J.D., Emory University School of Law (1981)
B.A., Newcomb College of Tulane University (1974)
trusts and estates
Mary F. Radford joined the College of Law faculty in 1984. Her teaching areas are Wills, Trusts & Estates; Estate Planning; and Law & the Elderly. Radford has also taught as a visiting professor at the law schools of the Phoenix School of Law, 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, Radford taught English and French at two Atlanta high schools.
Radford was the president of the American College of Trust & Estate Counsel (ACTEC) in 2011-12. She served as the reporter for the Georgia Trust Code Revision Committee (2005-10), the Georgia Guardianship Code Revision Committee (1997-2004) and Georgia Probate Code Revision Committee (1992-96) of the State Bar of Georgia. She was the principal draftsperson for Georgia’s enacted Trust, Guardianship, and Probate Codes. She was the 2004 chair of the AALS Section on Donative Transfers, Fiduciaries and Estate Planning.
Radford is the author of Georgia Trusts & Trustees; Guardianships & Conservatorships in Georgia; the sixth and seventh editions of Redfearn: Wills & Administration in Georgia; and numerous law review articles. She frequently gives presentations on estate planning and guardianship topics at local, national, and international seminars. In 2009, she was awarded the Verner S. Chaffin Career Service Award by the Fiduciary Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia. In 2002, she was awarded the Treat Award for Excellence by the National College of Probate Judges.