Thursday, August 1, 2002

WRITER: Heidi Murphy, 706/542-5172, hmurphy@uga.edu CONTACT: David Shipley, 706/542-7140, shipley@uga.edu


ATHENS, Ga. - The University of Georgia School of Law has appointed two faculty members to endowed positions. Sarajane N. Love will be the first holder of the Verner F. Chaffin Professorship of Fiduciary Law and Edward J. Larson has been named to the Herman E. Talmadge Chair of Law.

A UGA law faculty member since 1984, Love specializes in trusts and estates and also teaches courses on federal pension regulation and women and the law. Her recent scholarship includes two books, Redfearn's Wills and Administration in Georgia and Comparative Treatment Edition of Redfearn, Wills and Administration in Georgia. Love graduated first in her class from the School of Law in 1973 and earned her bachelor’s degree from Emory University. She is the third woman to hold an endowed position at the law school.

Law school Dean David E. Shipley says Love is the perfect person to be the inaugural holder of the Chaffin professorship. “Sarajane’s growing reputation in the area of fiduciary law makes her an ideal candidate for this position. There is no doubt that she will set a high standard for future holders of the Chaffin chair.”

This professorship was established by Ethel T. Chaffin to honor her husband Verner F. Chaffin, Fuller E. Callaway Professor Emeritus, who taught at the law school from 1957-89. Chaffin had a very distinguished career at the university. And, to this day, he remains involved with the law school and the broader legal community, including the State Bar of Georgia.

“We are grateful for this continued support from the Chaffins and our other friends and alumni,” Shipley said. “Privately-funded chairs and professorships enable the School of Law to attract and retain some of the nation’s best scholars and teachers for our students. Another example of this is Ed Larson. To have someone with his national and international reputation at our school is essential to maintain our position as one of the top public law schools in the United States,” he said.

The recipient of the 1998 Pulitzer Prize in History, Larson, who serves a joint appointment at the law school and history department, is one of only two UGA professors to hold two endowed positions simultaneously. He is also the Richard B. Russell Professor of American History.

Specializing in the law of biotechnology and health care, Larson joined the university in 1987. In the law school, he teaches courses on health care financing and science law in addition to property law. Along with several law review articles published this year on the topics of disability rights and constitutional law, his recent scholarship includes the books Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and America's Continuing Debate Over Science and Religion and Evolution's Workshop: God and Science in the Galapagos Islands. He earned his law degree from Harvard and his Ph.D. in the History of Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The Talmadge Chair was established in 1979. It honors the late Herman E. Talmadge, who served as both Georgia governor and U.S. senator. He was a 1936 graduate of the School of Law.