The University of Georgia School of Law brings many eminent scholars and political leaders to its campus each year to promote the intellectual exchange of ideas.
John A. Sibley Lecture Series
In 1964, the trustees of the Loridans Foundation established the John A. Sibley Lecture Series. These talks honor the leadership and public spirit of this 1911 University of Georgia School of Law graduate. It is hard to place the contributions of John Adams Sibley in any given decade, for his service to the law school and to the state of Georgia extended over a period of almost 80 years.
- Bryan Stevenson, Equal Justice Initiative, "Social Justice Lawyering: Confronting Power, Racial and Economic Injustice and Hopelessness Within the Law"
- Judge Joan E. Donoghue, International Court of Justice, "The Role of the World Court Today"
- John C. Coffee Jr., Columbia University Law School, "Death, Taxes and Systemic Risk: Dealing with the Inevitable"
- William Eskridge Jr., Yale Law School, "Noah's Curse and Paul's Admonition: Civil Rights, Religious Liberty, Gay Equality"
- Frederick Schauer, University of Virginia School of Law, "When and How (If at All) Does Law Constrain Official Actions?"
Edith House Lecture Series
Inaugurated in 1983, the Edith House Lecture Series brings outstanding female legal scholars and practitioners to Athens. The lecture series is named for Edith Elizabeth House, who was co-valedictorian of the Class of 1925, and one of the first two women to graduate from the University of Georgia School of Law. House enjoyed a distinguished career in public service, which spanned more than 30 years.
- Edith H. Jones, U.S. Court of Appeals, "Why the Constitution Matters and Why Women Should Care"
- Leslie M. Turner, General Counsel for Coca-Cola North America, "Winning or Winning with Integrity? A Lawyer's Role in the Corporate World"
- Chief Justice Carol W. Hunstein, Supreme Court of Georgia, "Women and the Law: We've Come a Long Way ... Maybe"
- Dahlia Lithwick, Slate magazine, "Wise Women? What Women Bring to the Bench and How to Talk About It Like Gentlemen"
- Felice Batlan, Chicago-Kent College of Law, "Are We Our Mother's Law Students?: Women's Law School Experiences and an Agenda for Action"
Carl E. Sanders Political Leadership Scholars/Lecturers
Carl E. Sanders Political Leadership Scholar/Lecturer appointments bear the name of Georgia's 74th Governor and 1948 Georgia Law alumnus Carl E. Sanders. They were created so law students could learn from individuals who have distinguished themselves as leaders in politics or other forms of public service.
Law Day Lectures
Law Day began in 1952 and continued for nearly 50 years as a way to celebrate and honor our heritage of liberty under law and how the rule of law makes our democracy possible. The last Law Day Lecture took place on March 31, 2000.