Georgia Law regrets to announce the passing of Law School Association Professor of Law Emeritus John B. Rees Jr., who served as a faculty member at the law school from 1959 to 2002. In addition to his role as a professor, Rees also served as assistant dean from 1964 to 1969, led the facilities committee that oversaw the design and construction of the law school's 1967 expansion and generously endowed the John B. Rees Jr. Law Library Book Fund. This highly respected scholar and friend passed away Sept. 26. He is survived by his wife Elinor, who lives in Athens, Ga., as well as by his five children, four grandchildren and two brothers. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to the Law Library Book Fund in Rees's honor.
Professor David E. Shipley was recently awarded the Athletic Association Professorship endowed by UGA's Athletic Association. He is one of five recent professors campus wide to receive this designation.
This past August, 189 talented and diverse students began the three-year pursuit of a law degree. The Class of 2015 has one of the highest percentages of female students in Georgia Law history, with 52 percent, and has an impressive median LSAT score and undergraduate GPA of 164 and 3.67, respectively. All statistics as of the first day of classes - Aug. 14, 2012.
U.S. District Court Judge Clay D. Land (J.D.'85) has entered an order directing $1.5 million of a cy pres remainder fund to Georgia Law to endow a new scholarship fund.
Georgia Law placed fifth in a recent study conducted by National Jurist magazine for the "Best Value Law Schools." The ranking considered average debt for 2011 graduates, tuition, cost of living, two-year bar pass average and state average and weighted employment rate. The article appeared in the September issue of the magazine.