Curriculum Vitae

MARGARET HUGHES VATH

EXPERIENCE

Georgia State University College of Law, Atlanta, GA

Legal Writing Professor,

Full-Time Faculty, July 2006−July 2008; August 2012–present

Part-Time Faculty, July 2009–July 2012

  • Lawyering: Foundations
  • Summer Skills
  • Lawyering: Practice-Ready Writing
  • Legal Writing and Analysis for LLM Students

Vath Law, LLC, and Gaddis Vath Lanier, LLC, Atlanta, GA

Founding Partner, February 2011 – August 2012; October 2009 – February, 2011

Corporate contracts and transactions, civil litigation, and research and writing practice.

Weissman, Nowack, Curry & Wilco, P.C., Atlanta, GA

Of Counsel, October 2008 – 2009

Senior Associate, January 2002 – July 2006

Corporate contracts and transactions, civil litigation, and real estate practice including representation and case management for 80 non-profit corporations as lead counsel. Practice includes interpretation and enforcement of corporate governing documents and rules; meetings with directors and members; reviewing, revising and negotiating contracts; recommending preventative measures and changes to corporate practices; and revising governing legal documents and contracts to reduce legal exposure.

Weinstock & Scavo, P.C., Atlanta, GA

Associate, September 1998 – January 2002

Diverse litigation practice with a broad variety of cases and clientele, including commercial contract disputes, employment discrimination, trust interpretation, construction defects, banking, and trademarking.  Involvement in all aspects of civil litigation from witness interviews and extensive pre-trial motions through depositions, trial, and post-trial appellate work in state and federal courts.

EDUCATION

Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA

English PhD Program, Rhetoric and Composition Concentration

In Progress 4.0 GPA

Villanova University School of Law, Villanova, PA

Juris Doctor, 1998

Honors & Activities: Theodore Reimel Moot Court Competition; Villanova Community Legal Services Externship; Phi Delta Phi Honor Society Vice-President; Student Bar Association Colleague; Villanova Law Library Research Assistant.

University of Delaware, Newark, DE

Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude, English/ Journalism Major, Music Minor, 1995

Honors & Activities: Phi Kappa Phi, Golden Key, Sigma Tau Delta, and Order of Omega Honor Societies; Amy Overdeer, J.H. Paynter, and Delaware Students Academic Scholarships; Kappa Delta Sorority Secretary; The Review Copy Editor and News Reporter; Choral Union President; Harrington Theatre Arts Company Board Member; Music House Vice-President.

PUBLICATIONS

Nikki Williams: In Memoriam, LWI Lives (Fall 2015)

Drama, Crafts, & Fun with Georgia Shakespeare, Peachtree Papers Magazine (Summer 2012)

A Century of Service with the Red Cross, Peachtree Papers Magazine (Spring 2012)

How to Manage Conflict, Peachtree Papers Magazine (Winter 2012)

Legislative Update: Comply with the Pool Safety Act, Community Advisor (Summer 2009)

Criminal Offenses & Defenses in Tennessee, Supplement, West Publishing Company (2004)

Criminal Offenses & Defenses in Tennessee, Supplement, West Publishing Company (2003)

Criminal Offenses & Defenses in Tennessee, Supplement, The Harrison Company (2002)

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

Struggles & Strategies, Teaching 1L and LLM Students Contemporaneously, Global Legal Skills Conference, 2017

Creating A Legal Writing Simulation Course To Comply With The New ABA Standard 304, Legal Writing Institute National Conference, 2016

Legal Writing Professional Development Panel, Southeast Regional Legal Writing Conference, 2016

“Practicing” Practicing Law, Southeast Regional Legal Writing Conference, 2016

Habits of Highly Effective Boards, The Junior League of Atlanta Leadership Institute, 2014

Best Practices and Parliamentary Procedures for Non-Profit Boards, Atlanta Bar Association Retreat, 2014

How GSU COL Revamped Its Legal Writing Program, Southeast Regional Legal Writing Conference, 2013

Legal Writing and Law School Success, Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO) June-July 2013

Nuts and Bolts of Corporate Governance, National Business Institute/ IPE, 2011

Third Party Contracts / Ethics, National Business Institute, 2011

Running Your Meeting with Robert’s Rules, Junior League of Atlanta, 2010

Nuts and Bolts of Corporate Governance, National Business Institute/ IPE, 2009

Legal Aspects of Condominium Development and Homeowners’ Assocs., National Business Institute, 2009

Ethics: A Review of the Basics, In-House CLE, 2009

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

Atlanta Bar Association: President-Elect (2016-2017); Secretary (2015-2016); Treasurer (2014-2015); Distinguished Service Award recipient (2013); Board of Directors (2009-present); Executive Committee (2010-present); Executive Director Search Committee (2011-2012); Law School Outreach Committee Co-Chair (2012); Bard Committee Producer (1999-present); Member (1999-present)

American Bar Association: American Bar Foundation Fellow (2016); Member (2013-present)

The Junior League of Atlanta: Parliamentarian, Board of Directors (2010 – 2011); Assistant to Vice-President of Internal Operations (2004- 2005); Member (2000- present)

Legal Writing Institute (2006-present)

Georgia Association For Women Lawyers (2012 – present)

Georgia Bar Association (1998-present) Admitted to practice in all state courts, including the Georgia Court of Appeals and Georgia Supreme Court; admitted to practice in the Northern District of Georgia, Middle District of Georgia, and Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.