Dawn Jones (J.D. ’00) will be sworn in on June 13 between 9 -10 a.m. as the President of the State Bar of Georgia. The first time a Georgia State Law graduate has held the position. The event will take place live on the State Bar of Georgia’s Facebook page.
Eli Cohen (J.D. ’20) is a member of the Army National Guard. During the month of April, he led a team that cleaned 166 nursing homes and long-term care facilities in Georgia as well as assisted with setting up the COVID-19 testing site in the Georgia State blue lot.
Hon. Shawn LaGrua (J.D. ’87) was interviewed in the Georgia Bar Journal about her career and starting the life-changing “My Journey Matters” anti-recidivism program.
Benjamin D. Coker (J.D. ’02) was selected by Governor Brian Kemp to fill the vacancy on the Griffin Judicial Circuit Superior Court in Griffin, Ga. Prior to moving into the position in February, Coker was the district attorney for the Griffin Judicial Circuit.
Ben Dell’Orto (J.D. ’19) joined Bloom Parham, LLP, as an associate earlier this year. Dell’Orto’s practice focuses on several areas of litigation, including real estate, construction, zoning, code violations, ad valorem tax appeals and breach of contract.
Megan Eckel (J.D. ’18) and Jamie Hill (J.D. ’19) joined Holland & Knight as associates on the firm’s new national ERISA litigation team. Sakinah Jones (J.D. ’17) also joined Holland & Knight’s health care and life sciences team.
Alicia George (J.D. ’14) and her family welcomed baby Iris George in December 2019. Alicia is an attorney in the Athens, Ga. firm Johnson Marlowe. Her practice focuses on general business and construction litigation.
Caitlin Herndon (J.D. ’12) obtained a legitimation for an all female same sex couple in Fulton Superior Court. In same sex marriages, historically one or both partners must legally adopt to establish that parent/child relationship. In this case, Herndon’s firm represented Wife One of a same-sex couple in a divorce. Wife One did not carry the couple’s children and would have historically been required to adopt them. They filed within the divorce for the children to be confirmed legitimate on the grounds that the children were legitimated by the parties’ marriage, and it was honored.
Jeffrey J. (Jeff) Meek (J.D. ’03) has been named a Partner of MendenFreiman, a leading Atlanta-based business law, tax controversy and planning, estate planning, probate and trust administration firm.
Faison Middleton (J.D. ’95) was elected vice chairman of the board for Community Capital Bancshares and its subsidiary AB&T.
Tiffany Roberts (J.D. ’08) is leading efforts by the Southern Center for Human Rights and newly formed Atlanta Justice Lawyers to educate and coordinate legal resources for protesters. They are also offering guidance and co-counsel for lawyers who have never represented protestors.
Phyllis Talley (J.D. ’18) published an article, “The Elderly Disabled: The Applicability of Disability Rights for Age-Related Disability” in The Journal of Legal Medicine, Volume 40, Number 1.
Siobhan Tinsley (J.D. ’96) was named president of the Irish Chamber. Tinsley is general counsel at Cox Communications and serves on the boards of directors of the Irish Network ATL and IrishFest.
Stephanie Wilson (J.D. ’06) opened her own family law firm, Stephanie Wilson Family Law, after 13 years practicing family law.
Layla Zon (JD ’00) was appointed by Gov. Brian Kemp to the Superior Court of Georgia for the Alcovy Judicial Circuit.