In 2019 student driven initiatives at the University of Georgia School of Law prompted research for identifying diverse graduates from the school. Over the course of late 2019 and early 2020 this research was visualized with items pulled together from UGA’s earliest yearbooks, the law school’s Phi Alpha Delta student directories, and information gathered from the other institutional publications such as past issues of Advocate Magazines. The input of various student organizations at the law school was gathered and informed the scope and content of the exhibit. Previously digitized materials were joined with newly scanned photographs to illustrate the diverse history of our school’s community. Graduates who are represented in the visual timeline include:

Timeline of Diverse Alumni/Alumnae

1896 - Horace B. Van de Vélde, 1st Argentinian-Mexican Graduate

1901 - Horacio S. Beleval, 1st Puerto Rican Graduate

1902 - Miguel de Guerra, 2nd Puerto Rican Graduate

1925 - Gussie Brooks, 1st Female Graduate

1925 - Edith House, 2nd Female Graduate

1926 - Dorothy Ida "Dot" Levy, 3rd Female Graduate

1926 - Mathilde Upson, 4th Female Graduate

1948 - Michael Gannam, 1st Lebanese Graduate

  • Photograph from the University of Georgia Pandora Yearbook, 1948

1966 - Chester C. Davenport, 1st African-American Graduate

1971 - Phil Duderwicz, Graduate who used a wheelchair

1972 - Theodore C.H. Chao, 1st Chinese-American Graduate

1972 - Arthur K. Goto, 1st Native Hawaiian and Japanese-American Graduate

1974 - Sharon Lynn "Nyota" Tucker, 1st Female African-American Graduate

1974 - Robert Edward "Robbie" Robinson, Prominent Civil Rights Attorney