An Old Friend’s Tribute to Pat O’Neal

Patricia Beauchamp O'Neal, 83, passed away peacefully surrounded by her beloved gardens on Thursday, March 22, 2012. A memorial service was held at Martha Bowman Memorial United Methodist Church with the Rev. John Horton officiating. Pat was born April 11, 1928 to Fredrick and Constance Beauchamp in Decatur, GA. She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Georgia in 1948 and her Law Degree from Walter F. George School of Law in 1951. After many years spent at home raising her children and creating beautiful gardens, she returned to the work force at the Walter F. George Law Library. After retiring, she began volunteering with Macon Outreach and Meals on Wheels. She was always ready for a few hands of bridge or a good game of Scrabble with her special friends. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Erin O'Neal and is survived by her three grateful children, Hank and June O'Neal, J. B. and Donna O'Neal and Keith and Patricia DeMarcus. She will be greatly missed by her grandchildren, Mary Palmer, Jennifer O'Neal, Keith, Lindsay and Elise DeMarcus; her six great grandchildren; her sister, Myra Collins and numerous nieces and nephews.

Faculty Scholarship Reported in January and February 2012

Assistant Professor Jessica Feinberg was a panelist for a presentation, titled “Out in the Classroom and the Academy,” at the Association of American Law Schools Annual Meeting held in Washington, D.C., in January.

Professor Patrick E. Longan, W. A. Bootle Chair in Ethics and Professionalism, presented “Teaching About Bar Discipline in a Required First-Year Course,” at the National Institute for Teaching Ethics and Professionalism in Palmetto in November.

Associate Professor David Ritchie presented at the Annual Association of American Law Schools Law and Interpretation panel in January. The panel, titled “Law as a Discourse Community,” was conceived of and developed by Professor Ritchie. He was the outgoing chair of the Law and Interpretation section. Carolina Academic Press will publish the presentations from the panel in book form and Professor Ritchie will edit the volume.

Professor Jack L. Sammons presented a paper, titled “Listening to Law,” at the Religious Legal Theory Conference at Pepperdine University in February. He will present a paper titled “The Origin of the Opinion as a Work of Art,” at the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Law, Culture and Humanities in March. His article, “Confronting the Three Apprenticeships,” will be published as part of the book Character, Practical Wisdom, and Professional Formation Across the Disciplines, edited by Professor Mark Jones; Dr. Paul Lewis, associate professor in the College of Liberal Arts, and Dr. Kelly Reffitt, associate professor in the Tift College of Education; and published by Mercer University Press.

Associate Professor Scott Titshaw was quoted in the front-page article “U.S. Demands Proof of Parentage for IVF Babies” in Haaretz, Israel’s leading daily newspaper, as an authority regarding assisted reproductive technology and the transmission of U.S. Citizenship on Feb. 23, 2012.

Mercer Law Remembers Professor Reynold Kosek.

Professor Reynold Joseph Kosek, Jr., age 64, of Ormond Beach, Florida died on Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at his home. He had waged a long and incredibly courageous battle against cancer. The Law School will honor Professor Kosek's memory and celebrate his life with a memorial service on Friday, April 27 at 10:30 a.m. in the Moot Courtroom.

Professor Linda D. Jellum Appointed as Associate Director of the Association of American Law Schools

Mercer Law Professor Linda D. Jellum has been selected as the next Associate Director of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) for an 18-month term beginning January, 2012. The AALS is a membership organization of 172 law schools that serves as the learned society for legal education. It conducts professional development programs and membership reviews, and represents legal education to the federal government as well as other national higher education associations and societies. The position of AALS Associate Director is held by experienced law professors from member schools and rotates every two years.

Faculty Scholarship and Activities Reported in November 2011

Professor Jim Fleissner made a presentation on Nov. 4 analyzing criminal procedure decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court from the October 2010 Term and criminal procedure issues on the Court’s docket during the current term. The program was sponsored by the Mercer Law School, the Macon Bar Association and the Institute of Continuing Legal Education. During the last six months, Fleissner has been working on the design and launch of the Law School’s new Master of Laws degree in federal criminal practice and procedure, which was approved by the University Board of Trustees at its November meeting. The new one-year degree program will enroll students beginning in the Fall 2012 semester.

University Professor of Law and Ethical Formation Daisy Hurst Floyd and Professor and Director of Law and Public Service Program Timothy W. Floyd presented the keynote addresses for two conferences in November. They presented their findings from an empirical study of bar discipline in Georgia and other states in three separate presentations for the conference themes of “What Do We Know About How Bar Discipline Really Works?” “What Should Law Schools Teach About Bar Discipline?” and “How Can Law Schools and Disciplinary Authorities Collaborate in Innovative Ways?” The presentations were made at the fall 2011 Workshop of the National Institute for Teaching Ethics and Professionalism on Nov. 12-13 and the 2011 Burge Conference on Law and Ethics on Nov. 14. Daisy Floyd presented “An Overview of American Legal Education” on Nov. 2 to the Brazilian Judges Educational Conference, a group of Brazilian judges who were hosted by the Mercer Law School as part of an educational trip to Georgia. Her piece, “Foreword: Empirical Professional Ethics Symposium” is forthcoming in the University of St. Thomas Law Journal. Timothy Floyd also spoke at University Worship on Oct. 26 on “Justice, Punishment, and the Death Penalty.” In addition, he has been appointed by the president of the State Bar of Georgia to serve as chair of the State Bar of Georgia’s Access to Justice Committee and Daisy Floyd has been appointed to the Macon Advisory Committee of the Georgia Justice Project.