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ASU Law Professionals Network to Assist Pre-law Students

Original Publish Date: 
November 1, 2014

Special to the Metro


Albany State University pre-law students mingled with professionals in the legal field at a special reception Fri., Oct. 24, hosted by ASU interim President Dr. Art Dunning and first lady Karen Baynes-Dunning.

The Barristers’ Circle reception brought together a mixture of alumni who are practicing lawyers, judges and entrepreneurs from throughout the region and nation for a night of networking and celebration of professional and civic accomplishments.                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

“This gathering is a testament to the noteworthy achievements of over 100 Albany State University graduates who have distinguished themselves by earning a Juris Doctorate degree from law schools across the nation. Composed of judges, district attorneys, CEOs of corporate and nonprofit organizations, they are making a difference in the courtroom, the boardroom and in their communities,” said Nyota Tucker, University Attorney, ASU prelaw advisor and member of the reception planning committee. “Their stories need to be told as they inspire the next generation of ASU Golden Rams.” 

Dougherty County District Attorney Gregory W. Edwards and Attorney Gerald B. Williams were speakers at the event.

ASU pre-law student Daniel Affortu, a senior history and political science dual-major from Atlanta looks forward to developing a mentoring relationship with an attorney in attendance.

“This is a great event. It provides an opportunity to get some insight about law school and the profession in general,” Affortu said. “Advice definitely means more coming from alumni.”

“The ‘Barristers’ Circle’ is a mentoring unit for the pre-law students that we are grooming at ASU,” said Dr. Sophia Woodard, ASU assistant professor of political science, pre-law co-advisor and member of the reception committee.               

An accomplished Juvenile Court Judge and attorney, first lady Baynes-Dunning has worked on a number of state and federal juvenile justice initiatives. She hopes the event is the catalyst needed to expand the pre-law program. 

Donors interested in making a contribution to help ASU’s pre-law students can give on five donor levels, ranging from “Associate” to “Supreme Court” members. The Dunning family pledged their support at the “Supreme Court” level.  

Photo Caption:  ASU alumni law professionals network with local law officials at a special reception hosted by President and Mrs. Dunning