Friday, August 16, 2002

WRITER: Heidi Murphy, 706/542-5172, hmurphy@uga.edu CONTACT: David Shipley, 706/542-7140, shipley@uga.edu


ATHENS, Ga. - The University of Georgia School of Law has appointed Daniel M. Bodansky to fill its prestigious Emily and Ernest Woodruff Chair in International Law. In addition, the school's faculty will be enhanced by a new assistant professor, a visiting professor and two legal research and writing instructors.

School of Law Dean David E. Shipley said the law school is delighted to be adding such a talented corps of teachers and scholars to the school's faculty. "Filling the Woodruff Chair with someone of Bodansky's caliber is a feather in our cap. The school's international program will be greatly enhanced by his presence," he said.

Bodansky, who is internationally recognized as the premier authority on global climate control, will teach public international law, international environmental law, and foreign affairs and the Constitution. Most recently from the University of Washington, he has served as climate control change coordinator and attorney-advisor for the U.S. Department of State. Bodansky has also been a consultant to the United Nations in the areas of climate change and trade and development.

Bodansky's scholarship includes over 21 publications, four book reviews and 24 papers and presentations. He received his Juris Doctor from Yale University in 1984, his master's from Cambridge University in 1981 and his bachelor's from Harvard University in 1979.

The first and last permanent holder of the Woodruff Chair was Louis B. Sohn, who retired in 1993. The chair was created by Emily and Ernest Woodruff to attract to the faculty of the Dean Rusk Center - - International, Comparative and Graduate Legal Studies scholars and statesmen of international rank who can carry on the significant work of the late Dean Rusk.

Lonnie T. Brown Jr. will assume the position of assistant professor teaching civil procedure and legal profession. He previously taught at the universities of Illinois, Vanderbilt and Emory. He practiced law as a partner at Alston & Bird LLP in Atlanta and was a law clerk for Judge William C. O'Kelley of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.

Brown received his Juris Doctor from Vanderbilt in 1989, his bachelor's degree from Emory in 1986 and studied at Oxford University during the summer of 1985. "Lonnie Brown is a fine teacher and first-rate scholar," Shipley said. "We are pleased we were able to lure him away from Illinois to become a part of our faculty."

Also joining the faculty at the law school is assistant professor Kristen D.A. Carpenter. Visiting from Stetson University, Carpenter will teach courses in contracts, evidence and jurisprudence. She formerly practiced with Alston & Bird LLP and Altman, Kritzer & Levick, P.C., in Atlanta.

Carpenter earned a Master of Laws from Yale University in 2000, a Juris Doctor from Emory University in 1995 and a bachelor's degree from Rice University in 1992. Shipley said Carpenter will enhance the school's offerings in the areas of contracts and evidence. "She will bring a fresh perspective to these areas of law for our students."

The final additions to the law school's teaching corps for 2002-03 are Pennie Peck and Travis M. Trimble. Both will serve as legal research and writing instructors.

Peck was an associate with Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker, LLP, in Atlanta, and Baker Botts, L.L.P., and Jackson Walker, L.L.P., both in Dallas, Tex. She earned her Juris Doctor and Master of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University. Peck's undergraduate degree is from Texas A&M University.

Trimble served as an attorney at Anderson, Walker & Reichert in Macon prior to joining the School of Law. He obtained his Juris Doctor from UGA, his master's from the University of North Carolina and his bachelor's from Mercer University. "Pennie and Travis will be strong legal research and writing instructors. They will help our first-year students develop the critical writing skills they will need for success in their future legal careers," Shipley said. ##