September 9, 2010 13:49 Age: 4 yrs

Emory Law to Host Georgia AG Candidate Forum

Emory Law will host a debate featuring Georgia’s candidates for attorney general at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 20, in Tull Auditorium.

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 the Emory Law faculty.

The candidates are Democrat Ken Hodges 88C, the former district attorney in Dougherty County, Ga., and a partner at Baudino Law Group in Atlanta; Republican Sam Olens 83L, the former Cobb Commission chairman; and Libertarian Don Smart 75L, a lawyer with Smart & Harris in Savannah, Ga. This will be the first forum for the candidates since the primaries.

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 79L, who leaves the office this year, was appointed by former Gov. Zell B. Miller in 1997.

Following the debate, Dean David F. Partlett and the Daily Report will host a reception for the audience and the candidates. Parking is available in Lowergate South parking facility off Gambrell Drive.

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 or by email at DailyReport_Events(at)

A video of the debate is available here.

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