State Bar of Georgia
State Bar of Georgia

Georgia legal community mourns loss of Professor Verner Chaffin

May 21, 2018
By Brian D. "Buck" Rogers

Athens Banner-Herald

To the Editor:

On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I would like to express condolences to the family, colleagues and many friends of University of Georgia School of Law Fuller E. Callaway Professor Emeritus Verner F. Chaffin of Athens on his recent passing at the age of 97.

Admitted to the practice of law in 1942 after earning his law degree from the UGA Law School, Dr. Chaffin was one of the longest-serving members of the State Bar of Georgia at the time of his death. A veteran of World War II, he served in Naval Intelligence under the command of Gen. Douglas McArthur in the Pacific Theater. After the war, he served as a staff attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C.

He began his 42-year career in legal education in 1947, as a faculty member at the University of Alabama School of Law. In 1957, he returned to UGA Law and taught generations of future lawyers until his retirement from active teaching in 1989. In 2000, the Verner F. Chaffin Career Service Award was established “in recognition of a distinguished career of outstanding, unselfish and dedicated service to the Fiduciary Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia, one of many honors Dr. Chaffin received over the years.

Verner Chaffin’s exemplary lifetime of service is an inspiration to all members of the legal profession. We are appreciative of his many generous contributions to legal education and the cause of justice in our state. He will be missed and remembered.

Brian D. “Buck” Rogers
President, State Bar of Georgia