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At the unveiling of the late Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas Marshall’s (LL.B. ’48) portrait are his widow Angie Fitts Marshall, grandson Spence Pryor (J.D. ’99) and the late Griffin Bell,  former U.S. Attorney General and U.S. Court of Appeals Judge.

Inaugural holder of Marshall Chair named


In 2007, Angie Fitts Marshall chose to honor her late husband, Thomas O. Marshall Jr. (LL.B.'48), by creating an endowed faculty chair at the University of Georgia School of Law. Now this important investment is becoming a reality and the school has appointed Randy Beck to be the first holder of the Justice Thomas O. Marshall Chair of Constitutional Law.

Marshall, who passed away in 2003, had a long and distinguished legal career that included service as a judge for the Superior Courts of Georgia Southwestern Circuit, the Court of Appeals of Georgia and the Supreme Court of Georgia, where he was chief justice from 1986 to 1989. Prior to entering law school, Marshall served in the navy during World War II, where he earned the Bronze Star and Navy Unit Commendation. A native of Americus and graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Marshall always represented the very best in professional conduct throughout his distinguished career. Each year, the State Bar of Georgia honors Marshall with the presentation of the Chief Justice Thomas O. Marshall Professionalism Award.

Beck joined the Georgia Law faculty in 1997 and teaches Property, Trusts and Estates, Christian Perspectives on Legal Thought and Constitutional Law. His scholarship includes articles in journals such as the American Journal of Legal History, the Northwestern University Law Review and the UC Davis Law Review. Beck has been honored on numerous occasions with the law school's John C. O'Byrne Memorial Award for Furthering Faculty-Student Relations as well as with its C. Ronald Ellington Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Prior to joining the legal teaching academy, Beck served as a judicial clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy and Judge Patrick E. Higginbotham of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit. He also worked as an associate with the firm Perkins Coie in Seattle, Washington, and was an attorney-adviser in the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Legal Counsel. He graduated first in his class from Southern Methodist University School of Law and earned his undergraduate degree from Baker University.