September 13, 2010

Advance Notice

Ga. attorney general candidates to debate at Emory Law

Emory Law will host a debate featuring Georgia’s candidates for attorney general at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 20, in Tull Auditorium.

At the Attorney General Candidate Forum, co-sponsored by the Fulton County Daily Report, candidates will take questions from an audience of lawyers, judges and law students, as well a panel from the Daily Report and the Emory Law faculty. 

The candidates – all Emory alumni – are Democrat Ken Hodges '88C, the former district attorney in Dougherty County, Ga., and a partner at Baudino Law Group in Atlanta; Republican Sam Olens '83L, the former Cobb Commission chairman; and Libertarian Don Smart '75L, a lawyer with Smart & Harris in Savannah, Ga. This will be the first forum for the candidates since the primaries.

Following the debate, Dean David F. Partlett and the Daily Report will host a reception for the audience and the candidates.

This year's election marks the first time since 1942 that Georgians will elect an attorney general from a slate of choices that does not include an incumbent. No attorney general has been elected to an open seat since 1942, when Ellis G. Arnall resigned to run for governor. Thurbert E. Baker ’79L, who leaves the office this year, was appointed by former Gov. Zell Miller in 1997. 

The event is free and open to the public. Because seating is limited, attendees are encouraged to RSVP by contacting Julia Kelly at the Daily Report at 404.419.2815 or by e-mail.

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