Georgia State law school alumni use their jobs to give back

Local lawyers claim attending Georgia State helped them understand the importance of community service and how to use their jobs to make a difference in the community.


Maurquis B. Davis, SEO specialist and director of community outreach at Morgan & Morgan law firm, said Georgia State alumni seem to have a passion for volunteering because of the school’s central location in the heart of Atlanta.


“Alumni from Georgia State have a heightened sense of community,” Davis said.


Georgia State alumni Madeleine Simmons, community outreach co-chair for the new lawyers division, agreed with Davis.


“Being from Georgia State law gave me a good opportunity to get an understanding of the different programs that are in the city and downtown,” she said. “Also, when I was at Georgia State I did a lot of the pro bono stuff, which was the volunteer work that Georgia State does and organizes.”


Simmons also highlighted charitable organizations for the Georgia State College of Law newspaper, The Docket, during her time at the University.


She said her job as community outreach co-chair is to find charities and organize fundraising events.


Davis said lawyers at Morgan and Morgan are currently working with small-to-medium charities to help bring attention to noteworthy causes.


Another graduate from the College of Law, Dylan Bess, of the class of 2012, recently oversaw the firm’s charity event for The Intown Academy, a charter school located in the Old Fourth Ward.

Bess said college students can volunteer at The Intown Academy as tutors, media personnel, laborers and more.


The Meet & Greet event, held at the Bistro at Courtyard on Oct. 24, raised over $600 for the local school.

Davis said Morgan & Morgan hopes to host monthly charity events in the future.

“Attorneys aren’t just chasing money and ambulances,” he said.