October 25, 2005
| Georgia State University College of Law Professors Mary Radford and Charity Scott have been honored as new members of the prestigious American Law Institute (ALI). Professors Radford and Scott join four other COL faculty members who have been elected to the ALI on the basis of professional achievement and demonstrated interest in the improvement of the law.
According to College of Law Dean Steven J. Kaminshine, this is “a tremendous honor for these faculty members and is one in which the law school takes great pride.” Along with Professors Radford and Scott, other ALI members from the COL include Professors Marjorie Girth, Ellen Podgor, Marjorie Knowles and Mark Budnitz.
“The American Law Institute promotes the clarification and simplification of the law and its better adaptation to social needs,” the dean commented. “The organization also promotes better administration of justice and encourages scholarly and scientific legal work. The ALI is composed of judges, practicing lawyers and legal scholars from across the U.S. and internationally. We congratulate Mary Radford and Charity Scott for being selected to join this elite group.”
Professor Radford received her J.D. from the Emory College of Law in 1981and a B.A. from Newcomb College of Tulane University in 1974. She joined the College of Law faculty in 1984. Her teaching areas are wills and estates, estate planning, law and the elderly, and employment discrimination. Professor Radford has also taught as a Visiting Professor at the law schools of the University of Georgia, Emory University and the University of Tennessee. In 1990-91, she worked as a Supreme Court Fellow for Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist. Before she began teaching law, she practiced as an associate attorney at the Atlanta firm of Hansell & Post, 1981-84. Prior to attending law school, Professor Radford taught English and French at two Atlanta high schools.
Professor Radford is an Academic Fellow and Regent of the American College of Trust & Estate Counsel (ACTEC) and is the Co-Chair of the ACTEC Legal Education Committee. She is the 2004 Chair of the AALS Section on Donative Transfers, Fiduciaries and Estate Planning. She currently serves as the Reporter for the Georgia Trust Code Revision Committee. Professor Radford was the Reporter for the Georgia Guardianship Code Revision Committee (1997-2004) and Georgia Probate Code Revision Committee (1992-96) and the principal draftsperson for Georgia's newly enacted Guardianship and Probate Codes.
The author of the sixth edition of Redfearn: Wills & Administration in Georgia, Professor Radford has also written numerous law review articles. She frequently gives presentations on estate planning and guardianship topics at local, national and international seminars. In 2002, she was awarded the Treat Award for Excellence by the National College of Probate Judges.
Professor Scott holds a joint appointment in Georgia State University’s College of Law and J. Mack Robinson College of Business in the Institute of Health Administration. She is also the Director of the Center for Law, Health & Society at the College of Law. Professor Scott teaches various courses on health care law and policy, bioethics and tort law. She is also a Faculty Fellow in Health Law with Emory University’s Center for Ethics, where she joins an interdisciplinary faculty team to offer clinical ethics classes for third-year medical students.
She has served as Chair of the American Bar Association Health Law Section’s Interest Group on Medical Research, Biotechnology and Clinical Ethics. Professor Scott has also served as Chair of the Health Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia, and for many years served as the Editor of that Section's bi-annual publication on federal and state health law developments. She has given national and regional presentations on health law topics to legal and medical audiences, including the American Bar Association, American Health Lawyers Association, Federal Judicial Center, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Society of Law, Medicine and Ethics, State Bar of Georgia, Georgia Academy of Healthcare Attorneys and the Health Care Ethics Consortium of Georgia. She has published on a variety of health law issues, including antitrust and the health care field, medical ethics and the law, medical privacy, and health policy. Professor Scott earned her J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1979 (cum laude), and her B.A. with honors from Stanford University in 1973 (Phi Beta Kappa).
The American Law Institute was founded in 1923 and is based in Philadelphia. The Institute, through a careful and deliberative process, drafts and then publishes various restatements of the law, model codes and other proposals for legal reform. The Institute's restatements, model codes and legal studies are used as references by the entire legal profession. For more information about The American Law Institute, visit www.ali.org.