Lollar Appointed Clinical Faculty Fellow

Cortney Lollar, an experienced public defender, will be joining the law faculty as a Clinical Faculty Fellow in summer 2011. She will be teaching in the Criminal Justice Clinic. The law school’s fellowship is particularly appealing to Lollar because it emphasizes both clinical and classroom teaching combined with scholarship.

“Cortney is an excellent fit for our Clinical Faculty Fellows Program,” says Annette Appell, associate dean for Clinical Affairs, professor of law, and co-director of the Civil Justice Clinic. “She brings deep experience as a  practicing lawyer—in this instance criminal defense in some of the best public defender programs—and she has an ambitious research agenda. We are confident that her mix of academic engagement and real-world experience will serve well the clients, our students, and future generations of law students.”

Currently, Lollar is an attorney for the Federal Defender Program Inc. in Atlanta, Georgia, representing defendants charged with all types of federal crimes. Lollar has argued before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and submitted petitions to the Supreme Court of the United States. She previously served with the Public Defender Service of the District of Columbia, where she worked with both adult and juvenile defendants.

Throughout her tenure as a public defender, she has regularly supervised law students, most recently working with students in Emory Law School’s Trial Techniques program. Her primary research interests involve the intersections among criminal law, evidence law, sexuality, and mental health.

Lollar served as a legal consultant for the Initiative for Medicine, Access, and Knowledge in Bangalore/Delhi, India, where she worked to increase access to generic HIV/AIDS medicines and reviewed and edited critical briefings for public health organizations, such as the World Health Organization. She also served as a research assistant to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women. Additionally, she has interned with the Defender Association of Seattle, Legal Aid Society Prisoner’s Rights Project in New York, Center for Justice and International Law in Chile, and Human Rights Watch.

Lollar earned her J.D. from New York University in 2002, where she received the Arthur T. Vanderbilt Medal for public service and was editor-in-chief of the Review of Law & Social Change. She received her B.A. from Brown University in 1997.