Do you think the methods of teaching at Georgia State University College of Law differ from the methods implemented at law schools with longer histories?
Georgia State University College of Law provided me with a very unique experience. I was able to learn from those I aspire to be, given that some faculty members are practicing lawyers and former judges. The Student Trial Lawyers Association (STLA) program is taught by some of Georgia’s top litigators and is the best mock trial program, bar none. When I appeared at my first trial as a lawyer, I remember the Judge praising my advocacy skills and confidence. I told him that was in fact my first trial but that if he counted my mock trials, then I was a veteran.
What do you hope to see the College of Law achieve in the years to come?
I hope to see Georgia State College of Law continue to help shape the best lawyers and judges in the United States. I also hope to see it get the recognition that it deserves worldwide.
What do you see as the future of the legal profession?
I see the future of the legal profession as being fully and easily accessible to the public. Our community should not be misinformed when lawyers and other professionals are able to share general information quickly via online platforms and community events.
How should Georgia State Law be proactive to ensure students continue to succeed as time goes on?
The College of Law should continue to reach out to alumni and invite them back to speak to current students. The College of Law should also offer online or in-person sessions geared towards continuing legal education for its alumni. Perhaps an annual session on social media marketing or ethical issues for young practicing attorneys. I think both of these sessions would be helpful.
In what ways did your time at the College of Law influence your career goals? How did the College of Law encourage you to achieve these goals?
English is my second language, and I was not very confident in my advocacy skills. I honestly never thought I had what it takes to be a litigator and vigorously argue cases in a courtroom. Because of Georgia State College of Law’s STLA program and our wonderful coaches, I learned how to over-prepare for cases. I became fearless and confident. The Student Trial Lawyers Association (STLA) changed everything for me.
What does Georgia State Law mean to you?
Both GSU and the College of Law have a very special place in my heart. I am forever grateful for Dean Steven J. Kaminshine and Cheryl Jester-George for taking a chance on me. I am also grateful for the mock trial coaches, professors, connections, and the lessons I learned while a student at the College of Law. Go Panthers!
Pamela Peynado (J.D. ’14) is an attorney and partner at Lee & Peynado Immigration Law Group. At age 29, Peynado became the youngest and only female partner in the history of the firm. She also serves as Judge Pro Hac Vice for the Municipal Court of Atlanta.
by Alaina Vacante (J.D. ’24)