The Georgia Legal History Foundation presents, ‘Oglethorpe’s Nightmare: Lawyers in Savannah’

‘Oglethorpe’s Nightmare: Lawyers in Savannah’ seminar will take place May 24-25


(SAVANNAH, Ga.) – The Georgia Legal History Foundation is presenting a seminar entitled “Oglethorpe’s Nightmare: Lawyers in Savannah” on May 24 and 25. The seminar will take place at the United States Courthouse on Wright Square.


Speakers include Judge B. Avant Edenfield, Chief Judge Michael Karpf, Walter Hartridge, Colin McRae, John Lientz, Wade Herring, Bill Franklin, and many others.


“It’s wonderful for Savannah to have this seminar with so many fascinating stories about the Cradle of Georgia Legal History, Savannah and Coastal Georgia,” said attorney John Manly of Bouhan, Williams & Levy LLP, who is helping organize the event. “It also makes the seminar even more interesting because it’s taking place in a city so full of history.” The stories will range from earlier days, such as the Telfair Will Contest, to more recent, as Clarence Thomas’ boyhood friends discuss his life and times.


The seminar is open to the public and non-lawyers are welcome. This will be the first time the Georgia Legal History Foundation seminar has been held in Savannah. People from around the state will attend. Register with John Manly of Bouhan, Williams & Levy LLP at

Founded in 1985 by a group appointed by the Supreme Court of Georgia and the Georgia Court of Appeals, the Georgia Legal History Foundation, Inc. became one of the first organizations in the nation to be chartered to promote the study and preservation of the legal history of an individual state.

Its mission is to preserve, analyze, and depict the legal history of the State of Georgia, especially that of the Supreme Court of Georgia and other courts of the State and the Bar, and to disseminate that history for the purposes of educating the public and the legal community.

The seminar, sponsored in part by the Institute of Continuing Legal Education, will provide 9.5 total CLE hours (1 Ethics, 1 Professionalism, and 3 Trial).


Attendees will also attend a reception at the downtown home of Walter and Cornelia Hartridge. The reception will include the presentation of the Nestor Award. Georgia Legal History Foundation’s Nestor Awards program seeks to honor the accomplishments of leading Georgia lawyers.



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