May 10, 2021
By Dawn M. Jones
Marietta Daily Journal
To the Editor:
On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I am writing to extend congratulations to Cobb County State Court Judge Henry R. Thompson on his appointment by Gov. Brian Kemp to serve as a Superior Court judge for the Cobb Judicial Circuit, to Cobb County State Court Division II Judge Eric A. Brewton on his appointment to a State Court Division I seat, and to Fulton County Senior Assistant County Attorney Ashley J.M. Palmer and Georgia Bureau of Investigation Legal Division Director Jaret T. Usher on their appointments to serve as State Court Division II judges.
Judge Thompson brings 27 years of experience in the legal profession and justice system to his new position, including prior service as an assistant district attorney in the Cobb Circuit and the Western Judicial Circuit and in private practice with Thompson & Pursley P.C. in Marietta before he became a State Court judge.
Judge Brewton has been a Bar member for 38 years and prior to becoming a State Court judge was staff counsel for Travelers Insurance and an attorney with Brock, Clay & Rogers P.C. in Marietta.
Judge Palmer has 15 years of legal experience. Prior to joining the Fulton County Attorney’s Office, she was an assistant public defender for the Clayton Judicial Circuit and worked in private practice with Powell Goldstein LLP, now known as Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner.
Judge Usher brings 17 years of experience to the State Court bench. Before joining the GBI, she worked as an assistant district attorney and assistant solicitor general for Cobb County, in private practice with Hollberg & Weaver LLP in Atlanta and as a staff attorney for the Cobb Circuit Superior Court.
By accepting these positions, Judge Thompson, Judge Brewton, Judge Palmer and Judge Usher demonstrate their commitment to serving the public and the justice system. We wish them well in these new capacities of judicial leadership.
Dawn M. Jones
President, State Bar of Georgia