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Georgia State University College of Law Names Classroom After Alumni Michael
and Shelia Manely
After many years of supporting Georgia State University's College of
Law, alumni Michael (Class of '89) and Shelia Manely (Class of '13)
have been honored for their contributions to the academic and legal community
by having a classroom named for them.
While attending Georgia State, Michael was Student Bar president. He served
as a long time member and president of the College of Law Alumni Council.
Michael and Shelia are both lifetime GSU Alumni Association members and
provide ongoing financial support to the law school to include not only
the capital campaign that built the new building, but funds to provide
The Manelys have hosted College of Law and undergraduate events at their
offices and currently host a Fundamentals of Law Practice Course where
Georgia State law students represent victims of domestic violence in Cobb
County. They not only meet in The Manely Firm building as a class, but
the firm also donates office space and administrative support where law
students can meet their clients to prepare for domestic violence hearings.
"Michael and I are honored at the recognition provided by the College
of Law for our years of being in close community," Shelia says, "but
the rewards go far beyond this bit of recognition. The true rewards are
more subtle and filled with less fanfare. It is in the connecting and
being connected that we have learned about the politics and practice of
law. It is in the connecting and being connected that we have gained support
in responding to the pressures of law practice management. It is in the
connecting and being connected that we have forged friendships that are
rich, illuminating, entertaining and life-enriching."
Michael and Shelia routinely encourage their associates to reach out to
GSU's College of Law through a combined office campaign as well as
individually. The rewards are far-reaching. "Having our names over
a door is flattering," Shelia says. "Being an integral part
of the GSU College ofLaw Community is in and of itself the honor."
Georgia International Family Law Attorney wins unanimously at U. S. Supreme Court
A Marietta attorney has found himself on the winning side of a high-profile
custody case with implications for parents stretching beyond U.S. borders.
Although The United States Supreme Court only hears 1% of all cases submitted,
Michael Manely, of The Manely Firm on the Marietta Square, had the rare
opportunity to argue a family law case before the U.S. Supreme Court in
The high court returned a decision - a unanimous 9-0 vote in favor of
Manely's client, U.S. Army Sgt. Jeffrey Chafin, who is in a custody
dispute with his estranged Scottish wife, Lynne Chafin, over their daughter, Eris.
For more details on this landmark case, please click the links below: