Faculty earn promotions and other honors

Chapman promoted to full professor

nathan chapmanHolder of the Pope F. Brock Professorship, Nathan S. Chapman has been awarded the rank of full professor.

Chapman, who joined the School of Law faculty in 2013, teaches and writes in the areas of constitutional law, federal courts, religious liberty and ethics.

His scholarship focuses on the historical and theoretical underpinnings of constitutional law, especially the law of religious liberty and due process. He is the coauthor of Agreeing to Disagree: How the Establishment Clause Promotes Religious Pluralism and Protects Freedom of Conscience, which is forthcoming from the Oxford University Press (with M.W. McConnell). Since 2020, he has published articles in the Journal of Law and Religion, the Florida Law Review, the Pepperdine Law Review and the Notre Dame Law Review. He has also written several chapters and essays on Christianity and the law.

Chapman delivered recent presentations as part of the Oxford University Faculty of Law’s Programme on Foundations of Law and Constitutional Government and at the University of Notre Dame and St. John’s University.

He also holds a McDonald Distinguished Fellowship of Law and Religion at the Emory Center for Law and Religion. Previously, he was a Nootbaar Fellow in Law and Religion at the Pepperdine School of Law.

Recognized by law students on several occasions, Chapman has received both the Ellington Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Brown Professionalism Award and has served as a graduation faculty marshal.


Phillips-Sawyer named inaugural holder of the Wilson Professorship

Laura Phillips SawyerAssociate Professor Laura Phillips-Sawyer has been named the inaugural holder of the Jane W. Wilson Professorship in Business Law.

Phillips-Sawyer, who joined the UGA faculty in 2020, is an expert in U.S. antitrust law and policy. Broadly, she is interested in how and why economic regulation changes over time. Before joining UGA, she was an assistant professor at the Harvard Business School.

She is the author of American Fair Trade: Proprietary Capitalism, Corporatism, and the ‘New Competition,’ 1890–1940 (Cambridge University Press, 2018). More recently, she has published in two leading journals: “Restructuring American Antitrust Law: Institutionalist Economics and the Antitrust Labor Immunity, 1890–1940s” in the University of Chicago Law Review (2022) and “Voting Trusts and Antitrust: Rethinking the Role of Shareholder Rights and Private Litigation in Public Regulation, 1880s to 1930s” in the Law & History Review (2021) (with N. Lamoreaux). Phillips-Sawyer has published in other top journals, including the Business History Review, the Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era and the Oxford Research Encyclopedia on American History.

She teaches Antitrust Law as well as a new course, Antimonopoly and American Democracy, in the school’s undergraduate minor – Law, Jurisprudence, and the State. This new class, which is also offered as an Economics major elective, was made possible by a generous grant from the Stanton Foundation.

Phillips-Sawyer holds courtesy appointments in UGA’s Economics Department and History Department. She has also taught courses offered by UGA’s Honors College, Terry College of Business and Franklin College of Arts and Sciences.

The Wilson Professorship in Business Law was established by an anonymous donor in memory of Jane W. Wilson, a domestic violence victim.


Evans awarded promotion

rachel evansRachel Evans, who serves as the Alexander Campbell King Law Library’s metadata services and special collections librarian, has been promoted to librarian III.

She is responsible for the discoverability of library resources, maintenance of the library’s information platforms, and management of the archives and special collections. Since her last promotion she has overseen the library’s transition of electronic resources to OpenAthens authentication. She has also managed multiple grants to digitize the library’s historical treatise, photograph and audio-visual collections. In 2022, she spearheaded a metadata harvesting partnership with the Digital Library of Georgia that is ongoing.

Evans has published in nationally recognized professional magazines and journals, including Computers in Libraries, Library Journal, the Journal of New Librarianship and the AALL Spectrum. She also presents frequently at state, regional and national conferences. In the last two years she has been invited to speak on leadership panels for the Digital Commons, Teaching the Teacher and Computers in Libraries conferences.

Active in the American Association of Law Libraries, Evans is a member of the Legal Innovation and Technology, Technical Services, and Library Systems and Resource Discovery special interest sections. She is also a member of AALL’s First Generation Caucus and Law Repositories Caucus. Additionally she is a contributing member to the U.S. Repository Network expert committee, the Queer Metadata Collective and the LD4 Linked Data international conference committee.

Students recognize faculty with several honors

Kent Barnett – Associate Dean for Academic Affairs & Hosch Professor – Graduation Faculty Marshal

Nathan S. Chapman – Brock Professor – C. Ronald Ellington Award for Excellence in Teaching, Lonnie T. Brown, Jr. Professionalism Award and Graduation Faculty Marshal

Jean Goetz Mangan (J.D.’11) – Legal Writing Instructor – Carol A. Watson Award for Outstanding Legal Research or Writing Instructor

Christine M. Scartz (J.D.’94) – Clinical Associate Professor & Jane W. Wilson Family Justice Clinic Director – Eleanor C. Lanier Award for Excellence in Clinical Education

David E. Shipley – Georgia Athletic Association Professor – John C. O’Byrne Memorial Award for Significant Contributions Furthering Student-Faculty Relations