State Bar of Georgia
State Bar of Georgia

Georgia legal community mourns loss of Judge Faye Sanders Martin

June 1, 2023
By Sarah B. "Sally" Akins

The Millen News
Statesboro Herald
Effingham Herald
, Rincon
Sylvania Telephone

To the Editor:

The State Bar of Georgia extends condolences to the family, colleagues and many friends of retired Ogeechee Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge Faye Sanders Martin of Statesboro on her passing at the age of 89.

A member of the Georgia Bar since 1956, Judge Martin was the first female attorney in Bulloch County when began her legal career in Statesboro with the Anderson & Sanders firm. In 1978, when she became the first woman in Georgia appointed as a Superior Court judge when Gov. George Busbee named her to a newly created post in the Ogeechee Circuit, covering Bulloch, Effingham, Jenkins and Screven counties. She was later elected to five consecutive terms, serving a total of 22 years, including 16 years as chief judge of the Ogeechee Circuit, before taking senior judge status.

Among the numerous awards Judge Martin received during her years of service were the Amicus Curae Award from the Supreme Court of Georgia, the Tradition of Excellence Award from the State Bar of Georgia and the Woman of Achievement from the Statesboro Business and Professional Women’s Club.

The exemplary life and trailblazing career of Judge Faye Sanders Martin are an inspiration to all Georgia lawyers and judges. We appreciate and will remember her many contributions to the cause of justice in our state.

Sarah B. “Sally” Akins
President, State Bar of Georgia