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Former lieutenant governor and legal journalist will teach at School of Law in spring semester

Former Georgia Lt. Gov. Pierre Howard and Slate magazine’s Dahlia Lithwick will join the School of Law’s faculty for the spring semester. Howard will serve as the Sanders Political Leadership Scholar, and Lithwick will hold a visiting professorship.

“We are very honored and excited that Pierre Howard and Dahlia Lithwick have agreed to teach courses next semester,” said UGA Law Dean Rebecca H. White. “We strive to offer our students a strong and varied curriculum. I am confident that by studying under either of these distinguished guests, our students will gain valuable insights into the role of law in our society that they otherwise would not have experienced.”

As a Sanders Scholar, Howard will teach a course on law and politics. He joins the UGA law faculty with a public service record that includes representing the 42nd District of Georgia as a senator for 18 years as well as serving as lieutenant governor from 1991 to 1999. A holder of a law degree and a bachelor’s degree in French from UGA, Howard practiced law with his father before forming his own firm in 1976, four years after becoming a state senator. In 1993, he joined Alston & Bird, where he practiced until 1999 and became a Senior Faculty Fellow at UGA’s Odum School of Ecology. In 2009, he was named president of the Georgia Conservancy.

Lithwick, a senior editor and legal correspondent for Slate magazine, will teach the class “The Media and the Courts” as a visiting professor. She writes the “Supreme Court Dispatches” and “Jurisprudence” sections for Slate in addition to covering other legal issues.

She is a frequent commentator for several National Public Radio shows, including “Talk of the Nation.” She is also co-author of Me v. Everybody: Absurd Contracts for an Absurd World and I Will Sing Life: Voices from the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp. Lithwick earned her undergraduate degree from Yale and her juris doctor from Stanford.