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Mercer President William D. Underwood, Law School Dean Gary Simson
Issue Statements on Lauren Giddings

July 1, 2011

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Mercer University today issued the following statements from President William D. Underwood and Law School Dean Gary Simson regarding the disappearance and apparent homicide of recent Law School graduate Lauren Giddings.

Statement from President Underwood

Today the Mercer University community joins the family and friends of Lauren Giddings in our support of the determined efforts of law enforcement authorities to investigate the disappearance and apparent death of Lauren, a recent graduate of our law school. I ask that Mercerians everywhere keep Lauren’s family and friends in their thoughts and prayers during this very difficult period in their lives.
Statement from Dean Simson

Words cannot adequately express the grief and sorrow that the law school community feels in these tragic circumstances.  Lauren graduated from the law school this past May after three years in which she distinguished herself in and out of the classroom. Among the student organizations in which she played a vital role were the Federalist Society, where she served as president, and the Association of Women Law Students. She came to Mercer after graduating from Agnes Scott College, where she was the epitome of the student-athlete, excelling in both regards.  She demonstrated outstanding character and great promise, and our hearts go out to her family in Laurel, Md., and to her many friends there and elsewhere.