Date of Birth: 1922 Date of Death: 2005
BiographyRichard V. Wellman, Alston Professor of Law Emeritus at University of Georgia School of Law was a faculty member at the University of Michigan Law School prior to joining the Georgia law faculty in 1973. A long-time teacher of Property, Trusts & Estates, and related private law courses, he is best known for his work since 1964 that continues today in connection with the Uniform Probate Code, a collaborative effort by nationally prominent bar leaders and the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws to reform state laws in response to severe public criticism of America's probate judiciary and lawyers. In this undertaking, he served in various positions in a continuing effort to improve and enact better and more uniform state laws governing donative transfers of wealth, a subject of intense interest to elders and their families. Mr. Wellman is a life member of the NCCUSL having served as a Michigan commissioner for 5 years and as a Georgia commissioner for 28 years.
-- From the Borchardcenter.org website.
Memorials & Tributes:
Jones, Thomas L. "Richard Vance Wellman", 40 Ga. L. Rev. 1087 (2005-2006).
Kurtz, Paul M. "Foreword: On the Passing of My Friend, Dick Wellman", 40 Ga. L. Rev. 1041 (2005-2006).
Langbein, John H. "Richard Wellman and the Reform of American Probate Law", 40 Ga. L. Rev. 1093 (2005-2006).
Scoles, Eugene F. "Care and Maintenance of Our Legal System: Richard V. Wellman -- Academic Lawyer", 40 Ga. L. Rev. 1097 (2005-2006).
Waggoner, Lawrence W. "Dick Wellman -- A Personal Remembrance", 40 Ga. L. Rev. 1105 (2005-2006).
Law Quadrangle Notes Articles
"Harris, Siegel, Wellman Take New Positions", 19 L. Quadrangle Notes 4 (Fall, 1974).
"Waggoner: Dick Wellman, '49, 'changed the legal landscape'", 48 L. Quadrangle Notes 34 (Winter/Spring, 2006).