Nancy Terrill Receives Benham Award for Community Service


Nancy Terrill, LAW '78 and a long-time employee of Mercer Law School, has been named a recipient of the 16th Annual Justice Robert Benham Awards for Community Service for the state's District 4. She and 12 other individuals across the state will be presented with their awards on Feb. 17 in a special ceremony at the Georgia Bar Center in Atlanta.

“Nancy Terrill's unwavering commitment to justice and improving access to the legal system makes her a role model for lawyers and law students alike,” said Dean and University Professor of Law and Ethical Formation Daisy Hurst Floyd. “She is a tireless advocate for the community and is highly deserving of this recognition.” 

The Benham Awards for Community Service are co-sponsored by the State Bar of Georgia and the Chief Justice's Commission on Professionalism. The awards are among the highest recognitions given by the two organizations. Since 1998, the awards have been presented to honor lawyers and judges in Georgia who have made significant contributions to their communities and demonstrate the positive contributions of members of the bar beyond their legal or official work. 

Terrill most recently was the Continuing Legal Education Coordinator at Mercer Law School from 2002 until last fall. She previously served as an Assistant Dean and adjunct instructor. She is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, the Macon Bar Association, the Macon-Bibb Civil Service Board and the Georgia Legal Services Program, where she has been a member of the Statewide Board of Directors since 2000. She has been involved in numerous political campaigns, and served in many civic organizations including Democratic Women of Bibb County.

Professor Emeritus Joe Claxton says, “I first encountered the name Nancy Terrill when I saw it on a Mercer Law School application form almost exactly forty years ago. In the years since, Nancy has come to epitomize everything that is good about our community, the Law School and the legal profession. She also has been a wonderful and loyal friend to me. It is a friendship for which I always will be grateful beyond measure.” 

Photo by Ken Kraków