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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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E. R. Lanier

Geez.  You're still alive?  Must be the pickling effect of all that Jaegermeister on multiple junkets to alt Deutscheland.  I was privileged to join you on two of those adventures - once in 1985, while still a student over whom you exerted much power and control, and again, in 1988, as a young lawyer, over whom you, oddly, still exerted much power and control.

You were never one to mince words. I recall coming to class directly from a full day of heavy manual labor in my cabinet shop, and, while exchanging pleasantries with you, you leaned over, wrinkled your nose and said: "Whew - You need to try a different deodorant!"  

I did, and it is no doubt to you, and your timely advice and life lessons (and the sense of humor I hope you still have), that I owe a debt of gratitude for the modicum of success I have had.

Ah, sweet memories of the blissful past.   Ein Prosit, E.Ray!

- Jim Zito (1986)

Nancy Johnson

Nancy P. Johnson is the quintessential law librarian. She is an excellent researcher, writer, teacher, administrator, faculty member, mentor, and human being.  Nancy's impact on academic law librarianship spans beyond GSU because of the many librarians who were once under her wing who have gone on to leadership positions in other academic law libraries.

Nancy's disciples have been coined "Johnsonites" by her friend, Filippa Anzalone. I am proud, honored, and grateful to be a Johnsonite  because I have benefitted from her knowledge, generosity, and unparalleled professional insightfulness. 

Congratulations, Nancy, on an extraordinarily successful career. And thank you for not only your professional wisdom but also for being such a good friend for so many years.

- Beth Adelman

Lynn Hogue

At the time of my final semester of law school, I had completed all requirements except total hours and had taken all the recommended classes.  I chose to take Professor Hogue's Military Law, which I doubted would have any practical use for me, but I wanted to take another of Professor Hogue's classes.  It was fascinating, providing information I would not have gotten elsewhere.  As the only woman in the class, I chose to write about Women in the Military.  Because of this course, I have had a much better understanding of the events of the last 10 - 15 years and have been especially interested in the progress women have made in all branches of the military.  Thank you Professor Hogue!
- Julie Powell (1992)

Bernadette Hartfield

I'm traveling on May 9, so unfortunately I cannot attend the Retirement Celebration.  I would feel even more regret if I did not comment on the inspiring encouragement that Professor Hartfield gave me when I was a student in her Family Law course, and thereafter.  Professor Hartfield recommended me as a pupil to the Charles Longstreet Weltner Family Law American Inn of Court

Although I did not pursue a practice in family law, that experience introduced me to the precepts of civility, professionalism and collegiality in the law, and led me to serve as a Guardian ad Litem in pro bono child custody matters.  I now practice intellectual property law and serve as a barrister in the Atlanta IP American Inn of Court.  Every time that I see Professor Hartfield, she continues to show her dedication to the success of GSU Law students past and present.  Congratulations on an impactful career, Professor Hartfield!!  And I send you very sincere gratitude for all that you have done for me.

- Cynthia Parks (2000)

Bernadette Hartfield

Can it be 28 years ago, Bernadette, that we met at the new teachers workshop in DC and joined with those already here to help build a new law school that was just in its third year?  What a time! What an adventure! What a journey!  Your work lives on through the generation of students you have touched and mentored, and who do you proud each and every day.

- Steven Kaminshine

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