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UGA’s Judge Kravitch Scholarship an appropriate honor for trailblazing jurist

January 28, 2020
By Darrell Sutton

Athens Banner-Herald
Savannah Morning News

To the Editor:

The State Bar of Georgia applauds the more than 40 former judicial clerks of the late Judge Phyllis A. Kravitch on their establishment of the Judge Phyllis A. Kravitch Scholarship Fund at the University of Georgia School of Law.

This new scholarship is an appropriate tribute to Judge Kravitch, a Savannah native whose career of more than seven decades began in 1944, when she became one of the few female lawyers in Georgia at the time. After 30 years practicing law, she blazed more new trails as the first woman to serve as president of the Savannah Bar Association, the first woman elected as a Superior Court judge in Georgia and the first woman from the Southeast to serve as a U.S. Circuit Court judge when she was nominated by President Jimmy Carter to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and, later, the 11th Circuit.

Serving nearly 40 years on the Court of Appeals and issuing hundreds of opinions on a broad range of issues, Judge Kravitch’s impact on our justice system is significant and long lasting. We salute her former clerks for creating a permanent honor in her name that will benefit generations of future Georgia lawyers. We look forward to the first scholarship being awarded this fall. 

Sincerely,
 
Darrell Sutton
President, State Bar of Georgia