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Spring 2014 Alumni Magazine

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Victoria Darrisaw, ’93, elected State Court Judge of Dougherty County

Victoria Darrisaw, ’93, was elected as the State Court Judge of Dougherty County on July 31, 2012. Darrisaw was appointed to serve as aMagistrate for Dougherty County in 2009. Before that appointment, she worked as an assistant district attorney in the Dougherty and South Georgia Judicial Circuits. Earlier in her career, she served as a judicial law clerk for U.S. District Court Judge W. Louis Sands, ‘74 and Superior Court Judge Tommy Day Wilcox, ‘73.

Nathan Lee, ’83, appointed Circuit Court Judge

Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell announced the appointment of Nathan Lee, ‘83, to Virginia’s Sixth Circuit Court Bench on Sep. 6, 2012. According to Article VI, Section 7 of the Constitution of Virginia, Lee will "serve until thirty days after the commencement of the next session of the General Assembly." Continued service on the Circuit Court will require election by the General Assembly.

Lee, a native of Hopewell, Va., has practiced law in Virginia for 29 years. He started his legal career with a small firm and has run a private practice for the last 18 years. He has served as a substitute judge for the last 20 months.

Maria Odom, ’97, appointed Department of Homeland Security CIS Ombudsman

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced on Sep. 14, the appointment of Maria Odom, ’97, as Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) Ombudsman. Starting Monday, Sep. 24, Odom will head the Department of Homeland Security’s Ombudsman’s Office and recommend methods for the CIS to improve immigration services. Odom says she is “eager and ready to serve in this role and very honored to represent Mercer University School of Law.”

Mercer Law Review Symposium 2012

The 2012 Mercer Law Review Symposium on Friday, Oct. 5 will focus on “Defining and Enforcing the Federal Prosecutor's Duty to Disclose Exculpatory Evidence” as part of the 13th Annual Georgia Symposium On Ethics And Professionalism. The symposium will feature internationally renowned scholars and will take place in the moot courtroom of Mercer Law School from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. It is free and open to the public. For available CLE information, contact Nancy Terrill at terrill_n@mercer.edu or (478) 301-2204.


Frank C. Jones ('50) Dies at 87

Distinguished Mercer University alumnus, trustee and respected attorney Frank C. Jones died Aug. 29 in Macon at the age of 87. Serving his first term on the Mercer Board of Trustees at the time of his death, Jones was a 1950 graduate of the Walter F. George School of Law, coming to Mercer after earning his bachelor’s degree at Emory University in 1947. He served as editor in chief of the Mercer Law Review.



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