Twin Judges Keynote ASU Business College’s FIRST Distinguished Alumni Lecture Series!

– Identical twins who are both ASU alumnae and both district court judges in Jefferson County speak Thursday – WHEN:  Thursday (Oct. 17), from 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
WHAT: First-ever ASU College of Business Distinguished Lecture Series has twin alumnae judges as dual keynote speakers.  WHERE: ASU’s John L. Buskey Hall’s auditorium, corner of N. University & Harris Way; near the ASU Gateway over I-85.
Talk about a “Double Mint” moment! 
Join us at Alabama State University on Thursday as identical twins who both graduated from ASU – who both serve as district court judges in Jefferson County, Ala. –  BOTH come back to serve as dual keynote speakers at the Percy J. Vaughn Jr. College of Business Administration‘s (COBA) first-everDistinguished Alumni Lecture Series.
Those who attend COBA’s inaugural event on Thursday (Oct. 17) from 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. in the ASU John L. Buskey Hall’s auditorium, will be seeing double as the identical twin ASU College of Business alumnae – District Judge’s Shera Grant and Shanta Owens – share their knowledge and experience about the legal profession, public service, as well as their journey to the bench as separate district court judges on Jefferson County’s Tenth Judicial Circuit.

The event is free and open to the public. 

The dean of the ASU College of Business Administration, Dr.­­­­­­ Kamal Hingorani, said the COBA’s lectures will tap ASU’s broad alumni base to bring distinguished speakers to campus each semester who can share their wisdom and insight with the University’s students and the wider community to inspire the next generation of ASU educated leaders. 

“COBA takes great pride in the achievements of its graduates and finds tremendous value in connecting current students, faculty, and staff with the skills and expertise of our most accomplished alumni,” said Hingorani. “We encourage our successful alumni to help us develop ‘hunger’ in our students and for the students to understand that if they work hard they have the capacity to be successful and have an outstanding career.”

Both Grant and Owens graduated from ASU’s COBA. Both also graduated from law school at Louisiana State University (LSU). While Grant went to Atlanta after law school and Owens came back to their hometown of Birmingham, both ended up with jobs in the legal profession with both serving as district court judges.

MORE ABOUT ASU’S TWIN ALUMNAE  

Judge Shera Grant studied international and comparative Law at the Université d’Aix-Marseille III in Aix en Provence, France, and graduated from law school at LSU on the chancellor’s-list with dual degrees: a Juris Doctor (J.D.) and a Bachelor of Civil Law (B.C.L.) in 2002. When she returned to Birmingham, Grant opened her own law practice. She has received numerous awards and sits on several professional organizations and boards, including the Board of Directors for Growing Kings and Alabama State University’s Foundation Board.

ASU alumnae who are both identical twins and both judges are Shanta Owens (L) and Shera Grant.


Judge Shanta Owens also attended the Université d’ Aix-Marseille III in Aix-en-Provence, France. Like her sister, she also attended LSU and graduated in its dual degree program and received her Juris Doctor (J.D.) and Bachelor of Civil Law degree (B.C.L.) in 2002. Owens is also a member of numerous professional organizations and boards, which includes serving as president of the board of directors for the Addiction Prevention Coalition. She is a graduate of Project Corporate Leadership, Leadership Birmingham,  Leadership Vestavia Hills, MOMENTUM Women’s Leadership Class and Leadership Alabama. 

News media contact: Kenneth Mullinax,334-229-4104.

Written by Media Relations Specialist  Hazel Scott.

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