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Matthew Cornick, J.D.
- Professor/Program Coordinator. Professor Cornick is a graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo (B.A.
, 1979) and Emory University School of Law (J.D. 1982). From 1982 through 1989, Mr. Cornick maintained an active law practice with an emphasis on tort litigation, bankruptcy, and family law. He was a panel member on “The Law Show” (WGST-AM, Atlanta) from 1987-1989 and served as the show’s host from 1990 through 1993. Mr. Cornick began his career in paralegal education in 1987 as an adjunct instructor at The National Center for Paralegal Training (“NCPT”). From 1989 through 1995, Mr. Cornick served as NCPT’s Director of Education, leading a faculty of more than thirty members of the metro Atlanta bar. From 1995 through 2002, Mr. Cornick was a full time faculty member at NCPT, teaching classes in Legal Research, Civil Litigation, Bankruptcy and Family Law, among others. Mr. Cornick is the author of
A Practical Guide to Family Law
, West Publishing, 1995, and has served as a speaker at numerous Continuing Legal Education seminars. Mr. Cornick served as a member of the Approval Commission for the Standing Committee on Legal Assistants of the American Bar Association from 1996-1999. Office: Clayton Hall, Room T109-C. Phone: (678) 466-4639. email:
Antoinette France-Harris, J.D.
- Assistant Professor of Legal Studies. Professor Harris is a graduate of Harvard University (B.A.
, 1992), Columbia University School of Social Work (M.S.W. 1994), and University of Pennsylvania Law School (J.D. 1997). From 1997 to 2002, she was a corporate and estate planning attorney with Windels Marx Lane & Mittendorf, LLP in New York. In 2003, Mrs. Harris become a solo practitioner in Georgia, specializing in real estate, corporate and estate planning matters. She also worked and continues to work on a
basis to assist not-for-profit organizations to incorporate and obtain tax-exempt status. Mrs. Harris began her paralegal teaching career in 2010, when she accepted a full-time position with Atlanta Technical College. There, she taught paralegal students for four years, and during that time, became program chair. Since fall 2014, Mrs. Harris has been a member of the full-time faculty at CSU. She teaches various classes, including Law and Society, Introduction to Law and Ethics, Civil Litigation, Legal Research and Writing, Real Estate Law, Wills, Family Law, and Advanced Legal Research and Writing. Office: Clayton Hall, Room T109-E. Phone: (678) 466-4810. email:
Mara Mooney, J.D.
- Professor of Legal Studies. Professor Mooney is a graduate of Lafayette College in Easton, PA (B.A.
; Phi Beta Kappa) and Emory University School of Law (Emory Law Review; Dean's Fellow in Legal Research and Writing). She has been involved in paralegal education since 1996 and has taught at paralegal programs in Pennsylvania and Georgia. She is the author of several academic journal articles and the textbook,
Fundamentals of Georgia Real Estate Law
. She researches and presents at academic conferences in the areas of legal studies education and pedagogical practices and standards. Prior to joining the faculty at Clayton State, she was an associate with Alston & Bird, LLP. Her law practice focused on representing commercial real estate clients. At CSU, Ms. Mooney teaches Introduction to Law & Ethics, Legal Research & Writing, Real Estate Law, Law Office Skills Legal Issues in Homeland Security & Emergency Management, and the Paralegal Capstone Course. Office: Clayton Hall, Room T109-D. Phone: (678) 466-4642; email:
Sherry Southard, J.D.
- Professor of Paralegal Studies. Professor Southard is a full-time Associate Professor at Clayton State University with extensive legal, business and teaching experience. She teaches in the CSU Paralegal Studies and the Bachelor of Applied Science programs. Professor Southard earned her Juris Doctor from Arizona State University and holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from the University of Nevada. As the senior and managing associate with Forrest B. Johnson & Associates for six years, she worked as a trial attorney. Her areas of concentration were medical malpractice, catastrophic personal injury, tort and general litigation. In this position, she successfully argued
Service Merchandise, Inc. v. Jackson
, 221 Ga. App. 897, 473 S.E.2d 209 (1996) before the Georgia Court of Appeals. After leaving that position in 1999, she worked as a sole practitioner. This transition gave her the independence to integrate her legal and business skills and share her knowledge. She has been engaged in numerous business ventures, including the co-ownership of a women’s consignment clothing boutique that sold couture designer merchandise in downtown Atlanta. Professor Southard served as an adjunct instructor at Herzing College and in the Atlanta Public School System Law Magnet Program before she accepted a full-time teaching position at CSU. She has taught courses in business law, introduction to the law, contracts and torts, business organizations, legal issues for managers, legal research and writing, advanced writing, technical writing, leadership skills, speech and technology and the law. In order to further her professional skills while teaching, she served as a legal consultant for various local corporations and an arbitrator for the Atlanta Better Business Bureau. She also served as an Advisory Board Member to the Legal Aid Society, an organization that provides quality legal services to low-income individuals. Office: Clayton Hall, Room T109-D. Phone: (678) 466-4644; email: