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Twin Judges Host ASU’s FIRST Business College Distinguished Alumni Lecture Series
October 17, 2019 at 12:00 AM
by Maxwell Tillman | Trial Lawyers

Talk about a "Double Mint" moment!

Identical twins, who both graduated from ASU, who both serve as district court judges in Jefferson County, Ala., will serve as dual keynote speakers at the Percy J. Vaughn Jr. College of Business Administration's (COBA) first-ever Distinguished Alumni Lecture Series on Thursday (Oct. 17) from 10-11:30 am. In ASU’s John L. Buskey Hall Auditorium

Those who attend COBA's inaugural event will see double as identical twins District Judges 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 10th 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 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.


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.

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 also is 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.