Inside the Legal Profession

For many years, James Lipton interviewed veteran actors and directors on his television program, "Inside the Actor's Studio." He did so in front of live audiences of students, who learned from and had the opportunity to interact with his distinguished guests.

In that spirit, and in that format, Mercer Law School requires all first-year students to attend programs that constitute its "Inside the Legal Profession" series.  These programs, which began in 2009, consist of hour-long interviews with distinguished members of the bench and bar.  Professor Longan interviews the guest for approximately 45 minutes, after which the students have about 15 minutes to ask questions. The students hear directly from lawyers in diverse practice areas and from judges on different kinds of courts. 

In 2014, Mercer Law School received the E. Smythe Gambrell Professionalism Award from the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Professionalism and the E. Smythe Gambrell Fund for Professionalism in recognition of "outstanding achievement in the design and implementation of a model professionalism program" for "Inside the Legal Profession."


In 2021, the interviews all took place via Zoom. Our guests were:



Tomieka Daniel, Managing Attorney, Macon office of Georgia Legal Services


Professor James Fleissner, Mercer University School of Law and former Assistant United States Attorney and Deputy Special Counsel


The Honorable William S. Duffey, Jr., United States District Judge (ret.), Northern District of Georgia


Robert Wilder, Regional Counsel (ret.), Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, United States Department of Justice


Carole Collier, The Cherry Law Firm, Marietta, Georgia


Doc Schneider, King & Spalding, Atlanta, Georgia


Michael Mayo, Mayo Hill Law Firm, Macon, Georgia


Jill Edmondson, Workplace Ethics and Concerns Manager, Georgia Power, Atlanta, Georgia


J. Henry Walker IV, Chair and Chief Executive Officer, Kilpatrick, Townsend & Stockton, Atlanta, Georgia


Bert Hummel, Lewis Brisbois,  Atlanta, Georgia


Capt. Fabiani Duarte and Maj. Justin Rossi, Special Victims’ Counsel, United States Air Force JAG Corps, Ramstein Air Base, Germany


The Honorable Amanda Heath, Juvenile Court Judge, Augusta, Georgia


Bryan Babcock, Attorney-Advisor, Estate & Gift/Excise Tax, United States Internal Revenue Service, Atlanta, Georgia


Tiffany Watkins, Wargo French, Atlanta, Georgia


Here are links to some of the interviews from the series in earlier years: