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Professor Mara Mooney

Professor of Legal Studies

Office: T-109
Social Sciences
College of Arts & Sciences


Mara A. Mooney, J.D., is a Professor of Legal Studies in Clayton State’s College of Arts & Sciences, where her teaching focuses on law and ethics; contracts and torts; real property law; legal research and writing; American government; courts; and legal issues in homeland security and emergency management. Prior to joining the faculty at Clayton State, she practiced commercial real estate law with Alston & Bird, LLP, in Atlanta, and federal administrative law in Washington, D.C. She was also a law clerk for the Honorable Dorothy T. Beasley in the Georgia Court of Appeals, and an intern at the U.S. Department of Justice, Northern District of Georgia. In law school, Ms. Mooney was a notes and comments editor of law review and a Dean’s Fellow.


JD, Juris Doctor, Emory University School of Law, 1995

Intellectual Contributions

Mara A Mooney, Diane Hess, Fundamentals of Georgia Real Estate Law (2d ed.), Carolina Academic Press – May 2020

Antoinette S. France-Harris, Christie H Burton, Mara A Mooney, Putting Theory into Practice: Incorporating a Community Engagement Model into Online Pre-professional Courses in Law and Human Resource Management at a Minority-Serving Institution , Online Learning Journal – June 2019

Sheryne Southard, Christie H Burton, Mara A Mooney, Shifting from Obligatory Discourse to Rich Dialogue: Promoting Student Interaction in Asynchronous Threaded Discussion Postings. , Distance Learning Administration Annual & Conference Proceeding – June 2012

Sheryne Southard, Mara A Mooney, Standardized Standards: A Comparative Analysis of Quality Assurance Standards in Distance Education and a Proposal for a Consistent Framework., International Society for Exploring Teaching and Learning –

Mara A Mooney, Sheryne Southard, Call Me, Maybe: Higher Education’s Fledgling Romance with Social Media, Distance Learning Administration – June 2013


Mara A Mooney, Sheryne Southard, Design and Delivery of Online Courses: Are We Playing Favorites?, Distance Learning Administration Annual Conference, West Georgia College –  May 23 2011

Sheryne Southard, Mara A Mooney, Loretta Calvert, Compliance with ABA Requirements for Content, Delivery, and Assessment of Online Courses, Southeast Regional Meeting, American Association for Paralegal Educators (AAfPE) –  March 27 2009

Michael V. Tidwell, Sheryne Southard, Mara A Mooney, Assessing the Role of Individual Differences in Student Performance in Online Classes, International Academy of Business and Public Administration Disciplines, IABPAD –  April 24 2009

Sheryne Southard, Christie H Burton, Mara A Mooney, Incorporating Elements of Suspense to Facilitate Robust Online Discussion, INSIDE PASSHE, Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education –  February 13 2013

Mara A Mooney, Jacqueline A. Jordan,  , The Hearing Process, University Hearing Panel Training August 20 2010

Service to the University & University System of Georgia

College, Arts & Sciences P&T Committee (Professor), Committee Member –  August 2017 to Present