate and law degrees from Mercer, joined the Mercer faculty in 1978 after eight years of private practice. She currently teaches Trial Practice, Advanced Trial Practice and Problems in Trial Evidence and is active in the Moot Court and Mock Trial programs. In 1996 she was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Before bringing her interest in skills training to the Law School, Dantzler regularly taught on the faculty for programs sponsored by the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA, Southeast Region) and the National College for Criminal Defense (NCCD, Houston). In 1985, after NCCD was discontinued in Houston, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers selected Mercer as the host for its successor, the National Criminal Defense College (NCDC) and appointed Professor Dantzler as Dean. She continues to serve in that capacity.

Marc T. Treadwell, Judge on the United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia

Judge Treadwell was nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the senate in 2010. Judge Treadwell is a former partner in the Macon law firm of Adams, Jordan & Treadwell, where he specialized in personal injury and wrongful death cases. He is a graduate of Mercer Law where he was editor of Mercer Law Review, a member of the Brainerd Currie Honor Society, Order of Barristers, and Phi Delta Phi. He was named a fellow with the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. He has taught part time at Mercer Law School since 1998. Additionally, he has written extensively on the law of evidence.

Cynthia Roseberry, Director for the Federal Defenders Office for the Middle District of Georgia

Cynthia Roseberry currently serves as the Executive Director of the Federal Defenders of the Middle District of Georgia, Inc. The Middle District of Georgia is the largest geographic district in the state; it borders Florida, South Carolina and Alabama and it includes five divisions. Prior to her current position Ms. Roseberry practiced Federal and State Criminal Defense for ten years and then joined the faculty at DePaul University College of Law. At DePaul, Ms. Roseberry taught Advanced Criminal Procedure. She also founded the Misdemeanor Clinic and her third year students never lost a trial. Cynthia also re-activated the BLSA Mock Trial at DePaul, which was an award winning team under her tutelage. A much sought after speaker, Cynthia travels across the nation giving talks related to criminal law, as a faculty member of the National Criminal Defense College, the William Daniel Trial Program, the Clarence Darrow Death Penalty College and the Federal Defender Trial Skills Academy. She has also taught for the Office of Defender Services, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Virginia Bar Association, the Georgia Bar Association, and a host of defense organizations throughout the United Sates.  Ms. Roseberry is a past President of the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the first African American female to preside over the organization. She is a founding board member of the Georgia Innocence Project and serves on the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Death Penalty Advisory Committee.

G. F. “Pete” Peterman, III

Pete Peterman graduated with a B.S. in English literature from Mercer University in 1973 and received his J.D. from Mercer’s Walter F. George School of Law in 1976. He was an associate with the firm of Bennett and Dantzler in Macon, Georgia (where he’d worked as a clerk during law school) immediately after graduation but, upon the dissolution of that firm, he became a solo practitioner for five years until being hired as an Assistant District Attorney in the Macon Judicial Circuit. In 1984 he joined the firm that became Stone, Christian and Peterman, where he stayed until joining the United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Georgia in 1990 as a prosecutor. He received a Director’s Award from the United States Department of Justice for Outstanding Performance in 1996. He became the Chief of the Criminal Division later that year and the First Assistant United States Attorney in 1998. Since that time he has served twice as Acting United States Attorney and once as Interim United States Attorney. From 1996 to 2012 he was an adjunct professor of law at the Mercer University School of Law teaching trial practice. Pete has lived in Macon since 1966 and has been married to his wife, Susan, since 1979.

Franklin Hogue, partner of Hogue & Hogue

Franklin Hogue is currently a partner at Hogue & Hogue in downtown Macon concentrating in criminal defense. Prior to being partner at Hogue & Hogue Franklin was a partner at Brown, Katz, Flatau & Hasty in Macon. He was the Registrar and associate professor in philosophy at Atlanta Christian College and has also been a faculty member with the National Criminal Defense College and the William “Bill” Daniel Trial Practice Institute. Mr. Hogue has been on the faculty with Clarence Darrow Death Penalty Defense College at DePaul University College of Law for the past eight years and has co-taught Advanced Criminal Trial Techniques at Mercer for 10 years. Mr. Hogue is the Regional Vice President for the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the past president of the Macon Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and current 2012 President of the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Laura Hogue, partner of Hogue & Hogue and former Assistant District Attorney

Laura Hogue is currently a partner at Hogue & Hogue in Macon where her practice is focused exclusively upon criminal defense with a substantial focus in Federal Criminal cases. Ms. Hogue is the former Assistant District Attorney for Bibb County. She is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Mercer Law School where she and was a member of the Mercer Law Review, Brainerd Currie Honor Society, Phi Kappa Phi and a recipient of the National Women’s Lawyer’s Award. Ms. Hogue has taught Advanced Criminal Trial Techniques at Mercer Law School for the past 10 years and has also been an instructor at the William Daniel School of Trial Advocacy in Athens, Ga.

William V. Hearnburg, Jr., partner at Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP

Mr. Hearnburg is a partner at Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP in Atlanta where he practices civil and criminal litigation. Mr. Hearnburg represents individuals and businesses in business disputes, antitrust cases, criminal prosecutions and appeals, and habeas corpus cases. He is a 1999 graduate of Mercer Law School where he was a member of the Moot Court Board. As a member of the Criminal Justice Act panel, Mr. Hearnburg represents indigent persons accused of federal crimes. He is on the Board of Directors of the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation and has served as a volunteer instructor for the Emory University School of Law Kessler-Eidson Program for Trial Techniques.

Margaret E. McCann, Director of Academic Success Programs & Co-director of the LL.M. Program

Professor McCann has extensive legal experience both in the courtroom and in the classroom. She was a faculty member at the University of Georgia for 14 years, where she taught classes in legal writing, covering both objective and persuasive writing, as well as an upper level drafting course. While at the University of Georgia, she also helped designed their legal writing curriculum and their summer programs aimed at helping incoming students with legal analysis.

Professor McCann has served as an Assistant District Attorney for the State of Georgia and as Regional Counsel for the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s Cabinet of Health and Family Services. As a litigator, she has tried numerous cases, both criminal and civil, and has written many appellate briefs. Although she has tried a wide variety of cases, she has taken special interest in child abuse cases. In Kentucky her case load was almost entirely chronic and severe child abuse cases arising under state and federal child protection laws. She has handled over a hundred cases concerning parental rights and whether the best interest of the child would be served through foster adoption under state and federal child protection laws.

She joined the Mercer Law School Community in 2009 and now serves as Director of Academic Success Programs and Co-Director of the LL.M. program. As Director of ASP, she conducts seminars on various skills throughout the school year and works with students one-on-one to improve their writing and legal analysis.

Approximately 80% of our entering class in 2014 received a scholarship award.