Law Week Student Events
The first week of April is designated as Law Week at the College of Law. An annual tradition, the week, sponsored by the Student Bar Association, is an extension of Law Day, celebrated nationally as a day of dedication to the principle of government under law established by President Dwight Eisenhower in 1958. Each student organization participates hosting events to educate, entertain and engage classmates.
“Law Week is important because it is a week of concentrated collaboration among our students, faculty, and the Atlanta legal community to promote and reiterate our commitment to public service,” said Darlene Childers (J.D. ’17), Student Bar Association 2016-17 president and past Law Week coordinator.
This year, the Student Health Law Association hosted a panel on human trafficking. Guest speakers included Naomi Tsu with the Southern Poverty Law Center, Monica Khant with the Georgia Asylum and Immigration Network, and Camila Wright with the State of Georgia Office of the Attorney General. The panelists discussed variations in human trafficking, such as sex and labor, female and male, domestic and international, and minors and adults, and shared different approaches needed to address this critical issue.
In addition, professor Leslie Wolf spoke on a panel on HIV and the law hosted by OUTLaw, along with Greg Nevins of Lambda Legal, Eric Wright from the Georgia State School of Public Health, and Neal Carnes from the Georgia State Department of Sociology. The panelists discussed a wide-range of issues, including the changing face of the epidemic, continued discrimination and stigmatization of people living with HIV and laws that criminalize knowing HIV exposure.
Professors Tim Lytton and Patti Zettler participated in the “LAW Matters” video series. Lytton described how law advances health and safety through litigation or industry regulation, using playground surfaces as an illustration. Zettler explained how law helps us to reconcile competing values and goals, such as balancing the tension in development and testing of new pharmaceuticals between the government’s role in protecting the public’s health and the rights of individuals to autonomy and privacy. SHLA member and health law certificate student Nicole Henderson (J.D./M.S.H.A. ’17) expressed how law enhances quality of life for people with chronic illnesses and helps to ensure that all citizens receive affordable and quality health care.