faculty award winners 2015-2016
Faculty award winners for 2015-16 include: (l. to r.) Dean Bo Rutledge with the O’Byrne Memorial Award for Significant Contributions Furthering Student-Faculty Relations, Cleveland Distinguished Chair of Legal Ethics and Professionalism Lonnie Brown with the Student Bar Association Professionalism Award and Marshall Chair of Constitutional Law Randy Beck with the Ellington Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Faculty & Scholarship

Faculty are the lifeblood of a law school. Their interests and expertise largely dictate the direction of an institution. At Georgia Law, you will find a vibrant, stimulating and exciting learning environment driven by an accomplished corps of superior teachers and scholars.

While some law schools choose to emphasize either scholarship or teaching, Georgia Law seeks to balance the two, firmly believing that classroom teaching is enhanced by scholarly expertise. Most professors maintain an open door policy - whenever they are in the office, they are available to answer students' questions about classroom concerns, career advice or personal matters.

As detailed in our Faculty Profiles, Georgia Law faculty include:

  • Authors of some of our country's leading legal scholarship
  • Recipients of the Meigs Award (UGA's highest honor for teaching excellence)
  • Recipients of Fulbright Scholarships and the American Law Institute Young Scholars Medal
  • Former judicial clerks for the U.S. Supreme Court and other federal courts
  • Former editors-in-chief of law reviews

Most bring practical experience to the classroom as well. Additionally, many Georgia Law faculty have been trial and corporate attorneys and continue to accept pro bono cases or to serve as legal consultants.

The scholarship of the Georgia Law faculty is highly regarded by local, state, national and international leaders including members of the judiciary. Some of our professors have:

  • Advised U.S. senators and representatives
  • Testified at congressional hearings
  • Served as consultants to foreign governments and international policymaking bodies 

Their work has also been cited in opinions written by judges and justices at various levels, including the U.S. Supreme Court.

Of Georgia Law's tenure track faculty, 17 senior members hold prestigious chaired or named professorships. Their expertise is expanded by the addition of outstanding adjuncts, whose ranks include leading attorneys from the region's most powerful firms, international lawyers, judges and government leaders.

Recent faculty highlights