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Edith Elizabeth House: Miss House

Georgia Law's Women Law Students Association plan the annual Edith House Lecture.



Edith House


Portrait of Edith House painted by Alison Free Schneider and presented to the School of Law by the Women Law Students Association in 1984. The portrait is on display in Hirsch Hall.


This scrapbook was compiled by the Women Law Students' Association (WLSA). It begins with a newspaper photograph of the University of Georgia Senior Class. Gussie Brooks and Edith House, the first female graduates of the law school, are in the back row, far right side. The scrapbook ends with a news announcement of Miss House's death in December 1987 and Gwen Wood's memorial tribute delivered on April 6, 1988.

The Law Library chose to retain the arrangement and special character of the scrapbook. The original is available for viewing by contacting the Special Collections Librarian.


1903 - born in Winder, GA

1921 - graduates from Winder High School

1922 - entered UGA; member of Chi Omega sorority

1925 - one of the first two women to graduate from the School of Law; began law practice with the firm of Baskin and Jordan in Clearwater, FL

1929 - becomes chief clerk for U.S. District Attorney Wilburn P. Hughes in Jacksonville, FL

1930 - notified that she had passed the Florida bar examination

1931 - appointed Assistant U.S. Attorney, serving in Jacksonville, FL

1955 - receives citation for 25 years of outstanding service

1960 - appointed chief administrative aide to U.S. Attorney Coleman Madsen in Miami, FL

1963 - appointed U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, the first woman to hold the post in Florida; retires after eight months

1983 - Edith House lecture series established; Professor Nadine Taub, Rutgers Law School, is the inagural speaker

1984 - unveiling of portrait painted by Allison Free Schneider

1987 - died and buried in Rose Hill Cemetery, Winder, GA

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