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Gail McKnight Beckman, American law educator. Bar: Pennsylvania 1964, District of Columbia 1964, Georgia 1971. Colonial Williamsburg, grantee, 1965; Georgia State University grantee, 1980; Fulbright scholar, 1959-1960.


Beckman, Gail McKnight was born on April 8, 1938 in New York City. Daughter of Irland McKnight and Elizabeth B. (Hurlock) Beckman.


Bachelor of Arts, Bryn Mawr College, 1959;Master of Arts, University Pennsylvania, 1966;Juris Doctor, Yale University, 1963;Juris Doctor, Hague (Netherlands) Academy International Law, 1977;Juris Doctor, British Institute for Comparative Law, 1975;Doctor of Philosophy, Georgia State University, 1988.


Counselor, Legal Aid Society, Philadelphia, 1961;legal research assistant, University of Pennsylvania Law School, 1963;associate firm, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, Philadelphia, 1963-1966;lecturer, Faculty Law, U. Glasgow, Scotland, 1967-1971;associate professor, Georgia State University, Atlanta, 1971-1975;professor, Georgia State University, since 1976. Fulbright scholar U. Tuebingen, W. Germany, 1960, guest professor of law faculty, 1988. Member Fulbright screening committee Institute International Education, 1980,88.

Visiting scholar Institute East Asian and Comparative Law, Harvard University Law School, 1980, U. Tuebingen Law Faculty, Germany, 1988.


  • Bar: Pennsylvania 1964, District of Columbia 1964, Georgia 1971.


Board directors Northside Shepherds Center, Atlanta, 1980-1983, chairman board, 1982-1983. Active Atlanta Council International Visitors, 1975-1977. Board directors Northwest Georgia council Girl Scouts United States of America, 1976-1978, United Way, 1979.

Member American Bar Association (chairman, vice chairman committees), International Law Association (chairman intercountry adoption and protection of family, executive board since 1995, representative to Hague Conference on Private International Law since 1995), International Bar Association, American Arbitration Association (certified), Georgia Bar Association, National Association Women Lawyers (executive board 1984-1992, president 1990-1991), Georgia Association Women Lawyers (president 1980-1981), Juristic Society Philadelphia, National Society Colonial Dames in American, Daughters of the American Revolution, St. Andrews Society Atlanta (founder), Commerce Club.


Irland McKnight Beckman

Elizabeth B. (Hurlock) Beckman