When Ron Freeman (J.D. ’85) staked his future on the College of Law in the early 1980s, it was an upstart with no accreditation. Looking back on his law career, he smiles when he thinks about where it all started.
Nearly 30 years later, Freeman is managing member of Johnson & Freeman with a long list of accolades and accomplishments, which now includes being a Georgia State University Distinguished Alumni for his commitment to the College of Law and his longstanding community service. He and other 2013 Distinguished Alumni were honored during Homecoming weekend.
“Ron’s commitment to our college and its students is unwavering,” says Steven J. Kaminshine, Dean and Professor of law. “His scholarships help the college recruit a diverse and high achieving incoming class each year.”
Freeman says he has always wanted to give back to the law school. “My association with Georgia State Law has opened doors for me,” he says. “For all the university has done for me professionally and personally, the award heightens my sense of feeling like I need to do more for the university.”
In addition to the scholarship fund for Georgia State Law, Freeman’s community work also includes serving on the board of The Young Family YMCA and volunteer activities with Big Brothers Big Sisters.
At Georgia State, Freeman serves on the university’s Foundation Board and the college’s Board of Visitors. After graduating from Georgia State Law, Freeman served with the State Court of Fulton County and worked for the law firms of Arrington & Horne and Mayer Nations & Yates, where he became a partner.
From 1991 to 2011, Freeman was a judge with the Fulton County Magistrate Court. Freeman was appointed in 2009 by Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens as special attorney general to represent the state in various construction and business disputes. He also serves as a Municipal Court Judge for the cities of Riverdale, Jonesboro and Morrow. “He truly exemplifies Georgia State through his professional accomplishments, community involvement and love for his alma mater,” says Christina Million, associate vice president for alumni affairs.