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Friday, April 9, 1999 WRITER: Kathy R. Pharr, (706) 542-5172 CONTACT: David Shipley, (706) 542-7140 LAW DEAN BECOMES FIRST-YEAR STUDENT ON APRIL 12 ATHENS, Ga. - Dean David Shipley of the University of Georgia School of Law will become a \u221L for a day\u22 on Monday, April 12, sitting in on classes alongside first-year students and fielding questions, just as they do, from law professors. At the same time, first-year student Hesham Sharawy will trade places as \u22dean for a day.\u22 The arrangement was offered as a prize in the 14th Annual Faculty Auction, held recently to benefit public interest law fellowships. The \u221L for a day/dean for a day\u22 prize generated $1,300 toward the grand total of $14,335 raised by the Student Bar Association and Equal Justice Foundation in the auction. The three first-year law sections bid against one another for the prize, and the section contributing the most money - Section Y - won. Shipley plans to start his day trekking in from student parking instead of his reserved parking space and will wear \u22student attire\u22 -- baseball cap and t-shirt to class; Sharawy will host a party for his Section Y classmates on the dean\u27s patio in the afternoon. \u22I did this at the University of Kentucky several years ago as part of a similar fund raiser for the law students,\u22 said Shipley. \u22It gives me a chance to see first-hand the quality of our students and the quality of our teaching, it helps raise a nice sum of money for EJF and the SBA, and I think my faculty colleagues will enjoy it, too!\u22 Second-year law student Shelley Senterfitt, who co-chaired the auction, points out that Shipley also donated two dinners at his home with students and two rounds of golf; the total of all his auction items, including the 1L for a day, generated $2,750. \u22The dean\u27s support sets the tone for the rest of the law school community,\u22 said Senterfitt. \u22He has emphasized by example, as have many other faculty and staff members, the value of supporting public interest law. The incredible success of this year\u27s auction helped EJF meet its goal of providing nine $3,000 fellowships to students who volunteer for public interest organizations this summer.\u22 The dean will participate in three classes on Monday - property with Assistant Professor Peter Appel; contracts with Sibley Professor Julian McDonnell; and civil procedure with Hosch Professor Ron Ellington. Reporters and photographers are invited to observe Professor Ellington\u27s class at 2:30 in Room G, on the third floor of the law school. Please arrive at 2:20 to set up equipment before class begins

Topics: Legal Education
Publisher: Digital Commons @ Georgia Law
Year: 1999
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