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Mercer Law Welcomes Class of 2015 and Inaugural LLM Class

One hundred thirty students representing 55 undergraduate institutions, 36 undergraduate majors and an array of professional backgrounds have joined Mercer Law School as the Class of 2015. First year students spent three days in orientation and one full week in an Intro to the Study of Law class to help prepare for their next three years in Law School.

Trent Brown, ’99, appointed as new judge for Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal appointed Judge Enis Trenton “Trent” Brown III, ’99, as the next Macon Judicial Circuit judge. Brown currently serves as the judge of Putnam County State Court.  Brown was appointed to fill a Superior Court judgeship created by the resignation of Judge John Lee Parrot. Georgia’s Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit encompasses Baldwin, Greene, Hancock, Jasper, Jones, Morgan, Putnam, and Wilkinson counties.
 

Jessica Moss, ’84, appointed as new Solicitor-General for Cherokee County

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal recently tapped Jessica Moss, ’84, to be the new Solicitor General in Cherokee County. Moss currently serves as the Chief Assistant Solicitor General for Cobb County. Moss will replace Mercer Law Alumnus David Cannon Jr., ’95, who resigned the post and was elected July 31 to the Blue Ridge Circuit Superior Court.
 

Faculty Scholarship and Activities Reported in July 2012

Professor Emeritus Joseph E. Claxton made a presentation with Macon Attorney Jonathan Alderman titled, “Estate Planning for Families with a Person with a Mental Disability” on April 14 at Developmental Disabilities Ministries, Inc. in Norcross, Georgia.

Professor Jim Fleissner made a two-hour presentation, titled “The New Georgia Evidence Code,” to more than 100 Georgia Juvenile Court judges on May 15 at Jekyll Island. The program, sponsored by the Institute of Continuing Judicial Education of Georgia, was to help prepare the judges for 2013, when Georgia’s revamped evidence rules based on the Federal Rules of Evidence, go into effect. At this year’s graduation ceremony, Fleissner was named the 2012 recipient of the Reynold J. Kosek Jr. Excellence in Teaching Award, presented annually to a member of the faculty by a vote of the graduating class.

Associate Professor David Ritchie was a visiting fellow in the Department of Politics at Oxford University for the Trinity Term (April – June). He has been made a research associate at the Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict (ELAC) at Oxford. He delivered and discussed a paper, titled “The Kill Lists,” to the War Workshop, convened by ELAC at Merton College, Oxford, on June 5. Ritchie has also been made a member of the international jury of PLURAL+, a joint initiative between the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations and the International Organization for Migration. PLURAL+ is a youth-produced video festival that encourages young people to explore migration, diversity and social inclusion, and to share their creative vision with the world. On June 21, Ritchie delivered a paper, titled “Elements of the Pacifist Conscience,” at the 12th International Law and Ethics Conference “Pacifism: Still the Issue” in Belgrade, Serbia.

Associate Professor Karen J. Sneddon was elected to be a member of the Legal Writing Institute Journal Editorial Board for a term from 2012-2016. Her article, titled “The Will as Personal Narrative,” will be published in 20 Elder Law Journal at the University of Illinois College of Law (forthcoming fall 2012). On June 1, Sneddon presented at the Biennial Conference of the Legal Writing Institute a presentation titled “Do Now’s: 25 Invigorating Warm Up Exercises.”
 

Greer Aiken, ’10, Named as New Director of Development

The Law School today welcomed Greer Aiken as the newest member of its senior staff. Aiken will serve as the Law School’s Director of Development. A 2010 cum laude graduate of the Law School, he comes to his new position after two years as an associate with the Macon law firm of James-Bates-Brannan-Groover-LLP. In announcing the appointment, Dean Simson praised Aiken as “an exceptionally able and personable individual, who has compiled an enviable record of success in college, law school, and practice.” Dean Simson added that “with Greer and our still relatively new Director of Alumni Affairs and Associate Director of Development, Leslie Cadle, we have an advancement team that will prove a major asset for the Law School and enable us to reach new heights.”

 
 
 
 

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Mercer Law School’s Habeas Project is the only program in Georgia to handle non-capital, post-conviction cases on a strictly pro bono basis.