Judge López To Deliver Law Week 2016 Keynote at Georgia State Law on April 6

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DeKalb County State Court Judge Dax López will be the keynote speaker for Law Week 2016, April 4-8, at Georgia State University College of Law.

Judge López is a trailblazer and serves as a tremendous role model for our law school community,” said Darlene Childers, Georgia State Law Student Bar Association senator and Law Week coordinator.

DeKalb County State Court Judge Dax López will be the keynote speaker for Law Week 2016, April 4-8, at Georgia State University College of Law.

The week includes daily panels on a variety of topics ranging from the Biblical foundations of American jurisprudence to the modern civil rights movement.

López will discuss “How to Succeed in the Legal Profession” at noon, Wednesday, April 6, in Room 241 of 85 Park Place NE in Atlanta.

“Judge López is a trailblazer and serves as a tremendous role model for our law school community,” said Darlene Childers, Georgia State Law Student Bar Association senator and Law Week coordinator.

López was the youngest judge appointed to DeKalb’s state court bench at the time in 2010, and the second Latino in the history of Georgia appointed to serve on a Georgia trial court. He presides over criminal misdemeanor and civil matters, as well as two sections of the DeKalb County DUI Court, one of which includes the only such court conducted entirely in Spanish.

López was nominated last year by President Barack Obama to the Federal District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. Prior to his appointment, López practiced complex civil litigation and handled class actions, employment matters and product liability cases at several firms.

In the keynote, López will share practical advice drawn from his extensive experience in the private and public sectors. Law Week offers an array of activities for students throughout the week, with several events open to the public.

“Law Week is important because it is a week of concentrated collaboration among our students, faculty and the Atlanta legal community to promote and reiterate our commitment to public service,” Childers said.

Other Law Week events:

•At noon, Tuesday, April 5, David Miller and Aamed Noormohamed of Veterans for Peace will speak about “Realities of U.S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East” in Room 241.
•At 5 p.m., Tuesday, April 5, there will be a panel presentation on HIV and the Law with several faculty members and Greg Nevins with Lambda Legal in Room 241.
•From 4:30 to 6 p.m., Wednesday, April 6, Judges Shawn LaGrua (J.D. ’87) and Ural Glanville of the Fulton County Superior Court will be part of a panel discussion on criminal justice reforms with Judge Cassandra Kirk of Fulton County State Court; Thomas Worthy of Criminal Justice Reform and LaTisha Dear Jackson (J.D. ’01) of Thomas Kennedy Sampson & Tompkins LLP, in Room 341.
•From 5 to 6 p.m., Thursday, April 6, Judge Melynee Leftridge with Fulton County Magistrate Court, Akinyele Umoja and Andrew Palmer (J.D. ’17) with Georgia State will present “Do Black Lives Matter?: How The Modern Civil Rights Movement is Reforming the Legal Field” in Room 241.

For the Law Week 2016 schedule, visit law.gsu.edu/ law-week-2016

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