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08.23.2013

40 Under 40 Spotlight: Jennifer Jordan (JD ’01)

Jennifer Jordan (JD ’01) says that she owes her successful career to the “top-notch legal education” that she received at the University of Georgia. Today, Jordan “is a dedicated and experienced trial and appellate lawyer,” says former UGA School of Law Director of Alumni Relations Suzanne Griffeth (BSFCS ’07).

While attending UGA, Jordan was an editorial board member and articles editor for Georgia Law Review, and was named to the Order of the Coif, the Order of the Barristers, and the Joseph Henry Lumpkin Inn of the Court. She was a member of the National Moot Court Team, which was won the regional championship while she was a member.

After graduating, she served as a federal law clerk to the late U.S. District Court Judge Anthony A. Alaimo. She then spent two years with Bondurant, Mixson & Elmore in Atlanta as an associate. From 2004 to 2008, she was an associate with The Barnes Law Group in Marietta, Ga., and from 2009-2010, she was with Pate & Brody in Atlanta.

Today, she is the principal and owner of The Jordan Firm. In this role, she focuses exclusively on trial work, complex civil litigation and whistleblower actions. She also serves as a jury consultant for trial lawyers dealing with complex civil cases. She has recently developed an iPad application called JuryStrike that helps attorneys pick juries more efficiently and effectively.

Today, the alumna is a member of a number of boards of directors, including WIN List, GreenLaw, Blueprint Georgia and Camp Kudzu. She has been a member of the UGA Law School Alumni Association Council since 2004, and is the incoming president-elect.

Jordan was a member of the Leadership Georgia Class of 2008 and has received a number of recognitions, including Georgia Trend Magazine’s “Legal Elite” in trial practice, Georgia Trend Magazine’s “40 Under 40” in 2007, and the Joseph Henry Lumpkin Inn of Court from 2004 to 2006.

Congratulations to Jennifer Jordan on being named to the 40 Under 40 Class of 2013. To view the rest of her class and/or to register to attend the 40 Under 40 Awards Luncheon that will honor these outstanding young alumni, please click here.

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10.20.2014

Alumna Spotlight: Christy Hulsey (ABJ '98)

Bulldog 100 and 40 Under 40 honoree Christy Hulsey (ABJ ’98) lves a busy and fulfilling life as owner and creative director of Colonial House of Flowers in Statesboro, Georgia. 

Hulsey’s work, inspired by her grandmother, is self-described as “timeless elegance that is ethereal and moody.” The majority of her designs feature unusual materials, such as pinecones and berries - something that caught the attention of both Pottery Barn and President Obama. Hulsey’s shop was selected to launch the design giant’s 2014 summer brand, and her floral designs were displayed at the White House last year.

A regular on Pottery Barn’s Have and Hold wedding blog, Hulsey informs brides-to-be on the art of creating garden fresh flower girl halos, cake stand centerpieces and seashore-inspired tablescapes.

Hulsey loves when opportunitues to work with fellow UGA alumni come along in her life. Hulsey began her relationship with Pottery Barn after the floral arrangements she designed for friend and fellow Grady grad Linsay Cheney Rudd’s (ABJ ’08) wedding were noticed by the blog. Hulsey also uses her friends in various photo shoots for Pottery Barn, including one for a driftwood lantern centerpiece tutorial that features Lea Lanier (BSED ’99).

  

Congratulations on all your success, Christy! The UGA Alumni Association looks forward to many more years of your beautiful designs.

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10.15.2014

Pulaski County students experienced life at UGA

Guest Blogger: Michelle Wilder Rivers (MA '10)
Program Coordinator
Archway Partnership

To demonstrate the possibilities available through higher education, the Hawkinsville LIFE League worked with the UGA Archway Partnership and the Office of Institutional Diversity to bring students to campus in July. The goal of the trip was to increase the awareness of postsecondary education opportunities, and to provide direct access to college admissions information. 

LIFE League teaches life skills and encourages excellence through basketball and other programs for at-risk youth in Pulaski County.

The day started with a UGA police escort for the students similar to that given to the football team on game day. Basketball games at the Ramsey Student Center were preceded by a reception during which numerous UGA administrators welcomed students.

Throughout the day, students participated in events including tours of the Ramsey Student Center and Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall (where they met student-athletes Nasheema Oliver, Kenny Gaines, Marcus Thornton and Chris Conley). Students had lunch at the Village Commons dining hall and emjoyed an interactive session with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. LIFE Leaguers ended their day with pictures in front of Sanford Stadium before heading home.

Units across campus made the day possible including: Office of the President, Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, Office of the Vice President for Public Service and Outreach, Terry College of Business, Mary Frances Early, UGA Athletic Association, Recreational Sports, Parking Services, Food Services, UGA Police Department and Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

  

Those involved hope that providing these students with a day on the UGA campus illustrated the possibilities that exist through post-secondary education. It was a great day for the Bulldog Nation and I felt lucky to be part of such a life-changing event for so many young people.

Click here to view more photos from the students' visit to UGA. 

More information about the Archway Partnership, a unit of Public Service and Outreach at UGA, can be found at www.archwaypartnership.uga.edu.

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10.10.2014

Alumnus Sets Sights on Vonage

Former Google executive Alan Masarek (BBA ’82) is making big moves.

Later this year, Masarek will be joining Internet phone service provider Vonage as the chief executive officer. He will also serve on the company’s board of directors. Vonage, which is based in New Jersey, is an international company that reported $829 million in revenue last year. The company also has ties back to Georgia, with its business services division moving to Cobb County in the near future.

Over the years, Masarek has served as president of a healthcare IT company and co-founded AdOutlet, an online media buying platform, and Quickoffice, an app provider that was acquired by Google in 2012. Most recently, he was the director of Chrome and apps at Google.

Congratulations on your continued success, Alan! The UGA Alumni Association wishes you the best of luck in your new role.

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