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UGA LAW FRATERNITY BRINGS HOME MULTIPLE AWARDS FROM INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE

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Thursday, September 28, 2000

WRITER: Jenny Bogan, (706) 542-5172

CONTACT: Kathy R. Pharr, (706) 542-5172, pharr@arches.uga.edu

UGA LAW FRATERNITY BRINGS HOME MULTIPLE AWARDS FROM INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE

ATHENS, Ga. - The University of Georgia School of Law's A.H. Stephens chapter of Phi Alpha Delta (PAD) received four major awards at the group's 53rd Biennial Convention in Miami, Florida. Phi Alpha Delta is a service fraternity whose international motto is "Service to the Students, the School, the Profession and the Community."

"PAD is a great blend of leadership, nurturing support for all students really, but primarily first-year students; community outreach through law-related education and service projects; professional exposure, either through alumni contacts or through our trips to the Georgia Supreme Court and the Georgia Legislature; and perhaps most importantly, social functions that keep students grounded during the year," said Ryan Reavis, current justice of Phi Alpha Delta.

The UGA chapter captured two second-place awards for the overall chapter and two first-place individual awards: second place in the Professional Program of the Year category and in the Law-Related Education (LRE) Chapter of the Year category; LRE Coordinator of the Year to third-year student Kelly Miller, last year's LRE coordinator; and the Phi Alpha Delta Outstanding Service Scholarship to third-year student Michele Harris, last year's PAD justice.

The law-related education award was presented in recognition of Phi Alpha Delta's active program in the local Athens-Clarke County schools, through which law student volunteers visit elementary, middle and high school classrooms to talk about the law and judicial system. The professional program award was presented for PAD's collaboration with the School of Law's Legal Career Services Office to produce a seminar for law students to help define their career interests. The students took an on-line Keirsey Sorter character test to identify attributes and fields that they might not otherwise have considered; their responses were analyzed at the seminar. Those who could not attend the seminar could still take the test on-line and receive interpretative information from the Web site.

"I think one of the goals of the past year was to combine efforts so we could get more accomplished around the school, and I think that went well for the fraternity and for the other organizations as well," said Harris.

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