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Law professor, chief magistrate judge to speak at BFSO luncheon

Patricia Barron, chief magistrate judge for Athens-Clarke County and a UGA faculty member, will deliver the keynote address at the Black Faculty and Staff Organization’s 11th Annual Founders Award Scholarship Luncheon Sept. 16.

To be held from noon until 1:30 p.m. in Mahler Hall at the Georgia Center for Continuing Education, the luncheon will be followed by an opportunity for attendees to network.

Tickets are available for purchase until Sept. 12. Prices are $30 per ticket or $240 for a table of eight.

Contact Mark Dawkins at 404-542-9330 or to purchase tickets or tables for the luncheon.

Proceeds from the luncheon directly benefit BFSO’s scholarship program, which awards a $750 scholarship to a current undergraduate, graduate and professional student at UGA.

“A lot of students who come to great universities, such as the University of Georgia, are very smart, but sometimes things aren’t there financially as much as they could be, and this scholarship provides some help,” said Cedric Miller, president of BFSO. “So everything from this luncheon is going to a great cause.”

Barron has served as chief magistrate judge since 2002. She has been a member of the State Bar of Georgia since 1979 and has called Athens home for 24 years. She is the former president of the Western Circuit Bar Association in Athens-Clarke and Oconee counties.

She most recently served as chairman of the board of directors of Athens Technical College and currently serves as treasurer of the board of directors of the Athens Tutorial Program Inc.

During the past 17 years, Barron has worked as an adjunct professor in the School of Law, teaching a course to help students develop skills in interviewing, counseling and negotiations. Barron also has written a children’s book, Meet Judge Patricia Barron, to encourage children to pursue the field of law.

“Judge Barron is a faculty member of the University of Georgia, and she has done some phenomenal things,” Miller said. “This is going to be a fantastic luncheon, one of the best yet.”