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Spring 2014 Alumni Magazine

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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.

Michael Eric Hooper, '09, Selected as Trust & Estates Fellow

Michael Eric Hooper, '09, an attorney with the law firm of Moore, Clarke, DuVall & Rodgers, P.C., was recently selected as a Trust and Estates Fellow by the Real Property, Trust and Estates Section of the American Bar Association. Hooper was one of four Trust and Estates Fellows selected from young attorneys nationwide. As a Fellow, Hooper will become involved in the substantive work of the Real Property, Trust and Estates Section. Hooper is an associate attorney in the Albany office of the law firm and practices in the areas of taxation, estate planning, and corporate law. Hooper also serves as an adjunct professor of law at the Walter F. George School of Law of Mercer University. He received a B.S. from the United States Military Academy in 2000 and a LL.M. in taxation from the Levin College of Law at the University of Florida in 2010.


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