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Raising the bar on legal education

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The intersection of business and law Businesses have always had corporate counsel to aid the drafting of contracts and the negotiation of deals. Lawyers have always been vital to business. Often today, though, we see lawyers in corporate settings that extend far beyond the traditional role of a general counsel. Instead, they are running the business. In this issue of Emory Lawyer, we talk to them— the lawyer/CEO. Read about the changing way we educate lawyers to run businesses of their own— sometimes beyond the legal profession. Our graduates have found success in technology, finance, and other areas, and they credit their legal education with teaching them the skills they need to thrive. You will find within this magazine several articles about how business and law intersect, for example, in the transactional law and TI:GER programs. We are proud to feature some of the work of Emory Law Professor Urska Velikonja, a preeminent presence in the field of securities law and a motivator for some of the recent changes in how the Securities and Exchange Commission does its business. We also give you a glimpse into how we do business. While we have developed curricula to help interested students get the education they want to thrive in business, we also have to maintain the business that is the law school. This year, we have already welcomed two additions who help us run our business: Phoebe Stevenson and Michele Washington. Stevenson is the associate dean for finance and administration and chief business

officer. Washington is the director of human resources. They are vital to the operations of this institution— operations that we hope to help you better understand in a piece entitled “The business of running a law school: what you know — or don’t — about endowments.” Our first concern, though, is educating lawyers who will be leaders in their chosen fields, and we are proud to hold up the names of some of our most renowned graduates as we demonstrate that we are meeting that goal. In this issue, we feature a standout within the profession in a Q&A with Aloke Chakravarty 97L, the Boston Marathon bombing prosecutor. He shares with us some of his insights from the trial and how Emory Law helped prepare him for the courtroom. Throughout this issue, we hope to illuminate how valuable a legal career is in the 21st century and provide context for how today’s graduates are flourishing in the corporate, finance, and technology arenas as well as excelling as litigators. We feature some of our student accomplishments, both in competitions and the classroom. We hope these stories make you proud. You made a great choice in joining the Emory Law family, and we thank you for your support.

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The prosecutor in the Boston Marathon bombing case reflects on the trial and his time at Emory Law.


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he work of a lawyer is often focused on knowing the inner workings of running a business. Whether it’s serving as in-house counsel or running a law firm, a large number of attorneys today are tasked with understanding the nuances of everything from corporate accounting to entrepreneurial matters. While the doctrine behind the law is still very much a critical part of any legal education, Emory Law’s curriculum is also evolving to better reflect the many realities of being a lawyer in the 21st century.






In expanding the scope of the curriculum, Emory Law is making the transition from the academic world to the legal profession a much smoother process. The need to bring together business and legal education is the driving force. Whether through doctrinal and experiential courses in the traditional JD program or the JD/MBA joint degree program with Emory’s Goizueta Business School or offerings through the Center for Transactional Law and Practice, Emory Law students are finding the business world easier to navigate. Teaching has evolved over the years, further incorporating simulation courses, externships, and live-client clinics to focus on the practical applications of the law. Full-time professors teach a broad range of courses — in legal doctrine, theory, research and writing, and lawyering skills. They also instruct on the finer points of financial and contractual issues critical to what lawyers do.


Professors are supported significantly by active members of the bar, who are tapped as adjunct professors and who provide specialized expertise — including for sophisticated business courses on real estate law, securities regulation, mergers and acquisitions, international trade law, and more. “We are very lucky to be situated in Atlanta, where there is a very skilled and large bar, and we take advantage of the best practitioners in the area,” says Jim Hughes, associate dean for academic affairs and associate professor of law. Skills-focused electives also provide students the chance to explore classes in leadership and project management, as well as self-marketing and the economics of legal practice. Practical experience is a critical component of the law school education, too. Although students who want to participate in externships in a prosecutor’s or public defender’s office, government agency, nonprofit, or judge’s chambers have that opportunity in the JD program, there are also externships that give JD and JD/ MBA students practical business experience working alongside in-house counsel. The law school offers more 4


than 120 placements in the General Externship Program, and about 175 students participate each semester. The goal of broadening the law school’s curriculum and degree programs is to get lawyers better prepared for working in corporate America, dealing with business clients at a large firm, managing increasingly complex cases, being more effective leaders, or figuring out the intricacies of running their own practice, says Robert Ahdieh, vice dean of Emory Law, director of Emory’s Center on Federalism and Intersystemic Governance, and K. H. Gyr professor of private international law. It’s a multifaceted approach, for sure. According to Rebecca Lowe 16B 16L, it’s all about assessing the skills needed to meet the current challenges in business. State and federal statutes and regulations are constantly changing, and law schools are wise to adapt. She says one of the biggest areas of change in business law has been intellectual property law, much of it pushed by the developments in the tech world. Lowe notes, “I see tremendous growth in this area. Over my four years at Emory Law, I have witnessed an expansion in the course Rebecca Lowe 16B 16L offerings related to intellectual property and patents.” Lowe is set to take the bar this summer and work as an associate consultant at ScottMadden, a management consulting firm based in Atlanta. She credits the Center for Transactional Law and Practice, the JD/MBA program, and externships for helping to bridge the gap that could exist between the theoretical and practical. Phil Reese 66C 76B 76L was among the first to receive Emory’s JD/MBA degree, a program that he helped create while he was a graduate student. He likewise sees a benefit in an expansive law school experience with a focus on business law. He notes that with so many young lawyers looking to pursue careers in management, whether at consulting firms, banks, or investment and venture capital firms, or in a variety of other industries, it makes sense to acknowledge the reality. “There’s Phil Reese 66C 76B 76L a large upside potential from working in business,” he says. “I’ve enjoyed working with a broader palette. The grounding in business allows you to go back and forth from practicing law to working in finance.” Reese began his career as a tax attorney for KPMG in Atlanta. He went on to

Growth at the Center for Transactional Law and Practice


he Center for Transactional Law and Practice focuses its efforts on providing law students who want to be deal lawyers, as opposed to litigators, the doctrinal foundation and the experiential training they need to hit the ground running as transactional attorneys when they graduate. The ­mission is resonating with law students, and the demand for the Transactional Law and Skills Certificate offered by the center is quickly growing. The number of students enrolled in the transactional law certificate program has multiplied, necessitating the addition of faculty, classes, and administrative staff. The center’s focus, says Sue Payne, executive director of the center, will remain on innovative and experiential learning, as well as the necessary evolution of the curriculum as it responds to the changing nature of practicing law. The expansion of the center was made possible by a $1 million challenge grant donated by William Carney, Charles Howard Candler Professor of Law Emeritus, and his wife, Jane. Katherine M. Koops, assistant director of the center and adjunct professor of law, says, “Increasing demand requires recruitment and oversight of additional adjuncts, coordination and review of common elements of the transactional curriculum, and increased management and administrative support.” She assumed the newly created role of assistant director in October. Koops has 26 years as a corporate, banking, and securities attorney under her belt, and she most

recently practiced at Taylor English Duma and previously at Bryan Cave (formerly Powell Goldstein). Her professional experience makes Koops the perfect addition to the administration and a good choice to help shepherd the growth of the center, says Payne. “Katherine came right out of law practice, but she’s also been deeply involved in teaching for years —  as an adjunct professor here at Emory but also as a member of the ABA’s busiKatherine M. Koops ness law education committee.” Koops also coaches Emory Law’s transactional law negotiation team, which won the national LawMeets™ negotiation competition on the seller’s side in 2015. This year, the team also was awarded the top title of regional finalist in the LawMeets® New England regional competition and the second-place title of regional semi-finalist in the Southwestern regional competition. In her post as assistant director, Koops is involved in adjunct recruiting and supervision; curriculum development; alumni, law firm, and employer outreach; and coordination with other Emory Law departments. As an adjunct professor at the law school, she helped develop the curriculum for the deal

have a career in banking and management, becoming a senior business leader and financial officer for Conectiv, JPMorgan Chase, and SunTrust Bank.


Mark Shriver 73B 81L views the changes in legal educa-

tion as inevitable and necessary to keep the job options open for law school graduates. His private practice, the Shriver Law Firm, specializes in family law. “More law students are graduating and hanging out their own shingle, and law schools are recognizing that too,” he adds. “That’s when business skills become more important than you might know.” Whether it’s the economics of how firms work, dealing with

skills course, one of the center’s flagship classes. Koops has taught the course since 2011. Payne adds, “Who better to refresh that course and consider additional courses flowing from it?”


The experience, says Koops, gives her “a solid platform upon which I can build toward further growth and development of the center.” Payne views Koops’s appointment as the right fit at the right time. She adds, “She’s a skilled and beloved teacher and coach with her finger on the pulse of what transactional attorneys need to know in order to be successful. With the added help of our valued adjunct professors and the Emory Law alumni community, we can fine-tune our program so that our graduates continue to stand out and excel.”

payroll and collections, replenishing client retainers, or managing ongoing monthly expenses, the firm’s budget is the underpinning to its success. “You can’t forget that it’s a business whether you work for yourself or not,” says Shriver. Emory Law started the transactional law certificate program Mark Shriver 73B 81L in 2007 to focus on grooming attorneys to be ready to handle the interests of a business. He says, “The certificate program is growing more robustly than I could have ever imagined.” Since its inception, approximately 300 students EMORY LAWYER SPRING 2016


To give to the transactional law challenge grant, visit alumni/give-now/.



have graduated with the certificate, and interest is growing dramatically. The center also offers some flexibility to students who do not wish to pursue a concentrated focus on transactional skills — they can take classes in the program even if they aren’t pursuing the Transactional Law Certificate.



While the JD/MBA may provide lawyers with the business-related skills they need to thrive in the corporate arena or as their own business owners, the LLM at Emory Law also allows US and foreign-trained lawyers the chance to pursue an advanced degree and further customize their legal studies. Many of the international students in the degree program are preparing for careers at global corporations or law firms in their home country or the US, for which knowledge of the US legal system is essential. Jessica Dworkin, assistant dean of graduate programs, says the global nature of business today means that lawyers representing foreign companies often need to understand the intricacies of the US legal system for international business dealings. Law firms in the US and beyond are becoming global practices, with many of the transactions crossing national borders. “A US legal education is invaluable to international lawyers looking to distinguish themselves in their Mohammed careers,” Dworkin says. Al-Sulaiman 15L

Mohammed Al-Sulaiman 15L

was born and raised on the coast of the Red Sea in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. He graduated from King Abdulaziz University with a bachelor’s degree in law in 2012. Today, he works as a legal analyst at Saudi Aramco in Dhahran, a state-owned oil and natural gas company, acting as the company’s attorney in Saudi courts, as a representative in government agencies and 6


ministries, and as in-house counsel. Al-Sulaiman says, “In terms of representing Aramco, the LLM benefited me by expanding my way of thought, my analytical process, and my creativity. In an advisory role, the LLM allows me to be able to decipher laws, both domestic and international, to give an informed opinion.” The LLM degree expands the notion of what a legal education should be and how it needs to evolve to better represent the realities of a global business world. Al-Sulaiman notes, “I am not limited to my knowledge of Saudi laws, and I have both a legal and linguistic ability to understand most legal systems and compare and apply them to the matter.” He sees the diversity of the student body — people from many different countries, backgrounds, and beliefs coming together to study the practice of law and exchange legal and philosophical ideas — as a building block for growing a law career anywhere in the world. Sharian Hanson 15L earned a law degree from the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados, in 2008. The native of Kingston, Jamaica, works as a legal officer in the country’s Ministry of Justice in the legal reform department. Hanson notes that the training and exposure to the curriculum in the LLM program helped expand her knowledge Sharian Hanson 15L of other legal systems, building her comparative analysis skills that she finds crucial to many of the presentations that she currently gives. “Prior to studying at Emory, I only had an appreciation of the British commonwealth legal system,” she says. “My knowledge base is now quite diverse.” The diversity of experience is what a business law education is really all about, says Associate Dean Hughes. The reality is that not all law school graduates are the same and not all of them will go on to become litigators. Many will go into private practice where they will have to act as small business owners, while others will take the corporate track. To meet all those diverse needs, business law education is a growing and vital part of the law school experience. Vice Dean Ahdieh notes that law schools have to take a more “soup to nuts approach,” given the range of what lawyers do today. A comprehensive business legal curriculum engages the many paths that law students take. It’s the appropriate mix of doctrine, experiential learning, and business skills that is giving law students the ability to chart their own course.


Fact and fiction in securities regulation BY URSKA VELIKONJA


he Sarbanes-Oxley Act, the Dodd-Frank Act, the JOBS Act. These are only three of the major statutes that have significantly changed the regulation of US capital markets. All three bills were motivated by a desire to prevent the next scandal and strengthen our financial system. And all have been criticized by their detractors for failing to achieve what they set out to do and defended by their champions for doing the exact opposite. The inability to evaluate whether regulatory reforms have been a smashing success or a dismal failure may appear puzzling. To the casual observer, financial regulation looks like the one area of law where real-life outcomes should be relatively easy to measure. Count up the number of bank failures, track stock market movements and capital-raising activities, record the consequences of securities violations, and measure the results. But it turns out that adequately measuring the effects of financial regulation and enforcement is quite difficult and politically fraught. Much of the debate about financial regulatory and deregulatory efforts is based on little more than salient anecdotes and shoddily collected and analyzed data. In my study of securities enforcement, I have come to know well the work of the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and so I am more acutely aware of the mismatches between perception and reality. And it seems that the SEC is often singled out for criticism that is unfounded, unfair, and ultimately unproductive. For example, you might have read that the SEC has not put a single executive in jail for fraud related to the financial crisis. This is literally true because the SEC does not have the legal authority to put anyone in jail; criminal prosecutors do. But the SEC has tried to sanction, more or less successfully, many individuals for whom it had sufficient evidence of misconduct. Perhaps not the heads of Wall Street banks, but the best explanation is that it did not have sufficient evidence, not that it was corrupt. In fact, when the SEC goes after individuals and loses, it is accused of overreaching. Or, take the related complaint that the SEC goes easy on defendants because of the “revolving door” between the agency and the industry. Yet, once one looks more closely at the data, the turnover among SEC enforcement attorneys is so low that it would put even the most stable businesses to shame.

As a final example of using distorted data as evidence, let me bring up the recent “scandal” circulated in the press and taken up by Congress: that the SEC has been suing more defendants before administrative law judges who are SEC employees, instead of litigating in federal district court, because administrative law judges are more likely to rule in favor of the SEC. Though it

Professor Velikonja joined the Emory Law faculty in 2013. She teaches business law courses, including Securities Regulation and Mergers and Acquisitions. Her work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, The Economist, the Financial Times, and other media.

is true that administrative law judges are employed by the agency whose enforcement decisions they review, that alone is not enough to conclude they are biased. The evidence behind the headline story—based on an analysis of SEC enforcement actions—is flimsy and so easily manipulated that one can use the same evidence to support a contrary conclusion. These and similar critiques permeate policy debates about securities enforcement and are almost invariably false. The financial crisis exposed gaping holes in regulation and oversight, and its aftermath revealed the limits of enforcement. But the biggest holes are not those usually identified in the press or during stump speeches—corruption and incompetence—but a disparity in available resources between those regulated and the regulators. To be sure, the SEC is among the best-funded securities regulators in the world. But so are the firms and individuals who violate our securities laws. I cannot change the mismatch in resources, but as lawyers and, in my case, a law professor, we should at least demand highquality evidence for propositions that are advanced. EMORY LAWYER SPRING 2016






alk to Omeed Malik 06L for more than a few minutes and one thing becomes abundantly clear: This is a man who really, really loves his job. A rising star on Wall Street, Malik currently serves as managing director and head of US prime brokerage distribution for Bank of America Merrill Lynch in New York, as well as head of the firm’s Emerging Manager Program — a program that he not only leads, but created. His work at BofA Merrill Lynch allows Malik the opportunity to do pretty much everything he loves. He travels the world. He works with brilliant people. He engages face-to-face with his clients. He is, in short, well on his way to building for himself precisely the kind of career that he always dreamed of. But this trained attorney is not currently working in a position that requires a JD. Malik says he may not be a practicing attorney, as he originally planned to be, but there’s no denying that his experience at Emory Law was a valuable one. So valuable, in fact, that he truly believes that, without those years of legal training, he wouldn’t be where he is today. 

“I didn’t take lightly my decision to leave [the law],” says Malik, who after leaving Emory worked as an associate at the international law firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges in New York. “But I also know that if you recognize that you have a specific skill set, you have to find opportunities that will tap into that. My law degree and legal experience gave me a very different way of looking at problems, which is something that not everyone around me has.” Most students enroll in law school, of course, with a legal career in mind. But inevitably, some, like Malik, will learn that the realities of practicing the law aren’t what they expected. Many find, though, that the skills they learned in law school have allowed them to bring distinctive value to positions outside the area of practice. Malik chose to use those skills in finance and says today he could not be more thrilled with where he’s landed. And, like him, many others who have made the same choice agree that there remains something enduringly and inherently valuable about a legal education — an essence to the study that prepares one to analyze problems, to develop unique solutions, and, perhaps above all, to always seek new knowledge.





“We created a modern Georgia,” Tkeshelashvili says with pride. “It is a nation with fully functional institutions. So many reforms were carried out. Georgia is now one of the success stories of democratic development in the whole region.” Having been through that transformation, Tkeshelashvili now shares what he learned — both back at home and at Emory — with students of his own. And he says he relishes the opportunity to help mold the next generation of leaders. “There are so many countries out there that need strong leaders,” he says. “I am very keen on being part of the process of helping implement changes in different parts of the world.”




For David Tkeshelashvili 06L, that last part is particularly true. Tkeshelashvili, who currently serves as associate director of the Center for International and Comparative Law at Emory, first set foot on campus in Atlanta in 2005. He arrived from his native country of Georgia, where he had spent years serving as a member of the nation’s parliament. At the time, his homeland was in a state of flux, to put it lightly. More bluntly, Tkeshelashvili says, Georgia back then was nothing short of a failed state. He went to Emory specifically with the aim of learning how he might be able to help engineer a turnaround in his homeland, and although it was certainly a daunting challenge, it was made at least somewhat easier by his time in Atlanta. “It was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had,” he says. “My education at Emory was a deep exploration of how legal practice can and does influence everyday life. There is no question that the knowledge I took from Emory was helpful for me as we worked to conduct reforms [in Georgia].” Tkeshelashvili would serve in multiple roles upon his return to Georgia: as minister for environmental protection and natural resources; minister of labor, health, and social affairs; vice prime minister for regional issues; and first prime minister for regional development and infrastructure. His work was wide-ranging, deeply challenging, and, for the future of the country, hugely important. But more than a decade after he arrived at Emory, Tkeshelashvili says he can look back confidently and say that all of the hard work paid off. After all, the same country that found itself in such a state of turmoil in the early 2000s has since utterly and completely transformed itself, becoming one of the safest and most stable nations in the region. 10


For Ernesto Escobar 14L, the thrill of helping push change is no less exhilarating — but while Tkeshelashvili found his place half a world away from Emory, Escobar found it just up the road. During his time at Emory, Escobar took part in the Technological Innovation: Generating Economic Results (TI:GER) program, which allows Emory Law students to work collaboratively with graduate students working across disciplines from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Together, TI:GER teams aim to transform research into economically viable products. The innovative program would ultimately provide the perfect learning environment for Escobar, who quickly discovered that while he may have thought he had a deep interest in the law, his true passion was the fast-paced, ever-exciting world of tech start-ups. “The more I experienced the TI:GER program, the more I realized I was having a lot of fun [developing projects]— and that I was actually enjoying that process a lot more than I did studying law,” he says. “One of my TI:GER partners from law school wasn’t as interested in the business side of things, so I just took the lead there and ended up handling a lot of the business development. I just really enjoyed the entire experience.” Perhaps just as important, the TI:GER program helped Escobar make key contacts across town at Georgia Tech — contacts he eventually leveraged to land his current role as a commercialization catalyst for Tech’s VentureLab program. In that role, Escobar works with university faculty and students to help them commercialize their research. It’s a process he understands quite well, having spent the past several years working to build a start-up of his own. That young firm, FloMera, has developed a promising technology to help women conduct an at-home breast cancer test with a single drop of blood. He says he finds the work of building his own start-up, and helping others launch theirs, consistently exciting.

“I really love my job,” Escobar says. “For me, I think the excitement comes from trying to start things from scratch. My personality is a very creative one, and I really love to identify a problem and then try to find a new solution.” Like Malik, Escobar found his vocation outside the traditional practice of law. But also like Malik, he says he owes much of his early career success to his legal education. He may never practice a day as an attorney, but he’s certain the lessons he learned at Emory Law will remain with him for years to come. His Emory Law education continues to shape his daily successes. “One, I think law school gave me the capacity to grab onto a problem and then be able to divide it into very small pieces,” he says. “When I am working to create programs where there are a lot of moving parts, being able to analyze each individual part and understand how that one part impacts the overall product is very useful. The other thing is that, even though I’m fairly young, in my role at Georgia Tech, I am meeting with presidents

of universities and other individuals in very senior positions, and in those meetings, having a law degree gives me a lot of credibility in their eyes. Even though it’s not a hard skill, it’s obvious that when I’m talking to them and they know I have a law degree, they take me very seriously.” Even though most people enter law school with the express intention of becoming practicing attorneys, there are those who use the experience to enhance their understanding and performance in other professions. The importance of legal training is becoming more and more evident as other legal degrees — juris master and master of laws, for example — are growing in popularity. The world certainly needs practicing attorneys, both as litigators and transactional lawyers, but the business world also needs leaders who have an appreciation of the rule of law and and the legal acumen to move their business forward in a way that is beneficial to all parties involved. That’s where legal training can help these captains of commerce defy convention.






n a case watched around the world, Aloke Chakravarty 97L won a death-penalty verdict in May 2015 against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the surviving brother responsible for the Boston Marathon bombing. Chakravarty is assistant US attorney in the US Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts. In the course of his career, he has assembled an impressive number of successful prosecutions in high-profile terrorism cases. B Y S U S A N C A R I N I 0 4 G , W R I T I N G A N D I N T E R V I E W I N G A S E M O R Y L AW Y E R







In addition to the conversation below with Chakravarty, see the spring 2016 issue of Emory Magazine, to which he granted an exclusive interview about details of the Boston Marathon bombing trial. Emory Lawyer: Judy Clarke, Tsarnaev’s lawyer, has said

that he agreed to plead guilty before the trial and had written a letter of apology. Is this accurate? If so, why did the government proceed with the case? AC: Issues related to the decision to seek the death

penalty are informed by a strict protocol that requires absolute confidentiality. That protocol also makes clear that seeking the death penalty cannot be a bargaining chip solely to improve a negotiating position. Rather, it is a solemn decision of the attorney general based on the circumstances of a specific case.


many trial documents were sealed by Judge O’Toole. As the New Yorker reported, “Many of the voluminous motions and filings made by both the government and the defense were sealed from the public record. Judge O’Toole granted the secrecy and explained his rationale in a series of rulings. But they, too, are secret.” Is this level of secrecy justified? AC: There are a lot of reasons why documents need to

be sealed in criminal proceedings. Courts have to be particularly careful in national security matters, ongoing investigations, and high-profile cases. A primary reason in a case like this is the importance of ensuring a fair trial without premature exposure of details that may or may not become evidence and could extra-judicially influence the trial. Accordingly, since the trial is now over, the judge has ordered the parties to propose which documents now can be unsealed. We have public and fair trials in this country, and to ensure that can happen, some of the issues have to be resolved out of the public eye. Emory Lawyer: You have talked about being able to teach

a course on your closing argument. Might you do so someday? Explain the audiences you were speaking to, 14


the goals you set for the closing, and how well you think it achieved those ends. AC: Others will have to judge whether I was effective.

I tried hard to show, rather than tell, the story of the defendant and what he did in a way that would morally persuade and unify a diverse jury as to how it happened. For all that had been said about the case, no one had yet tied together the evidence and given a rational voice to the sentiment of the community. I was also cognizant that our system of justice was under scrutiny. In executing that responsibility, I chose to be myself in a way that honors and updates the craft. I also set out to make the narrative stronger than the sum of its parts. Occasionally I do get to teach law school classes, and when I do, I emphasize the power of narrative and the role of technology in how we consume information. Emory Lawyer: How do you think the appeal process in

the case will sort itself out?

AC: The appeal process, including collateral attacks on

the sentence, will continue for years. It’s hard to predict what issues will resonate over time and also how the law may change. Obviously, denial of the change-of-venue motion will be a primary issue. I wish the appeal sorted itself out, but alas, I likely will remain involved as long as I’m in a position to be. Emory Lawyer: What was the first thing you did to

recharge following the conclusion of the trial?

AC: The Saturday after the verdict, my four-year-old said,

“I missed you, baba.” I spent a lot of time with my family. Any commitment like this requires a team at home as well, and mine carried me through. Over the summer, we were able to travel a little to visit friends and family, and I was able to go hiking and finally to take up fly-fishing. Emory Lawyer: Did you read journalist Masha Gessen’s

book The Brothers? Some people find its lack of emphasis on the victims off-putting while others see her attempt to understand the Tsarnaev family’s history as important context for understanding the brothers’ state of mind. AC: I did read Gessen’s book — during the trial, actually.

She was present during much of the trial and was clearly interested in the family/radicalization dynamics, just as we and the defense were, so I mined it for any insight that we may not have had. She was very thoughtful but had her own perspective and interests. Undoubtedly the themes of dislocation and difference that she builds up

in her book are issues that I deal with frequently in my work and attempt to ameliorate through outreach efforts. However, the search for identity is not always prompted by a migration story, and those who have uprooted are not inherently more vulnerable to radicalization. How we choose to shape our identity is the result of a complex mixture of influences and circumstances but ultimately is a reflection of our own character. Gessen’s book overlapped with some of these issues but highlighted only some parts of the mix and injected others that were more tenuous, and without the benefit of cross-examination or challenge.     

Emory Lawyer: You followed a crooked path to where

you are today, at one time thinking that, to please your parents, you would be a doctor. What were some of the decisive moments that shaped your career?

AC: In college, I was taken by the economics of ineq-

uity — who had power and who didn’t. I went to law school thinking that it could provide me tools to do something about it, but I didn’t know how. The rest was luck. In my 2l summer, I found myself working at a big corporate law firm because, at the time, that was what most people were competing to do. Halfway through the EMORY LAWYER SPRING 2016




summer, one of the lawyers took me aside and explained that if I wanted to try cases, I should go into criminal law. When I graduated, that’s what I did. I was profoundly impacted by the victims that I worked with, and I tried to work with as many great lawyers, police officers, and agents as I could. After September 11, I wanted to apply constitutional principles from the criminal practice to national security investigations. Joining the FBI allowed me to make an impact from within the government and gave me perspective if I were to go back into the courtroom. I returned to Boston as a prosecutor when my wife got a job there. I began to investigate human rights violators in addition to terrorism matters and ultimately got the chance to spend some time at a war crimes tribunal before returning to try a series of terrorism and genocide cases.



Emory Lawyer: Turning more broadly to the cases in

which you specialize, why is the international component of the work you do so important to you?

AC: My parents came to this country for opportunity and

became part of the cultural diversity that makes it great. As the world gets smaller and more interconnected, it becomes more obvious that our domestic security is tied to world events. I’ve watched moral leadership strengthen our security, and the rule of law is the greatest tool to exhibit that to the world. Managing international issues in my work is important because it’s difficult to be sensitive to the complexities of different cultures, political dynamics, and international legal challenges. When done successfully, we can use the law creatively to make a positive difference here and abroad.

Emory Lawyer: You cite three things from your Emory

Law days that especially influenced you: the 2l KesslerEidson Trial Techniques program, the class Persuasion and Drama, and The Carter Center. Say a bit about the formative influence of each on you. AC: I came to Emory Law to be close to family and

on the reputation of The Carter Center, inspired by its efforts to ensure international human rights. In the Trial Techniques course, I was introduced to the craft of advocacy and learned that I could thrive in a courtroom. Perhaps most practically, Professor Kent Whipple taught a Persuasion and Drama class showing me that how one communicates can be as powerful as what one says. Professor Whipple passed away a few years later. I continue to use what he taught me to this day. Emory Lawyer: One important aspect of what you strive

to do is seek out homegrown terrorists without violating anyone’s civil rights. You have done extensive work with the bridges (Building Respect in Diverse Groups to Enhance Sensitivity) program, a group of law enforcement and community leaders who meet monthly to discuss community concerns and issues. Describe how you have been able to make progress and achieve credibility, even with those who might previously have felt they attracted unfair scrutiny from law enforcement.

2012 for providing material support to terrorists through use of the Internet. As the Washington Post chronicled in a 2011 piece about you, the Tarek Mehanna Support Committee deluged you with faxes and letters condemning the case as “an outrageous example of religious persecution and institutional abuse of power.” They then came looking for you at your office. How do you handle it when community members step over the line? AC: I have seen prosecutorial abuse of power. The cost

of those mistakes transcends any case and weakens our rule of law. So, I think it’s valuable to listen to criticism and consider it. I have found that frequently critics don’t know the relevant facts or are posturing as part of a broader political strategy. Regardless, government


AC: bridges is premised on the notion that discussion

and mutual education are far preferable to litigation and estrangement. For more than a decade, we’ve tried to identify problems, educate each other on how to work through them, and better empower young American communities in civil society. This work is a complement to civil rights and national security investigations because it informs how we can better do that work while also strengthening communities. The relationships we have built have withstood numerous controversies and incidents, including some of the cases that I have prosecuted. Even some of my former defendants and family members have attended our events. Ultimately, the integrity of government engagement has to be built on honesty, consistency, and trust. After the Marathon bombings, those relationships were tested again, and they showed a resilience that reaffirmed civil rights while energizing some to assist actively in broader prevention efforts. Emory Lawyer: Sometimes, despite laudable intentions,

it gets personal, as it did when you were pursuing the case against Tarek Mehanna, whom you convicted in

functions better when it honestly assesses itself, explains itself, and is accessible to those it serves. I’ve tried to do that by engaging with folks when able, making factual allegations clear, making public information more easily available, and by steps that show that government actions are not born of ignorance or prejudice. That is something that legitimately comes with the territory. Threatening or obstructive behavior, however, is another issue entirely and has been much less common. Emory Lawyer: You may speak softly enough so that

your supervisor won’t hear, but do your substantial successes suggest new turns on that crooked path of yours? Where else would you like to take your career? AC: I have been blessed to do work for the common

good alongside uncommonly good people. I don’t know what the future holds, but I feel like I’m making a difference. As long as the work is creative, challenging, and helps make the world a better place, Emory Law opened the door to that next step, wherever it may be.



The business of running a law school: What you know — or don’t — about endowments BY LISA ASHMORE


his year Emory University’s endowment was named the 17th largest among a survey of 812 colleges in the United States. Reading that, you may assume the law school’s finances run parallel to the University’s. Although Emory Law’s $43 million endowment is pooled with the University’s for investment purposes, the law school’s own endowment earnings inform its annual budget and fundraising targets. Despite four years of rising enrollment, the law school had an operating deficit until its finances returned to the black in fiscal year (fy) 2015. The deficit was due largely to a sea change in legal education during the past decade, during which juris doctor program applications declined nationally by 46 percent. However, Emory Law also closed fy 2015 with record-breaking fundraising, securing gifts of more than $7 million. That is why, in part, endowment earnings for fy 2016 are anticipated to be roughly $600,000 higher than three years prior.


You may be surprised to learn Emory Law’s biggest annual budget line item is for scholarships. More than 90 percent of Emory Law students benefit from financial support. That flexibility in funding also helps keep Emory Law’s historic commitment to a bright and diverse student body. “Scholarship endowments help us attract and retain the best students in the nation, and the 3.77 median GPA of our current first-year students ranks above that of our peer schools,” Dean Robert Schapiro says. Endowment funds devoted to faculty also allow the law school to recruit and retain world-class scholars and instructors. “Essentially, endowed gifts help maintain educational excellence and enable us to invest operating funds in new projects that reflect changes in the broader legal community,” he adds. 18


The law school adapted to a changing landscape with the expansion of two degree programs — the master of laws (LLM) and juris master (JM). This year, those enrollees were 13 percent of students. For comparison, as recently as fy 2011, 98 percent of Emory Law students were seeking a JD. Earnings from the endowment affect most aspects of programming and planning for the future. “Endowment income provides support for signature programs in transactional law, advocacy, and technological innovation,” Schapiro says. “These funds allow us to expand on strategic priorities, like health law and international and comparative law, and explore new programs such as law and development.” During fy 2015, $1.7 million from endowment earnings was distributed as follows:

n 57%—scholarships, fellowships, and awards n 23%—research, chairs, professorships  n 13%—budget and operational support  n 7%— other program support 


An endowment cannot be drawn upon at will — it is designed to provide a continuing source of income. Emory’s spending rate is approximately 4.75 percent of the endowment’s market value, says Eric Baca, director of Donor Fund Reporting for Emory University. Spending more may solve immediate needs, but flies in the face of the principle, which is to provide continuing income for current and future missions. Emory’s spending policy incorporates both weighted- and moving-average components to mitigate the effect of market volatility, “which keeps distribution amounts smoother from year to year than if we simply used a simple percentage,” Baca says. (Because the calculation includes market values from earlier periods, the distribution amount of $1.7 million does not equate to 4.75 percent.) An endowment usually has hundreds of sources — gifts from individuals, foundations, and corporations. However, endowed gifts often include legally binding restrictions for their use, which limit what the earnings can be spent on. Gifts may also include securities, mutual funds, or stocks, rather than cash.

In Emory Law’s case, 88 percent of the endowment’s 121 funds contain donor-initiated restrictions on their use, Baca said. Of those 107 funds, only nine allow general budget support, he said, which led to distribution of $222,000 from those sources in fy 2015. While 2015 was a testament to donors’ faith in the law school, the endowment still needs to grow. “Compared to other top 20 schools, Emory Law’s endowment is quite modest,” Schapiro says. Emory Law’s $43 million endowment is dwarfed by Northwestern Law’s $299 million. Vanderbilt Law’s stands at $150 million, and Boston University Law’s is $69 million. (All amounts are from fy 2014.) A larger endowment increases a school’s ability to continue to create a forward-looking academic program and avoid large tuition hikes. (Emory Law’s current tuition is $50,900 and has increased about 3 percent annually.) A healthy endowment can also help weather the impact of a harsh market year — for instance, the past year. The National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) reported a sharp national decline in endowment returns, an average of 2.4 percent for fy 2015, down from 15.5 percent the previous year. The 10-year average annual return declined to 6.3 percent. According to NACUBO, most endowments report they need a 7.5 percent return “in order to maintain their purchasing power after spending, inflation, and investment management costs.”


Which leads to another crucial part of a balance sheet — unrestricted gifts. The Law School Fund for Excellence, the Wise Heart Society, and the Emory @ Work campaign are examples of annual gifts that can be used for any purpose. They create the readily available funds that organizations need to function well. In fy 2015, expendable gifts contributed nearly $650,000 to the school’s bottom line. Gifts large and small touch all aspects of student life—from providing competitive financial aid to funding summer work grants. Annual giving helps build new programs such as the Center for Transactional Law and Practice, and support longstanding ones such as the Barton Child Law and Policy Center. EMORY LAWYER SPRING 2016


To make a one-time or recurring gift to the Law School Fund for Excellence, go to

ECGAR founder and senior advisor Rueben Guttman 85L says that student participants, like ECGAR editor-in-chief Nicole Fukoka, are required to author blog posts and short essays for the journal. External contributors submit works of any length for practitioners to consider.

Law journals speak the language of the contemporary practitioner BY LORI FERGUSON


aw journals provide insight into evolving legal theory, and they also illuminate the application of law in specific practice areas. Two of Emory Law’s journals, Emory Corporate Governance and Accountability Review (ECGAR) and Emory Bankruptcy Developments Journal (EBDJ), are especially popular among the judges and attorneys who address the topics of corporate governance and bankruptcy on a daily basis. While many law journals embrace a more theoretical approach to issues that come before the courts, ECGAR and EBDJ are focused squarely on application, exploring issues of law as they relate to the judges and attorneys who are addressing the topics of corporate governance and bankruptcy on a daily basis.



“When we founded ECGAR, we sought to create an applied journal that would provide guidance to prac-titioners who are trying to solve problems related to the impact of corporations on all their constituencies,” observes ECGAR senior advisor and adjunct faculty member Reuben Guttman 85L. ECGAR focuses on effecting positive change in the corporate world by promoting sound business ethics and fair play, Guttman explains, and expectations for student engagement are high. “We encourage students to interact with practitioners, judges, and regulators and work through their ideas — we want them out in the community, testing the theories they’ve learned in the classroom against real life.” Associate Dean James Elliott 63C 66L, a faculty advisor for EBDJ, voices similar applied objectives for

the journal he helps to shepherd. “EBDJ is written for people who are practicing and adjudicating on bankruptcy law now, and anecdotal evidence tells us that our constituents read the publication religiously,” he notes. “In fact, if we’re late getting an issue out, I get complaints from bankruptcy judges across the country saying, ‘Where’s the journal —  it should be here by now!’” Judge Paul W. Bonapfel, a jurist in the United States Bankruptcy Court in the Northern District of Georgia’s Atlanta Division, confirms the journal’s value to those in the courtroom. “When I receive the Emory bankruptcy journal, I always leaf through it to see what scholars and students view as important developments in bankruptcy law; it’s an important scholarly publication in the field.” Judge Mary Grace Diehl, also a US Bankruptcy Judge for the Northern District of Georgia, echoes Bonapfel’s sentiments. “EBDJ is an excellent resource for timely articles in both the business and consumer bankruptcy fields,” says Diehl, “and offers the students who staff and manage the journal a full head start on securing jobs in this area.” EBDJ’s popularity is particularly noteworthy, observes Elliott, as it is the only student-run bankruptcy journal in the United States. “I’m not aware of another like it,” he says, “and there are approximately one thousand law journals in this country. EBDJ fits a real purpose.” Director of Student Publications Amy Tozer echoes Elliott’s assertion. “We often receive calls from law firms saying, ‘We currently get one copy of EBDJ, and we need three.’” “EBDJ is focused on providing timely information to readers,” confirms current editor-in-chief Armstead Lewis 16L. “We’re always trying to get a step ahead of what’s going on, looking at areas where the circuits disagree and working to get our comments and articles out before a decision is made.” For example, says Lewis, Smita Gautam 15L recently wrote a comment arguing that an individual debtor’s interest in his social media accounts should be treated as a “liberty” interest instead of a “property” interest, which generated considerable interest in this still-evolving area of bankruptcy law. Both EBDJ and ECGAR have been guided by practicality from the outset. EBDJ was launched in 1984 after Congress passed new bankruptcy codes, explains faculty advisor Professor Charles Shanor, with the intent of keeping practitioners up-to-date on new legislation. Over time, he says, it has evolved into a more standard law journal format, with content focused on current developments and policy issues in the field of bankruptcy. “EBDJ draws together case law in the field, making it very useful to practitioners who may not have the time or resources to start from scratch familiarizing themselves with bankruptcy priorities or bars to discharge,” Shanor explains.

ECGAR, which was launched in March of 2014, was likewise inspired by contemporary issues, explains Guttman. “I started thinking about this publication at the start of the financial crisis in 2008,” he recalls. “I realized that corporate greed had led to the creation of fictitious economic products, and it was clear to me that the impact of corporate misconduct extended beyond shareholders. I wanted to create a journal that would provide guidance to those who were trying to solve the problems that we were facing.” Before ECGAR, Guttman says, no single publication was exploring the impact of corporations on society in toto — on the environment, on landholders, on shareholders, on pension funds, etc. “So we jumped right in — our inaugural issue included a piece on regulatory capture by Georgetown professor Scott Hempling that has since been cited in a doctoral thesis and in hearings as well as a piece on benefit ­corporations by Boston College professor Kent Greenfield, author of The Failure of Corporate Law.”

James Elliott 63C 66L


Since launching ECGAR, Guttman and others involved with the journal have worked diligently to cultivate an audience for the publication. “We have an immense amount of talent in our graduate pool that we can tap for expertise,” Guttman says. “There are Emory alums who are federal judges, members of Congress, senators, and the like, and we’re not lying back and waiting for people to send us pieces; we’re actively reaching out.” Their efforts have been rewarded; Guttman says that readership is rising steadily, and articles from the journal are now being cited in state legislative hearings. “Before long, we’ll start to see them referenced in court opinions and even on the floor of Congress,” he predicts. Guttman continues, “And I firmly believe it will advance the rule of law, because it’s a young journal that recognizes, among other things, that US corporations are operating in a global economy. Our goal is to offer those seeking to enforce compliance in the private sector (as well as those acting within corporations) a holistic ­perspective on how the rest of the world will look at them in the years ahead.” EMORY LAWYER SPRING 2016


Access all journal content online: Emory Bankruptcy Developments Journal (EBDJ): law.emory. edu/ebdj/index.html Emory Corporate Governance and Accountability Review (ECGAR): law.emory. edu/ecgar/index.html Emory International Law Review (EILR): index.html Emory Law Journal (ELJ): elj/index.html




Donald B. Harden 66C 67L, of Fisher & Phillips, has been peerselected for the tenth year for inclusion in “The Best Lawyers in America 2016.” Oscar Persons 67L and Sonny Morris 69L were among the 2015 honorees at the Daily Report’s Lifetime Achievement Awards.




1 M. Lane Morrison 70L, of Hunter Maclean, has been peerselected for inclusion in “The Best Lawyers in America 2016” in the field of trusts and estates law. He also serves as a trustee of the Nemours Plantation Wildlife Foundation.

William H. Needle 70L, a partner at Ballard Spahr, has received the 2015 Intellectual Property Legends Award. The award recognizes those who have made significant contributions to intellectual property, including in business, law, and education. The Atlanta Business Chronicle and the Association of Corporate Counsel Georgia Chapter have recognized George Q. Sewell 73L with the Lifetime Achievement Award in the Corporate Counsel Awards.


Chilton Davis Varner 76L was among the 2015 honorees at the Daily Report’s Lifetime Achievement Awards. Douglas R. Sullenberger 77L, of Fisher & Phillips, has been peerselected for inclusion in “The Best Lawyers in America 2016” for the practice of labor law. Margaret Gettle Washburn 79L is celebrating 37 years in the practice of law and 30 years as a municipal court judge.



Leah Ward Sears 80L was among the 2015 honorees at the Daily Report’s Lifetime Achievement Awards.

Michael B. Shapiro 78C 81L, a clinical instructor of criminal justice and criminology at Georgia State University, has received the 2015 Andrew Young School of Policy Studies’ Excellence in Teaching Award. Bruce S. Sostek 81L, of Thompson & Knight, was named 2016 Dallas Technology Law “Lawyer of the Year” in “The Best Lawyers in America 2016.” 2 Harold Yellin 81L 82B, of Hunter Maclean, has been peerselected for inclusion in “The Best Lawyers in America 2016” in the fields of land use/zoning law and real estate law. Jeffrey N. Berman 82L, of Berman Fink Van Horn, has been peer-selected for inclusion in “The Best Lawyers in America 2016” in the field of mergers and acquisitions. The Honorable Angela R. Arkin 83L has received the 2015 Judicial Excellence Award from the Colorado Judicial Institute. After serving as dean of students at Wayne State University Law School, Ilana Stein Ben-Ze’ev 83L has returned to private practice as a partner in the real estate finance section of Honigman Miller Schwartz & Cohn, Detroit’s largest law firm. Richard Reubenstone 83B 83L is cofounder and chief advisor for his son Steven’s startup,, a social network for the early stages of collaboration. Patrise Perkins-Hooker 84B 84L, past president of the Georgia State Bar, was commencement speaker for Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School graduation, held at the Georgia World Congress Center’s Sidney Marcus Auditorium. Perkins-Hooker


is county attorney for Fulton County, Georgia. 3 Diana J. P. McKenzie 85B 85L, of Hunter Maclean, has been peer-selected for inclusion in “The Best Lawyers in America 2016” in the field of information technology law. Richard K. Hellerman 87L obtained a groundbreaking trial victory in Cook County, Illinois. For the first time in the state’s history, a court found that a labor union could be held liable as the legal successor of a prior dissolved union. 4 Mary Miller 88L has been awarded the Spirit of Justice Award from the East Tennessee Lawyers’ Association for Women. Miller is an attorney with Miller Anderson Law Group.


5 Christine Howard 87C 90L, of Fisher & Phillips, has been peer-selected for inclusion in “The Best Lawyers in America 2016” for the practice of labor law.

6 Sarah H. Lamar 91L, of Hunter Maclean, has been peerselected for inclusion in “The Best Lawyers in America 2016” in the fields of employment and labor law. 7 Jonathan Sigel 91L, of Mirick O’Connell, has been named to the 2015 Massachusetts Super Lawyers list and the 22nd edition of “The Best Lawyers in America” in the category of employment law/management. Benjamin Fink 92L, a shareholder at Berman Fink Van Horn, has received the Atlanta Bar Association’s Distinguished Service Award. Fink was recognized for outstanding service as chair of the labor and employment law section. Amanda Trigg 94L has been installed as chair of the 1,300-member family law section of the New Jersey State Bar Association.

Charles Van Horn 94L, of Berman Fink Van Horn, has been peerselected for inclusion in “The Best Lawyers in America 2016” in the field of commercial litigation. After a successful Kickstarter campaign, Kristin Miller Burrell 97L is now founder, CEO, and general counsel of Vistavation, a business that innovates, invents, researches, and develops imaginative products. 8 Shawn A. Kachmar 97L, of Hunter Maclean, has been peerselected for inclusion in “The Best Lawyers in America 2016” in the field of employment law.


Marc Goncher 97C 00L has been promoted to deputy city attorney over the finance team in the City of Atlanta law department. Jon Rotenberg 91C 00L has joined family law firm Hedgepeth, Heredia & Rieder as “of counsel.” 9 Josh Viau 00L, of Fisher & Phillips, has been peer-selected for inclusion in “The Best Lawyers in America 2016” for the practice of labor law. Marny Heit 01L has been selected as a Georgia Super Lawyers Rising Star in the area of DUI law, for the tenth year in a row, by Super Lawyers magazine. Spencer Preis 03L has joined the legal department of Southwire Company as senior counsel. Hannah Dowd McPhelin 04L has been promoted to partner at Pepper Hamilton. Sharon Zinns 02C 05L, of Levy Konisberg, has been selected for the 2015 – 2016 Leadership Education & Advanced Direction (LEAD) Program by the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association. Virginia Iglesia Weber 06L and Steven D. Weber 06L welcomed son Hudson Warren Weber on June 10, 2015.



Your Emory education is more valuable than ever. From electronic legal research to e-discovery, the practice of law has changed dramatically since most of us began. So too, the tools necessary for achieving success in the practice of law have changed.      Emory Law has adapted to the needs of the legal market, evolving the legal education provided to students and helping them develop those tools for success. For example, Emory has led the way in providing all students with trial experience through the mandatory KesslerEidson Program for Trial Techniques, the largest in the country and recognized as one of the country’s finest. Emory has also led the way in developing its transactional law program to provide students with the opportunity John Maggio 96L, partner in the to become financially New York office of Condon & literate, acquire a Forsyth, is president of the Emory strong foundation in Law Alumni Association. business law doctrine, and practice contract drafting and other critical deal skills. These are just two of the many programs at Emory geared toward giving students the practical training they need to successfully practice law. With such training, recent graduates are able to hit the ground running with a solid foundation, rather than struggle through basic concepts when they start their first jobs.  

10 Sara E. Romine 08L, of Carrington, Coleman, Sloman & Blumenthal, has earned the Certified Information Privacy Professional credential through the International Association of Privacy Professionals, the world’s largest information privacy organization.


Alexandra “Sachi” Cole 11L, of Parks, Chesin & Walbert, has been selected for the 2015 – 2016 Leadership Education & Advanced Direction (LEAD) Program by the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association.


Additionally, such practical experience has allowed students to seek non-traditional employment upon graduation in positions outside the legal field. We have seen more and more graduates leaving Emory to pursue business careers, with or without an MBA, at investment firms, banks, and other industries. Also, students continue to actively participate in the TI:GER Program, working with graduate students across disciplines from the Georgia Institute of Technology to develop viable products. Upon graduation, students often take these learned skills into areas other than the traditional practice of law. While Emory continues to provide such practical training to students who decide to practice law in the United States, Emory additionally educates students from a variety of countries. The LLM program allows for foreign students to obtain an Emory legal education, including the unique practical training, and take that knowledge back to their home countries for application. With such programs, the value of an Emory Law education has never been greater. I encourage each alum to seek out recent graduates for employment opportunities in your law firm or business.




Allyson Gold 11L has been named a Bellow Scholar by the Association of American Law Schools. The award recognizes law school clinical faculty members who are involved in anti-poverty work or increasing access to justice.

Ami Koldhekar Rodrigues 11L and her husband, AJ, welcomed their first child, Nikolai Rodrigues, on August 2, 2015, in Atlanta. Sara Hamilton 12L has joined Hunton & Williams as an associate in the firm’s labor and employment practice. 10





Dear Editor: It is always gratifying to receive Emory Lawyer and have confirmed my decision to refrain from contributing. The issue I received today is no exception. Imagine my surprise to find an article on various civil rights issues (though many Americans would consider at least the most recent a civil wrong, since the democratic choices of voters in more than thirty states were casually cast aside). Given the regularly, terribly politically-correct nature of most everything emanating from Emory and published in Emory Lawyer, I suppose I shouldn't be surprised. After all, I would think that most second-tier law schools would have an interest when one of their grads persuades the Supreme Court of the United States to grant certiorari — which I have done three times out of the ten petitions I’ve filed over the years — and/or when one of its grads serves as counsel of record and argues in a case before the scotus, and almost certainly when one of its grads serves as counsel of record, argues, and actually wins a case before scotus. Particularly when, so far as I am aware, he is the first and so far only member of his class to do so. What a pity that Emory Law has descended into far-left hackery and decided to ignore its graduates vindicating actual, enumerated constitutional rights. I can’t wait to see your next advocacy issue! — W. James Young 89l

Malone Allen 13L has joined Berman Fink Van Horn as a litigation associate. His areas of focus include labor and employment, non-compete, trade secret and unfair competition, and real estate litigation. Edward Philpot 13L has been hired as an associate with Floridabased law firm Broad and Cassel and will practice in its Orlando office. Nathan Gruber 14L has joined Burr & Forman as an associate in the firm’s corporate and tax practice group.


Dear Alumnus Young: Thank you for offering your critique of “Getting Us Over: Civil rights at a new crossroads” in the summer 2015 issue of Emory Lawyer. You made mention of some cases that certainly would have provided better depth and more focus on the accomplishments of our Emory Law alumni as they pertain to civil rights and advancing the rule of law. It is our goal to provide a balanced view of salient issues, and we are disappointed that this edition missed that mark for you or other readers who may be similarly dissatisfied. Open, detailed commentary helps us to see where we can improve our publication. — A. Kenyatta Greer, Editor YOU DID WHAT? Send your updates to lawcommunications@emory. edu. Class notes are submitted by alumni and are not verified by the editor. Read more about Emory Law alumni at



IN MEMORIAM Philip B. Cordes 43C 50L, of Atlanta, Georgia, on September 25, 2015.

Daniel Summer 85L of Gainesville, Georgia, on January 14, 2016.

Karl J. Howe 52L of Alpharetta, Georgia, on September 6, 2015.

Judge James J. “Jim” Hopkins 77G 89L of Carroll County, Georgia, on September 6, 2015.

Ross C. Hawkins 68L of Fulton County, Georgia, on July 28, 2015.

Kevin J. Davidson 91L, of Warson Woods, Missouri, on September 16, 2015.

Madeline Cohen Kuflik 75L of New York, New York, on August 20, 2015.

David Levine 03C 08B 08L of Houston, Texas, on September 7, 2015.

Molly Warner Lien 78L, of Chicago, Illinois, on September 11, 2015.


Reunion schedule changes set for this fall and spring in April 2017 as we celebrate 100 years of Emory Law and begin our new tradition of celebrating Alumni Weekend and class reunions in the spring. Because of this new structure, we will not participate in the University-wide Homecoming and Alumni Weekend slated for September 23 – 25, 2016; however, law school festivities will commence in April 2017 for those with reunions in years ending in one, two, six, or seven.


This decision was made by the school under the guidance of the Emory Law Alumni Board, which serves as a representative body of the entire Emory Law community. While Emory may not have a formal Alumni Weekend this upcoming fall, we encourage you to continue to connect with classmates at Emory Law at events across the country throughout the year. The Office of Development and Alumni Relations continues to serve the community and will keep

all those in reunions abreast of the changes and developments over the course of the next year leading up to Alumni Weekend 2017. If you are interested in serving in a larger volunteer role on your class reunion committee, please reach out to the Office of Development and Alumni Relations at We look forward to celebrating with you in April 2017!





Emory Law honors distinguished grads, retired professor B Y A . K E N YAT TA G R E E R

“The annual Alumni Awards ceremony offers us the opportunity to celebrate the strength of the entire Emory Law community as well as the individual accomplishments of our graduates. We are honored and proud to recognize these extraordinary examples of the membership of the global Emory Law alumni network.” — Cecily Craighill, Emory Law former senior director of alumni relations

Friday, September 25, Emory Law hosted its annual Alumni Awards, where four alumni and one beloved professor received top honors.






Reuben A. Guttman 85L received the Alumni Service Award for significant, sustained leadership and outstanding service to the Emory Law community. Guttman is a partner at Guttman, Buschner, & Brooks in Washington, DC. As part of a US State Department program in conjunction with Emory Law’s Center for Advocacy and Dispute Resolution, he has been one of five visiting professors at Universidad Panamericana in Mexico City, training Mexican judges and practitioners on oral advocacy and trial practice.

The Young Alumni Award went to Thad C. Kodish 00L, managing principal of Fish & Richardson’s Atlanta office. This award recognizes the professional and personal achievement of an alumna or alumnus who has graduated within the past 15 years and has made notable leadership and service contributions to Emory Law and to the legal profession. Kodish previously served as the president of the Emory Law Alumni Association, sits on the board of directors for Conexx: the America Israel Business Connector, and has been active with the Atlanta Intellectual Property Inn of Court.


The Distinguished Alumni Award is given to an alumna or alumnus who embodies the values of the school and has demonstrated extraordinary achievement in the legal profession and in service to society. C. Lash Harrison 62B 65L

received that honor. Harrison has more than 45 years of experience representing management in all aspects of employment and labor law. Since Ford & Harrison’s inception in 1978 with 14 lawyers, Harrison has served as its managing partner. Ford & Harrison is now one of the largest labor and employment law firms in the United States, with nearly 200 attorneys.


The Eléonore Raoul Greene Trailblazer Award commemorates Greene 20L, the first woman admitted to Emory University and a national leader in the women’s suffrage movement. It is given to an Emory Law alumna who has blazed a trail for ­others through her own professional and personal endeavors. The 2015 recipient was Sharon A. Israel 90B 90L, partner with Mayer Brown. Israel is a frequent speaker on patent-related topics and serves in leadership roles in numerous organizations, including currently serving as president of the American Intellectual Property Law Association.




was given to William J. Carney, Charles Howard Candler Professor of Law Emeritus. Carney is a wellknown author, lecturer, and teacher in corporate law. Carney led the committee that developed the Center for Transactional Law and Practice in 2007, and he hired its first director. Carney and his wife, Jane, recently donated a $1 million challenge grant to help the center hire an assistant director and to enhance its experiential programs and academic offerings.


Randall Kessler 88L

At the top of his game


or a man who handles divorces all day, Randall Kessler 88L is surprisingly good at relationships. In fact, it’s what his firm is founded on. Just ask Nancy Miller, Kessler’s paralegal and right hand since he opened his solo practice 24 years ago, when the now-glamorous suite of Kessler & Solomiany was just one small room, with barely enough space for Kessler and Miller to have a desk each.


I should open my own practice. He was in this little space with one extra office, and he said, ‘Why don’t you share space with us? You can pay $400 a month.’ It was just happenstance, and I feel like life took me by the hand.” That’s how Kessler describes much of his success —  a lot of being in the right place at the right time. Once he established a reputation as a family law expert, Kessler and his firm began attracting high-profile clients, from professional athletes to some of the stars of The Real Housewives of Atlanta (Kessler even appears in several episodes). And with CNN’s headquarters only a rock’s throw from his office, Kessler has also been interviewed on various news shows as a legal expert. “I’m on a lot because I’m across the street from CNN, and I always wear a suit,” Kessler laughs. “The producers are comfortable with me and know I won’t make them look bad.”

You don’t sit next to Randy on an airplane without getting his business card. He’s a networker. —Nancy Miller, Kessler’s paralegal

From the basketball court to the courtroom, Randall Kessler 88L is a networking pro who has built his solo practice into a thriving 13-lawyer firm.

“It was fun back then,” Miller says, when she and Kessler were taking any work they could get. “We grew the firm together. And it was no accident. You don’t sit next to Randy on an airplane without getting his business card. He’s a networker.” When you start your own practice, you certainly have to be. Even before graduation, Kessler began surrounding himself with Emory Law self-starters like Steven Montalto 79L, whom Kessler worked for during and right after law school, and Dr. Pamela Tremayne 83L 85G (deceased), whom Kessler worked for before deciding to go solo. “To start my own practice,” Kessler says, “I talked to anybody who knew anybody who was a partner or had their own firm. Benjamin Landey 62C 65L had his own immigration firm, so I went to talk to him about whether 28


With a growth in fame came a growth in business, and Kessler now has gained 12 attorneys and nearly 30 staff members since first opening his doors in 1991. “I don’t want to say I’m successful, but if there’s a secret to my success, it’s because I’m a little insecure, so I’ve always needed people around to ask, ‘Am I doing the right thing? Is this the way to handle it?’” he says. “That’s why I kept hiring good lawyers here, because otherwise I’d go crazy.” That same investment in people has given Kessler & Solomiany a reputation for caring and sincerity, and it’s what keeps bringing in clients, from the celebrities to the regular dad in crisis. “It’s nice to have the front row tickets at the game, and I get a kick when a player picks me out of the crowd and gives me a bear hug,” Kessler says. “But it’s not any different than when I see a mother at Kroger years later and she thanks me for being there for her when things were bad. The gratification is definitely delayed in divorce law, but when I see my clients back on their feet later down the road, and I know I was a small part of that, it makes me feel good.”


Marti 99L welcomes Emory Law to the White House

When Danny Marti 99L, US Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator, welcomed Dean Robert Schapiro and his cohorts to a special tour of his office at the White House, he was

visibly excited to provide representatives of his alma mater an inside look into one of the most protected places in the country. The intellectual property work that Marti does impacts myriad aspects of government, including cyber warfare, homeland security, trade, commerce, relations with China, healthcare affordability, and more. But the austerity of his charge doesn’t negate the thrill he still finds in his appointment. “I’m the guy who gets goosebumps when I drive over the bridge and see the Washington Monument,” he explains. “I love what I do and am honored to be in position to do it.” Taking chances is what put him in that position, he recalls. “It’s the risks you take in life that lead you to where you want to be.” Choosing to accept a managing partner job at Kilpatrick Townsend, where he was the first Hispanic partner and the youngest person to lead any of the

firm’s offices, led him to the connections that would eventually put him in the White House. He remembers his mother crying at his swearing in and Vice President Biden shaking hands with every member of his family. As he showed the dean around the grounds, he described those moments and what they meant to his family — what it means to him to know that the decisions he made could change not only his life and his family’s, but the way that the ingenuity of the American people is handled in perpetuity. Marti recently wrote: “The story of intellectual property, after all, is a story about the power of innovation and creativity. ... We are a country of risk takers and entrepreneurs, innovators, artists, and creative thinkers.” It’s that talk of embracing risk, that belief that one must take great chances to do great deeds, that guides Marti’s steps. — A. Kenyatta Greer

In memoriam: A true champion of Emory Law


oella Hartness Hricik, Emory Law’s associate dean for Development and Alumni Relations, was a force of nature, full of irrepressible energy, vitality, warmth, and joie de vivre. She strove for and insisted on excellence in herself and all those around her to the great benefit of the institutions for which she worked and to the many communities and friends she supported. Whether visiting with a donor, planning an alumni event, leading a board meeting in a brainstorming session, serving as a team mom for her sons’ sports teams, roasting her famous lemon basil chicken, or dancing up a storm to her favorite band, the Grateful Dead, Joella approached every aspect of her life with zest and passion. Her keen intellect, broad range of interests, and attention to current events ensured that she could carry on a substantive conversation with just about anyone she encountered. Thanks to her experience developed over years of fundraising for organizations like the DeKalb Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, the United Way, the Westminster Schools, and the Paideia School, as well as Emory Law, Joella was widely known and well respected by her peers in development and alumni relations. She was especially active with the Council for the Advancement and

Support of Education (CASE) as a teacher and presenter, sharing her wealth of expertise with others in the industry, and was just about to receive the coveted CASE Crystal Apple Teaching Award for outstanding performance and participation in its educational programs. She saw her team and colleagues at Emory Law not just as staff and faculty, but also as extended family. The alumni and donor relationships she developed often went beyond simply professional connections to true friendships. Joella was spearheading the plans for Emory Law’s centennial celebration during 2016 – 2017 and was excited to think big about the opportunity to rally people around such a momentous anniversary. Joella and her team were able to raise $24,238,900 during her four years at Emory Law, but the true depth of her impact will be realized in the years to come as the solid financial foundation she built for the law school become apparent. Through her vision and her ability to engage and solicit significant support, she ensured that her legacy at Emory Law will be one of respect and great admiration. The loss of a light too soon extinguished is painful for the entire Emory community. We will remember our friend Joella and her beaming smile with great fondness. EMORY LAWYER SPRING 2016



In December 2015, the Emory Law community was devastated by the sudden loss of a friend and colleague in Joella Hricik, the associate dean for Development and Alumni Relations.


There is no substitute, no class you can take, that is as valuable as going to a place and interacting with the people there. — Matthew Johnson 16l

IHL Clinic shines brighter for finding two mates BY SUSAN CARINI 04G


s Laurie Blank — clinical professor of law and director of Emory Law’s International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Clinic — headed to a conference in fall 2014, she did so believing that the IHL Clinic held claim to being one of a kind since its establishment in 2007. Other than perhaps the closely-related International Justice Clinic at the University of California-Irvine School of Law, there weren’t others out there doing clinical work in humanitarian law or, as it is also known, the law of armed conflict. There were clinics focused on human rights but not humanitarian law. And then a colleague Blank met at that conference unexpectedly held up a mirror. Leiden University has a similar setup — an International Humanitarian Law Clinic established in 2012 as part of its law school’s Kalshoven-Gieskes Forum and Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies, directed by Professor Robert Heinsch. Following the shock of ­recognition came a delighted promise that the two would stay in touch in order to compare notes. 30


Six weeks later: same mirror, different colleague. In Israel to speak at a conference, Blank ran into the professor running the newly opened International Criminal and Humanitarian Law Clinic at Radzyner School of Law at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) in Herzliya, Israel, north of Tel Aviv, directed by Professor Robert Heinsch. The three directors lost no time, as Blank describes it, “talking, imagining, and dreaming.” Each clinic holds a valuable key in international humanitarian law: Emory represents the United States, home to the world’s most active and powerful military and a lead player in counterterrorism operations. Leiden University offers proximity to The Hague, home to the United Nations’ International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court. And the IDC, of course, has the distinction of being based in a conflict zone. The three directors conceived a lofty goal: an international exchange program among the three clinics that would, in essence, help to build the next generation of international lawyers. In the course of a week’s intensive discussions and site visits together, the students


would return to their studies, home countries, and careers with the glimmerings of a robust network. With any luck, 10 or 15 years down the line, now in a position of influence, these individuals should be able to work together to make a real difference in humanitarian law. Just before Thanksgiving last year, a year’s worth of coordination resulted in everyone convening at the IDC —“everyone” being 10 students from Emory, 10 from Leiden, and 15 from the IDC, together with Blank’s fellow clinic directors, who never had met. Six days in Israel and lots to do. Blank wondered if it would take a little while for everyone to feel comfortable. After all, this group of 35 students might have vastly different perspectives depending on their experiences. For instance, the Israeli students had served in the army, as everyone there does following high school. Meanwhile, the Leiden students hailed from many different countries. Nonetheless, says Blank, “it was amazing how quickly the students dove into conversation and bonded with one another.” The plan was for the students to meet with practitioners and experts on the ground working on these issues, and the IDC did not disappoint. There were panel discussions and speakers each day — featuring military, government, and human rights lawyers, the people practicing and implementing the very law the students had been studying all semester in class and project work. The students were divided into five working groups, each of which had members from the three institutions. Their job was to engage one another and reflect on all that they were hearing and learning. And their responses put Blank over the moon. “They asked hard questions,” she says. “When you think about a body of law focused on making war more humane — protecting civilians, people who are detained, and cultural property — that is advanced citizenship. We took our students from those demanding considerations to the middle of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which certainly was a trial by fire as you drop legal questions into a contentious political arena.” In Blank’s view, the students “were the stars of the show.” One of them is Matthew Johnson 16L, who described the honor of meeting Justice Daphne BarakErez following a tour of the Israeli Supreme Court. Granting the visitors a private meeting, she began with a statement — what she does and the work of the court — then opened it up for questions, spending in all about 45 minutes with her rapt audience. That night, the students had the chance to meet and hear from Judge Gabriel Bach, the Holocaust survivor who was a prosecutor in the 1962 trial of Adolf Eichmann in Israel, a seminal event in the country.

For Johnson, “The primary benefit of this trip is that you can learn about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, or about international law and the law of armed conflict, but until you fly to another country and spend time talking to the people who deal with the realities of that conflict on a day-to-day basis, it is difficult to have a true picture of the scope and complexity of the conflict. There is no substitute, no class you can take, that is as valuable as going to a place and interacting with the people there.” Next year will find Johnson in the US Army JAG Corps, which he plans to make a career. “It was fascinating,” says Johnson, “to do a compare-and-contrast with what military lawyers in Israel face.” Amelia Todd 16L, normally a quiet presence in a group setting, found herself wholly animated. She confesses, “Someone asked me if I was planning to go into investigative journalism, I was asking so many questions.” She describes the pace as “exhausting, but in a good way, as students absorbed so much information.” Though she happily took a seat on their tour bus next to someone new every time, she admits to being very taken with the Israeli students, who she says, “were living out what we were hearing.” On the last day of their visit came Todd’s highlight: a visit to Neve Shalom, located midway between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. It is a village where Jews, Arabs, and Christians choose to live together in a coexistence model as well as lead educational programs for coexistence and peace. For someone whose future work will involve a mix of criminal and international work with a human trafficking focus, Todd is determined to embrace good wherever she sees it. Next year, the members of the three clinics are off to Leiden University and its rich resources in international criminal justice, then a visit to Atlanta —with a field trip to Washington — in year three. Meanwhile, this spring, the three clinics are beginning their first collaborative project, which will be work for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) — considered, says Blank, the premier organization focused on this body of law. The ICRC wants the students to build case studies of positive compliance with the law from conflicts all over the world. “So often, of course, all you hear about are the violations,” says Blank. She supports this direction because, “from a pedagogical standpoint, the students have to understand how the law works in order to know that it was upheld.” And she couldn’t help but appreciate that spark of hope inherent in the idea of highlighting the good in such desperate situations.



When you think about a body of law focused on making war more humane ... that is advanced citizenship. We took our students from those demanding considerations to the middle of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.  — Laurie Blank, clinical professor of law and director of the IHL Clinic


Events honor leaders, advance rule of law BY AMY TOZER


mory Law has a long tradition of presenting events and programs that help to advance conversations about the rule of law, honor leaders among us, and elevate the profile of the school. An awards ceremony, a conference series, and symposia brought together students, scholars and practitioners for lively dialogues on topics including public service, women and the law, civil justice, national security, and bankruptcy.

Pound Symposium

In October, together with the Pound Civil Justice Institute, Emory Law hosted The “War” on the US Civil Justice System, a symposium bringing together leading scholars of the US civil justice system to discuss the diminishing use of and access to civil litigation as well as tort reform and its impact on the development of US law.

20th Annual EPIC Inspiration Awards

One of the law school’s signature events, the EPIC Inspiration Awards celebrate members of our community who do extraordinary work in the public interest. The ceremony raises funds to underwrite public interest summer jobs for up to 50 law students. This year’s Lifetime Commitment to Public Service Award went to Edward J. “Jack” Hardin, founding partner, Rogers &

Hardin. US Deputy Attorney General Sally Quillian Yates was awarded the Outstanding Leadership in the Public Interest Award. The Unsung Devotion to Those Most in Need Award was presented to The Honorable Peggy H. Walker, Chief Judge, Juvenile Court of Douglas County.

35th Annual Randolph W. Thrower Symposium

In early February, the Randolph W. Thrower Symposium, Redefined National Security Threats: Tensions and Legal Implications, brought together diverse opinions and approaches for a stimulating dialogue on the future of national security law. Keynote speaker Harold Hongju Koh, Sterling Professor of International Law at Yale Law School, explored the landscape of 21st-century war and the large body of emerging law that needs to be developed, applied, and enforced. Three panels followed, covering the applicable law, corporate responsibility, and practical implications of cyber security; the emerging technologies, issues, and guidance of national security; and the transnational issues of immigration, domestic terrorism, and cross-border security.

LAWS Conference Series

Throughout February, the Legal Association for Women Students (LAWS) presented a conference series facilitating conversations between experienced lawyers and students. The conference topics spanned the professional legal lifecycle, from tools for getting jobs to advice for thriving in the workplace to paying it forward by helping others in the legal field advance in their careers. Attorneys from nonprofits, the government, and small and large firms reflected on their careers and provided advice to current students. The seminar series allowed students to engage with the speakers and peers before and after the panel, building new connections in both the Emory Law and Atlanta legal communities.

13th Annual EBDJ Symposium

The 13th Annual Emory Bankruptcy Developments Journal Symposium brought together practitioners, academics, and judges to discuss corporate and consumer bankruptcy issues. The corporate panel discussed the ABI Commission’s Report on the Reform of Chapter 11, while the consumer panel addressed recent developments in bankruptcy regulation, specifically mortgage servicing rules, the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Deputy Attorney General Sally Quillian Yates accepts her award from the Honorable David E. Nahmias, a justice in the Supreme Court of Georgia.




Search for knowledge. Cultivate excellence. Be wise. Cor Prudentis Possidebit Scientiam — The wise heart seeks knowledge. It’s Emory’s motto and the basis for our mission to educate students and cultivate global leaders. In order to fulfill our mission in the most effective way, we depend upon the contributions from generous alumni and friends. The Wise Heart Society is Emory’s leadership annual giving society, and it includes those who donate to the University’s mission at the highest level. Their kindness helps support scholarships, programmatic growth, and the recruitment of distinguished faculty. We appreciate all who give, but we especially thank the members of the Wise Heart Society, who give at least $1,000 to Emory. The following list reflects individual donors in the Wise Heart Society at Emory Law, where membership is calculated based on Emory Law’s fiscal year, which runs from September 1 to August 31.

Visionaries (gifts of $25,000 and above) Anonymous James E. Albertelli 94L and Heather R. Albertelli Facundo L. Bacardi 96L and Elizabeth Barcardi Dorothy T. Beasley 08L Esther R. Buchsbaum William J. Carney and Jane C. Carney David S. Cohen 94L and Craig A. Benson David K. Dabbiere and Melinda W. Dabbiere Geoffrey W. Emery 86L Donald M. Ferencz Kristin A. Halvey John K. Halvey 86B 86L C. Lash Harrison 62B 65L and Paula H. Harrison C. Robert Henrikson 72L and Mary Henrikson David Kessler 94L and Rhonda Kessler Bo W. Lycke and Edith M. Lycke Alonzo L. McDonald Jr. 48C and Suzanne McDonald Kathleen S. Miers Philip S. Reese 66C 76B 76L and Daphne C. Reese Thomas A. Reynolds III 77L and Hope Reynolds Gonzalo Rodriguez-Fraile Brent J. Savage 78L and Linda L. Savage John R. Seydel and Laura T. Seydel Robert E. Turner Rhett Lee Turner and Angela Della Costanza Turner Henry K. Walker 56OX 58C 63M 65MR 70MR 71MR Richard L. Wyatt Jr. 79L

Innovators (gifts of $10,000 – $24,999) Anonymous Charles E. Bass and Patti H. Bass 83L Robert D. Carl III 78L and Anne C. Currie William F. Denson III 68L and Deborah D. Denson Allan B. Diamond 79L and Sharon Diamond David A. Giannotti 72L and Kathy A. Giannotti J. David Gibbs 79L and Kaye L. LaFollette Brian S. Goldstein 85L and Marcia K. Goldstein 86L Timothy J. Goodwin 90L and Andrea G. Weyermann Seth R. Horowitz and Linda Kagan-Horowitz 89L Walter E. Jospin 79L and Wendy L. Shoob Frederic M. Krieger 75L and Alice T. Whittelsey John L. Latham 79L and Sheri T. Latham Ian L. Levin 92L and Lisa K. Levin Martin Liberman 74L Roderick W. McClure and Teri P. McClure 88L Richard D. McRae Sr. Vaughn W. McRae and Nora F. McRae Matthew Perchonock and Donna L. Yip 04L Linda N. Schapiro Dean Robert A. Schapiro and Dr. Lillian R.G. Schapiro Ami Patel Setty Nagendra Setty 87C 92L Charles A. Shanor and Susan M. Shanor 89L Paul R. Shlanta 83L and Mary E. Long K. Morgan Varner III and Chilton D. Varner 76L William C. Wardlaw Jere A. Wells and Della W. Wells 86L

Pioneers (gifts of $5,000 – $9,999) Anonymous Frank S. Alexander and Joan Alexander Joel S. Arogeti 82L and Beth W. Arogeti Jesse H. Austin III 80B 80L and Deborah P. Austin 77C 84L Francis S. Blake and Elizabeth K. Blake Albert J. Bolet III 91L and Cynthia A. Bolet 93N Michael J. Broyde and Channah S. Broyde Suzanne H. Brozman Christopher A.P. Carpenter 94L and Catherine C. Henson James W. Cooper 89L and Renata K. Cooper 86C 86G 89L Alston D. Correll Jr. and Ada L. Correll Alston D. Correll III 92L and Katherine Correll Hoyt Lane Dennard Jr. and Rita W. Dennard Martha G. Duncan David M. Epstein 88L and Sandra L. Epstein 89L John C. Ethridge Jr. 82L and Cynthia C. Ethridge John E. Floyd 83L and Elizabeth D. Floyd 83L Laurence Forte and Michelle T. Forte 84L Leslie R. Freedman and Lee P. Miller 82L James Wesley Gibson II and Kathy Buckman Gibson 89B 89L Hipolito M. Goico 95L and Susan Walker Goico 89OX 91C Brian S. Goldstein 85L and Marcia K. Goldstein 86L Scott A. Greer 95L and Karen E. Greer Reuben A. Guttman 85L and Joy Bernstein David C. Huffman and Laura S. Huffman 08L Michael Hyatt 70L and Lenore Hyatt Sam K. Kaywood Jr. 86L and Cheryl L. Kaywood Frank Kurnik and Caroline Kurnik John P. MacNaughton 74L and Bonnie B. MacNaughton John C. Mayoue 79L Mollie McFee Mary M. Oliver 72L W. Ray Persons and Wendy-Joy Persons Neal A. Roth 76L and Vicki M. Roth Robert de Rothschild Jean S. Shanks 74G




William P. Sullivan III 83L and Laura S. Sullivan David E. Thomas Jr. 83B 83L

Mentors (gifts of $2,500 – $4,999) Anonymous Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na’im and Sara Osman Robert A. Boas and Suzanne E. Boas Han Chun Choi 93L and Catherine M. Abrams Stephen M. Forte 80L and Susan S. Forte 80N Richard D. Freer and Louise L. Freer David M. Grimes 87L Kenneth A. Gross 75L and Karin G. Gross Barbara L. Gunn David L. Hamilton 75L and Ann B. Hamilton Robert S. Harkey 62C 65L and Barbara R. Harkey James I. Hay 71L and Molly Hay Larry W. Hilton and Catherine M. Hilton 95L Benjamin T. Hirokawa and Corey F. Hirokawa 00L

Robert H. Hishon Harry C. Howard 55L and Telside S. Howard James B. Hughes Jr. and Melba N. Hughes Willis B. Hunt Jr. 54L and Ursula S. Hunt Thad C. Kodish 00L and Elisa S. Kodish 99L David N. Krugler 97L and Leslie Krugler Aaron H. Marks 93L and Elaine B. Marks David C. McBride 75L and Sally McBride Paul M. McLarty Jr. 63C 66L and Ruth B. McLarty Paul J. Murphy 86L and Gia M. Partain David F. Partlett and Nannette S. Partlett Michael John Perry and Sarah Ann O’Leary Frederick M. Rudolph and Amelia T. Rudolph 88C 91L Michael P. Sarrey 76L and Paula K. Sarrey Charles E. Taylor 84L and Lisa C. Taylor Chet Tisdale 72L and Martha E. Tisdale Richard J. Warren 92L and Halli D. Cohn 90L Warren O. Wheeler 70L and Linda G. Wheeler Ivan Wolpert and Amy B. Wolpert 92L

Founders (gifts of $1,000† – $2,499) $500 for graduates of the last decade

Shapiro 83L endows writing awards fund Emory alumnus Keith J. Shapiro 83L has contributed $50,000 to endow the Keith J. Shapiro Writing Awards Fund. Shapiro has been funding these awards for nearly 20 years, but he has made the decision to endow the fund to ensure its perpetuity. “The Emory Law Bankruptcy Developments Journal and the writing awards have become an important part of my life and are now part of a long and rich bankruptcy law tradition at Emory. I’m not sure what the future holds in store for me, but I wanted to make sure that I could continue to pay it forward,” he says. Each year, two winners receive $1,000 awards, one for consumer bankruptcy writing and the other for corporate bankruptcy writing. Shapiro’s gift is given to inspire law students to pursue career opportunities in bankruptcy law. Since 2000, winners have received their awards at the annual Emory Bankruptcy Developments Journal banquet. Shapiro is the global vice president of Greenberg Traurig, a 1900-attorney firm operating in 38 cities. He is also chairman of the Chicago office, national chairman of Strategic Recruitment, and cochair of the firm’s business reorganization and financial restructuring practice. Shapiro has 32 years of bankruptcy and restructuring experience. He appears worldwide in corporate bankruptcy matters and workouts representing troubled companies, financial institutions, creditors’ committees, hedge funds, and private equity funds. He has further committed to training and assisting the next generation of lawyers by serving for many years as a member of Emory Law’s Advisory Board and as an advisor for the Emory Law Bankruptcy Developments Journal.  Explaining his continuous alumni giving, Shapiro says, “I think it is important for alumni to not only make general gifts to Emory Law but to also give directly to special projects to impact students who are especially deserving, either because of their financial needs or to recognize their unique accomplishments.”  — A. Kenyatta Greer



Anonymous William Aitkenhead and Mary L. Dudziak Miles J. Alexander 52C and Elaine Alexander Silas W. Allard 11T 11L and Rebecca F. Spurrier 09T 16G Morton H. Aronson and Ellen S. Aronson Thomas Carlton Arthur and Carolyn F. Arthur Thurbert E. Baker Esq. 79L and Catherine Baker James L. Barkin 90L and Wendy K. Barkin 84C 90L Bruce T. Barlow and Kathy T. Barlow 87L Justin A. Barton 12B 12L Howard J. Bashman 89L and Janice G. Bashman Arthur E. Bass and Jeanne M. Mininall 79L Gerald L. Baxter 76L and Deborah B. Baxter Stanley F. Birch Jr. 70L 76L and Margaret S. Sutton Bennie H. Black 80L Joseph O. Blanco 99L and Lisa R. Blanco Steven R. Block 80L and Lisa A. Block David R. Blumenthal and Ursula Blumenthal Emmet J. Bondurant II and Jane E. Fahey William L. Bost Jr. 73L and Ruthanna J. Bost Wayne N. Bradley 90L and Jennifer O. Bradley Peter A. Braverman 77L and Susan R. Rosenberg 78L Carolyn R. Bregman 82L Morton Brilliant and Jordana Rubel 07L Susan Buchsbaum John M. Bunt 14L Christopher C. Burris and Alexandra C. Burris George E. Bushnell III 81L Christopher C. Bly 99C 02L and Emily C. Baker 98C 01L A. Paul Cadenhead 49L and Sara D. Cadenhead Randall J. Cadenhead and Debra A. Segal 79L James C. Camp 76L and Delia A. Camp Paul T. Carroll III 74C 79L and Dale C. Carroll 75N 79N John A. Chandler and Elizabeth V. Tanis Benjamin Clare and Susan M. Clare 06L Debra R. Cohen 88L Ezra H. Cohen 69L and Katherine M. Cohen Robert L. Coley 70B 73L and Bettie T. Coley Paul Enrique Coloma 10B 10L and Amanda Coloma Donald J. Craig Todd W. Cramer 02C 04PH 08M 13MR and Payal P. Cramer 02C 07L Justin A. Critz 98C 08L Lorre Barbara Cuzze Esq. 14PH Natalie A. Dana 12L Eric M. Davis 92L and Lisa M. Davis


2015 RESULTS • 30 firms participated •

Reaching out to 560 alumni

Raising $256,000 for Emory Law during fiscal year 2014 – 2015

Emory University School of Law’s Emory @ Work program strengthens relationships with alumni by connecting with them through their law firms and workplaces. Each year, the program includes a friendly, nationwide competition in support of the Law School Fund for Excellence. We offer special thanks to our alumni volunteers who served as agents for their firms.  The Law School Fund for Excellence provides annual unrestricted resources for the law school’s most pressing needs. Donations are the foundation that supports all of the initiatives of Emory Law, including, but not limited to, scholarships, academic programs and initiatives, faculty support and research, student organizations and activities, professional development and career services, and public interest programs. Would your firm like to participate in next year’s competition? Please contact Associate Director of Alumni Relations Bethany Glass at for more information.

100% alumni participation

Samuel R. DeSimone Jr. and Liz DeSimone Robert S. Devins 78L William Brinkley Dickerson Jr. 78B 82B 82L and Patricia M. Dickerson James D. Duffy 94L and LaDonna L. Taylor Denis L. Durkin 73L Brent H. Eiland 94B and Virginia L. Carron Eiland 92L M. Jerome Elmore 76L and Susan Elmore Michael V. Elsberry 74L and Sally Ann Blackmun 76L Jeffrey Ferketic 13L Barbara E. Forman Kenneth B. Franklin and Alison Elko-Franklin 03L Gary S. Freed 81L Eric J. Frisch 96L Gerard J. Gaeng 84L Robert M. Gailey and Sara B. Brody 87L David H. Gambrell Elijah H. Gardner 90C and Erika J. Gardner 96L Bradford K. Gathright 05L and Louise H. Le 05L Peter J. Genz Herbert E. Gerson 70C 73L and Marlene T. Gerson Gordon D. Giffin 74L and Patti A. Giffin Brad M. Ginsberg 86L Frederick Jewel Glasgow III 10L E. Eldridge Goins Jr. 72L and Susan W. Goins Joseph A. Goldman 99OX 01B 07L Susan L. Grace 12L David Gratz Judson Graves 75L and Kathryn H. Graves 93PH Murray A. Greene 94L and Mary. C. Greene

Marshall David Gringauz 89L J. Edward Hall 61C 64L Barrett K. Hawks 60B 63L and Kathleen P. Hawks Catharina D. Haynes 86L David N. Heaton 87L and Mary Heaton 87L Larry P. Heck and Gaye N. Heck 87C 90L Thomas C. Helm and Lydia S. Russo Charles S. Henck 69C 75L and Christine G. Henck Matthew B. Henrikson Esq. 03C 06L and Sara L. Bellis 04C Bradley T. Honeycutt 09L and Katie A. Honeycutt Jack Horrell 76L and Karen Horrell 76L Richard D. Howe and Amy C. Howe Susan Hoy 74L David C. Hricik Howard O. Hunter and Susan F. Hunter Richard C. Ingwersen 73L and T.W. Ingwersen Sharon A. Israel 90B 90L Charles E. Izlar Makram B. Jaber 96L and Avis G. Brock Steven D. Jefferson and Sara J. Toering 06T 06L John A. Jordak Jr. 93L and Nancy Y. Jordak 93L Kurt G. Kastorf 02C 06L and Anjali Shah Kastorf 09G Kevin M. Kearney 87L and L. Adair Kearney Stephen T. Kong 95L and Salle E. Yoo Joyce L. Kramer 76L Phyllis A. Kravitch Caroline C. Kresky 83L Todd J. Krouner 84L and Shari K. Krouner 84L Henry L. Bowden Jr. 74L and Jeanne J. Bowden 77L

Berman Fink Van Horn Chamberlain Hrdlicka King & Spalding Thompson Hine

11–  29 alumni

Highest average gifts within their firm category Ford & Harrison Hunton & Williams King & Spalding

2015 Emory @ Work participants

Thanks to all our partners (grouped below by the number of alumni at the firm) who participated this year.

1 – 10 alumni

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart Parker, Hudson, Rainer & Dobbs Thompson Hine

Berman Fink Van Horn Bondurant, Mixson & Elmore Burr & Forman Chamberlain Hrdlicka Elarbee, Thompson, Sapp & Wilson Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner Ford & Harrison Lawler Green Prinz

Arnall Golden Gregory Ballard Spahr Bryan Cave Dentons US Holland & Knight Hunton & Williams Jones Day McGuireWoods Seyfarth Shaw Sutherland Asbill & Brennan Taylor English Duma Troutman Sanders Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice

30 + alumni

Alston & Bird Baker Donelson Greenberg Traurig King & Spalding Morris, Manning & Martin Smith, Gambrell & Russell




Stange family endows new scholarship for moot court standouts Paola Arzu Stange 01C 05L and her husband, Kirk C. Stange, founders of the Stange Law Firm, have established the Stange Law Firm Scholarship to honor top participants in Emory Law’s moot court program. The donation is for $120,000: $100,000 for the endowment and $20,000 for current use. Each year, a $4,000 scholarship is awarded to the overall winner of the Emory Moot Court Society 1L Competition, based on the highest average score, written and oral scores weighing equally.

Steven J. Labovitz 74L and Sheri S. Labovitz Harry V. Lamon Jr. 58L and Ada Lamon John S. Langford Jr. 58L and Margaret E. Langford J. Timothy Lawler and Nancy F. Lawler 75L Wayne H. Lazarus 66B 69L Steven K. Leibel 80L and Julie O. Leibel Joel M. LeMon 07G and Rebekah Close-LeMon 07L Elliott H. Levitas 52C 56L and Barbara H. Levitas Thomas E. Lewis 70L Clay C. Long and Elizabeth E. Long 75L Douglas J. MacGinnitie 92L and Michelle T. MacGinnitie Kareem A. Maddison 03L and Shonda Maddison John Maggio 96L Alexander C. Magruder Jr. 80C and Meghan H. Magruder 80C 83L Omeed M. Malik 06L Joseph L. Manson III 74L Lenore S. Maslia John F. McMullan 71L and Marilyn M. McMullan H. Stephen Merlin 73L and JoLynn A. Merlin David J. Michaelson and Linda G. Michaelson 90L Merriam Mikhail 12L M. Yvette Miller 88L Thoral David Mitchell 89L John G. Morris 69L and Christina W. Morris Carl W. Mullis III 75L and Marian Mullis Ann Hicks Murrah Richard H. Neiman 75L and Eileen M. Neiman Douglas Neufeld and Barbara Neufeld Alan Shane Nichols 97L and H. Jewel Chang-Nichols 94M 00MR William C. O’Kelley 51C 53L and Ernestine A. O’Kelley James R. O’Neill and Patricia B. O’Neill Roger W. Orlando 84C 87L and Cheryl L. Orlando Charles F. Palmer 86L and Kathie Palmer Wilmer Parker III 76L and Rebecca J. Skillern Parker Oliver B. Patton and Barbara A. Van Gelder 76L Guy D. Pfeiffer 75L and Charlotte S. Pfeiffer Larry S. Pike 60C 63L Leslie A. Powell 09L Polly J. Price 86C 86G G. Scott Rafshoon 96L and Ellen G. Rafshoon 94G 01G Kiran Raj 07L and Meena D. Raj 08M B. Allen Reid 80L Adam Reinke 12L Gregg D. Reisman 91L and Sharyl Reisman Eleanor H. Ridley 74L Peter J. Ross 78L and Anne I. Thorson Sarah E. Ross-Benjamin 12L



Paola was a member of the Moot Court Society during her time at Emory Law and says that experience gave her confidence as a practicing lawyer in the courtroom. Kirk has served as a moot court judge, taught CLEs, and served as a speaker at various engagements. The Stanges value proficiency in writing and orating, and their practice arrangement mirrors those values: Paola operates as the writer and Kirk as the speaker.

Julieanna D. Roth 96B 17L Alan E. Rothfeder 60B 63L 64B and Myrna S. Rothfeder John W. Rumely Jr. 79L and Shayla K. Rumley 79L Manuel B. Russ 04L and Marissa M. Russ Miranda Saskia Schiller 86L Patricia M. Scaduto 87L Arthur Jay Schwartz 72L and Joyce S. Schwartz Jeffrey Seaman and Julie A. Seaman Frank B. Sewall 74L and Angela M. Sewall Steven Sheridan and Sarah E. Sheridan 07B 07L Jae-Il Shim 04L and Myungah Moon Daniel E. Shulak 04C 10L and Amanda B. Shulak 10L Anand Sithian 11L and Shaira Sithian 12L Philip G. Skinner 78L and Nancy H. Skinner Brian J. Smith 08L Demetrius D. Smith and Andrea C. Smith 91L Jeffrey Smith and Kristen D. Adams 95L Carter Smith Jr. 56C 60M 66MR and Laura W. Smith 77L Emily J. Snyder 12L Stanley M. Srochi 49C 52L and Joan P. Srochi Paul B. Stephan and Pamela B. Clark Zachary J. Stewart 01L and Julie T. Stewart Christina E. Story Thomas E. Story III 80B 83L and Janice K. Story 82B Nicholas B. Telesca 89L Willard N. Timm Jr. 68L and Wanda F. Timm David Tkeshelashvili 06L and Nino Tkeshelashvili Christopher A. Troianos and Barbara B. Troianos Johan David Van der Vyver and Elma C. Van der Vyver James C. Walsh 82L W. Terence Walsh 70L and Patricia W. Walsh William D. Ward and Jennifer M. Morgan 95L Douglas L. Waters and Susan M. Waters R. J. Watts II 81L and Maureen Watts Neal A. Weinstein 81L and Rebecca L. Weinstein 81L Jordan P. Weiss 77L and Carol L. Weiss Thomas M. Wells III and Louise Wells 74C 78L Lloyd T. Whitaker 52OX 54C 61L and Mary A. Whitaker John F. Wieland and Susan W. Wieland Robert C. Williams 76C 79L and Elaine M. Williams David D. Wilson 93L and Melody W. Wilson Janet H. Wilson Jeff Wilson and Cameron N. Wilson 99L Charles F. Woodhouse and Barbara B. Woodhouse David A. Zimmerman 99L and Stephanie M. Zimmerman Paul John Zwier II and Marlene D. Zwier

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TI:GER AND THE UNCONVENTIONAL LAWYER Nicole N. Morris joined the faculty at Emory University School of Law to serve as professor of practice and director of the TI:GER program (Technological Innovation: Generating Economic Results), an innovative partnership between Emory and the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) that brings together graduate students in law, business, science, and engineering to work on ways to take innovative ideas from the lab to the marketplace. As a professor of practice, her areas of expertise include patent law, patent litigation, patent prosecution, IP licensing, and strategy. Read the “Unconventional Lawyers” story on page 8 to see how one student’s experience with the TI:GER program led him to use his law degree to begin a career helping students and professors commercialize their research.


Emory Lawyer | spring 2016  

News for and about Emory Law alumni

Emory Lawyer | spring 2016  

News for and about Emory Law alumni