Thursday, August 10, 2000

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

CONTACT: Dean David Shipley, (706) 542-7140


ATHENS, Ga. - The University of Georgia School of Law has strengthened and diversified its faculty through the hiring of a finance/bankruptcy professor, a director for the law school's advocacy program, and a sixth legal research and writing instructor. In addition, a visiting professor will offer new international law courses to second- and third-year students over the course of the academic year, and a second visitor will offer criminal law courses during the fall.

Lorie Johnson joins the faculty as an assistant professor, teaching in the areas of bankruptcy, corporate reorganization and corporate finance. Johnson, who recently completed a doctorate in finance-business administration from the University of Utah, previously worked as a management consultant and econometric forecaster. While at Wharton Econometrics, she had the opportunity to work on a statistical model of the U.S. economy and to interact with Dr. Lawrence Klein, who later received a Nobel Prize for his work in the area.

Johnson earned her law degree magna cum laude from Brigham Young University, where she finished in the top five percent of her class, was a member of the Order of the Coif and served on the Brigham Young University Law Review. She earned a bachelor's degree in economics summa cum laude from BYU, finishing in the top one percent of her class.

"We are delighted to welcome Lorie Johnson to the faculty," said David Shipley, dean of the UGA law school. "She will be a fine teacher and first-rate scholar, plus her research interests will add a new dimension to the variety of projects being considered by this productive faculty."

Kellie R. Casey joins the law school as director of advocacy and will assume supervision of both the law school's renowned moot court and mock trial programs. Casey practiced as a trial lawyer for more than eight years, first with the Atlanta law firm of Freeman & Hawkins and then in private practice with Casey & Rowsey, P.C., also in Atlanta. She spent the last two years as director of attorney recruiting for Special Counsel, helping many lawyers find employment primarily in the Atlanta area.

Casey earned her law degree from the University of Georgia School of Law in 1990 and is an accomplished veteran of the law school's moot court program, winning several individual oralist honors and competing as a member of the prestigious National Moot Court Team. Casey also earned her bachelor's degree in criminal justice from UGA.

"We are excited about the opportunity to bring Kellie Casey back to Athens," said Dean Shipley. "She has been an active supporter of our moot court program as an alumna and is well familiar with the long hours and intense dedication required to maintain a nationally superior program of advocacy. I'm confident Kellie's leadership will guide our outstanding program to new heights."

Kizmet (Kiz) S. Adams returns to the law school as a legal research and writing instructor, a position she held previously from 1991 to 1993. More recently, Adams has assisted with law admissions recruiting and coordinated the law school's academic support programs. For the past seven years, she has offered informative workshops for first-year students on such topics as study habits, time management, case outlining and writing. She has also worked as an administrative management specialist at the Environmental Protection Agency, as a congressional press assistant, and as a district director for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Adams earned both her law degree and journalism degree with cum laude honors from the University of Georgia.

"Kiz has been a wonderful asset to the law school for nearly a decade, and we are pleased that she has decided to continue with us as a legal research and writing instructor," said Dean Shipley. "She is an outstanding teacher who is devoted to her students and is respected by all members of the law school community."

Daniel Chee King Chow joins the law school for the 2000-01 academic year as a visiting professor teaching property and various aspects of international law. Chow is a professor of law at Ohio State University. He has recently taken a leave of absence from Ohio State in order to serve as in-house legal counsel for Proctor & Gamble in China and to coordinate two exchanges with the People's Republic of China for the U.S. Department of State: a judicial and legal ethics exchange initiative and an intellectual property enforcement exchange initiative.

Chow earned his law degree from Yale Law School and his undergraduate degree summa cum laude from Yale University. He then clerked for Chief Judge Constance Baker Motley of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

"Dan Chow brings a wealth of expertise, particularly in regard to his native China and the Far East," said Dean David Shipley. "He is a highly productive, engaged scholar and will enhance our strong international offerings at the law school."

Ellen S. Podgor will teach a section of the law school's first-year criminal course and international criminal law during fall semester as a visiting professor. Podgor, currently a professor at Georgia State University College of Law, has also been a visiting scholar at Yale Law School, and has been a professor at Temple University School of Law and St. Thomas University School of Law.

Podgor earned her bachelor's degree magna cum laude from Syracuse University, a law degree from Indiana University School of Law, a master's degree in business administration from the University of Chicago, and a master of laws degree from Temple University School of Law. She has also worked as a prosecutor and as an attorney in private practice.

"Ellen Podgor's excellence in teaching and scholarship is highly regarded in legal education," said Dean Shipley. "She has written a well regarded book on white collar crime and has published articles on many other facets of criminal law. Our students - and our faculty - will benefit greatly from the time she and Dan Chow will spend with us."