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20 Ga. L. Rev. 257 (1985-1986)
Justice and Juror

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VOLUME 20        WNTER 1986        NUtMBER 2

Shirley S. Abrahamson *
I am honored to deliver the Edith House lecture. Ms. House, as
many of you know, is an esteemed alumna of the University of Geor-
gia School of Law. She is its first woman graduate and was Valedic-
torian of the Class of 1925. She had a distinguished career in the law
until her retirement in 1963.
I want to explain the title of this lecture. The word justice may
refer either to the person who serves as a judge or to the concept of
the fair and impartial determination of controversies in our legal sys-
tem. In the title I use the word justice in both senses. The word
juror, of course, refers to a member of a jury, a group of persons
selected according to law and sworn (jurati) to give their verdict ac-
cording to the evidence presented. I have chosen to combine these two
subjects-justice and juror-for several reasons.
First, I was thinking about Edith House, who spent most of her
career as a trial lawyer and an Assistant U.S. Attorney in federal dis-
trict court in Florida. In 1962 she became the first U.S. Attorney for
the newly created Southern District of Florida.' During the, period of
her practice from 1925 to 1963, women were involved in the legal
* Justice, Wisconsin Supreme Court. This article is a revised and annotated ver-
sion of the Edith House Lecture, University of Georgia Law School, delivered on
March 7, 1985. I want to thank Diana Balio, Carole Hinchcliff, and Sharon Ruhly
for their assistance in preparing this manuscript for publication. A companion piece,
A View from the Other Side of the Bench, is published in 68 MARQ. L. REv. 401
- 36 FLA. B.J. 1186 (1962).

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