Lifetime of Leadership: Edith Elizabeth House


Edith Elizabeth House, a native of Winder, Ga., was one of the first female graduates of the University of Georgia School of Law. She graduated in 1925 and was co-valedictorian of her class. House enjoyed a distinguished career in public service, which spanned over 30 years. View an interactive timeline of her life accomplishments.

edith_scrapbookWomen Law Students’ Association (WLSA) compiled a scrapbook in honor of Miss House. It begins with a newspaper photograph of the senior class which House was a part of (pictured in the back row, far right side next to another first female graduate Gussie Brooks). The scrapbook ends with a news announcement of Miss House’s death in December 1987 and Gwen Wood’s memorial tribute delivered on April 6, 1988. The Law Library chose to retain the arrangement and special character of the scrapbook. Flip through the scrapbook online. In 1983, the Edith House Lecture Series hosted by the law school began inviting outstanding female legal scholars and practitioners to Athens. The most recent instance of the series was a conversation with Sally Quillian Yates, former U.S. Attorney general and was held earlier this year. Watch videos of the lecture series on YouTube:

House’s portrait painted by Alison Free Schneider and presented to the School of Law by the Women Law Students Association in 1984 is on display in the law school’s Hirsch Hall. For more information about House’s life and career visit our research guide.


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