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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.”

26 Mercer Law Students Receive Stipends for Summer Internships

Twenty-six students at Mercer University School of Law will receive stipends for working in governmental or nonprofit law offices this summer. The stipends, which total $102,000, are funded by a combination of endowment income, expendable gifts made for this purpose, and a grant from the Georgia Public Defender Standards Council. The law school’s Public Interest Committee selected the recipients out of dozens of applicants.

 

Mercer Alumna Theresa Critchfield, LAW ’05, BBA ’02, joins Husch Blackwell

Husch Blackwell LLP recently welcomed Theresa L. Critchfield to the firm’s Chattanooga, Tenn., office as an Associate, where she will focus her practice in the area of Insolvency.

Critchfield received both her undergraduate and law degree from Mercer University and served as a Mercer Ambassador. She currently serves as a member of the Walter F. George School of Law Alumni Association Board of Directors.

Alumnus Henry Walker,’86, Named Managing Partner of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton announced June 6, 2012 that Henry Walker, ’86, will serve as a firm Managing Partner with current firm Managing Partner Maureen Sheehy beginning July 1, 2012.

A native Georgian, Walker is active in the State Bar of Georgia, currently serving on the Board of Governors and numerous committees. He is a member of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and serves as the Vice Chair of the Georgia Chamber's Law and Judiciary Committee.

 

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Both the Governor of Georgia and the Chief Justice of the Georgia Supreme Court are alumni of Mercer Law School.