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

Each new issue of our Journal seems to spark memories of times gone by. In Volume 22, we present an oral history of Dr. Vemer F. Chaffin, a true legend of the University of Georgia School of Law and the Georgia Bar. I have been blessed to count him as a dear friend since my days at the law school, now more than forty years past.

However, my memories reach back further. Dr. Chaffin and my father were brothers in Sigma Nu fraternity and close friends during my father's years at the law school. Later my father campaigned vigorously for Dr. Chaffin to be named Dean of the law school. He would have made a great Dean. Dad passed away much too young in 1967, and I have since treasured the memories and kind words about my dad that I've received from his dear friends, especially Dr. Chaffin. I will likewise treasure this oral history of Dr. Chaffin.

Following law school, I clerked for two years for Judge Wilbur D. Owens, Jr. of the Middle District of Georgia. It was my pleasure to get to know the subjects of the Middle District interviews. I learned how to try a case by watching young lawyers Manley Brown and Gary Blasingame in action. …

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