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Lawyers taught ‘soul of criminal defense’ in institute at Mercer Law School

MACON – About 250 criminal defense lawyers from across the nation will participate in the 26th Annual Trial Practice Institute of the National Criminal Defense College at Mercer’s Walter F. George School of Law. The institute, which started Sunday (June 13) and runs through June 26, is designed to enhance the trial-advocacy skills of criminal defense attorneys who largely represent the poor.

Distinguished legal scholar named Mercer Law School dean

MACON — Mercer University President William D. Underwood today announced the appointment of legal scholar Gary J. Simson, the Joseph C. Hostetler-Baker and Hostetler Professor of Law at Case Western Reserve University, as dean of the Walter F. George School of Law. The appointment is effective July 1. Simson, who was dean of Case Western Reserve’s Law School from 2006 through 2008, served as professor of law for many years at Cornell Law School. From 1997-2004 he was associate dean for faculty development and then associate dean for academic affairs at Cornell. A Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude graduate of Yale College, Simson earned his J.D. from Yale Law School and was an editor of the Yale Law Journal.

28 Mercer Law students receive stipends for 2010 summer internships

Twenty-eight law students at Mercer’s Walter F. George School of Law will be receiving summer stipends for working in a governmental or non-profit law office this summer. The stipends—which total $136,000—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 of the summer stipends amid dozens of applicants.

R. Lanier Anderson, distinguished federal judge, native son to deliver keynote address at Mercer Law School commencement

MACON - The Honorable R. Lanier Anderson of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit is scheduled to deliver the keynote address at the 2010 Commencement ceremony of Mercer University’s Walter F. George School of Law on May 1.


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