Mercer University School of Law Board of Visitors Welcomes Five New Members


Macon – Mercer University School of Law has added five new members to its Board of Visitors. The Board is composed of attorneys and judges who reside both in and outside Georgia and are alumni of the Law School. The new members joining the Board of Visitors for a three-year term are:

  • Virgil Adams, ’80, partner at Adams, Jordan & Herrington
  • Justice Michael P. Boggs ’90, Supreme Court of Georgia
  • Betsy Cross Griswold ’83, In-House Attorney at United Parcel Service Inc.
  • Judge Clyde L. Reese III ’96, Georgia Court of Appeals
  • Scott Smith ’85, Senior Vice President and Corporate Counsel at Genuine Parts Co.


“I appreciate the commitment of these distinguished attorneys and jurists to Mercer Law School and their willingness to become a part of our Board of Visitors,” said Dean Cathy Cox. “We’ve been graduating lawyers at Mercer for 145 years who are ready to practice and prepared to serve their communities. The knowledge, advice and support of these Board members will assure that we continue to meet the needs of today’s students, employers and the greater legal community for the next century.”

The Mercer Law School Board of Visitors provides advice to the dean and support to the Law School. The Board is specifically tasked to help strengthen and define the academic and strategic goals of Mercer Law School, to enhance the reputation of Mercer Law School, to assist in the recruitment of high-quality students, to assist the dean in efforts to graduate and place ethical, service-oriented, practice-ready legal professionals, and to assist in fundraising when appropriate to achieve these goals. The next meeting of the Board of Visitors will be held on Sept. 21.

“I am thrilled to be a part of an amazing Board of Visitors which is even stronger thanks to the willingness of these five terrific people to serve. The Law School’s Board of Visitors has adopted its first strategic plan which we will use to enhance the reputation and value of a Mercer Law School degree,” said Ann Bishop, ’76, chair of the Board of Visitors.

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About Mercer Law School:
Founded in 1873, Mercer University School of Law is one of the oldest law schools in the United States and the first one in the state of Georgia accredited by the American Bar Association. Mercer Law School’s educational philosophy is based on a broadly shared commitment to prepare students for the high-quality practice of law in a day-to-day learning environment that is both strongly supportive and consistently professional. Mercer Law School is only one of two schools to be a two-time recipient of the prestigious ABA Gambrell Professionalism Award for excellence and innovation in ethics and professionalism throughout the curriculum. With an enrollment of about 400 students, Mercer Law School is nationally recognized for its exceptional programs in legal writing, moot court, experiential education, and ethics and professionalism.