About Us

Founded in 1985 by a group appointed by the Supreme Court of Georgia and the Court of Appeals of Georgia, the Georgia Legal History Foundation, Inc. became one of the first organizations in the nation to be chartered to promote the study and preservation of the legal history of an individual state. The Foundation has sponsored an annual seminar, for which professional attendees receive continuing legal education credit; has held a series of annual dinner meetings featuring speeches by distinguished American legal historians; and has sustained the Nestor Awards program, which seeks to honor the accomplishments of leading Georgia lawyers. The Foundation has also recreated the Atlanta law office of Woodrow Wilson and underwritten the preservation of Wilson memorabilia. Activities of the Foundation directly contribute to the implementation of innovative professionalism programs in Georgia originated by former Chief Justices Harold G. Clarke and Thomas O. Marshall, both of whom, along with former Chief Justice Harold N. Hill, Jr. have been deeply involved in the activities of the Foundation.

Our Goals

To encourage the study, preservation, and dissemination of the legal history of Georgia including, but not limited to, the collection, preservation, and maintenance of publications, books, manuscripts, oral histories, artifacts, and other materials and sources of information pertaining to Georgia legal history, its courts, judges, lawyers, and law schools

To foster the values and ideals of professionalism and ethical awareness by recalling the past as a source of inspiration, admonition, and guidance to present and future practitioners of law

To serve the public interest by encouraging lawyers and judges to act upon their responsibility to see to it that their profession continues to be a calling in the spirit of public service