Graduates in service to state and society

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Former SEC Commissioner’s portrait unveiled

During a virtual celebration in October, the portrait of 1979 graduate Luis Aguilar was unveiled at the School of Law. Aguilar, whose service on the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission helped lead the country out of the economic upheaval of the 2008 recession, immigrated to the United States as a child refugee from Cuba. He describes himself as “the product of the generosity of the American people and the opportunities offered by the United States.” UGA President Jere Morehead (J.D.’80) (left) and Dean Bo Rutledge pose with the portrait.


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Portrait of the late Chief Justice Hines added to courtroom

In April, the School of Law held a virtual portrait unveiling for the late Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice P. Harris Hines. While he did not attend UGA, the justice often joked he was a “Bulldog by proxy.” Hines was a constant supporter of the law school’s students and faculty, regularly attended School of Law events and served as a member of its Board of Visitors. The portrait, seen here with members of the Hines family, now hangs in the Hatton Lovejoy Courtroom in Hirsch Hall.


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UGA President and alumnus honored by naming of college

A $10 million fundraising campaign, led by the UGA Foundation and its emeriti trustees to strengthen UGA’s Honors Program, culminated in the naming of the Jere W. Morehead Honors College. Morehead (J.D.’80) has served as president of the University of Georgia since 2013.


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Fund honoring late alumnus meets endowment threshold

The law school is pleased to share that the Rajesh “Raj” Mehta Memorial Endowment for Family Justice has met its endowment-establishing threshold. Mehta, a 2001 alumnus who worked as a staff attorney for the Cobb County Magistrate Court, was killed as he intervened to help a victim of domestic violence. The fund will provide support for scholarships, fellowships and various family justice initiatives in honor of Mehta’s legacy of kindness, thoughtfulness and service.


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Artist alumnus makes gift to school’s collection

Accomplished artist, Atlanta attorney and law school alumnus William Elliott Stiles Jr. (J.D.’06) presented a painting to the School of Law to add to his Concept Collection, which has been housed in Hirsch Hall since 2018. Titled “1961,” the piece (far right) reflects various historic elements relating to the desegregation of UGA and the Georgia public school system.


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Desegregation of law school discussed in virtual panel

In February, the School of Law hosted “The Legacy of Desegregation in the Law School, 1963–2021.” Rick Deane (J.D.’77), of counsel with Jones Day; Greg Roseboro (J.D.’87), the law school’s assistant dean for admissions, diversity and inclusion & strategic initiatives; and Sherida Mabon (J.D.’12), senior legal counsel at Kapsch TrafficCom North America; joined Assistant Director of Admissions and Diversity Programs Jenna Jackson (J.D.’14) in a conversation about the realities of being Black in law school and beyond. Clockwise from top left: Mabon, Roseboro, Jackson and Deane.