A ‘Blessing’ to Georgia State Law: Taylor Celebrated at Retirement Party

“Having taught at several other schools, what stands out to me about this school is its people,” said Ellen Taylor, associate professor of law, at her retirement party held at the College of Law May 2. Taylor retired in June 2016, but continued to teach through the fall and spring semester.

“The whole law school community shares a commitment to excellence, to making the College of Law as good as it can be—you see this everywhere,” she said, thanking many staff members for their work in creating an enjoyable work environment.

Taylor also expressed gratitude for Dean Steven J. Kaminshine’s leadership and her colleagues.

“I have never come across another dean who was so good at every aspect of his job and is a genuinely nice guy,” she said. “I’ve been given the opportunity to explore, teach and write about things that really interest me. My faculty colleagues have been unfailingly collegial, helpful and thoughtful in our shared goal of turning out capable and honorable lawyers. Thank you so much for everything all of you have contributed to making this the best job there is.”

The music-themed party celebrated Taylor’s other talent, playing the trumpet. She graduated from Manhattan School of Music in 1974 with a degree in trumpet performance and worked as a musician before returning to her hometown of Atlanta to attend Emory University School of Law in 1983. She joined the faculty at Georgia State Law in 1992.

Kaminshine said Taylor has been a “blessing” to the Georgia State Law community.

“Since you joined Georgia State Law, you have been a rock, a scholar, a great teacher, a most caring and kind member of our community who almost never said no to a request,” he said. “You are quick with a smile, you’re so even tempered, and at times you have helped settle this sometimes rocky community down by your example. I don’t know that you fully appreciate the contributions that you have made to this community, but they have been enormous and we are grateful to you for it.”

Taylor will continue to teach part time through next year. Read more here.


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