Digital Commons is the institutional repository of the University of Georgia School of Law. It is designed to capture the intellectual output of the School of Law and preserve its institutional history. The repository is a service of the Alexander Campbell King Law Library. Exhibits featured below are intended to highlight timely law library collections preserved in our digital repository.

Featured Exhibits

The Stiles Collection
The Stiles Collection

The ArtistWilliam Elliott Stiles Jr. graduated from the University of Georgia School of Law in 2006. Stiles, who specializes in commercial vehicle litigation in Atlanta, began painting while in high school and has said that this creative activity was a much needed stress reliever during his time as a law student. While studying in Athens, he created and donated what would become his first piece in the school' s collection titled "The Common Law" (2004). This painting reflects relevant case law, theories, ideas and history examined during his first semester as a law student. The CollectionEven as an attorney, Stiles continued to paint, donating over a dozen works of art to the law school. His works touch on important legal concepts, the history of UGA Law, and the city of Athens. Currently on display in the second floor gallery of Hirsch Hall is The Concept Collection.

Milestones in Diversity
Milestones in Diversity

There have been many outstanding graduates from the University of Georgia School of Law since the school's founding in 1859. To honor individuals who have broken the barriers of our institution's history, a curated exhibit of artifacts have been arranged in a physical display on the second and third floors of the Chester C. Davenport Rotunda in Hirsch Hall. . Items include facsimiles of archival materials such a papers, letters, and photographs as well as portraits and other objects from our special collections. This series serves as a virtual extension of the exhibit at the law school to provide more context for those featured there, and to aid in locating other resources that further illuminate their legacy.In addition to the visual timeline you see hanging in the physical Founders Gallery space on the third floor of the Chester C. Davenport Rotunda in Hirsch Hall, shadow boxes and a display honoring Robert E. "Robbie" Robinson featuring his briefcase are also located in the gallery space on the third floor, while portraits of many of our earliest diverse graduates are located on the second floor. Below you will find a partial listing of the individuals who appear in the physical exhibit, followed by expanded digital collections of select individuals with significant content gathered from across our repository series. For a complete listing of individuals included in the physical exhibit as well as notes on the history of this effort including related research and grant funding, please visit our diversity timeline page.

Dean Rusk Digital Exhibit
Dean Rusk Digital Exhibit

Dean Rusk Digital Exhibit

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This digital exhibit, in honor of Dean Rusk on his 113th birthday, serves as an extension of many of the physical items on display in Rusk Hall. Items included in the physical exhibit arrangement are a part of the law school, law library, and Louis B. Sohn library special and archival collections. In addition to images of photographs and other artifacts currently on display in Rusk Hall, this digital exhibit showcases the digitized resources collected in our institutional repository related to Dean Rusk that appear across our events, archives, and journal series.

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About the Dean Rusk International Law CenterThe Dean Rusk International Law Center, dedicated by name to Rusk in 1977, has a reputation of excellence in international law. This tradition began about 75 years ago, when noted German-Jewish judge Sigmund A. Cohn arrived at the University of Georgia School of Law seeking refuge from the ravages of World War II. Other professors reinforced the tradition he began - including Dean Rusk, who joined the faculty after decades of service as the Secretary of State to Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Baines Johnson, Louis B. Sohn, a scholar who helped draft the Charter of the United Nations and the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea, and Gabriel N. Wilner, an expert in dispute resolution who mentored both LL.M. and J.D. students and was instrumental to the success of our summer study abroad in Belgium.

All Exhibits

The Stiles Collection
The Stiles Collection

The ArtistWilliam Elliott Stiles Jr. graduated from the University of Georgia School of Law in 2006. Stiles, who specializes in commercial vehicle litigation in Atlanta, began painting while in high school and has said that this creative activity was a much needed stress reliever during his time as a law student. While studying in Athens, he created and donated what would become his first piece in the school' s collection titled "The Common Law" (2004). This painting reflects relevant case law, theories, ideas and history examined during his first semester as a law student. The CollectionEven as an attorney, Stiles continued to paint, donating over a dozen works of art to the law school. His works touch on important legal concepts, the history of UGA Law, and the city of Athens. Currently on display in the second floor gallery of Hirsch Hall is The Concept Collection.

Nuremberg Trials Photos
Nuremberg Trials Photos

November 2020 marked the 75th anniversary of the Nuremberg Trials. The University of Georgia School of Law's repository contains many records from the Phillips Nuremberg Trials Collection, including photographs, video, indictments, closing arguments, and more. These legal records were presented to the University by Brig. Gen. Eugene Phillips, a 1939 graduate of the Henry W. Grady School of Journalism.  Following World War II, he served as a Military Government public information chief at the Nuremberg War Crimes trials.Presented here is the Souvenir set of Nuremberg War Crimes Trials photos. A picture from every trial, including the International Military Tribunal. 55 photos in all. The text for each photograph is taken from the four-page index which accompanied the photographs. The text was entered exactly as typed except when indicated by square [ ] brackets.

Graduating Class Photos
Graduating Class Photos

This exhibit of digitized photographs from our repository archives includes digitized group shots of students from a variety of graduating class years. Most recent photos were taken at the University of Georgia prior to or following commencement ceremonies and show students in caps and gowns. Historic class photos dating back to 1889 are composites of individual portraits, and include law faculty in the arrangement. The images are all the property of the University of Georgia School of Law, and the physical items are a part of the Law Library's archives collection.Related collections of interest include:

  • Graduation Addresses (collection of audio-visual media from commencement proceedings)
  • Graduation Speaker Photos (collection of still photographs from commencement proceedings)
  • Class Directories (collection of directories, yearbook listings and class rolls from 1886 to 2001)

Milestones in Diversity
Milestones in Diversity

There have been many outstanding graduates from the University of Georgia School of Law since the school's founding in 1859. To honor individuals who have broken the barriers of our institution's history, a curated exhibit of artifacts have been arranged in a physical display on the second and third floors of the Chester C. Davenport Rotunda in Hirsch Hall. . Items include facsimiles of archival materials such a papers, letters, and photographs as well as portraits and other objects from our special collections. This series serves as a virtual extension of the exhibit at the law school to provide more context for those featured there, and to aid in locating other resources that further illuminate their legacy.In addition to the visual timeline you see hanging in the physical Founders Gallery space on the third floor of the Chester C. Davenport Rotunda in Hirsch Hall, shadow boxes and a display honoring Robert E. "Robbie" Robinson featuring his briefcase are also located in the gallery space on the third floor, while portraits of many of our earliest diverse graduates are located on the second floor. Below you will find a partial listing of the individuals who appear in the physical exhibit, followed by expanded digital collections of select individuals with significant content gathered from across our repository series. For a complete listing of individuals included in the physical exhibit as well as notes on the history of this effort including related research and grant funding, please visit our diversity timeline page.

Art Collection
Art Collection

The School of Law has an extensive art collection maintained by the Alexander Campbell King Law Library. In addition to portraits of prominent law school alumni, founders, former Deans, and Georgia politicians the library also serves as home to a collection of busts and statues, courthouse prints, and the Stiles Concept Collection of paintings. Presented here as a digital extension of the physically cataloged items is a selection of the art currently on display in the law school or law library buildings.

Interior Historic Photographs Exhibit
Interior Historic Photographs Exhibit

Welcome to Our Historic Photographs Collection

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2021 Human Rights Day Digital Exhibit
2021 Human Rights Day Digital Exhibit

2021 Human Rights Day Digital Exhibit

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The United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a milestone document in the history of human rights, on December 10, 1948. To help celebrate this, we invite you to peruse selected items both physically and digitally from the collection related to human rights and this declaration. This year's display is located above our DVDs shelf in the main reading room includes several titles with a home location in the Louis B. Sohn Library on International Relations. This digital exhibit serves as an extension of our annual physical display in the law library, gathering resources from our institutional repository representing faculty from UGA School of law who have expertise in and focus their scholarship on human rights as well as a small selection of curated resources from across the web.

Dean Rusk Digital Exhibit
Dean Rusk Digital Exhibit

Dean Rusk Digital Exhibit

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This digital exhibit, in honor of Dean Rusk on his 113th birthday, serves as an extension of many of the physical items on display in Rusk Hall. Items included in the physical exhibit arrangement are a part of the law school, law library, and Louis B. Sohn library special and archival collections. In addition to images of photographs and other artifacts currently on display in Rusk Hall, this digital exhibit showcases the digitized resources collected in our institutional repository related to Dean Rusk that appear across our events, archives, and journal series.

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About the Dean Rusk International Law CenterThe Dean Rusk International Law Center, dedicated by name to Rusk in 1977, has a reputation of excellence in international law. This tradition began about 75 years ago, when noted German-Jewish judge Sigmund A. Cohn arrived at the University of Georgia School of Law seeking refuge from the ravages of World War II. Other professors reinforced the tradition he began - including Dean Rusk, who joined the faculty after decades of service as the Secretary of State to Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Baines Johnson, Louis B. Sohn, a scholar who helped draft the Charter of the United Nations and the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea, and Gabriel N. Wilner, an expert in dispute resolution who mentored both LL.M. and J.D. students and was instrumental to the success of our summer study abroad in Belgium.