Law School to Hold Commencement Tonight
May 5, 2006

Contact: Mark Vanderhoek
(478) 301-4037 or (800) 837-2911

MACON — Mercer University's Walter F. George School of Law will hold its commencement at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 12, in the Macon City Auditorium, with approximately 120 graduates receiving degrees during the ceremony.
 
Recently retired Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Norman S. Fletcher will deliver the commencement address to graduates. The University will also award Justice Fletcher a Doctor of Laws honorary degree during the ceremony.
 
Justice Fletcher was sworn in as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia on June 28, 2001. He served continuously on the Court from his appointment on Dec. 28, 1989, by Gov. Joe Frank Harris until he retired from the Court in June of 2005.
 
He began his law practice in 1958 and in 1963 formed a partnership with the late George P. Shaw and Irwin W. Stolz Jr. While in private practice, he represented the state of Georgia as a special assistant attorney general and he also served as LaFayette city attorney and Walker County attorney. He continued his general practice of law in LaFayette until his appointment to the Supreme Court.
 
Justice Fletcher has a distinguished record of service to the legal profession and the community. In 1999, he was presented with the Harold G. Clarke Award by the Georgia Indigent Defense Council for his commitment to ensuring equal justice for all Georgia citizens. He has served as chair of the Board of Visitors of the University of Georgia School of Law and as a member. In 1989, he served as co-chair of the State Bar's commission on lawyer disciplinary reform. Prior to his appointment to the Supreme Court, he served as a member of the State Disciplinary Board, chair of the Investigative Panel and chair of the Local Government Section of the State Bar, among many other prestigious boards and committees.
 
Walter F. George School of Law
Speaker: The Honorable Norman S. Fletcher, Retired Chief Justice of the Georgia Supreme Court
Friday, May 12, 6 p.m.
Macon City Auditorium
Graduates: 120
 
About Mercer University:
Founded in 1833, Mercer University has campuses in Macon and Atlanta as well as regional academic centers in Douglas County, Henry County, Macon and Eastman. With 10 schools and colleges, the University offers programs in liberal arts, business, engineering, education, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, law and theology. On July 1 2006, the University will add its eleventh academic program, the School of Music. For 16 consecutive years, U.S. News & World Report has named Mercer University as one of the leading universities in the South. The Princeton Review has ranked it among the top 10 percent of colleges in the nation.
 
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