September 17, 2010 15:22 Age: 4 yrs

Emory Law Hosts Panel Discussions with Distinguished Judges

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 Tull Auditorium. 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.

  • The Hon. James Beaty, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina
  • The Hon. Diane Bessen 79C 87L, State Court of Fulton County
  • The Hon. Linda Walker, U.S. magistrate judge for the Northern District of Georgia
  • The Hon. Karen Roby, U.S. magistrate judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana
  • The Hon. Cynthia Wright, chief judge of the 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:

  • The Hon. J. Antonio DelCampo 89Ox 91C, State Court of DeKalb County
  • The Hon. Anne E. Thompson, U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • The Hon. O. Rogeriee Thompson, 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
  • The Hon. Susan D. Wigenton, U.S. District Court for the 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.

It will be moderated by 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 persons 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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