June 26, 2020
By Dawn M. Jones
To the Editor:
On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I am writing to extend condolences to the family, colleagues and many friends of longtime Atlanta attorney John F. Sweet on his passing May 24.
A member of the Georgia Bar since 1974, Mr. Sweet was active in the Civil Rights Movement and devoted much of his legal career to pro bono work. He represented injured plaintiffs in workers’ compensation cases and, along with the American Civil Liberties Union, challenged Georgia’s sodomy law in a landmark case that went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. A leader in the profession and the community, he chaired the State Bar’s Workers’ Compensation Section and served the public as a member of the Atlanta City Council and as chair of the Atlanta Housing Authority.
John Sweet will be missed and fondly remembered by his fellow members of the legal community. We appreciate his dedication and the many contributions he made during his career through his exemplary service to the public and justice system.
Dawn M. Jones
President, State Bar of Georgia