Sugarman named Emory trustee
Alvin Sugarman '60C, '88PhD, senior rabbi of The Temple in Atlanta, has been named a trustee of the University, succeeding Alonzo McDonald.
Sugarman, who began his rabbinate at The Temple in 1971 and was named senior rabbi three years later, has been an active alumnus, serving on the Board of Visitors, the advisory council of the Ethics Center and in other capacities for the graduate school and Emory College.
"I am delighted that Rabbi Alvin Sugarman has accepted the Board's election of him," President Bill Chace said. "He is a distinguished religious and community leader, a proud son of Emory and a man of great intelli- gence, presence and effectiveness."
Following his graduation in 1960, Sugarman had a brief but successful career with Montag Inc., a division of the Mead Corp. In 1966 he left as manager of advertising and sales promotion to attend Hebrew Union College.
Atlanta magazine described Sugarman as the "conscience"
of the city in 1988, and he received the Martin Luther King Sr. Minister's
Community Service Award from the King Center in 1992. In 1993 he received
the Brotherhood/ Sisterhood Award from the National Conference of Christians
and Jews, and in 1996 he received the Abe Goldstein Human Relations Award
from the Anti-Defamation League.
The President's Commission on the Status of Women (PCSW) at Emory is holding its annual writing competition, with three $250 awards, two for graduate or professional work and one for undergraduates. President Bill Chace will present the awards at the PCSW's April 14 reception at The Carter Center.
Graduate submissions may have been written for a course, lecture, conference, journal article, etc., and may be published or unpublished. They are limited to 50 pages and must include a letter of support from a faculty member that speaks to the significance of the paper's content.
Undergraduate submissions may have been written for a course in Emory or Oxford colleges, or the undergraduate business or nursing schools, between March 1, 1998, and Feb. 28, 1999. They are limited to 25 pages and must be accompanied by a faculty letter of support.
All currently enrolled students are eligible. To preserve anonymity in judging, faculty are asked not to reveal the identity of students in their cover letters.
For more information contact Mary DeLong at 404-727-0257 or send e-mail to <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
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Ga. judge awards Emory, other law schools millions each
On Dec. 31 Middle Georgia District Judge Hugh Lawson approved a $11 million settlement with DuPont Co. and the law firm of Alston & Bird, ending the threat of criminal prosecution for the company and its lawyers over their handling of a case involving the pesticide Benlate.
Remarkably, Lawson decided to give $2.5 million to each of the state's four law schools, including Emory. It was, in the words of Law School Dean Howard Hunter, "a great Christmas present."
"It's very unusual," Hunter told the Atlanta Journal/Constitution. "Maybe something like this has happened before, but I'm not aware of it. It's an interesting way of handling it. The money will be used for further education and to study the question of ethics."
The remaining $1 million of the settlement will fund an annual symposium on legal ethics that will rotate among the four schools. Alston & Bird will pay another $250,000, which will go to programs of the Georgia Supreme Court's Commission on Professionalism. "This was a creative solution to the settlement of what has been contentious litigation," Hunter said.
"Think of the value this contribution will have for legal education for Georgia, as opposed to a $10 million fine for the state of Georgia," University of Georgia law professor Ray Patterson was quoted as saying in the AJC. "I can see where, in this instance, it seems to be particularly appropriate."
DuPont and its attorneys were alleged to have withheld test data that proved unfavorable to the company in its litigation with four Georgia nursery operators. Neither DuPont nor Alston & Bird admitted to wrongdoing in the case, and the judge dropped criminal investigation of them upon his approval of the settlement.
The other law schools receiving the settlement gift are the University of Georgia, Mercer University and Georgia State University Law School. Lawson is a 1964 graduate of Emory law school.