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September 27, 2017
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September 19, 2017
On Tuesday, Oct. 3 at 9:30 a.m. the Court of Appeals of the State of Georgia will hear oral arguments in the first-floor moot courtroom at Mercer Law School. The annual visit will provide an opportunity for students and the local community to observe the Court in action. The panel that will hear cases at the Law School includes Judge M. Yvette Miller, presiding, Judge Sara L. Doyle and Judge Clyde L. Reese. The cases to be heard as part of the Second Division of the Court are listed below
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September 18, 2017
Mercer Law School and the law office of Jennifer Moore will host a free clinic for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) beneficiaries whose current status expires between Sept. 5, 2017, and March 5, 2018, to help these individuals renew their DACA status by the Oct. 5 deadline. The clinic will take place at the Law School, 1021 Georgia Avenue in Macon, this Saturday, Sept. 23, and Sunday, Sept. 24, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. each day.
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August 31, 2017
The 2017 Law Review Symposium to be held on Friday, Oct. 6, will focus on “Disruptive Innovation in Criminal Defense.” It is sponsored by the Law Review, Mercer School of Law, and the Southeast Association of Law Schools. The symposium will take place in the first-floor moot courtroom of Mercer Law School from 9:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. It is free and open to the public.
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August 24, 2017
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August 15, 2017
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May 22, 2017
A double bear and graduate of the Mercer Law Class of 1989, Lisa just celebrated her first year on the bench. Prior to donning her black robes, Lisa was a partner at McCullough Payne & Hann, LLC in Atlanta, Georgia. She lives in North Metro Atlanta with her husband Michael and her daughter Olivia.
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April 26, 2017
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March 31, 2017
Mercer’s Association of Women Law Students (AWLS) hosted its 19th annual Charity Auction and Ball in March and raised more than $10,900 to benefit the Georgia Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. Over the past six years, AWLS has raised more than $82,000 to support local charities.
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March 30, 2017
Mercer Law School has appointed Leslie Street as director of the Furman Smith Law Library and associate professor, effective July 24.
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March 20, 2017
Mercer Law School’s team of third-year students Brian Aplin, Milinda Brown and Justin Sanders won first place in the 29th Annual Ruby R. Vale Interschool Corporate Moot Court Competition, held March 16-19, 2017, at Widener University Delaware Law School.
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March 16, 2017
Young Harris College President and former Georgia Secretary of State Cathy Cox has been appointed dean of Mercer University’s School of Law, effective July 1. She will succeed Daisy Hurst Floyd, who has served as dean since 2014, after serving in the position from 2004 to 2010.
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March 13, 2017
Connie Young Min, Class of 2001, is a former intelligence analyst for the CIA turned television star. After graduating from law school, she worked in private practice for a few years before transitioning into intelligence; an experience she says she wouldn't discount as it was invaluable. As a former CIA analyst, she pinpointed targets and outfoxed threats against U.S. citizens all over the world. Working at the federal, state and local levels of law enforcement, she’s tracked drug traffickers and provided analytical support to undercover enforcement teams. She most recently starred as an Intelligence Analyst on CBS’s hit show Hunted. We talked to Min about her greatest accomplishments, her biggest challenges, and how Mercer Law impacted her career path and what left a lasting impression.
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March 3, 2017
Mercer Law School will host a Law Day Celebration on Friday, March 24. The event will begin at 2:30 p.m. in the first-floor courtroom with a keynote address from noted trial lawyer Andrew “Andy” Haggard, LAW ’67, senior partner of The Haggard Law Firm, P.A., in Florida. The address will be followed by the final round of the first-year Hugh Lawson Moot Court Competition.
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February 16, 2017
Mercer’s Black Law Student Association (BLSA) chapter was honored as the 2017 Regional Medium-Sized Chapter of the Year on Feb. 4 at the Southern Region Black Law Student Association Convention in Atlanta. Mercer BLSA was recognized for its outstanding community service initiatives, academic achievement and professional and social events held during 2016.
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February 10, 2017
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February 7, 2017
Mercer Law School’s client counseling team of third-year student Mandisa Styles and second-year student Lauren Rogers won the ABA Regional Client Counseling Competition held Feb. 4 in Birmingham, Alabama. Styles and Rogers will compete in the ABA National Client Counseling Competition March 17-18 in Norman, Oklahoma.
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February 6, 2017
Jeff Rowe, a third-year law student, recently had his article "Five Years After NFIB: Is Medicaid Expansion Still Feasible?" accepted for publication into the Journal of Health & Life Sciences Law. The article argues that Medicaid expansion as envisioned by the Affordable Care Act has improved access to care, strengthened the financial stability of safety-net health care providers, and reduced rural hospital closures.
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February 2, 2017
During the fall of 2016, Mercer Law Professor Jeremy Kidd co-authored a study to measure the “Scalia-ness” of 21 judges identified as potential nominees by President Donald Trump to replace Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. The study correctly identified federal appeals court Judge Neil Gorsuch as a top candidate based on the “Scalia-ness” index.
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December 19, 2016
Roland Weekley, a third-year law student, recently had his article "Powder Keg: Lack of Standards in Reviewing Second Amendment Cases" accepted for publication into the Albany Government Law Review. His article argues that the Supreme Court's refusal to set a standard of review for Second Amendment cases in District of Columbia v. Heller has led to a circuit split on which level of scrutiny courts should apply in such cases.
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December 12, 2016
Robert Divis, a third-year law student, recently had his article “Paving the Road Less Travelled: Structuring Veterans Disability Compensation to Facilitate Readjustment,” accepted for publication into the Veterans Law Review.
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November 29, 2016
Mercer University School of Law is pleased to announce a new partnership between Navicent Health, Georgia Legal Services and the Law School. MedLaw, an interdisciplinary team composed of legal, social and medical workers, will provide free civil legal services to qualified Navicent Health patients.
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November 17, 2016
After serving 43 years and 9 months in the Toombs Circuit as a prosecutor including 32 years as District Attorney, Dennis Sanders, CLA '69 and LAW '72, will retire at the end of this year. We talked to Sanders about his greatest accomplishments, his biggest challenges, and how Mercer Law impacted his career path. Sanders says, "During my years at Mercer, I found what I had hoped for and expected. I discovered a school with a great reputation for excellence, law professors that were not only challenging, but personable. But perhaps the largest unexpected impact from my law school experience was being part of a student body of so many future leaders. The one shared factor that seemed to be present in all of my classmates was the emphasis on the ethics and duties of our profession."
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November 16, 2016
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September 29, 2016
The 2016 Law Review Symposium on Friday, Oct. 7, will focus on “Educational Interventions to Cultivate Professional Identity in Law Students” as part of the 17th Annual Georgia Symposium on Professionalism and Ethics. The symposium will feature nationally renowned scholars and will take place in the first-floor moot courtroom of Mercer Law School from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. It is free and open to the public.
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September 21, 2016
Rizza Palmares O’Connor, a double bear, graduated with a Bachelor in Business Administration in 2007 and a Juris Doctor degree in 2010. Since then, O’Connor has made her mark at home and in public service. O’Connor served as the Secretary of the Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Georgia from June 2015 to May 2016, and is currently serving as Treasurer. She was sworn in as Chief Magistrate Judge in November 2013, recognized as the first Filipino-American judge in Georgia. She was also the youngest Asian American to serve as a judge.
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September 12, 2016
On Tuesday, Oct. 18 at 9:30 a.m. the Georgia Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments in the first-floor moot courtroom at Mercer Law School. The annual visit will provide an opportunity for students and the local community to observe the Court in action. The panel that will hear cases at the Law School includes Judge Herbert E. Phipps, presiding, Judge Stephen Louis A. Dillard and Judge Nels S.D. Peterson.
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August 22, 2016
On August 15, we welcomed 145 members into the Mercer Law Class of 2019. The entering class consists of 48% women, 22% students of color, and 13 legacies. They came from 54 undergraduate institutions, represent 39 undergraduate majors, and an array of professional backgrounds varying from legal assistants to coaches to journalists. Our new students range in age from 20-49 with an average age of 25. Many of the students have philanthropic, and non-profit backgrounds that include the American Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity, and the American Cancer Society. They have volunteered with mission trips, participated in Special Olympics, and been tutors and college mentors.
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July 13, 2016
Mercer Law School is pleased to announce the creation of the Young Alumni Council as of June 20, 2016. The YAC is led by 2005 graduate Justin B. Connell, who wanted to create a way for young alumni members to help each other and the Law School. The Council is made up of up to 30 members with two representatives from each class graduating in the last 15 years.
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July 12, 2016
While Mercer Law legacies are not unheard of around the Law School, it is remarkable to find seven members from four generations of the same family attend the same Law School. During the Mercer Mingle in Statesboro on May 19, 2016, three members of the Neville family, who proudly carry on this tradition, were present: W. Joe Neville, ’77; Register Municipal Judge Lovett Bennett, Jr., ’83; and Samuel Broucek, ’13.
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June 16, 2016
Tomisha Stanford, a 2016 graduate of Mercer Law School, recently was selected as the individual recipient of the State Bar of Georgia Law School Excellence in Access to Justice Award. Stanford has worked internationally and locally to help increase access to justice through public interest law.
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June 6, 2016
Distinguished Alumnus Robert L. Steed, who served as the University’s seventh Life Trustee and was a tireless champion for Mercer, died at his Buckhead home on June 4.
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May 4, 2016
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May 3, 2016
Mercer On Mission, the University’s unique blend of study abroad and service learning, is set to deploy 181 students and 20 faculty members to 11 sites in South America, Asia and Africa during the months of May through August, its largest contingent ever.
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May 2, 2016
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April 28, 2016
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April 28, 2016
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April 27, 2016
Nearly 2,000 students will graduate in five Mercer University commencements during May in Macon, Atlanta and Savannah. The University will confer bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees, as well as honorary degrees to State Rep. Larry J. (Butch) Parrish and musician Gregg Allman.
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