Civil rights attorney Mawuli Davis is the recipient of the 2019 Ben F. Johnson Jr. Public Service Award.
The award, the highest extended by Georgia State’s College of Law, is presented annually to a living Georgia attorney whose overall accomplishments reflect the high tradition of selfless public service exemplified by the college's founding dean, Ben F. Johnson Jr.
Davis, who also practices personal injury law, is a founding partner of the Decatur-based Davis Bozeman Law Firm. His law partners are Robert Bozeman and Harold Spence.
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, who presented the award recently to Davis, called him her “personal Thurgood Marshall,” because of the infectious and contagious passion he has for people who don't often have a voice in our community.
She said that practicing the people’s law “is a very special calling and a very important calling,” because not many people make it.
“Quite often people will chase the money and forget our communities,” Bottoms said. “But you [Mawuli] have made sure that not only are our communities not forgotten but that we don’t forget our communities as well."
Wendy F. Hensel, Georgia State College of Law’s dean, said Davis walks the talk.
"Many of us talk about the need to fight injustice, to be better people ourselves, and to help other people lead productive lives. Mawuli, however, is someone who lives that ethic every day in everything he does, " she said.