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Lecture Series

The University of Georgia School of Law brings many eminent scholars and political leaders to its campus each year to promote the intellectual exchange of ideas.

John A. Sibley Lecture Series
In 1964, the trustees of the Loridans Foundation established the John A. Sibley Lecture Series. These talks honor the leadership and public spirit of this 1911 Georgia Law graduate. It is hard to place the contributions of John Adams Sibley in any given decade, for his service to the law school and to the state of Georgia extended over a period of almost 80 years.

Recent Lecturers

  • John C.P. Goldberg, Harvard Law School, "Inexcusable Wrongs"
  • Robin S. West, Georgetown University Law Center, "Toward a Jurisprudence of the Civil Rights Acts"
  • Bryan Stevenson, Equal Justice Initiative, "Social Justice Lawyering: Confronting Power, Racial and Economic Injustice and Hopelessness Within the Law"
  • Judge Joan E. Donoghue, International Court of Justice, "The Role of the World Court Today"
  • John C. Coffee Jr., Columbia University Law School, "Death, Taxes and Systemic Risk: Dealing with the Inevitable"

Edith House Lecture Series 
Inaugurated in 1983, the Edith House Lecture Series brings outstanding female legal scholars and practitioners to Athens.  The lecture series is named for Edith Elizabeth House, who was co-valedictorian of the Class of 1925, and one of the first two women to graduate from Georgia Law. House enjoyed a distinguished career in public service, which spanned more than 30 years.

Recent Lecturers

  • Teresa Wynn Roseborough, Executive Vice-President and General Counsel for The Home Depot, "It's Time to Try Defying Gravity: One Woman's Thoughts on Having it All"
  • Edith H. Jones, U.S. Court of Appeals, "Why the Constitution Matters and Why Women Should Care"
  • Leslie M. Turner, General Counsel for Coca-Cola North America, "Winning or Winning with Integrity? A Lawyer's Role in the Corporate World"
  • Chief Justice Carol W. Hunstein, Supreme Court of Georgia, "Women and the Law: We've Come a Long Way ... Maybe"
  • Dahlia Lithwick, Slate magazine, "Wise Women? What Women Bring to the Bench and How to Talk About It Like Gentlemen"

Other Prominent Speakers and Visitors

Recent Guests

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit Judge David B. Sentelle, 14th Annual Legal Ethics and Professionalism Symposium Keynote Speaker (2014)
  • Former Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Marsha Ternus, 14th Annual Legal Ethics and Professionalism Symposium Keynote Speaker (2014)
  • Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, Georgia Law Review Conference Keynote Speaker (2013)
  • Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme Ertharin Cousin (J.D.'82), 8th Annual Georgia Law Alumnae Evening (2013)
  • U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia Sally Quillian Yates (J.D.'86), 7th Annual Georgia Law Alumnae Evening (2012)
  • Former U.S. Ambassador David Scheffer, "The End of Impunity: War Crimes Tribunals in the 21st Century" (2012)

Carl E. Sanders Political Leadership Scholars/Lecturers
Carl E. Sanders Political Leadership Scholar/Lecturer appointments bear the name of Georgia's 74th Governor and 1948 Georgia Law alumnus Carl E. Sanders. They were created so law students could learn from individuals who have distinguished themselves as leaders in politics or other forms of public service.

Recent Lecturers

  • Former U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Poland Lee A. Feinstein, 2013 Sanders Scholar
  • Former Georgia Lt. Gov. Pierre Howard, 2011 Sanders Scholar
  • Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, 2009 Sanders Scholar
  • Former U.S. Sen. Wyche Fowler Jr., 2008 Sanders Scholar

Graduation Speakers

Recent Speakers

  • American Bar Association Executive Director Jack L. Rives (J.D.’81), 2014 Graduation Speaker
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Beverly B. Martin (J.D.'81), 2013 Graduation Speaker
  • U.S. District Court Judge Richard W. Story (J.D.'78), 2012 Graduation Speaker 
  • Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, 2011 Graduation Speaker
  • Former Acting U.S. Solicitor General Walter Dellinger, 2010 Graduation Speaker

Law Day Lectures
Law Day began in 1952 and continued for nearly 50 years as a way to celebrate and honor our heritage of liberty under law and how the rule of law makes our democracy possible. The last Law Day Lecture took place on March 31, 2000.