LL.M. Program

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 Alumni Elected Officers of Young Lawyers’ Division, Cobb County Bar

In the May 2013 elections, four positions on the Young Lawyers’ Division of the Cobb County Bar Association board were filled by Mercer Law alumni. Chase Swanson, '10, was elected President; April Holloway, '09, was elected President Elect; Soo Hong, '08, was elected Treasurer and Darl Champion, '07, was elected Secretary.

W. Carl Reynolds, ’66, and Joseph Boyd, ’04, Settle Workers’ Compensation Claim for $4.5 Million

W. Carl Reynolds, ’66, and Joseph Boyd, ’04, of the law firm Reynolds Horne & Survant, recently settled one of the largest workers’ compensation claims in Georgia history for $4.5 million. The claim involved a 28-year-old man who was paralyzed when a tree fell on his car at his job site. Reynolds and Boyd were also able to obtain land for the construction of a handicap-accessible home, a handicap-equipped van and modified equipment for recreational activities.

Boyd says that, “this resolution allows our client some financial independence from the restrictive workers’ compensation system and means to provide for his family. I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to get to know such an inspirational young man.”
 

Kathleen Connell, ’05, Appointed to Georgia Commission on Child Support

Katie Connell, ’05, was appointed by Georgia Gov. Nathan B. Deal to the Georgia Commission on Child Support. She began her four-year term on May 1.

Connell is a partner of Atlanta’s Boyd, Collar, Nolen & Tuggle and serves clients facing a variety of family law matters, including divorce, pre- and post-nuptial agreements, custody and post-divorce matters. Connell also provides pro bono legal services, serving as a guardian ad litem to children involved in contested custody battles. Among many other accomplishments, she has served on the State of Georgia’s Electronic Child Support Worksheet Task Force, held leadership roles with the State Bar of Georgia’s Family Law Section Executive Committee and the Charles Longstreet Weltner Family Law Inn of Court, and chaired the State Bar of Georgia’s Young Lawyers Division Family Law Committee. She also frequently contributes to The Huffington Post.

Steve Berry to Deliver 2013 Commencement Keynote Address

Steve Berry ('80), New York Times bestselling author , will deliver the keynote address at the 2013 Commencement ceremony of Mercer University’s Walter F. George School of Law on Saturday, May 11, at 10 a.m. in Hawkins Arena at the University Center.

Berry is the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of eight Cotton Malone adventures, four stand alone thrillers, and four e-book original short stories. His books have been translated into 40 languages with more than 15 million printed copies in 51 countries. They consistently appear in the top echelon of The New York Times, USA Today, Indie and international bestseller lists.

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.

 
 
 
 

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