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Release date: Dec. 1, 2000
Contact: Elaine Justice, Assistant Director, 404-727-0643, or

Oliver Joins Emory Law School's Barton Child Law & Policy Clinic

Former State Senator Mary Margaret Oliver has accepted a visiting professor position with Emory University School of Law's Barton Child Law & Policy Clinic beginning Dec. 1, 2000.

Oliver will join Karen Worthington, Barton clinic director, in teaching responsibilities and development of policy position papers, and will work directly with students through the summer intern program.

"We are honored that such a dedicated public servant will be working with our faculty and students to develop innovative approaches to the problems of at-risk children," said Howard O. Hunter, dean of the law school.

Oliver is a 1972 graduate of Emory Law School and taught from 1976-78 as an assistant professor at Boston College Law School. While serving in the House and Senate of the Georgia General Assembly, she maintained a private law practice in Decatur. She also is a former state administrative law judge and associate magistrate judge for DeKalb County.

From 1992 through 1998 she chaired the Judiciary Committee of the State Senate, was vice chair of the Education Committee, and chaired the Appropriations Subcommittee for Education Spending. While in the Georgia General Assembly, Oliver authored and helped pass substantial legislation for abused and neglected children and was recognized frequently for her legislative accomplishments.

In 1998 she ran for Georgia lieutenant governor, finished first in the Democratic primary among six candidates, and lost in the runoff.

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