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Faculty and staff assume new posts in UGA School of Law

Athens, Ga. – Four faculty and staff-Lonnie T. Brown Jr., Paul J. Heald, Paul B. Rollins and Carol A. Watson-were recently named to new positions in the University of Georgia School of Law.

Brown has been selected as the new holder of the A. Gus Cleveland Distinguished Chair of Legal Ethics and Professionalism. This chair was previously held by Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor C. Ronald Ellington, who retired in 2009. Brown joined Georgia Law in 2002 and teaches civil procedure, legal profession, ethics in litigation and conflict of laws.

His scholarship concentrates on legal ethics in the adversary system, and he has published articles on this subject with such law reviews as the Ohio State Law Journal, the Review of Litigation and the Georgia Law Review.

In 2004, he was appointed by the Georgia Supreme Court to a three-year term as a member of the Review Panel of the State Disciplinary Board for the State Bar of Georgia and served as vice chair during his final year.

Brown earned his Juris Doctor from Vanderbilt University Law School, where he was a Patrick Wilson Scholar and the editor-in-chief of the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law.

Succeeding Daniel M. Bodansky as the associate dean for faculty development, Heald is also the holder of the Allen Post Professorship in the law school. He specializes in domestic and international intellectual property law, and his scholarship includes two books on law and literature, and numerous articles relating to intellectual property law.

A Georgia Law faculty member since 1989, Heald earned his Juris Doctor cum laude from the University of Chicago and served as a judicial clerk for Judge Frank M. Johnson Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit.

Heald has been a visiting law professor at the University of Chicago, Oxford University, Vanderbilt University, the University of Texas, the University of Regensburg (Germany), the University of Lyon (France), the University of Bournemouth (England) and the London Law Consortium.

Rollins became the assistant dean for student affairs on June 1. In his new role, he continues to serve as the director of law admissions but now also oversees the school’s career services, student affairs and registrar functions.

Rollins came to Georgia Law in 2008 after serving as the assistant dean for student services in the University of South Carolina School of Law.He earned his bachelor’s degree magna cum laude from the University of South Carolina and his law degree from Yale Law School.

He previously worked as a litigation associate for Wyche, Burgess, Freeman & Parham and served as a judicial clerk for Judge James C. Turk of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia.

Watson became the director of the Alexander Campbell King Law Library on July 1. She succeeded longtime director E. Ann Puckett, who retired June 30 after more than 15 years of service.

After earning two of her three postgraduate degrees from UGA, including her Juris Doctor cum laude from Georgia Law in 1987, Watson began working at the law library and was later named the associate director for information technology.

Recently, Watson was voted vice president/president-elect of the Southeastern chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries and was appointed the chair of the Academic Special Interest Section’s Continuing Education Committee.