J. Alton Hosch Professor of Law
How long have you been teaching at the University of Georgia School of Law? And what brought you here?
I’ve been here for 11 years. I chose UGA because of the great faculty and because Athens is a really fun place to live.
What defines the University of Georgia School of Law? What is unique about it?
The caliber of the teaching is what most sets UGA apart from other top-ranked schools. We take teaching seriously here, and we’re really good at it.
What is your daily routine as a professor?
I love teaching in the morning, so I am usually in the classroom first thing. Then there is always the “class after class“ where you stay late and talk to students who were particularly engaged by the day‘s material. When I eventually get back to my office, I answer email and then try to read and write for a few hours. I’m also sure to take at least one nice long walk during the day – the weather is so nice here, and it really clears my head.
Which course(s) do you teach?
Constitutional Law and Election Law.
How do you support young lawyers at the University of Georgia School of Law?
Every way I can! In addition to course work, I supervise student writing projects, help our moot court teams prepare for their competitions, and work a lot with student groups on their various projects. I also think it is important to build relationships with students outside the classroom, so they are comfortable coming to you with concerns or problems that may not be directly related to academics but are hindering their learning. We have resources available for students who are struggling, and it is important that they know it is ok to ask for help.
What qualifications / prior knowledge do you require students to have in order to study at the University of Georgia School of Law (i.e., admission requirements but also soft skills)?
A record of strong academic performance is important, of course, but we also look for students with a diverse range of experiences. Classes are just more interesting when everyone in the room brings something different to the discussion. That is one reason I enjoy having LL.M. students in my classes – the perspective they add is so valuable.
What do you value most about working at the University of Georgia School of Law?
The school doesn’t compromise on either academic rigor or collegiality. We work hard, but we also really like each other. That makes it a pleasant and supportive place to be.
What do you do in your leisure time?
Today I beat my husband in tennis, so that was great (he usually wins).
Name three terms that you associate with the word "law“.
Democracy, leadership, and responsibility.
You are planning a law-free weekend on a desert island and you are allowed to take only three things with you. What would they be?
A stack of books and my dog. And food, I guess.
Which advice would you like to give every young lawyer?
You are going to be a leader in your community. Be worthy of that.