This fall, we welcomed an outstanding group of professors to our already strong faculty. Joining us in endowed positions are former U.S. Deputy Attorney General and former PepsiCo senior executive Larry D. Thompson, who is serving as the Sibley Professor in Corporate and Business Law, and international law scholar Diane Marie Amann, from the University of California at Davis, who is serving as the Woodruff Chair in International Law. Lateral level hires include Joseph S. Miller from the Lewis & Clark Law School, who teaches and writes in the area of intellectual property law; health law and torts professor Elizabeth Weeks Leonard from the University of Kansas; and mass torts specialist Elizabeth Chamblee Burch from Florida State University. Additionally, former Harvard Law Climenko Fellow and Lecturer Jaime L. Dodge comes to Georgia Law as an assistant professor.

Moreover, nine Georgia Law faculty members now have new titles. Dan T. Coenen is our Associate Dean for Faculty Development and will work with our faculty, especially our junior professors, to expand and promote scholarly activities at UGA. Walter Hellerstein now has the title of Distinguished Research Professor, which is a university-wide designation recognizing original and influential scholarship. Peter A. Appel and Randy Beck have been appointed to newly established endowed positions – the Smith Professorship and the Marshall Chair of Constitutional Law, respectively. Lori A. Ringhand and Peter B. “Bo” Rutledge have been elevated to the rank of full professor. And, Fazal Khan and Sonja R. West have been named associate professors with tenure, while Harlan G. Cohen was promoted to associate professor.

Georgia Law also began renovating its buildings to provide a more modern and dynamic complex designed to enhance the academic atmosphere for both the learning and the study of law. These physical changes, coupled with our enriched corps of dedicated scholars and teachers, will give Georgia Law a tremendous position of strength from which to continue moving forward.

I encourage you to spend a few more moments with this publication to learn why the University of Georgia School of Law is one of the finest law schools in the nation.

Rebecca H. White
Dean and J. Alton Hosch Professor of Law