October 26, 2020
By Dawn M. Jones
Atlanta Business Chronicle
Atlanta Daily World
To the Editor:
On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I am writing to extend congratulations to retired Judge Thelma Wyatt Moore on two recent achievements: being honored by the Daily Report as a “Georgia Trailblazer” for 2020 and by the Atlanta Business Chronicle among those receiving “Women Who Mean Business” recognition.
Judge Moore is well deserving of both prestigious honors. She was the first woman to serve as a full-time judge for the Atlanta City Court and as chief judge of the Fulton County Superior Court. Elected six times as a Fulton County judge, she also the first African-American woman to serve as a State Court judge in Georgia and as chief administrative judge of any judicial circuit in the state. Judge Moore is also credited with leading the creation of Georgia’s first Family Court and Family Law Information Center more than 20 years ago.
A member of the State Bar of Georgia for 49 years, Judge Moore has spent the majority of her career in public service, including 31 years as a judge. She has also served as chair of the Emory University Board of Visitors and as a member of the Emory University Board of Trustees, Emory Law School Council and Advisory Board of the Center for Ethics at Emory University. She has been in private law practice since her retirement from the bench in 2008.
Georgia’s legal community salutes and thanks Judge Thelma Wyatt Moore for her distinguished service and many contributions to and the betterment of the legal profession, the justice system and the people of our state.
Dawn M. Jones
President, State Bar of Georgia