Scholars convene to honor retiring UGA Law Professor Milner Ball


Wednesday, March 28, 2007

WRITER: Nikki Girard, 706/542-5172, lawprstu@uga.edu CONTACT: Rachel Harkavy, 404/316-0607, rharkavy@uga.edu

Scholars convene to honor retiring UGA Law Professor Milner Ball

ATHENS, Ga. - The Georgia Law Review will host a symposium to honor retiring University of Georgia School of Law Professor Milner S. Ball, the holder of the Caldwell Chair in Constitutional Law, and his work on March 29.

Several legal scholars will be commenting on the impact of Ball’s scholarship in the areas of constitutional law, public interest law, law and literature, law and theology, and jurisprudence. The symposium panelists will include: University of Michigan Law School’s James Boyd White; Yale Law School’s Stephen Wizner; Northwestern University School of Law’s Robert P. Burns; Emory Law School’s Michael J. Perry; University of Hawaii School of Law’s Aviam Soifer; Georgia Law’s Dan T. Coenen, Russell C. Gabriel, Erica J. Hashimoto and Paul J. Heald; and Schulte Roth & Zabel attorney Daniel L. Greenberg.

Both a Fulbright scholar and lecturer, Ball has taught at Georgia Law for nearly three decades and founded the school's Public Interest Practicum in 1992. He is the author of numerous articles and books, including Called by Stories: Biblical Sagas and Their Challenge for Law, The Word and The Law and Lying Down Together. His articles have appeared in such prominent journals as the Stanford Law Review, the Harvard Law Review, the Michigan Law Review, the Texas Law Review, the Yale Journal of Law and the Humanities, Studies in Law and Literature and the Cardozo Law Review. Ball earned his bachelor’s degree from Princeton University, his divinity degree from Harvard and his law degree from UGA, where he graduated first in his class and served as editor in chief of the Georgia Law Review.

According to Georgia Law Review Managing Editor and third-year student Rachel E. Harkavy, this event serves a dual purpose. "First, it is a way to honor Professor Ball in the presence of his colleagues and students on his retirement. Second, it will give the faculty and students at UGA a chance to hear from scholars directly and ask them questions, in addition to reading their written contributions in an upcoming issue of the Georgia Law Review."

The event is open to the public. The first panel discussion, titled Law in the Public Interest, will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the law school’s Hatton Lovejoy Courtroom, with the Law in Context panel scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m. A reception will immediately follow the second panel.