Stephen James Harper

Adjunct Professor of Law

B.S., United States Military Academy
J.D., University of Alabama


Trial Practice

Biographical Information: 

Stephen James Harper became an adjunct professor at the University of Georgia School of Law in 1998 and teaches in the area of trial practice, with a focus on evidence. He is presently the executive director of the Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia. In 2010, Harper was named the recipient of the Joseph P. Tuggle Professionalism Award presented by the Family Law section of the State Bar of Georgia.

A retired U.S. Army colonel, Harper brings with him extensive trial litigation experience he gained by participating in more than 1,000 criminal trials as prosecutor, defense counsel and judge. He was the senior and managing partner for several large military law offices and has taught constitutional law at West Point.

He is admitted to practice as attorney and counselor before the U.S. Supreme Court. He is also a member of the Georgia and Alabama bar associations.

Harper earned his juris doctor from the University of Alabama School of Law in 1974 and his bachelor's degree from the U.S. Military Academy in 1968. He also completed the Graduate Law Program at the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's School at the University of Virginia in 1978.

His wife of more than 40 years is Sherry Garrett Harper. They have two children, Rachel Harper Fox, the director of communications worldwide for the Disney Channels and a recipient of UGA’s Forty Under Forty Award in 2014, and James Garrett Harper, M.D., a plastic surgeon in Charlotte, North Carolina.