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Sep. 18,  2008

Former Delta General Counsel Appointed Associate Dean

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Emory University School of Law Dean David F. Partlett has appointed former Delta senior vice president and general counsel Gregory L. Riggs as associate dean of student services and community engagement.  Riggs begins his appointment Oct. 1, 2008.

In his role as associate dean, Riggs will oversee Emory Law’s offices of admission, career services, student affairs and student records.

"Greg’s considerable experience in the Atlanta legal community and his intimate knowledge of Emory Law, coupled with his many years of strong management experience at Delta, make him the perfect candidate for this new position,” Partlett said. "Through Greg’s leadership, we aim to continue improvements to our overall student experience and further strengthen our career services offerings for students through new partnerships with the legal community. Greg will be at the forefront of these efforts."

Prior to joining Emory Law, Riggs served as senior counsel to Compliance Systems Legal Group, a national boutique law firm that specializes in advising large companies on corporate ethics and compliance matters.  Before that he served as senior counsel with Alston & Bird in Atlanta.

Riggs retired from Delta Air Lines with 25 years of experience, having served in a number of positions, most recently senior vice president, general counsel and chief corporate affairs officer.  In this role, he had responsibility for Delta’s corporate affairs offices, including legal, government affairs, public affairs and corporate communications.

Riggs is a 1979 graduate of Emory Law.  He also has a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as well as an M.A. from Oxford University in England.

An involved member of the Atlanta community, Riggs has served on several boards, including the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Delta Air Lines Foundation, the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation and the Emory Law Advisory Board. He is a member of the board of trustees for the Aviation Accreditation Board International and has served as chair of the corporate counsel section of the State Bar of Georgia and chair of the law department management committee of the American Corporate Counsel Association’s Atlanta chapter.


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