Upcoming Event: Edith House Lecture


Portrait of Edith House painted by Alison Free Schneider and presented to the School of Law by the Women Law Students Association in 1984. The portrait is on display in Hirsch Hall.

By Sharon Bradley

Audrey Boone Tillman, Executive Vice-President and General Counsel for Aflac, Inc., is the 2019 Edith House lecturer. The Edith House Lecture Series brings outstanding female legal scholars and practitioners to Athens.

  • Tuesday, March 19, 2019 – 3:30pm
  • Hatton Lovejoy Courtroom, Hirsch Hall

Edith House is credited as the first female graduate of the law school. But as she explained it, she was actually the second. Her classmate Gussie Brooks technically graduated first as they went in alphabetical order. Ms. House did graduate with honors, was the co-valedictorian, and the first female UGA Law graduate to practice law. After a brief career in private practice and a judicial clerkship, she became an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Jacksonville, FL. In 1963 she was appointed U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, the first woman to hold the post in Florida. The Edith House Lecture Series was established in 1983 to honor this modest woman from Winder, GA and her series of “firsts.”

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