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Oral Histories Relating to Georgia Law

Founded in 1859, the University of Georgia School of Law has a long and rich history. In order to capture and preserve details about the school’s past and prominent Georgians who once graced its hallways, the following are links to oral histories gathered from a variety of UGA sources. 

         
         

Peter L. Banks (LL.B.’63)  
  • Georgia State Senator, 1975-79
 
Roy E. Barnes (J.D.’72)
  • Georgia State Senator, 1974-90; Georgia State Representative, 1992-98; Georgia Governor, 1999-2003
         

E. Stephanie Stuckey Benfield (J.D.’92)
  • Georgia State Representative, 1999-2012
 
Michael J. “Mike” Bowers (J.D.’74)
  • Georgia Attorney General, 1981-97
         

Carl E. Sanders (J.D.’48) and Norman L. Underwood (LL.B.’66) on George D. Busbee (LL.B.’52)
  • Busbee was Georgia State Representative, 1956-74; Georgia Governor 1975-83
  • Sanders was Georgia State Representative, 1954-56; Georgia State Senator, 1957-62; Georgia Governor, 1963-67
  • Underwood was Executive Secretary for Georgia Governor George Busbee, 1975-78; Georgia Court of Appeals Judge, 1979-80
 
Harold G. Clarke (J.D.’50)
  • Georgia State Representative, 1961-71; Georgia Supreme Court Justice, 1979-89; Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice, 1990-92 and 1992-94
 
         

Charles C. “Chuck” Clay (J.D.’78)
  • Georgia State Senator, 1988-98 and 2002-04

Interview Part II


 

George W. “Buddy” Darden III (J.D.’67)
  • Georgia State Representative, 1981-83; U.S. Representative 1983-94
         

Pierre Howard (J.D.’68)
  • Georgia State Senator, 1973-91; Georgia Lt. Governor, 1991-99
 
Edgar L. “Ed” Jenkins (J.D.’59)
  • U.S. Representative, 1977-93

Interview Part II

 
         

James F. “Jim” Martin (J.D.’69, LL.M.’72)
  • Georgia State Representative, 1983-2001
 
Keith W. Mason (J.D.’85)
  • Executive Secretary to Georgia Governor Zell Miller, 1991-93; Deputy Assistant for Intergovernmental Affairs/Deputy Director for Intergovernmental Affairs, 1993-95
         

H. Erwin Mitchell Sr. (LL.B.’48)
  • Georgia Superior Court Judge 1957-58; U.S. Representative 1958-60; Georgia State Senator, 1960-62
 
Harold L. Murphy (LL.B.’49)
  • Georgia State Representative, 1951-61; Georgia Superior Court Judge 1971-77; U.S. District Court Judge, 1977-present
         

Lauren “Bubba” McDonald on Thomas B. “Tom” Murphy (LL.B.’49)
  • Murphy was Georgia State Representative, 1961-2002; Speaker of the Georgia House, 1973-2002
  • McDonald was Georgia State Representative, 1971-91
 
John B. Rees Jr., Law School Association Professor Emeritus
  • Georgia Law Professor, 1959-2002; Associate Dean, 1964-1969
         

Earl T. Leonard Jr. (LL.B.’61) and Bruce Russell (J.D.’82) on Richard B. Russell Jr. (B.L.’18)
  • Russell was Georgia State Representative, 1921-31; Georgia Governor, 1931-33; U.S. Senator, 1933-71
  • Leonard was Press Secretary for Sen. Russell, 1961-63
  • Bruce Russell was the nephew of Sen. Russell
 
Carl E. Sanders (J.D.’48)
  • Georgia State Representative, 1954-56; Georgia State Senator, 1957-62; Georgia Governor, 1963-67
         

George T. Smith (J.D.’48)
  • Georgia State Representative, 1959-66; Speaker of the Georgia House, 1963-66; Georgia Lt. Governor, 1967-71; Georgia Court of Appeals Judge, 1977-81; Georgia Supreme Court Justice, 1981-91
 
Williamson S. “Bill” Stuckey Jr. (J.D.’59)
  • U.S. Representative, 1967-77
         

T. Rogers Wade on Herman E. Talmadge Sr. (LL.B.’36)
  • Talmadge was U.S. Senator, 1957-81; Georgia Governor, 1947, 1948-55
  • Wade was Assistant and Chief of Staff for Sen. Talmadge, 1973-80
 
Norman L. Underwood (LL.B.’66)
  • Executive Secretary for Georgia Governor George Busbee, 1975-78; Georgia Court of Appeals Judge, 1979-80
         

Jane B. Vandiver Kidd and Sybil Elizabeth “Betty” Russell Vandiver on S. Ernest Vandiver Jr. (LL.B.’42)
  • Vandiver was Georgia Lt. Governor 1955-59; Georgia Governor, 1959-63
  • Kidd was the daughter of Governor Vandiver and a Georgia State Representative, 2004-06
  • Betty Vandiver was the wife of Governor Vandiver
 
Lawrence C. “Larry” Walker Jr. (J.D.’65)
  • Georgia State Representative, 1973-2004
         

Cynthia D. “Cindy” Wright (J.D.’77)
  • Chief Legal Counsel for Governor Zell Miller, 1991-95; State Court Judge, 1995-96; Superior Court Judge, 1996-present
     

Sources:  UGA School of Law and the UGA Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies Reflections on Georgia Politics Series.