The outgoing Georgia State University Law Review board celebrated its achievements that include amending its bylaws and editing process at its annual luncheon on April 19, as well as sharing the vision of the incoming board.
Outgoing editor-in-chief Jessica Williams-Vickery (J.D. ’18) said the board focused on communication, transparency and accountability. Its first big feat was to amend the bylaws to make disciplinary procedures a little clearer and fair to the members, she said.
“Law Review has been the best opportunity to combine my friendships with scholarship in the law,” Williams-Vickery said. “The opportunity to work with so many of my peers to produce a quality product that reflects well on the school has been truly enjoyable.”
Board members also amended the editing process to make it more efficient and increased the number of social gatherings to foster relationships between second-year and third-year students, Williams-Vickery said. The 2018 Law Review Symposium “From the Crime Scene to the Courtroom: The Future of Forensic Science Reform” was a success, drawing a large crowd for each of its panel discussions.
Caitlin Correa (J.D. ’19), the incoming student writing editor, agreed.
“Sometimes 1Ls get intimidated by Law Review because they hear us talking about how much time we spend working. But although you’re at work, you’re also having a good time with your friends. We’re like a family within the law school,” Correa said. “I love bringing in new people and showing them that this is fun — what we do is not a burden, it’s something that you learn from and grow in.”
Correa, who knew since she was a college junior that she wanted to be on Law Review, is excited about the upcoming term.
“What’s better than editing all these prestigious, academic papers that you learn from, hanging out with your friends, and being able to put it on your resume,” she said.
Matthew Haan, incoming editor-in-chief, said the outgoing board members were exceptional mentors and leaders. “We view it as an important part of the law school. We are very excited about the opportunity to work together this upcoming year.”
“You have done tremendously well; you really make us proud,” said Kelly Cahill Timmons, associate dean for student affairs and faculty advisor to the board.