April 10, 1936 - April 6, 2011
The Georgia Law community mourns the death of Milner S. Ball, who retired from the law school as the holder of the Caldwell Chair in Constitutional Law in 2007 after nearly 30 years of teaching and service. This 1971 Georgia Law graduate passed away April 6, 2011, at the age of 74.
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Remembrances of Milner S. Ball:
"Prof. Ball's vision and support of UGA Law's dynamic public interest organizations, the Equal Justice Foundation and the Working in the Public Interest Conference ensures that he will be remembered for generations. His strident advocacy for folks without options and unable to help themselves epitomized the best training UGA Law has to offer its students and Georgia."
- Russell J. Edwards (J.D.'10)
Milner Ball was an amazing teacher, principled lawyer, student of the human condition, lover of food and wine and good times, stirrer-up of all manner of things, friend to the friendless, enemy of the wrongdoer, comforter to the powerless, champion of the poor, minister of the word, believer in the power and necessity of community, intellectual of the deep mysteries of life, and he maintained his dignity and sense of humor til the end which came hard, painfully and sadly.
I have never known anyone who cared more about the people around him, broadly defined, as Milner Ball, and who was willing to do the hard work, and inspire others to join him, in helping the weakest among us -- a minister of the word in the truest biblical sense. The many joys I shared with Milner included being his student and later his friend, grateful recipient of his mentoring and guidance, our many wonderful trips and adventures together and the honor and meaning attached to Milner baptizing our daughters.
He was a special person who believed in me early on, and that belief somehow meant that I believed it too. I owe him everything and I miss him and his laugher and wisdom and love.
- Bertis E. Downs IV (J.D.'81)
Milner was a delightful fellow and a distinguished scholar. He will be missed by all in the UGA community.
- A. Anderson "Andy" Vickery (J.D.'72)
- Carolyn Woodruff Rogers (J.D.'81)
Milner's books had a profound impact on me as I reflected on the many challenges and opportunities for a trial lawyer to blend morality and advocacy. Milner was passionate about land conservation and his sense of doing the next "right thing" applied equally to God's creations.
I often talked with Milner's wife, June, whose graciousness and love for Milner are so endearing.
I am grateful that my life's path crossed with Milner's. He was a gentlemen and a scholar.
- Richard A. "Rick" Katz (J.D.'69)
Professor Ball was an intellectual giant, and a patient and gracious man who represented to me, a struggling third year student in his jurisprudence class in 1984, exactly the kind of lawyer that I aspired to be. I will never forget his kindness and compassion. I extend my heartfelt condolences and prayers to his family.
- Michelle Wilder Dodds (J.D.’85)
- Gerald A. Ellis (J.D.'94)
- Harry W. MacDougald (J.D.'85)
I just read about the passing of Prof. Ball. He was so kind to my wife, Meredith McKay Ellard, who was a secretarial assistant to him while I attended law school (1977 - 1980). She typed the manuscript for one of his books and always came home saying how wonderful he was to work for and with.
- Daniel P. "Dan" Ellard (J.D.'80)