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Hugh Thompson, ’69, Becomes Georgia Chief Justice

Hugh Thompson, ’69, was elected unanimously by his colleagues to serve a four-year term as the Georgia Supreme Court’s next chief justice. Chief Justice Thompson was sworn in on Aug. 15, 2013 as the 30th Chief Justice of the state’s highest court. His duties include presiding over the court’s arguments and administrating court meetings. Former Governor Zell Miller appointed Thompson to the Supreme Court in 1994 and performed Thompson’s swearing in ceremony inside the House chambers at the state Capitol.

Robert M. Lewis Jr., ’96, Receives Exceptional Achievement Award

Robert M. Lewis Jr., ’96, received the Secretary of Labor’s Exceptional Achievement Award from the U.S. Department of Labor in July 2013. Additional awards he has received throughout this year include the Commitment to Equality Award from the State Bar of Georgia, and the Distinguished Service Award from the Atlanta Bar Association. He was also appointed to the boards of the Multi-Bar Legal Association, the State Bar of Georgia’s Committee to Promote Inclusion in the Profession, and the Executive Committee of the Atlanta Bar Association’s Board of Directors.

Boone Smith IV, '07, Named Partner

Boone Smith IV, '07, is now a partner at Smith, Hawkins, Hollingsworth & Reeves LLP in Macon, Georgia. He specializes in the areas of estate planning, estate and corporate taxation, business transactions, tax exempt organizations and income tax conflicts.

Third Annual Brainerd Currie Lecture

On Tuesday, Oct. 1, the Third Annual Brainerd Currie Lecture -- named after the legendary conflict of laws scholar who graduated from Mercer Law School and began his teaching career here -- will be delivered by Professor Kermit Roosevelt of the University of Pennsylvania School of Law. The lecture will take place at noon in the moot courtroom of the Law School. The lecture has been approved for 1 CLE credit hour. Attorneys may register on-site the day of the lecture. The registration fee is $5.

Professor Roosevelt is co-author of the latest edition of a conflict of laws casebook that began years ago as a casebook by Brainerd Currie's son David, a longtime professor at the University of Chicago. Professor Roosevelt is a 1997 graduate of Yale Law School and clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter. He is the author of "Conflict of Laws: Concepts and Insights" (Foundation Press 2010) and various articles in the field.

Results of 2013 Milani Writing Competition Announced

The Adam A. Milani Disability Law Writing Competition is a national disability law writing competition sponsored by Mercer University School of Law and the ABA Commission on Mental and Physical Disability Law. The competition honors the work of the late Professor Adam Milani, a passionate advocate for disability rights, an accomplished legal scholar, and a beloved faculty member at the Law School.

This year two winners were selected from many fantastic entries. The first place winner is Margaret Dreschel, from the Berkeley Law School. Congratulations to Ms. Dreschel and her legal writing professor Michelle Cole.

In second place is John Chamberlain, also from Berkeley Law School. Congratulations to Mr. Chamberlain and (again!) to his legal writing professor, Michelle Cole.

Congratulations to these fine legal writers.


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