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Retiring professors photos including Nancy Johnson, Bernadette Hartfield, L. Lynn Hogue, Anne Emanuel, Charles Marvin, Mark Budnitz and E. R. Lanier (clockwise from upper left)



In 2012, we celebrated our 30th anniversary and the careers of seven retiring faculty members: Mark Budnitz, Anne Emanuel, Bernadette Hartfield, Lynn Hogue, Nancy Johnson, Ray Lanier and Chuck Marvin.

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Nancy Johnson

Nancy, I really got to know and appreciate you for the wonderful person that you are AFTER law school through my career with West Publishing. It was such a pleasure to get to know you and to work with you on a professional level. When I left West, people would ask if I missed it and I would always reply that I missed the people. You were at the top of that list. Enjoy your retirement!
- Nan Pleggenkuhle Harley (1986)

Mark Budnitz

Mark, can you remember back to our first conversation about your budding interest in coming to Ga State?  -- hint -- water surrounded us. 
- Steven Kaminshine

E. R. Lanier

Prof. Lanier's 1996 International Commercial Arbitration Program in Linz, Austria will always be unforgettable.  One of the best parts was philosophizing with E.R. over beers for hours in whatever city we happened to be in.  
- Kurt Schulzke (1998)

Nancy Johnson

Thanks to everyone for the fabulous retirement party this week! It was a great celebration of the retiring faculty. Roy was kind enough to invite me to say a few words about my mentor, Nancy Johnson, whom I had the pleasure of working with at GSU for 14 years. Here are the remarks I planned to share if we had not run out of time:

Most of you know that Nancy has had a impact on the College of Law. But for those of you who are relatively new, let me take you back in time to illustrate how far the law library has come under her direction.

I first met Nancy in the mid-1980s not long after she was named Library Director. Later in 1990, she hired me as the first Reference Librarian/ "Computer Coordinator." This was just after the law faculty had moved to the 4th floor and the library had not yet expanded into the entire first floor of the University Center building. To further describe those dark ages, we had dedicated Westlaw and Lexis terminals and very few people had any clue about the Internet. We started to talk about how we needed our own computer network for the College of Law. We created the first student computer lab in the library.

The challenge in the early years was to stay connected to the more physically remote law faculty and expand library services to meet the needs of a new, increasingly computer-savy, generation of law students. Under Nancy leadership, both challenges were met. I think we can all agree that the law library has come a LONG way on Nancy’s watch.

The thing I appreciated most about working with Nancy was her ability to foster teamwork and collaboration among her librarians. Under her direction, librarians participate in all aspects of library management. We became a close group of friends who share all aspects of our professional and personal lives. I have so many fond memories of celebrations at the library, parties at Nancy’s house, and yes, even those thousands of committee meetings!

Nancy, it has been a marvelous privilege to learn from you and work with you. On behalf of myself and your hundreds of mentees across the country who cannot be here today:  Thank you for being a wonderful mentor...inspiration...and dear friend.  Congratulations on your distinguish career and your retirement!


- Nan Adams

Nancy Johnson

You are an outstanding librarian, leader and mentor. You have sent so many of us out in to the world to build better libraries and teach better legal research. Not enough can be said about you as a mentor.  All of this you've done with grace, warmth and a sense of humor. In addition to all the important professional lessons, I remember your laugh, fried turkey (thanks Bill) and Kathmandu watching from on top the kitchen cabinets. Congratulations on your retirement!
- Kris Niedringhaus

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