Chambliss returns as Sanders Scholar


Georgia Law students will once again learn from former U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss and Georgia Department of Community Affairs Commissioner Camila Knowles (who previously served as Chambliss’ chief of staff). The pair will co-teach the class Political Leadership and the Law, where students will receive firsthand insights into public service and explore the topics of ethics, campaign finance and negotiation.

Last year, when Chambliss and Knowles taught the course, several prominent guest speakers visited the class. They included: U.S. Deputy Attorney General Sally Quillian Yates (J.D.’86), former U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn, Gov. Nathan Deal, Georgia Speaker of the House David Ralston (J.D.’80), Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and leading public affairs professional Arthur B. “Skin” Edge IV (J.D.’80).

This year’s class will be taught as part of the law school’s Atlanta Semester in Practice initiative and will be based at the law school’s facility in the state’s capital.

The former senator said he is honored to be serving as the law school’s Sanders Political Leadership Scholar. “I look forward to sharing my experience of 20 years in public service with tomorrow’s leaders,” he said. “The University of Georgia School of Law is one of the top law schools in America, and to have the opportunity to be a part of the faculty is very humbling.”

Established in 2002, the Sanders Political Leadership Scholar position is named for Georgia’s 74th governor and 1948 Georgia Law alumnus Carl E. Sanders. Previous Sanders Political Leadership Scholars include: former U.S. Sen. J. Maxwell “Max” Cleland, former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Newt Gingrich, former U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Poland Lee A. Feinstein and former U.S. Department of Commerce Deputy Secretary Theodore W. “Ted” Kassinger (J.D.’78).