Two new associate deans and other promotions

Barnett assumes associate deanship

barnett picOn July 1, Kent Barnett became the law school’s associate dean for academic affairs, a post previously held by Marshall Chair of Constitutional Law Randy Beck from 2018 to 2021.

Recently promoted to full professor, Barnett also holds a Hosch Professorship, and his scholarship focuses on administrative law. His recent publications include:  Administrative Law, 5th ed.; “How Chevron Deference Fits Into Article III” forthcoming in the George Washington Law Review; and “Regulating Impartiality in Agency Adjudication” in the Duke Law Journal.

Barnett’s work has been selected for presentation at the Yale-Stanford-Harvard Junior Faculty Forum and the Southeastern Association of Law Schools Annual Conference as one of the winners of a call for papers from law faculty.

He currently serves as an appointed public member of the Administrative Conference of the United States, an independent federal agency that provides research and recommendations to agencies and Congress to improve the federal bureaucracy. Previously, he was the reporter for the Model Adjudication Rules by ACUS for use in all federal agency evidentiary hearings, and he served as chair of the Administrative Law Section of the Association of American Law Schools.

Barnett joined the law school faculty in 2012 and received the school’s 2021 Ellington Award for Excellence in Teaching. Before entering the legal academy, he practiced at Weil, Gotshal & Manges and clerked for Judge John Rogers of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

Durkee accepts associate deanship/directorship

durkee picMelissa J. “MJ” Durkee has become the law school’s associate dean for international programs. She also holds a Post Professorship and serves as the director of the Dean Rusk International Law Center, which Hosch Professor & Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor Lori A. Ringhand has led on an interim basis since January 2020.

Durkee’s research and teaching focus on international law and corporate governance, including international economic and environmental law, global governance, democratic participation, public-private partnerships and legal theory. Her scholarship has been published in prestigious journals such as the Yale Law Journal, the Stanford Law Review, the Virginia Law Review, the UCLA Law Review, the Washington University Law Review and the American Journal of International Law.

She is on the Board of Editors of the American Journal of International Law and serves as supervising editor of AJIL Unbound. She is a member of the American Society of International Law’s Executive Council and serves as vice-chair of its International Legal Theory interest group. Additionally, she has delivered invited lectures and spoken to academic and professional audiences throughout the United States and internationally.

Durkee, who joined the School of Law faculty in 2018, is a graduate of Yale Law School. Prior to her academic career she clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and in the Second District of New York as well as practiced international litigation and arbitration at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton in New York. She also holds a courtesy appointment in UGA’s Terry College of Business.

Striepe serves as law library director

striepe picThomas “T.J.” Striepe took over the helm of the Alexander Campbell King Law Library at the beginning of 2021 after the retirement Carol A. Watson (J.D.’87).

Striepe joined the library’s faculty 10 years ago, initially serving as the faculty services librarian and then as the associate director for research services. Over the years, he has taught 1L Legal Research, Advanced Legal Research, Business Law Research, Legal Research and Writing for LL.M.s, and Legal Aspects of Entrepreneurship.

He co-wrote chapters for two books – “Special Considerations in Transfers to Minor Beneficiaries Born as a Result of Reproductive Technologies” in Tax, Estate, and Lifetime Planning for Minors, 2d ed., and “Embedded Librarianship” in Law Librarianship in the Digital Age, which was awarded the American Association of Law Libraries Andrews Legal Literature Award.  He is currently co-authoring a book titled Georgia Legal Research and the chapter “Faculty Services” in Introduction to Law Librarianship, which will both be published later this year.

Striepe is a regular presenter at conferences, speaking on topics such as digitizing special collections, maximizing scholarly impact, open access legal scholarship, managing projects and legal research instruction.

He is an active member of the American Association of Law Libraries and the Southeastern Chapter of AALL.

Miller appointed to Rogers Chair

miller picSpecializing in intellectual property law and competition law, Joseph S. Miller has been named the new holder of the Rogers Chair of Intellectual Property and Unfair Competition Law.

Miller’s scholarship focuses on intellectual property law and the larger legal frameworks that structure competition in a market economy. His work has appeared in the Catholic University Law Review, the Illinois Law Review, the University of Pittsburgh Law Review, the Stanford Technology Law Review, the Administrative Law Review and the Cardozo Law Review. He is also the co-author of the casebook Intellectual Property Law: Cases & Materials, 7th ed. (2021).

His current research examines judicial citation practices using mathematical tools of network analysis – which is part of a broader methodological practice known as computational analysis of law – and relates to his recently published article “Two Centuries of Trademark and Copyright Law: A Citation-Network-Analysis Approach” in the Chicago-Kent Journal of Intellectual Property.

Miller joined the School of Law faculty in 2011.

Sawyer becomes Hosch Professor/director

sawyer picLogan E. Sawyer III – who teaches American Legal History, The Law and Ethics of Lawyering, Corporations and Constitutional Law – has been promoted to the rank of full professor and was awarded a Hosch Professorship. Also, during the 2020–21 academic year, he was named the director of the law school’s undergraduate studies program, overseeing the launch of a minor in law for UGA undergraduates this fall.

Sawyer’s academic interests focus on the relationship between law and political institutions in American history. He is currently working on a history of originalism and party politics from the 1950s to the 1990s. Some of Sawyer’s recent scholarship includes: “Originalism from the Soft Southern Strategy to the New Right: Constitutional Politics of Sam Ervin Jr.” in the Journal of Policy History and “Method and Dialogue in History and Originalism” in the Law and History Review. He is also active in the American Society for Legal History.

Sawyer came to UGA in 2010 and was invited to join UGA’s prestigious Teaching Academy in 2021. Previously, he served as a UGA Center for Teaching and Learning Senior Teaching Fellow in 2020–21 and was selected for the inaugural class of UGA’s Teaching Academy Fellows in 2011.

Before coming to Athens, Sawyer served as a visiting professor at Harvard Law School and a Law Research Fellow at the Georgetown University Law Center as well as taught courses at the University of Virginia.

Waller named assistant dean for career development

waller photoIn May, the School of Law announced that Anthony E. “Tony” Waller (J.D.’93) would become its assistant dean for career development. He most recently joined the School of Law in 2015 as the school’s director of public sector career advising and bar exam success programming, and he has been responsible for advising students and graduates on public interest and governmental employment as well as ensuring employers in those practices have access to School of Law students. Additionally, he was, and continues to be, responsible for the school’s bar exam success programing.

Waller has more than 17 years of experience in the area of law school career development, having been a part of the School of Law’s career staff for a combined total of 11 years and serving as assistant dean at the University of Illinois College of Law from 2006 to 2011. Waller is actively involved in the National Association of Law Placement, and he has served as a member of its Board of Directors as well as on various committees.

Waller earned his law degree from UGA, and he replaced Kenny Tatum, the previous holder of the assistant deanship.

During the 2020–21 academic year, the law school’s Career Development Office also saw the departure of Elizabeth “Beth” Shackelford, the director of student professional development. Shackelford retired after 25 years of service to the university.

Pulliam to lead law school advancement office

pulliam photo Lara Pulliam has been named the interim senior director of law school advancement, overseeing the school’s efforts for growing private support that will ensure a strong future for the law school.

She will also continue to serve as Dean Peter B. “Bo” Rutledge’s chief of staff, a post she has held for four years. In this position, she has played an integral role in the development of key capital campaign initiatives like the Distinguished Law Fellows and First-Start Scholars programs in addition to working closely with the school’s Board of Visitors and senior administrative team.

Pulliam came to the law school in 2011 as its director of stewardship. Her duties included fostering relationships between scholarship recipients, donors and the law school; managing the gift acknowledgement process for all donations to the law school; and working closely with the dean on special initiatives benefitting the internal and external law communities.

Anne Moser, who previously led the law school’s advancement team, recently accepted a position in the office of UGA’s Vice President for Public Service and Outreach.


Librarians earn new titles

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Steven M. Wolfson has been named the Alexander Campbell King Law Library’s associate director for research and copyright services, while Rachel S. Evans and Geraldine Kalim have been promoted to Librarian II.

As associate director, Wolfson will be the primary liaison between the law library and the law school’s faculty.

He will also supervise the library’s Research Assistant Program and teach legal research and the courses Legal Aspects of Entrepreneurship and Pirates, Spies & Speech: Exploring the Intersection of Law & Technology in the Information Age.

A copyright specialist, Wolfson will continue to handle issues relating to copyright, scholarly communication and research-related information policy matters.

Wolfson, who joined the library’s team in 2018, recently co-authored “Undergraduate Law Courses: A New Opportunity for Law Librarians” in the AALL Spectrum and “A Practical Workflow for OCR Telework” in Computers in Libraries. He also presented on digitizing special collections at the Society of Georgia Archivists Annual Meeting and on the Second Circuit’s recent decision in Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts v. Goldsmith at the University Information Policy Officers Annual Meeting.

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Evans, who serves as the metadata services and special collections librarian, ensures the discoverability of library resources and maintains the library’s information platforms, including the online catalog. She also oversees the management of the archives and other special collections, such as the school’s institutional repository.

She is a frequent presenter at library, technology and web-related conferences and is chair of the Georgia Library Association’s Technical Services Interest Group. She also serves on the Education and Publications Committee of the Southeastern Chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries as handbook editor.

Active in the AALL, Evans is a member of the Legal Innovation and Technology, Technical Services, and Library Systems and Resource Discovery special interest sections. She is also a member of AALL’s First Generation Caucus and Law Repositories Caucus.

Evans has published in nationally recognized professional magazines and journals, including Computers in Libraries, Library Journal, The Journal of New Librarianship, AALL Spectrum and The Georgia Library Quarterly.

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Kalim joined the library in 2019 as the student services librarian. She is responsible for the development and implementation of library activities and programs for law students that are designed to enhance learning. She also serves as the primary liaison between the law library and the student body, teaches Legal Research and Advanced Legal Research, provides reference services and coordinates information instruction opportunities such as class presentations, library tours and continuing legal education seminars.

Kalim is a member of the Atlanta Law Libraries Association, the Southeastern Chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries and serves on the Government Relations Committee for the AALL.

She has presented on technology and resources to audiences such as the Atlanta Law Libraries Association, the Georgia Association for Women in Higher Education and SEAALL as well as at the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction’s Conference for Law School Computing.