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UGA School of Law to Host Georgia Supreme Court

The UGA School of Law will host the Supreme Court of Georgia on January 16 as the court hears oral arguments on a criminal death penalty case and a civil medical malpractice case. While the justices regularly convene at the State Judicial Building in Atlanta, they conduct one or two special sessions outside of the capital each year. Court will be held in the Hatton Lovejoy Courtroom on campus.

This is the fourth time since 1993 that the Court has held oral arguments at Georgia Law, the last time being in 2004. The cases being heard next week are Edenfield v. State (death penalty) and Shekhawat, et al. v. Jones et al. (medical malpractice). In Edenfield, David Homer Edenfield is appealing the murder conviction and death sentence he received for the 2007 killing of 6-year-old Christopher Barrios Jr. In Shekhawat, two physicians with the Medical College of Georgia are appealing a Georgia Court of Appeals decision that found they were not entitled to sovereign immunity in the face of a lawsuit brought by the parents of an infant they treated who suffered a lifetime disability.

Also notable, is the fact that three of the Justices are graduates of the UGA School of Law: Justice Keith R. Blackwell (AB ’96, JD ’99), Justice Robert Benham (JD ’70), and Justice Harold D. Melton (JD ’91).

The UGA Alumni Association is pleased to welcome the Supreme Court of Georgia to campus for this special occasion. This session will be an excellent opportunity for law students, alumni, and friends to get a firsthand look at the judicial process. UGA appreciates the opportunity to host these hearings, and we look forward to a successful day in court.

Members of the public interested in attending should call 706-542-5172 for more information. Attorneys who would like to participate must submit an admission form by Monday, Jan. 14. This form can be found at

To read the complete news release, please click here.

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