This fall, Georgia voters have a rare opportunity to elect a member of the Georgia Court of Appeals. Judge John H. Ruffin Jr. is retiring from the court and seven attorneys have qualified as candidates to replace him on the bench. Dean Daisy Floyd and the faculty of the Mercer University School of Law hope to put the spotlight on the Court of Appeals race by hosting a Judicial Candidates Forum in the Moot Courtroom at the Law School on Tuesday, Oct. 7, at 6 p.m. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.
“Judicial races often suffer from a lack of media coverage and attention from the public, and this election season – highlighted as it is by presidential and congressional elections – has proven particularly challenging,” according to Dean Floyd.
The candidates include:
• Tamela Adkins – family law practitioner, Lawrenceville, www.tamelaadkins.com
• Sara Doyle – partner, Holland & Knight, Atlanta, www.saradoyle.com
• Christopher McFadden – appellate attorney, Atlanta, www.mcfaddenforappealscourt.com
• Bruce Edenfield – partner, Hedrick & Edenfield, Atlanta, www.bruceedenfield.com
• Perry McGuire – partner, Taylor, Busch, Slipakoff & Duma, LLP, Atlanta, www.perrymcguire.com
• Michael Meyer von Bremen – partner, Hall, Booth Smith & Slover, PC, Albany, www.mvbcourtofappeals.com
• Michael M. Sheffield – criminal trial practitioner, Lawrenceville, www.mikesheffieldlawfirm.com
For more information concerning the forum, contact Nancy Terrill at the Mercer Law School, (478) 301-2204 or Terrill_n@Law.Mercer.edu.
About the Mercer Law School:
Founded in 1873, the Walter F. George School of Law is one of the oldest law schools in the country. The Woodruff Curriculum, Mercer Law School’s model curriculum, focuses on ethics and practical skills. The Law School ranks among the nation’s best in bar passage rates, job-placement records, student/teacher ratio, and success in student competitions. U.S. News & World Report has ranked Mercer’s Legal Writing Program as one of the top two in the nation for four consecutive years.
About Mercer University:
Founded in 1833, Mercer University is a dynamic and comprehensive center of undergraduate, graduate and professional education. The University has 7,500 students; 11 schools and colleges – liberal arts, law, pharmacy, medicine, business, engineering, education, theology, music, nursing and continuing and professional studies; major campuses in Macon, Atlanta and Savannah; four regional academic centers across the state; a university press; two teaching hospitals — Memorial Health University Medical Center and the Medical Center of Central Georgia; educational partnerships with Warner Robins Air Logistics Center in Warner Robins and Piedmont Healthcare in Atlanta; an engineering research center in Warner Robins; a performing arts center in Macon; and a NCAA Division I athletic program. For more information, visit www.mercer.edu.