Tuesday, December 3, 1996

WRITER: Kathy R. Pharr, (706) 542-5172

CONTACT: Kathy R. Pharr, (706) 542-5172


ATHENS, Ga. - 1. The University of Georgia School of Law dedicated its new $6 million addition and honored the statesman for whom it is named during two days of ceremonies September 20-21.

The four-story, 40,000-square-foot building provides a permanent home for the Dean Rusk Center for International and Comparative Law, the Institute of Continuing Judicial Education and the extensive personal library collection donated by retired faculty member Louis B. Sohn, one of the world's leading international law scholars. It also includes a state-of-the-art electronic courtroom, multi-purpose classroom, reception hall and faculty offices.

Dean Rusk served as U.S. Secretary of State during the administrations of John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson, and was a law faculty member at the University of Georgia from 1970 until his death in 1994.

2. A portrait honoring former University of Georgia School of Law Dean C. Ronald Ellington, now J. Alton Hosch Professor of Law, was presented during the law school's homecoming celebration on October 19. Ellington served as dean for six years, from 1987 to 1993, maintaining the school's momentum by recruiting top-flight faculty and students during a difficult recession. It was during his deanship that plans for Dean Rusk Hall were approved and most of the fund raising for the facility took place.

The portrait, commissioned by the Law School Alumni Association (LSA) and painted by George Mandus, represents the sixth time a dean has been honored with an artist's rendering, and brings to 70 the total number of portraits in the law school's collection.

3. For the seventh consecutive year, the University of Georgia School of Law has advanced to the finals of the National Moot Court Competition in New York City in January. UGA secured the berth by reaching the finals of the Southeastern Regionals November 21-22 in Atlanta. UGA also claimed the Best Brief Award in the regional tournament.

The University of Georgia School of Law has a well-established record of excellence in the National Moot Court Competition: teams in 1996 and 1994 were finalists in New York, and in 1992, UGA won the coveted national championship. The University of Georgia is also the only law school in the nation to have reached the quarterfinals of the national finals for six consecutive years.

4. The University of Georgia inaugurated a new international moot court exchange in September with King's Inns of Dublin, Ireland. The King's Inns exchange, to be held every other year, complements the law school's existing moot court exchange program with Gray's Inn of London, England.

5. Judge John T. Noonan, Jr. of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, delivered the 85th Sibley Lecture at the University of Georgia School of Law in November entitled "Crusades: The American Experience of Religious Freedom."

The Sibley Lecture Series, established in 1964 by the Charles Loridans Foundation of Atlanta, honors the late John A. Sibley, a 1911 law school graduate who served for many years as chair of the board of the Trust Company of Georgia.

6. Martha S. West, professor of law at the University of California-Davis, presented the 15th annual Edith House Lecture at the University of Georgia School of Law in October entitled "What's In It For Me? Why Don't White Women Support Affirmative Action?".

The Edith House Lecture Series, hosted annually by the Women Law Students Association, is named for the co-valedictorian of the law class of 1925, the first class at the University to graduate women.