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Atlanta's John Marshall Law School was founded in 1933 with a primary purpose of providing quality legal education to a large and significantly underserved segment of society. For the past 70 years, John Marshall reached out to the older student, the working professional seeking part‑time study, the minority student, and the student motivated by the love of learning and the majesty of the law. Today, the school remains true to its original mission in all of its programs and policies, while at the same time providing opportunities for those seeking full‑time course of study in an urban setting.


The Juris Doctor program at Atlanta's John Marshall Law School is designed to foster intellectual and practical skill development among students with an emphasis on analytical writing skills and problem solving techniques. The goal of the degree program is to produce highly competent and skilled practicing lawyers who are knowledgeable of and committed to adherence to the highest professional and ethical standards in the legal profession. Our graduates are inculcated with those skills and values deemed important by the legal profession and are committed to representing people and solving their everyday legal problems. The program of study is available in a variety of scheduling options, thus allowing students to pursue their career goals on a full or part‑time basis with courses being offered in both the day and the evening hours.


Since its founding, the Law School has educated thousands of successful practicing attorneys in the State of Georgia. Graduates of the school serve in a variety of roles expected of attorneys from private practitioners in large and small firms to public service lawyers in government offices throughout the State. Numerous graduates have distinguished themselves as members of the judiciary in the state of Georgia while others have devoted themselves to public service through seeking and winning elective public office. The history of Atlanta's John Marshall Law School is long and illustrious. We are committed to maintaining our role in the legal community of Georgia and to providing a sound program of high quality legal education to individuals throughout the Southeast.



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RICHARDSON R. LYNN, (Dean), admitted to bar, 1976, Tennessee; 1989, Nebraska. Education: Abilene Christian University (B.A., 1973); Vanderbilt University (J.D., 1976). COURSES: Civil Procedure, Pre‑Trial Practice. Email:

K LEE ADAMS, (Associate Professor), admitted to bar, 1995, Georgia. Education: Georgia State University (B.A., 1985); University of Georgia School of Law (J.D., 1994). COURSES: Constitutional Law, Civil Procedure. Email:


JOANNA B. APOLINSKY, (Assistant Professor), admitted to bar, 1997, Georgia. Education: University of Texas at Austin (B.A., 1993); Georgia State University College of Law (J.D., 1997). COURSES: Business Organizations, Torts. Email:


STAN BERNSTEIN, (Professor), born Los Angeles, California; admitted to bar, 1974, Ohio; 1974, Michigan; 1985, California; 1989, Arizona; 1991, Massachusetts. Education: Brandeis University (B.A., 1962); University of Chicago (M.A., 1964); Harvard University (Ph.D., 1970); Rutgers University School of Law (J.D., 1973). COURSES: Bankruptcy, Sales & Secured Transactions, Remedies. Email:


KATHLEEN M. BURCH, (Associate Professor), born Portsmouth, Virginia; admitted to bar, 1989, Illinois; 1995, YAP State Court, FSM. Education: Rosary College (B.A., 1986); Georgetown University (J.D., 1989). COURSES: Constitutional Law, Legal Drafting, Trial Advocacy, Civil Liberties. Email:


MICHELE A. BUTTS, (Assistant Professor), admitted to bar, 1996, Georgia. Education: Syracuse University (A.B., 1991); University of Florida College of Law (J.D., 1996). COURSES: Legal Writing, Drafting, Negotiations, Professional Responsibility. Email:


KEVIN CIEPLY, (Associate Professor), admitted to bar, 1993, Florida; 1996, Colorado; 2000, Wyoming. Education: Northern Kentucky University (A.S., 1983; B.S., 1985); Notre Dame Law School (J.D., 1993); The Judge Advocate General's School (LL.M., 1997). COURSES: Legal Writing, Legal Drafting. Email:


ROBERT J. D'AGOSTINO, (Professor), born New York, New York, October 14, 1942; admitted to bar, 1971, Georgia; 1972, New Jersey. Education: Columbia University (A.B., 1964; M.A., 1966); Emory University School of Law (J.D., 1970). COURSES: Sales & Secured Transactions, Payment Systems, Finance & Fraud, Business Organizations. Email:


KARI MERCER DALTON, (Associate Professor), born St. Louis, Missouri; admitted to bar, 1995, Georgia. Education: Boston College (B.A., 1992); Loyola University School of Law (J.D., 1995). COURSES: Legal Writing, Pre‑Trial Practice and Procedure. Email:


HELEN DEHAVEN, (Associate Professor), born Gainesville, Florida, December 14, 1950; admitted to bar, 1980, Tennessee. Education: New College (B.A., 1968); University of Tennessee (J.D., 1980). COURSES: Remedies, Real Property, Labor Law, International Law, Arbitration, Evidence. Email:


ANDREA DONEFF, (Associate Professor), admitted to bar, 1987, Georgia. Education: Emory University (B.A., 1984; M.A., 1984); Emory University School of Law (J.D., 1987). COURSES: Legal Writing, Legal Drafting. Email:


LISA DURHAM‑TAYLOR, (Assistant Professor), admitted to bar, 2000, Georgia. Education: Cornell University (B.A., 1995); University of Georgia School of Law (J.D., 2000). COURSES: Civil Procedure, Contracts. Email:


PATRICE A. FULCHER, (Associate Professor), born Eugene, Oregon; admitted to bar, 1996, Georgia. Education: Howard University (B.A., 1992); Emory University (J.D., 1995). COURSES: Legal Writing, Trial Advocacy, Criminal Law, Pre‑Trial Practice & Procedure. Email:


JACE C. GATEWOOD, (Associate Professor), admitted to bar, 1994, Georgia; 1991, New York. Education: Georgetown University (A.B., 1983); Georgetown University Law Center (J.D., 1990). COURSES: Business Organizations, Real Property. Email:


SHERYL E. HARRISON, (Associate Dean of Students and Assistant Professor), admitted to bar, 2000, Georgia. Education: North Carolina AST State University (B.A., 1995); Wake Forest University (MBA, 1997); University of North Carolina School of Law (J.D., 2000). COURSES: Contracts, Business Organizations, Legal Drafting. Email:


ELIZABETH JAFFE, (Associate Professor), born Wichita Falls, Texas, October 1, 1970; admitted to bar, 1996, Georgia. Education: Emory University (B.A., 1992); Washington University School of Law (J.D., 1995). COURSES: Legal Writing, Legal Drafting, Client Interviewing & Counseling, Depositions, Pre‑trial Practice & Procedure. Email:


BROWNING JEFFRIES, (Assistant Professor), born Tampa, Florida, June 16, 1977; admitted to bar, 2000, Georgia. Education: Duke University (A.B., 1999); University of Virginia (J.D., 2002). COURSES: Legal Writing, Legal Drafting, Pre‑Trial Practice & Procedure. Email:


LUCILLE JEWEL, (Assistant Professor), admitted to bar, 2000, New York; 2004, Georgia. Education: Columbia University (B.A., 1996); Tulane University School of Law (J.D., 2000). COURSES: Legal Writing, Advanced Appellate Advocacy, Legal Drafting, Trial Advocacy, Entertainment Law, Pre‑Trial Practice & Procedure, Client Interviewing and Counseling. Email:


LIZA KARSAI, (Associate Professor), born Arlington, Virginia, February 5, 1966; admitted to bar, 1993, California. Education: UCLA (B.A., 1988); Pepperdine (J.D., 1993). COURSES: Torts, Evidence, Advanced Evidence. Email:


MICHAEL B. KENT, (Assistant Professor), admitted to bar, 2000, Georgia. Education: University of Alabama (B.A., 1995); University of Georgia, School of Law (J.D., 1999). COURSES: Real Property, Wills, Trusts & Estates, Professional Responsibility. Email:


MICHAEL J. LYNCH, (Director of the Law Library and Professor), born Detroit, Michigan, September 14, 1940; admitted to bar, 1965, Michigan. Education: University of Detroit (Ph.B., 1962); Emory University (M.L.S., 1976); University of Michigan Law School (J.D., 1965). COURSES: Contracts. Email:


SUPARNA MALEMPATI, (Associate Professor), admitted to bar, 1992, Georgia. Education: Dartmouth College (A.B., 1988); George Washington University (J.D., 1992). COURSES: Legal Writing. Email:


MELINDA A. MARBES, (Associate Professor), admitted to bar, 1988, Georgia, 1988 Florida. Education: Emory College (B.A., 1985); Emory University (J.D., 1988). COURSES: Real Property, Business Organizations, Professional Responsibility. Email:


LANCE P. MCMILLIAN, (Assistant Professor), born East Point, Georgia, December 6, 1972; admitted to bar, 1998, Georgia; 1999, Northern District Georgia, Middle District Georgia; 2001, Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals; 2005, U.S. Supreme Court. Education: University of North Carolina (B.A., 1995); University of Georgia (J.D., 1998). COURSES: Torts, Law Office Management, Constitutional Law. Email:


MICHAEL MEARS, (Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Associate Professor), born Tupelo, Mississippi; admitted to bar, 1977, Georgia. Education: Mississippi State University (B.S., 1968, M.A., 1969); University of Georgia (J.D., 1977). COURSES: Evidence, Criminal Procedure, Advanced Criminal Procedure, Advanced Evidence, Criminal Law. Email:


DANIEL FRANCIS PIAR, (Professor), born Cleveland, Ohio, June 11, 1969; admitted to bar, 1995, Georgia. Education: Harvard University (A.B., 1991); Yale University (J.D., 1994). COURSES: Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Jurisprudence, Constitutional Torts. Email:


KAMINA A. PINDER, (Associate Professor), admitted to bar, 1996, Maryland; 1998, District of Columbia. Education: Smith College (B.A., 1993); New York University School of Law (J.D., 1996); Georgetown University (LL.M., 1998). COURSES: Legal Writing, Pre‑Trial Practice and Procedure, Contracts, Client Interviewing & Counseling. Email:


JONATHAN A. RAPPING, (Associate Professor), born Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; admitted to bar, 1992, District of Columbia; 2005, Georgia. Education: University of Chicago (B.A., 1988); Princeton University (M.P.A., 1992); George Washington University Law School (J.D., 1995). COURSES: Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure. Email:


HEATHER R. SCRIBNER, (Assistant Professor), admitted to bar, 1998, Georgia. Education: Florida State University (B.A.); Georgia State University College of Law (J.D.). COURSES: Real Property, Conflict of Laws, Civil Procedure. Email:


SCOTT W. SIGMAN, (Director of Legal Skills and Professionalism Program and Associate Professor), born Charleston, West Virginia; admitted to bar, 1996, California. Education: West Virginia State University (B.S., 1989); University of Charleston (M.A., 1992); West Virginia State University College of Law (J.D., 1996). COURSES: Legal Writing, Legal Drafting, Trial Advocacy, Negotiations. Email:


LISA C. TRIPP, (Assistant Professor), admitted to bar, 1998, Georgia. Education: East Carolina University (B.S., 1990); George Washington University Law School (J.D., 1998). COURSES: Healthcare Law, Torts, Criminal Law, Remedies. Email:


RENATA D. TURNER, (Director of Pro Bono Outreach and Externships and Associate Professor), born Atlanta, Georgia; admitted to bar, 1989, California; 1990, Georgia. Education: University of Georgia (B.A., 1980); University of Southern California Law Center (J.D., 1989). COURSES: Externships, Domestic Violence Law. Email:


JEFFREY ALAN VAN DETTA, (Professor), born Schenectady, New York, July 2, 1962; admitted to bar, 1988, New York; 1989, Georgia. Education: Union College (B.A., 1985); Albany Law School (J.D., 1987). COURSES: Civil Procedure, Torts, Contracts, International Business Transactions, Conflicts, Employment Discrimination, International Civil Litigation. Email: