Sep. 10, 2010
Emory Law Hosts Georgia AG Candidate Debate
Emory University School of Law will host a debate featuring Georgia’s candidates for attorney general at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 20, at the law school, 1301 Clifton Rd.
At the Attorney General Candidate Forum, co-sponsored by the Fulton County Daily Report, candidates will take questions from an audience of lawyers, judges and law students, as well a panel from the Daily Report and Emory Law faculty.
The candidates are:
• Democrat Ken Hodges, a partner at Baudino Law Group in Atlanta, former district attorney in Dougherty County, Ga., and a 1988 graduate of Emory College
• Republican Sam Olens, a the former Cobb Commission chairman and a 1983 graduate of Emory Law
• Libertarian Don Smart, lawyer with Smart & Harris in Savannah, Ga., and a 1975 graduate of Emory Law.
This will be the first forum for the candidates since the primaries.
Following the debate, David F. Partlett, dean of Emory Law, and the Daily Report will host a reception for the audience and the candidates.
This year's election marks the first time since 1942 that Georgians will elect an attorney general from a slate of choices that does not include an incumbent.
No attorney general has been elected to an open seat since 1942, when Ellis G. Arnall resigned to run for governor. Thurbert E. Baker, a 1979 Emory Law graduate who leaves the office this year, was appointed by former Gov. Zell B. Miller in 1997.
The event is free and open to the public. Because seating is limited, attendees are encouraged to RSVP by contacting Julia Kelly at the Daily Report at 404.419.2815. Parking is available adjacent to the law school in Lowergate South parking facility, 1705 Lowergate Drive, off Gambrell Drive.