Conference to focus on legal and political issues facing Georgia


Writer: Lona Panter, 706/542-5172, lonap@uga.edu Contact: Courtney Broussard, 404/791-5911, clbrou@uga.edu

Athens, Ga. – The University of Georgia School of Law will host the Fourth Annual Georgia Association of Law & Politics Symposium Oct. 17 from 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Larry Walker Room of Dean Rusk Hall. Seating is limited. Preregistration is encouraged before Oct. 14.

Through three panel sessions, this year’s conference will focus on the impact of changes to the election dates for the upcoming November election, the potential privatization of the state’s probation system and the growth of cityhood initiatives in communities throughout Georgia.

Additionally, GreenLaw Executive Director and 1992 Georgia Law alumna Stephanie Stuckey Benfield will deliver the 12:35 p.m. keynote address, where she will talk about her experiences and the interconnectedness of law and politics.

“Those in the legal and political arenas are highly influential to the future landscape of our state and nation,” said Courtney Broussard, third-year law student and Georgia Association of Law & Politics president. “This symposium will provide law students, attorneys and community members with a look at some of the legislative and judicial issues we face.”

Other conference participants will include: Georgia Secretary of State Brian P. Kemp, state Sen. Jesse C. Stone (J.D.’81), state Rep. Michael E. “Mike” Jacobs (J.D.’91) and Senior Attorney for the Southern Center for Human Rights Sarah E. Geraghty, among other practitioners and academics.

The conference is free for UGA students, faculty and staff. There is a $10 charge for all other participants attending the keynote lunch. Continuing legal education credits are available to State Bar of Georgia members for a fee. For more information and to register, please visit https://estore.uga.edu/C21653_ustores/web/store_main.jsp?STOREID=152.

UGA School of Law Consistently regarded as one of the nation's top public law schools, the UGA School of Law was established in 1859. With an accomplished faculty, which includes authors of some of the country's leading legal scholarship, Georgia Law offers three degrees – the Juris Doctor, the Master of Laws and the Master in the Study of Law – and is home to the renowned Dean Rusk Center for International Law and Policy. Its advocacy program is counted among the nation’s best, winning four national championships in 2013-14 alone. Georgia Law counts six U.S. Supreme Court judicial clerks in the past nine years among its distinguished alumni body of approximately 10,000. For more information, see www.law.uga.edu.