December 2, 2020
By Dawn M. Jones
The Champion, Decatur
To the Editor:
On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I am writing to extend condolences to the family, colleagues and many friends of retired Chief Justice George H. Carley of Decatur after his passing Nov. 26.
A member of the Georgia Bar since 1961, Justice Carley served more than 19 years on Georgia’s highest court, including service as chief justice prior to his retirement in 2012. He previously served nearly 14 years as a judge on the Court of Appeals of Georgia, including a two-year term as chief judge. Prior to his appointment to the bench, Justice Carley practiced law in Atlanta and Decatur and served as a special assistant attorney general for the Georgia Department of Transportation. He also served in the Army Reserve and in the Georgia House of Representatives.
A longtime friend of the State Bar of Georgia, he was a leading supporter of legal education and training through his service to the Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Georgia and the Georgia High School Mock Trial Competition. Justice Carley served as president of the University of Georgia School of Law Association Council and Board of Visitors, as chair of the Georgia Law-Related Education Consortium and as a member of the Board of Directors of the National High School Mock Trial Championship. He also served as president of the Old Warhorse Lawyers Club and the Joseph Henry Lumpkin American Inn of Court.
In 2014, the State Bar honored Justice Carley with the Distinguished Service Award, the highest accolade bestowed annually on an individual Bar member.
Justice George Carley will be missed and fondly remembered by his fellow members of the legal community. We appreciate his dedication and the many contributions he made during his career through his exemplary service to the public and justice system.
Dawn M. Jones
President, State Bar of Georgia