Academic journal article The Journal of Southern Legal History

President's Foreword

Academic journal article The Journal of Southern Legal History

President's Foreword

Article excerpt

Judge Griffin B. Bell was the foundation of the Georgia Legal History Foundation. His years of service as Chairman of the Executive Committee made us what we are today. He established the partnership with Mercer Law School that publishes this, our Journal of Southern Legal History. It was Judge Bell who opened doors that led to indispensable financial support. It was Judge Bell whose wise counsel guided us to undertake many wordiwhile endeavors, and who discouraged us from other actions that we would have, in due course, regretted. And what a joy it was to have him at our meetings! He could light up any room with his personal warmth, and entertain all with his stories drawn from a life of incredible depth and breadth.

What great fortune for each of us to have had him as our friend!

The articles that you will read herein are botii inspiring and entertaining. They are worth saving for the ages.

I share a personal story. Shortly after my daughter, Ansley, finished law school, I took her to meet Judge Bell. We had a delightful, unhurried visit that included lunch in the King & Spalding dining room. I anticipated that he would provide her with die common advice for new lawyers: work hard and never complain. Instead, he asked if she played golf. When she said that she did not, he instructed me to buy her clubs and get her lessons, telling Ansley, "These folks with die companies want you to take them to play golf before they send you their business. …

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