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Mercer Law's LL.M. in Federal Criminal Practice and Procedure is the only program in the nation designed for law school graduates seeking to prepare themselves for federal criminal practice as a prosecutor, Federal Defender, or private defense counsel.

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Mercer Law Professor Sarah Gerwig-Moore Wins Shanara Gilbert Emerging Clinician Award

Mercer Law Associate Professor Sarah Gerwig-Moore has been selected as the 2013 Shanara Gilbert Emerging Clinician Award winner by the Association of American Law Schools Section on Clinical Legal Education.

Gerwig-Moore joined Mercer Law School as a professor in 2006 and soon after established the Habeas Project, the only pro bono effort in Georgia to focus on non-capital post-conviction cases. She and her students have handled 38 cases in the Georgia Supreme Court since 2006, and in total she has been counsel of record, co-counsel or collaborated in that court in nearly 100 cases. Additionally, she teaches in Mercer Law’s Public Interest Practicum, is chair of the Macon-Bibb County Planning and Zoning Commission and serves on the board of directors of the Ocmulgee National Park and Preserve Initiative.

Brian Magee Marine Special Prosecutor Enrolls in LL.M. to Advance Career

For Marine Captain Brian Magee, enrolling in the inaugural class for the Master of Laws Degree in Federal Criminal Practice and Procedure was, well, something of a no-brainer. For him, the LL.M. is a custom fit.

“One of my professors from [the University of] Georgia who ran the prosecutorial clinic there sent me the flyer on Mercer’s criminal LL.M. program,” Magee says. “I saw that and thought, ‘Perfect.’ Whether I stay in the military or go out into practice, what I want to do is prosecution.”

Mercer Receives Best Brief in John J. Gibbons Criminal Procedure Moot Court Competition

Mercer’s team of second year students Christiane Cochrane, Geoff Bard and Catherine Bishop competed in the John J. Gibbons National Criminal Procedure Moot Court Competition and took home the award for Best Respondent’s Brief. The competition was hosted by Seton Hall Law School in Newark, New Jersey on March 23-24. Mercer’s team advanced to the quarterfinals before losing a close match to Ohio Northern Law School.

Mercer Law Ranks 25th in the Nation for 2012 Employment Rates

On March 29, the American Bar Association’s Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar released employment data for the class of 2012 as of Feb. 15, nine months after graduation. Mercer Law School was ranked 25th nationally, with 73.2 percent of its graduates in full-time, long-term positions requiring bar admission. Mercer Law School was the second highest law school in Georgia, behind Emory Law School by 0.1 percent. Overall for the Class of 2012, 84.5% had full-time, long-term positions for which a law degree is required or preferred, were employed full-time in other long-term professional positions, or were enrolled full-time in an LL.M. or other advanced degree program. Another 2.8% had part-time employment in legal or other professional positions.

AWLS Auction Raises Over $12,000 for Charity

On Thursday, March 7, 2013 the Association of Women Law Students hosted the 15th Annual Charity Auction and Ball at the Armory Ballroom in downtown Macon. They raised over $12,000 to benefit two local charities – Jay’s Hope and The Methodist Home for Children. In the past three years, they have raised over $50,000 to support local charities.



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