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Henry Walker, ’86, Elected Firm Chair

Henry Walker, ’86, has been elected the Firm Chair of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, LLP. He joined the firm as a summer associate in 1986 and became a partner in 1994. After serving as in-house counsel for Bellsouth for eleven years, he rejoined Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton in 2007. Walker has been the firm’s managing partner since 2012 and his legal practice is focused on complex litigation matters. Among his many awards and honors, he is listed in The Best Lawyers in America, has been named a Georgia Super Lawyer, and serves on the Georgia Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and the Georgia Chamber’s Law and Judiciary Committee, where he is vice president.

Hugh Thompson, ’69, Becomes Georgia Chief Justice

Hugh Thompson, ’69, was elected unanimously by his colleagues to serve a four-year term as the Georgia Supreme Court’s next chief justice. Chief Justice Thompson was sworn in on Aug. 15, 2013 as the 30th Chief Justice of the state’s highest court. His duties include presiding over the court’s arguments and administrating court meetings. Former Governor Zell Miller appointed Thompson to the Supreme Court in 1994 and performed Thompson’s swearing in ceremony inside the House chambers at the state Capitol.

Robert M. Lewis Jr., ’96, Receives Exceptional Achievement Award

Robert M. Lewis Jr., ’96, received the Secretary of Labor’s Exceptional Achievement Award from the U.S. Department of Labor in July 2013. Additional awards he has received throughout this year include the Commitment to Equality Award from the State Bar of Georgia, and the Distinguished Service Award from the Atlanta Bar Association. He was also appointed to the boards of the Multi-Bar Legal Association, the State Bar of Georgia’s Committee to Promote Inclusion in the Profession, and the Executive Committee of the Atlanta Bar Association’s Board of Directors.

Boone Smith IV, '07, Named Partner

Boone Smith IV, '07, is now a partner at Smith, Hawkins, Hollingsworth & Reeves LLP in Macon, Georgia. He specializes in the areas of estate planning, estate and corporate taxation, business transactions, tax exempt organizations and income tax conflicts.

Third Annual Brainerd Currie Lecture

On Tuesday, Oct. 1, the Third Annual Brainerd Currie Lecture -- named after the legendary conflict of laws scholar who graduated from Mercer Law School and began his teaching career here -- will be delivered by Professor Kermit Roosevelt of the University of Pennsylvania School of Law. The lecture will take place at noon in the moot courtroom of the Law School. The lecture has been approved for 1 CLE credit hour. Attorneys may register on-site the day of the lecture. The registration fee is $5.

Professor Roosevelt is co-author of the latest edition of a conflict of laws casebook that began years ago as a casebook by Brainerd Currie's son David, a longtime professor at the University of Chicago. Professor Roosevelt is a 1997 graduate of Yale Law School and clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter. He is the author of "Conflict of Laws: Concepts and Insights" (Foundation Press 2010) and various articles in the field.


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Mercer Law School’s Woodruff Curriculum won that ABA’s Gambrell Professionalism Award for its “depth of excellence.”