March 23, 2020
By Darrell Sutton
To the Editor:
The State Bar of Georgia extends condolences to the family, colleagues and many friends of retired Clarke County State Court Chief Judge Kent Lawrence of Athens, whose untimely passing March 13 has left us all saddened.
A member of the State Bar of Georgia since 1978, Judge Lawrence was a prosecuting attorney before his appointment as State Court judge in 1985, a position he held for 26 years before his retirement. Judge Lawrence was a pioneer in our state’s introduction of accountability courts, having successfully established the first DUI Court in Georgia in 2001. He also served on the State DUI Task Force.
Before entering the legal profession, Judge Lawrence was an outstanding wide receiver for the Georgia Bulldogs and was named Most Valuable Player in the 1966 Cotton Bowl. He also worked as an officer and detective for the UGA Police Department and special investigator for the District Attorney’s Office before and while he attended law school.
Judge Kent Lawrence will be missed and fondly remembered by Georgia’s legal community. We appreciate the many contributions he made during his admirable career and his exemplary service to the public and the justice system.
President, State Bar of Georgia