News Release: Events, Law

Sep. 28,  2010

Distinguished Judges to Discuss Paths to the Bench

Emory University School of Law will host two events of the biennial conference of the Just the Beginning Foundation on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1. Both events feature distinguished panels of federal, state and local judges discussing their paths to the bench.

On Thursday, Sept. 30, Emory Law will host a "Robes in Schools" program from 10:30 a.m. until noon in the law school's Tull Auditorium, 1301 Clifton Rd. This program features a multiracial and gender-diverse panel of judges discussing their career paths, strategies and tips for success in the legal profession and insight into career-building opportunities as externs and law clerks. This event is aimed at college and law students contemplating a career in the legal profession.

Panelists include:

  • U.S. District Judge James Beaty, Middle District of North Carolina
  • Judge Diane Bessen, State Court of Fulton County (Emory College class of 1979, Emory Law class of 1987)
  • U.S. Magistrate Judge Linda Walker, Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. Magistrate Judge Karen Roby, Eastern District of Louisiana
  • Chief Judge Cynthia Wright, Fulton County Superior Court

On Friday, Oct. 1, Emory Law will host the "Pathfinder Panel" from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in Tull Auditorium. This event is open to the Emory community and the general public.

Panelists include:

  • Judge J. Antonio DelCampo, State Court of DeKalb County (Oxford College class of 1989, Emory College class of 1991)
  • U.S. District Judge Anne E. Thompson, District of New Jersey
  • Judge O. Rogeriee Thompson, 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. District Judge Susan D. Wigenton, District of New Jersey

The panel discussion will focus on the judges' careers and highlights of their judicial service.  Following one-on-one interviews with each judge, audience members may ask panelists questions.

Moderators will be the Hon. Vanessa D. Gilmore of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas and the Hon. Roger L. Gregory of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Both events are presented on behalf of the Just the Beginning Foundation, a multiracial, nonprofit organization comprised of lawyers, judges and other citizens. It is dedicated to developing and nurturing interest in the law among young people from various ethnic backgrounds underrepresented in the legal profession. The organization's long-term goal is to increase racial diversity in the legal profession and on the bench.

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