R. Lanier Anderson, distinguished federal judge, native son to deliver keynote address at Mercer Law School commencement

MACON - The Honorable R. Lanier Anderson of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit is scheduled to deliver the keynote address at the 2010 Commencement ceremony of Mercer University’s Walter F. George School of Law on May 1.

Judge Anderson, a Macon native, was appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Aug. 6, 1979, and was reappointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit on Oct. 1, 1981. He assumed senior status Feb. 1, 2009. Judge Anderson served as Chief Judge of the Eleventh Circuit from 1999 to 2002 and as a member of the Judicial Conference Committee on Codes of Conduct, including chairing the committee for three years. The committee is authorized to give advice on ethical questions that arise under the Codes of Conduct and the Ethics Reform Act.

Judge Anderson is a graduate of Yale College and received his J.D. from Harvard Law School. His distinguished career includes military service and private law practice before ascending to the bench.

“I am delighted that someone of Judge Anderson’s stature and experience will be our keynote speaker as we celebrate the Class of 2010,” said Dean Daisy Hurst Floyd.

Mercer Law School’s commencement and hooding ceremony is Saturday, May 1, at 10:00 a.m. in the University Center. For more information, call 478.301.5000 or visit our Web site at www.law.mercer.edu.

About Mercer Law School

Founded in 1873, the Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law is one of the oldest law schools in the United States and the first one in the state of Georgia accredited by the American Bar Association. Mercer Law School’s educational philosophy is based on a broadly shared commitment to prepare students for the high-quality, general practice of law in a day-to-day learning environment that is both strongly supportive and consistently professional. Its innovative Woodruff Curriculum – which focuses on ethics and practical skills amid small class sizes – earned the Gambrell Professionalism Award from the ABA for its “depth of excellence.” With an enrollment of about 430 students, Mercer Law School is nationally recognized for its exceptional programs in legal writing, moot court, public service, and ethics and professionalism. For more information about Mercer Law School, visit www.law.mercer.edu or call 478.301.5000.