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Release date: Oct. 3, 2000
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Emory Law School Honors Distinguished Alumni

Four individuals who have contributed both to their communities and to the law have received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Emory University School of Law. They are: the late former Georgia State Sen. Thomas F. Allgood of Augusta, Ga., class of 1951; and Atlantans Cecil C. Malone Jr., chairman of Malone Company General Contractors, class of 1950; Kevin A. Ross, partner with Hunton & Williams, class of 1980; and W. Terence (Terry) Walsh, partner with Alston & Bird, class of 1970.

Allgood, a trial lawyer with the firm of Allgood, Childs & Mehrhof in Augusta, served in the Georgia State Senate for 15 years. He and his wife Thelma died in August when a private plane they were traveling in crashed after takeoff from Augusta's Daniel Field. A Democrat representing the 22nd District, Allgood was senate majority leader from 1981 until he declined to seek reelection in 1990. The next year, Gov. Zell Miler appointed him to the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia, and he was elected chairman for the 1995-96 term. Gov. Roy Barnes had recently appointed him to a second seven-year term.

An Augusta native, Allgood began his practice there and was one of the first lawyers to represent minorities in civil actions against major corporate defendants. As an Emory alumnus, Allgood helped form an alumni chapter in Augusta and later served as state chairman of the Emory Law School Fund. His civic leadership included serving as chairman of the board of MCG Health Inc., a not-for-profit operating company for the Medical College of Georgia Hospital and Clinics. Two of Allgood's sons, Thomas and Robert ("Lyn"), also are graduates of Emory Law School.

Malone is the founder and leader of a company that has been the interior contractor for many Atlanta landmark buildings, including Georgia-Pacific Center, the Equitable Building, Coca-Cola Enterprises, numerous Atlanta law firm interiors, and portions of Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport. At Emory, Malone supervised construction of the courtroom in the law school's Gambrell Hall, as well as the renovation and expansion that changed the Beaux Arts "Old Law" Building into the Michael C. Carlos Museum.

An Atlanta native and graduate of Druid Hills High School, Malone graduated from Emory Business School (now Goizueta Business School) in 1941, then served on active duty in the Pacific throughout World War II. He started his own residential construction company, and had 10 houses under construction by the time he graduated from Emory Law School. Malone was admitted to the Georgia bar but chose to continue in the construction field. He has been a member of the Midtown Rotary Club for more than 35 years, served for 15 years as an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association, and has been chairman of a Boy Scout committee serving troops in low-income areas. A past member of the Emory Board of Visitors, Malone is a lifetime member of the law school's Barrister’s Club.

Ross is known for his expertise in corporate and governmental law and land use planning, as well as his commitment and activism in local, state and national politics. He has managed election campaigns for U.S. Rep. John Lewis, former Lt. Gov. Pierre Howard, and Atlanta mayors Maynard Jackson and Bill Campbell, among others.

A Massachusetts native and graduate of Dartmouth College, Ross served on the Emory Law Journal during law school. In 1991, he became the Donald L. Hollowell Professor of Law at Emory, teaching civil rights and election law on an adjunct basis for five years. He also has served on the Young Alumni Council, the Law Alumni Association Executive Committee, the Emory Law School Council, and the Emory Board of Visitors. Ross also has been primary outside council to the Atlanta-Fulton County Recreation Authority in its negotiations on the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games, and for the Atlanta Hawks, as well as other professional sports. He has served as a board member of the Housing Authority of Fulton County, the Labor Pool Task Force for the City of Atlanta, and the Task Force for the Homeless, among others.

In addition to his work as a business litigator, Walsh has been a public service advocate, mentor and volunteer. Past president of the Atlanta Legal Aid Society, the Atlanta Bar Association, and the Younger Lawyers' Section of the State Bar of Georgia, Walsh has been a guiding force behind bar efforts to help at-risk children and their families. Under his leadership, the Atlanta bar achieved national recognition--and a 70 percent success rate--for its Truancy Intervention Project, through which volunteer lawyers help youth in the juvenile justice system stay in school.

Walsh also chairs Kids In Need of Dreams (KIND), serves as a director of the Georgia Academy, the Atlanta Bar Foundation, and Georgians for Children; and is past director of the Georgia Justice Project and The Bridge. He also is a chairman of the Capitol Area Mosaic, a provider of social and family support services for he Capitol Homes neighborhood. An alumnus and trustee of Brown University, Walsh served on the executive committee of the Emory Law Alumni Association and sits on the Emory Public Interest Committee Advisory Board. He received the Martin Luther King Jr. Center Community Service Award in 1995, and the ABA's Livingston Hall Juvenile Justice Award in 1999.

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