Public Interest Dinner Series

We congratulate and welcome our incoming students. Promoting the public good is central to the legal profession, and Emory Law offers many opportunities for students to pursue public interest law. One popular public interest activity available to incoming students is the Public Interest Dinner Series.

Participants meet faculty, other students and invited guests interested in public interest law to discuss opportunities and challenges in a collegial and informal environment. Past speakers have included Sen. Jason Carter and Rep. Ed Lindsey of the Georgia Legislature; Gerry Weber, staff attorney for the Southern center for Human Rights and former legal director of the Georgia ACLU; Marcia Bansley, executive director, Trees Atlanta; Aimee Maxwell, executive director, The Georgia Innocence Project; Sylvia Caley, director of Health Law Partnership (HeLP); and Sharon Nelson Hill 85L 85B, executive director of Georgia Appleseed. 

The group meets typically on the second Tuesday of the month.  Following are the currently scheduled dates for the 2013-2014 academic year.

  • Tuesday September 10
  • Tuesday October 8
  • Tuesday November 5
  • Tuesday January 14 (tentative)
  • Tuesday February 11
  • Tuesday March 18


How to Apply

If interested in applying for the dinner series, complete the online application form:  2013 Public Interest Dinner Series

The application deadline has passed.  For more information, contact Sarah Shelf or Sherry McPeeks.  

“Public Interest Dinner Series was one of the most rewarding experiences of my 1L year. Not only did I get to know people who inspire me, but I was also able to make future contacts which helped me obtain a summer internship! I highly recommend the dinner series to all students, even those who aren't certain of their interest in public interest.

—Jasna Hasanbasic '15L