Coverdell Constitution Week Panel:  “The Constitution and the Court”

Thursday, September 17, 6:00–8:00

MSU Banquet Rooms A&B

A cross-disciplinary panel of lawyers will discuss and answer questions about recent Supreme Court decisions on same-sex marriage, the Affordable Care Act, employment law, and the Bill of Rights.  The event will open with a catered reception, and community artist Brittany Curry will paint a mural of the discussion as it progresses.

Case Topic Speaker(s)
Rodriguez v. U.S. 4th Amendment / use of dogs at traffic stops Jennifer Hammack
King v. Burwell ACA / federal healthcare subsidies Charles Roessing
EEOC v. Abercrombie and Young v. UPS Employment Law / religious and pregnancy accommodations Tex McIver
Obergefell v. Hodges 14th Amendment  / same-sex marriage Alex Reed
Kim Davis / Obergefell aftermath 1st Amendment / free speech & free exercise clauses Jehan El-Jourbagy


Coverdell Chair Constitution-Week Distinguished Panel

“Diversity on the Bench: Why It Matters”

6:307:45 pm, Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Arts & Sciences Auditorium, Georgia College campus

Judicial diversity is essential to ensuring equal justice for all. It increases public confidence in the courts, provides decision-making power to formerly disenfranchised populations, and much more. This panel discussion will explore why diversity matters in regard to who presides over our courts and how best to achieve such judicial diversity.


Judge Justin Anand, U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Northern District of Georgia

Judge Anand is the first Asian-American federal judge in Georgia and one of the first Asian-American federal judges in the southern US. He formerly served: eight years as a federal prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Northern District of Georgia, including several years as Deputy Chief of the Economic Crimes Section; four years as a litigation associate at a corporate firm in New York; one year as a law clerk for the federal judge in the Southern District of New York; and two years as a policy analyst in Washington, D.C.  He is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Swarthmore College.


Judge Dax Lopez, State Court of DeKalb County

Judge Lopez was appointed to serve as a judge on the State Court of DeKalb County in 2010. He was the second Latino in the history of Georgia to be appointed to serve on a Georgia trial court. Prior to this appointment, he had served as an attorney for several leading law firms and as law clerk for the Federal District Court judge for the District of Puerto Rico. He served as President of the Georgia Hispanic Bar Association from 2006 to 2008 and has served on the Board of the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials since 2004. He is a graduate of Vanderbilt Law School and Vanderbilt University.


Judge Carla Wong McMillian, Georgia Court of Appeals

Judge McMillian was appointed to the Georgia Court of Appeals by Governor Deal in 2013 and was elected for an eight-year term in 2014. She is the first Asian-Pacific American state appellate judge ever to be appointed in the Southeast. Before joining the Court of Appeals, she served as State Court Judge for Fayette County and before that as a partner in a national law firm. She is a graduate of the University of Georgia School of Law and Duke University.


Chief Administrative Judge Gail Tusan, Atlanta Judicial Circuit/ 5th Judicial Administrative District

Judge Tusan joined the Superior Court of Fulton County in 1995 and was elected Chief Judge in February 2014. She formerly served as a judge in the State Court of Fulton County and City Court of Atlanta, as Fulton County Magistrate, and as City of Atlanta Administrative Law Judge.  She is an Adjunct Professor, Emory School of Law, and has served as President of the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys and as President of the Atlanta Legal Aid Society. She is a graduate of George Washington University School of Law and the University of California at Los Angeles.

See: “Public Policy Colloquium Series”

“The Crimean Crisis: Democracy at Stake”
Ida Dillard Russell Library, GC, 12:00–3:00 pm, April 16, 2014.

GC campus-wide teach-in with Dr. Roger Coate, Coverdell Professor of Public Policy; Dr. William Risch, History; Dr. Chuck Fahrer, Geography; and Dr. Joe Mocnik, University Librarian. An open dialogue about the events in the Crimean region, the implications for U.S.-Russia relations and the state of international affairs.

“The Arab Spring in Limbo: Egypt, Syria, and U.S. Democracy Promotion Ten-years after the Iraq Invasion

Ida Dillard Russell Library, GC, 12:00–1:00 pm., October 30, 2013
“Times Talk,” engaged learning session led by Dr. Roger Coate with faculty and students.

Coverdell Chair Constitution Week Roundtable, 2013

“Domestic Spying and Civil Liberties: PRISM and Wikileaks, Snowden and Assange versus Holder and Obama—Is the Constitution Dead?”

Date and time: September 18, 2013, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Location: 2-75 Arts & Sciences Bldg., Georgia College

Moderator: Dr. Roger Coate. Paul D. Coverdell Chair of Public Policy

  • Dr. Ruth Carter, Professor, Department of Government and Sociology
  • Ms. Jennifer Hammack, JD, Associate Professor, Department of Government and Sociology
  • Dr. Jerry Herbel, Associate Professor, Department of Government and Sociology
  • Mr. Andrew Whitaker, Student, University of Georgia School of Law [GC 2012]
  • Mr. Mark Watkins, News Editor, The Colonnade, Georgia College

“International Leadership and the Syria Civil Conflict”
Ida Dillard Russell Library, GC, 12:00–1:00 pm , February 20, 2013
“Times Talk,” engaged learning session led by Dr. Roger Coate with faculty and students.


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