Court of Appeals of Georgia Judge Kenneth B. Hodges III of Ken Hodges Law is the 56th president of the State Bar of Georgia.
Kenneth B. Hodges III, of the Court of Appeals of Georgia, was installed as the 56th president of the State Bar of Georgia on Saturday, June 9, 2018.
Hodges has previously served as treasurer and president-elect of the State Bar and as a member of the Executive Committee and Board of Governors. He has also chaired the Attorney Wellness Task Force.
On May 22, 2018, Hodges won a statewide election to serve on the Court of Appeals of Georgia and was sworn in as judge in January 2019. Previously, he focused his law practice on criminal defense and civil litigation, including but not limited to personal injury, commercial litigation and civil rights cases.
Hodges spent 15 years as a prosecutor, including 12 as district attorney of the Dougherty Judicial Circuit. He was honored as Georgia’s District Attorney of the Year in 2002 and is a past recipient of the Justice Robert Benham Award for Community Service and the Commitment to Equality Award, both presented by the State Bar, and the Eagle Award, presented by the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council of Georgia. He was the Democratic nominee in the 2010 election for Georgia attorney general.
Born and raised in Albany, he is a graduate of Emory University and the University of Georgia School of Law. Hodges was admitted to the State Bar in 1991. He is a past chairman of the Prosecuting Attorneys’ Council of Georgia and past president of the District Attorneys’ Association of Georgia and the Dougherty Circuit Bar Association.
Hodges’ community activities include service as secretary of the Urban League of Greater Atlanta and co-chair of the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Day Committee in Albany. He is also a past president of the Sertoma Club; past board chair of Easter Seals of Southwest Georgia and has served on the boards of the American Heart Association in Albany, the Albany Civil Rights Institute (formerly Albany Civil Rights Museum) the Albany Chamber of Commerce and the Georgia Chamber of Commerce. He is also a graduate of Leadership Albany and a graduate and board member of Leadership Georgia.
Hodges and his wife Melissa have two young children, Margaret and Jack. They are active in their church and in youth sports at the local YMCA.