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02.28.2013

Georgia Chief Justice Harold G. Clarke (JD ’50) Passes Away

Harold G. Clarke (JD ’50) was appointed to the state Supreme Court in 1979 and became one of the most influential jurists in our state’s history. It is with a heavy heart that I share news today of his passing at the age of 85. Clarke, who had been under hospice care for a prolonged illness, was surrounded by family. My deepest sympathies go to his family members.

Clarke’s time on the bench was characterized by his challenging lawyers to improve their work, his stance against inequality in the court system, and his efforts to improve the state’s indigent defense system. He was called a liberal activist by some and refreshingly progressive by others. But all would agree he was a gentle and unassuming man.

During World War II, Clarke became editor of the Pacific Stars and Stripes for the U.S. Army. When the war concluded, he earned his JD from UGA and, two years later, married Athens-native Nora Gordon. The couple moved to Forsyth where Clarke began his law practice and became editor/publisher of his father’s newspaper, the Monroe Advertiser.

From 1961 to 1971, Clarke served in the Georgia House of Representatives. Five years later, he took over as president of the State Bar of Georgia. Three years after that, in 1979, Clark was appointed to the Georgia Supreme Court by former Governor George Busbee. By 1990, he was chief justice. He retired from the court in 1994.

The Georgia graduate led our state’s Supreme Court through what is arguably one of its most transformative periods. According to the AJC, “After Clarke became chief justice in 1990, the court added its first African-American and female justices. The court issued opinions that broadened the rights of free speech and expression, struck down death sentences, cracked down on overly aggressive prosecutors and expanded individual liberties.”

Beyond his good work on the bench, Clarke was known for being an all-around good man. In 1992, Clarke temporarily stepped aside as chief justice to allow his friend, Justice Charles Weltner, to serve his last few months of his life (he’d been battling cancer) as chief justice. The AJC reported that, “after his swearing-in ceremony, Weltner returned to his office and, courtesy of Clarke, found new stationery bearing his name as chief justice.” This illustrates the kindness this man showed to everyone he met.

On behalf of the University of Georgia Alumni Association, I want to extend my sympathies to the Clarke family. I’d also like to congratulate Harold on a life well-lived; his actions and demeanor were appreciated by all Georgians and by the Bulldog family.

Read an extensive feature on Harold G. Clarke from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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10.22.2014

Bulldogs in the Sunshine State

Southern California is known for its beaches, beautiful weather and the glamour of Hollywood, but the Sunshine State has a touch of Bulldog, topo. With more than 3,535 UGA alumni, Southern California is home to a host of alumni and alumni-owned businesses. 

A beer tap made from a Harley engine? Check. An annual Halloween party that includes a strait jacket escape contest and something called the Dead Marionette Theater? Check. A Johnny Cash shrine? Sure! All these elements and more come together to create the Gasser Lounge, a rock n’ roll bar located in Redondo Beach, California, the pride of owner Mike Bouchard (BBA ’03).

Serving as the Southern California Chapter’s game watching party venue, the Gasser Lounge hosts an energetic crew of football devotees every week for an indoor tailgating experience unlike any other, complete with a red leather interior and a special surprise after every Dawgs touchdown, served up by bartender Bouchard.

Bouchard and his bar aren’t the only ones keeping the Southern California Chapter entertained, however.

  

M. Ali Salimi (BBA ’03), president of the chapter, is an esteemed attorney who lived in Switzerland and London before beginning his own firm in Irvine.

Outside of work, Salimi opts for a hobby that’s a little less serious - gracing the stages of comedy clubs across the region. 

The UGA Alumni Association is proud of your accomplishments, Mike and Ali! Continue keeping the Southern California Chapter interesting.

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10.21.2014

2014-2015 Signature Lecture Series

Guest Blogger: Meg Amstutz, Ph.D. 
Associate Provost for Academic Programs

UGA is now highlighting a number of premier lectures through its new Signature Lectures designation, designed to help focus attention on the variety of prominent thinkers visiting campus.

When I first came to UGA in 1997, one thing I missed from my prior institution was the twice-yearly notice of its endowed lecture series. At the beginning of each semester, the arrival of the list of upcoming lectures would prompt my fellow graduate students and me to mark our calendars and chat with friends and colleagues about the topics that interested us most. Faculty across campus encouraged students to attend these lectures, and they often incorporated the work of the speakers into the classes they were teaching.    

In 2013-2014, more than 50 individual lectures were listed on UGA’s Master Calendar, signaling the strong level of intellectual activity taking place. At the same time, this long list signaled an opportunity to reframe these offerings conceptually, so that students and faculty might more easily mark the dates, participate and engage in classroom discussion together.

To that end, we have launched the UGA Signature Lectures, featuring speakers noted for their broad, multidisciplinary appeal and compelling bodies of work. This special designation recognizes a number of UGA’s endowed lectures, including the Gregory Lecture and the Mason Public Leadership Lecture, as well as lectures with historic significance on our campus, such as the Louise McBee Lecture, the Holmes-Hunter Lecture, and UGA’s Founders Day Lecture.

I am grateful to those who have chosen to endow lectures, because these Signature Lectures are one of the best ways for students to discover that they are truly part of a larger, international intellectual conversation.

For a full list of the 2014-2015 Signature Lecture, please click here.

The UGA Alumni Association will hold the 2015 Founders Day Lecture at the Chapel on Tuesday, January 27 at 1:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

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10.20.2014

Alumna Spotlight: Christy Hulsey (ABJ '98)

Bulldog 100 and 40 Under 40 honoree Christy Hulsey (ABJ ’98) lives a busy life as owner and creative director of Colonial House of Flowers in Statesboro, Georgia. 

Hulsey’s work, inspired by her grandmother, is self-described as “timeless elegance that is ethereal and moody.” The majority of her designs feature unusual materials, such as pinecones and berries - something that caught the attention of both Pottery Barn and White House staff. Hulsey’s shop was selected to launch Pottery Barn's 2014 summer brand, and her floral designs were displayed at the White House in 2013.

A regular on Pottery Barn’s Have and Hold wedding blog, Hulsey informs brides-to-be on the art of creating flower girl halos, cake stand centerpieces and seashore-inspired tablescapes.

Hulsey enjoys opportunitues to work with fellow UGA alumni. She began her relationship with Pottery Barn after the floral arrangements she designed for friend and fellow Grady graduate Linsay Cheney Rudd’s (ABJ ’08) wedding were noticed by the blog. Hulsey also uses her friends in various photo shoots for Pottery Barn, including one for a driftwood lantern centerpiece tutorial that features Lea Lanier (BSED ’99).

  

In 2013, Colonial House of Flowers, generously donated flowers to UGA Day in Statesboro. She also gifted each 2014 40 Under 40 honorees with a red rose after the awards ceremony.

Congratulations on your success, Christy! The UGA Alumni Association looks forward to many more years of your beautiful designs.

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