Over the last 35 years, the College of Law has been home to outstanding faculty who prepare students for practice. In our “Catching Up with Emeriti Faculty” series, we interview retired faculty members about their experiences at Georgia State and what they’re up to now.
Professor of Law Emeritus L. Lynn Hogue has seen the College of Law from the beginning.
He joined the staff in 1982, when he came from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law to help found the College of Law. He remained on staff until retiring in 2017.
“It’s quite an extraordinary journey from the beginnings to where it is now,” Hogue said. “It has a national reputation. When we started out, we had provisional accreditation, and we had a long way to go. The whole school has really come a long way.“
During his time teaching at the College of Law, Hogue also served 21 years in the Army Reserves.
For 18 years of that time, his work for the Army involved legal education, teaching at the Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School in Charlottesville, Va., and in the law department at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
“There are definitely things about teaching I do miss,” Hogue said. “I miss the intellectual stimulation of it. But honestly, I don’t really miss grading exams, although I do miss interacting with the students.”
Hogue continues to be involved in several ways with the law and legal education.
He is working on a new edition of the Military Law Nutshell for West Academic with the help of two College of Law GRAs; completing work on a book on Chief Justice Salmon P. Chase; serving as a Hearing Officer for the Georgia Department of Community Health adjudicating certificate-of-need cases; and chairing the legal redress and political action committees of the local branch of the NAACP, which serves the three-county area in western North Carolina where he now lives.
Professor of Law Emerita Sylvia Caley also experienced the beginnings of Georgia State Law. Caley earned her MBA from GSU in 1986 and graduated with a J.D. three years later, during the early days of the law school.
She later joined the College of Law faculty and spent 14 years as the founder and director of the Health Law Partnership Legal Services Clinic (HeLP Clinic) before retiring in 2018. During her tenure, the College of Law’s health law program rose to the top 10 in the country.
“It was a wonderful experience,” Caley said. “I enjoyed my educational programs at Georgia State, both in the J. Mack Robinson College of Business and in the law school. I maintained some great relationships with my collogues, and many of the professors I had were still teaching when I joined the faculty.”
The inspiration for starting the Health Law Partnership came about when Caley was working as a nurse before attending law school.
The need to cure issues of inequality in the healthcare system drove Caley throughout her career, and it continues to drive her today. After retiring, she moved to Colorado, where she works with Sprout City Farms, the Colorado Food System Response Team and Project Protect Food Systems, and she is a member of the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union.
“COVID-19 just brought all of the gaps and failures in our food system and our food delivery into very stark relief,” Caley said. “We had kids really going hungry because schools were closed, and nothing was immediately replacing the schools’ breakfast and lunch programs. When summer came, there was no meal program in place. A tremendous amount of advocacy had to be done.”
Both Hogue and Caley continue their work to educate the next generation of attorneys and providing equitable access to legal resources for all people. Learn more about College of Law faculty by visiting the website.
Interviews by Alex Resnak