1st place winner : 

Louise Smith- “EMPLOYERS BEWARE: CIVIL RICO PROVISION CREATES PRIVATE ENFORCEMENT OF IMMIGRATION LAWS”

Louise N. Smith

Louise N. Smith - Mercer University, Walter F. George School of Law - 2011

Louise N. Smith is an associate at Barrett & Farahany LLP, an employment law firm in Atlanta, Ga. Smith is a 2011 graduate of Mercer University’s Walter F. George School of Law in Macon, Ga. While in law school Smith took several courses in labor and employment law and received the CALI Award in Employment Discrimination. Smith worked as a research assistant for Professor Linda Berger and as a teaching assistant in Legal Analysis, a required 1L course. Smith also worked as a judicial extern for the Honorable Judge Philip Brown of the Bibb County Superior Court and as a summer associate at James, Bates, Pope & Spivey LLP, a large civil defense firm in Macon, Ga. Smith earned a Master of Arts degree in Communication and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from Auburn University in Auburn, Al. She is married to William J. Smith, a 2011 JD/MBA graduate of Mercer University, and is the proud mother of Alana Maree Smith, who recently turned three.


2nd place winner :  

Crystal Genteman - CONSTRUCTIVE NOTICE OF MENTAL DISABILITIES UNDER THE ADA: MAKING EMPLOYERS PLAY MIND READER OR REALIZING THE ADA’S PROMISE?

Crystal Genteman

Crystal Genteman - Georgia State University, College of Law - 2011

Crystal graduated magna cum laude with dual undergraduate degrees in Advertising and English from the University of Georgia 2003. She graduated from Georgia State University College of Law, summa cum laude, in May 2011. During law school she was active in GSU's moot court and law review programs, serving as Lead Articles and Notes Editor of law review. In 2011, Crystal was honored by the Atlanta Bar Association Labor and Employment section for excellence in employment law. This fall she will begin a two year clerkship with the Honorable Judge Timothy Batten of the Northern District of Georgia.