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The Robert E. Andrews Virtual Law Library supports the needs of Hall County as well as County employees, Gainesville-Northeastern Bar Association, Hall County litigants and the general public. The Law Library has computer research capabilities using Westlaw as well as LexisNexis for your legal research needs.
The Robert B Thompson Law Library serves citizens and patrons living and working in the Dawson County area. The Dawson County Law Library supplies many of the same information sources as the Robert E Andrews Library, but it does not have a full-time, dedicated staff member.
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Bob Andrews, as he was known, attended Bibb County public schools before moving to Moultrie, GA in 1939. Upon graduation from Moultrie High School in 1942, he volunteered for the United States Army Air Force and served with the 8th Air Force where he flew 34 combat missions over Europe including the D-Day invasion in 1944. For his service with the Air Force he received the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal on four occasions, the Good Conduct Medal, the European-Africa-Middle Eastern Theatre Medal, the American Theatre of Operations Medal, Presidential Unit Citation and the Victory Medal. He was honorably discharged in September 1945.
Bob Andrews graduated from the Walter F. George School of Law in 1949 with an LL.B. Law Degree, and received the degree of Juris Doctor from Mercer University in Macon, GA, where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. After graduation, Mr. Andrews was appointed to the staff of the Attorney General of Georgia where he became a trial attorney. In 1950, he moved to Gainesville, GA and established and enjoyed a high profile law practice for 50 years. In 1951 he married Katherine Perryman of Talbotton, GA, and they remained deeply in love until his death. He was very ably assisted in his law practice by his loyal legal assistant, Mrs. Joyce Tate, and practiced law in the Supreme Court of GA, the GA Court of Appeals, all federal courts and the Supreme Court of the United States. In 1970, Bob Andrews sponsored legislation to fund a law library in Hall County. He was greatly honored when the Hall County Law Library was re-named and dedicated as the Robert E. Andrews Law Library on April 28, 2004.
Known as Georgia's greatest legal mind, Mr. Andrews' trial and appellate work is known and studied nationwide. Bob Andrews was very active in civic and governmental affairs. In addition to his trial attorney duties, he served two terms for Hall County in the Georgia House of Representatives, and two terms as State Senator for Hall, Lumpkin, Dawson and Forsyth Counties in the Georgia Senate. His hobbies were history, poetry, music and antique automobiles. He was a past President of the Gainesville Bar Association, Kiwanis, Geneva's Coffee Club, Gainesville First United Methodist Church where he taught the Scrap Pile Class for many years, the Open Door Sunday School Class where he often ended the lesson with the following, "Look to this day, for today well-lived makes every yesterday a dream of Happiness, and every tomorrow a vision of hope."
The Robert E. Andrews Virtual Law Library supports the needs of Hall County as well as County employees, Bar Associations of Hall County, Hall County litigants and the general public. With the Law Library being funded by court filing fees, it is supported by the legal/court system as part of the community for their use.
The primary function of the law library is for public use for the purpose of legal research. The law librarian provides assistance in finding appropriate materials and suggesting possible resources but may not give advice or interpretation about specific legal situations which might constitute the unauthorized practice of law. The collection covers Georgia and Federal law and case law from other states.
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The Robert E. Andrews Virtual Law Library in Hall County has moved to the 3rd floor with Family Law Information Center and Interpretive Services. Please come visit our new space that features four new computer terminals.