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In Memoriam: P. Harris Hines

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In Memoriam: P. Harris Hines

Monday, November 5, 2018

The University of Georgia School of Law joins many others around the state in mourning the passing of retired Chief Justice of the Georgia Supreme Court P. Harris Hines.

“Justice Hines was a tremendous leader of the state’s judiciary and a true friend to the School of Law,” Dean Peter B. “Bo” Rutledge said. “Justice Hines faithfully served for many years on our Board of Visitors and was a constant supporter of our students and faculty.”

Hines was appointed to the Georgia Supreme Court in 1995 by then-Gov. Zell Miller. He became presiding justice in 2013 and chief justice in 2017, and retired from the state’s highest court in August.

While Hines did not attend the University of Georgia, the justice often joked he was a “Bulldog by proxy.” He regularly attended School of Law events and activities and had served as a member of the law school’s Board of Visitors since 2009.

“I will remain grateful for his leadership to our state and for his friendship to me and to our law school,” Rutledge said. “He will be sorely missed. The entire School of Law community is keeping his wife, Helen, and the entire Hines family in our thoughts.”

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