February 19, 2019
By Kenneth B. Hodges III
To the Editor:
On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I would like to express congratulations to the attorneys and judges who were recently appointed by Gov. Brian Kemp to serve on the Judicial Nominating Commission.
They include Co-Chairs Mark Middleton, of counsel at Gilbert, Harrell, Sumerford & Martin P.C., and Vincent Russo of The Robbins Firm, both of Atlanta, and Blue Ridge Judicial Circuit District Attorney Shannon Wallace of Canton; and members Neera Bahl of One Path Legal, Beth Beskin of Elizabeth A. Beskin P.C., Justice Michael Boggs of the Supreme Court of Georgia, Derek Bottoms of The Home Depot, Robert Highsmith of Holland & Knight, Fulton County Superior Court Judge Shawn E. LaGrua, Ryan Teague of The Robbins Firm and Kathleen Wilkinson of Hall Booth Smith P.C., all of Atlanta; Drew Hill of Blasingame Burch Garrard & Ashley P.C., Athens; Augusta Judicial Circuit District Attorney Natalie Paine of Augusta; John Mroczko of John T. Mroczko P.C., Cartersville; Frank Turner Jr. of Greer, Stansfield & Turner LLP, Covington; Anh Le of King Commercial Properties Inc., Decatur; Trey Taylor of Taylor Law LLC, Dublin; Mack Taylor of Mack Taylor Law, Evans; Lance Cooper of The Cooper Firm and State Bar of Georgia President-Elect Darrell Sutton of Sutton Law Group, both of Marietta; Brooke Newby and Josh Waters, both of Walker Hulbert Gray & Moore LLP, Perry; Eastern Judicial Circuit District Attorney Meg Heap and Quentin Marlin of Ellis, Painter, Ratterree & Adams P.C., both of Savannah; and Anne Kaufold-Wiggins of Balch & Bingham LLP, Vidalia.
All Georgians will benefit from their service on the commission, which is responsible for receiving applications, interviewing candidates and making recommendations to the governor for appointments to judicial vacancies across the state.
With their acceptance of this important task, these distinguished members of the State Bar of Georgia demonstrate their continued commitment to serving the public and the justice system. We wish them well in this new capacity of leadership.
Kenneth B. Hodges III
President, State Bar of Georgia