UGA School of Law’s Debra Love recognized for service


Writer: Crissinda Ponder, 706/542-5172, lawprstu@uga.edu Contact: Cindy Rice, 706/542-5172, cindyh@uga.edu

Athens, Ga. - The University of Georgia School of Law Staff Council presented Debra G. Love with the 2011 Emma P. Terrell Distinguished Employee of the Year Award at the law school's Annual Holiday Luncheon and Employee Service Recognition Program earlier this month. The honor highlights staff members for their dedication and service to Georgia Law.

Love first joined the law school in September 1988 and served as an administrative assistant to several faculty members for three years. Then, after 13 years in the federal probation field, she returned to the law school in May 2004 as an administrative specialist to Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs and J. Alton Hosch Professor Paul M. Kurtz.

One of Love's nominators commented on her professionalism by saying, "I think [Love] is one of the truly 'unsung' heroes of the law school. She is courteous and kind and is always thinking of the little details and the appearance of the law school in the eyes of those from the community."

Another nominator remarked on her character and devotion to her work describing her as a "team player," not taking "herself too seriously," being "very organized," possessing "an excellent sense of humor" and being "courteous to all the various types of people she must interact with in her position."

Love also serves as the City Clerk for her hometown of Arnoldsville, Ga. She is married to Georgia Law 1991 graduate J. Danny Love and has three children and four grandchildren.

The Law School Staff Council presents the Terrell Award annually to recognize staff members who demonstrate an outstanding work ethic, commitment to service and exceptional job performance in addition to the cooperation necessary to increase the quality of education and service provided by the law school. Formerly known as the Employee Distinguished Service Award, this honor was renamed in February 2005 in memory of the late Emma P. Terrell, a longtime employee remembered for her dedication to and enthusiasm for the law school.