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Georgia Law announces inaugural holders of its Carl E. Sanders Scholarships

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Georgia Law announces inaugural holders of its Carl E. Sanders Scholarships

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Writer: Kelly Tran, 706/542-5172, lawprstu@uga.edu Contact: Heidi Murphy, 706/583-5487, hmurphy@uga.edu

UGA law school announces inaugural holders of its Carl E. Sanders Scholarships

Athens, Ga. – The University of Georgia School of Law is pleased to announce the inaugural holders of its Carl E. Sanders Scholarships. Late last year, the law school received a $3.4 million gift from the estate of former Georgia Gov. Carl E. Sanders, and approximately $2.4 million was used to create a scholarship fund for law students.

The inaugural Sanders Scholars are a mixture of first- and second-year law students hailing from throughout the state of Georgia and beyond. The following is a list of the 2015-16 Sanders Scholars and some biographical information.

Jackson T. Branch, of Tifton, Georgia, is currently a second-year student at Georgia Law. He graduated from UGA with a bachelor’s degree in economics in 2014. He has interned for Municipal Court Judge Herbert Benson and Superior Court Judge William Reinhardt in Tifton, where he sat in on municipal hearings and interviewed judges about the court system and the criminal process.

Alexander M. Engler, of Washington, Pennsylvania, is currently a second-year student at Georgia Law. He graduated from Penn State University with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering in 2014. He has interned in the Enotah Judicial Circuit in Georgia.

Katherine G. Howard, of Columbus, Georgia, is currently a second-year student at Georgia Law. She graduated cum laude and with honors from UGA with a bachelor’s degree in English in 2005. She has worked for the Orleans Public Defenders in New Orleans, Louisiana, and at the law firm Marsh Ziller in Buffalo, New York.

William M. Kelly, of Fort Madison, Iowa, is currently a second-year student at Georgia Law. He graduated cum laude from the University of Arizona with a bachelor’s degree in computer science in 2014. Notably he has served as an astronomy student programmer for the Large Binocular Telescope Observatory in Tucson, Arizona, where he helped develop a new website and transitioned research data into an online database.

Alec L. Manzer, of Chattanooga, Tennessee, is a second-year student at Georgia Law. He graduated cum laude from the University of Tennessee with a bachelor’s degree in economics in 2014. He has interned for U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Shelley D. Rucker in Chattanooga, where he created bench notes for all court proceedings and wrote memoranda on questions of law.

Jake P. Morris, of Jericho, New York, is currently a first-year student at Georgia Law. He graduated from Emory University with a bachelor’s degree in political science and English in 2012. He has served as a senior advisory consultant for commercial and federal clients at Deloitte in Rosslyn, Virginia, and New York City, where he managed multiple client accounts to assist in recognizing and mitigating lost revenue and collected data to facilitate presentations on noncompliance of contractual obligations.

Andrew F. Newport, of Grayson, Georgia, is currently a first-year student at Georgia Law. He graduated cum laude from The Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in political science in 2015. He previously served as a research assistant at Emory University Hospital.

Amber R. O’Connell, of Tampa, Florida, is currently second-year student at Georgia Law. She graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor’s degree in public relations in 2014. She has served as a summer legal intern for Natural Justice in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, where she researched national natural resource conservation governance plans and tourism tariff taxes.

Steven C. Parker, of New Johnsonville, Tennessee, is currently a first-year student at Georgia Law. He graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville with a bachelor’s degree in Hispanic studies in 2015. He was the recipient of a congressional nomination to the U.S. Naval Academy by Tennessee Rep. John Tanner.

Brian S. Patton, of Jefferson City, Tennessee, is currently a first-year student at Georgia Law. He graduated magna cum laude from UGA with a bachelor’s degree in political science in 2012 and from the University of Virginia with a Master of Science in 2013. Previously he studied abroad in Latin America, Australia, Italy and England.

Alyssa A. Pickett, of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, is currently a second-year student at Georgia Law. She earned a bachelor’s degree in history in 2012 and a bachelor’s degree with honors in political science in 2014, both from the University of Southern Mississippi. Notably she has interned for Amnesty International and the Slovakian Humanitarian Council in Bratislava, Slovakia, where she researched Slovakian law on refugees and asylum seekers.

Audrey L. Rogers, of Marietta, Georgia, is currently a second-year student at Georgia Law. She graduated from UGA with a bachelor’s degree in finance and French in 2014. She has worked as a summer associate for Davis, Pickren, Seydel & Sneed in Atlanta, where she researched and prepared legal memoranda on various legal issues.

Charles G. Spalding Jr., of St. Simons Island, Georgia, is currently a second-year student at Georgia Law. He graduated magna cum laude with high honors from UGA with a bachelor’s degree in history in 2013. He has served as a legal intern for AFLAC in Columbus, Georgia, where he assisted a team of in-house corporate attorneys in matters concerning corporate transactions, internal operations and compliance.

Anna C. Stangle, of Athens, Georgia, is currently a second-year student at Georgia Law. She graduated from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill with a bachelor’s degree in political science in 2010. She has interned for the DeKalb County Public Defender’s Office in Decatur, Georgia, where she interviewed clients and witnesses and assisted her supervising attorney in preparing for trial.

M. McCall Trammell, of Forsyth, Georgia, is currently a second-year student at Georgia Law. She graduated cum laude from UGA with a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 2014. She has interned for the Jefferson County Public Defender’s Office in Birmingham, Alabama, where she conducted jail interviews and researched state precedent and law for pending cases.

Paul A. Wildes, of Danielsville, Georgia, is currently a second-year student at Georgia Law. He graduated from UGA with a bachelor’s degree in environmental economics and management in 2014. He has served as a judicial intern for U.S. Magistrate Judge J. Clay Fuller in Gainesville, Georgia, where he assisted in drafting orders, reports and recommendations for Motions for Summary Judgment and Motions to Dismiss.

Sanders, who earned his law degree from UGA in 1948, is the law school’s greatest individual benefactor. Known as “Georgia’s Education Governor,” Sanders was responsible for the investment of more than $2 billion in educational and training program s, including more than $552 million spent on the state’s public colleges and universities. Expenditures for buildings in the University System of Georgia topped $176.5 million during his term. Notably, he was instrumental in the provision of state funds to expand the law school’s facilities, including a new building for its Alexander Campbell King Law Library plus an additional $1 million to purchase books for the unit.

During his lifetime, Sanders supported the law school with several significant personal gifts that established the Carl Sanders Law Library Fund and the Sanders Chair in Political Leadership. He also donated his gubernatorial papers, some personal photographs and other memorabilia to its law library. He served as president of the law school’s alumni association and on the school’s Board of Visitors in addition to heading the fundraising campaign to build Dean Rusk Hall. He also served as a trustee of the University of Georgia Foundation and as president of the UGA Alumni Association. In recognition of these efforts, he was presented with the school’s Distinguished Service Scroll Award in 1967 and the main reading room of the law library was named in his honor in 2003.

UGA School of Law Consistently regarded as one of the nation’s top public law schools, Georgia Law was established in 1859. Its accomplished faculty includes authors of some of the country’s leading legal scholarship. The school offers three degrees – the Juris Doctor, the Master of Laws and the Master in the Study of Law – and is home to the Dean Rusk International Law Center. Georgia Law is proud of its long tradition of providing first-rate legal training for future leaders who will serve state and nation in both the public and private sectors. For more information, see www.law.uga.edu.

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