UGA School of Law's Beth Kirch wins national service award


Friday, February 3, 2006

WRITER: Heidi Murphy, 706/542-5172, hmurphy@uga.edu CONTACT: Beth Kirch, 706/542-5156, kirch@uga.edu

UGA School of Law's Beth Kirch wins national service award

ATHENS, Ga. – The Association of American Law Schools has named Beth Shackleford Kirch, the director of legal career services at the University of Georgia School of Law, as the 2006 recipient of the Kutulakis Student Services Award. Presented annually, this national award recognizes the outstanding contribution of an institution, administrator or law professor in the provision of service to students as exemplified by the late Peter N. Kutulakis of Dickinson Law School.

In support of Kirch’s nomination, current third-year student Palma E. Pustilnik wrote, “She is a dedicated volunteer, an enthusiastic supporter of public service at the university and in the community at large, and a warm and caring administrator whose door is always open. Beth is one of those very rare people who works tirelessly to help bring out the best in people and makes it look effortless.”

Georgia Law colleague Tony E. Waller said, “Her willingness to go to bat for student organizations with firms and lawyers is born out of her belief that law students, who learn the value of service in law school, will be lawyers who value service when they practice.”

Kirch has over 20 years of legal career planning and recruiting experience. She joined the Georgia Law staff in 1995 after working in the legal career services offices at Georgia State University and Emory University. She also served as the recruiting coordinator at Neely & Player for three years and worked in the law library at Hurt, Richardson, Garner, Todd & Cadenhead.

The award was presented at the AALS’ Washington, D.C., meeting last month.