State Bar of Georgia
State Bar of Georgia

Kenneth B. Hodges III Installed as 56th President of State Bar of Georgia

June 12, 2018
Contact: Sarah I. Coole or

Amelia Island, Fla. – Court of Appeals of Georgia Judge-Elect Kenneth B. Hodges III of Ken Hodges Law, with offices in Albany and Atlanta, was installed as the 56th president of the 50,000-member State Bar of Georgia on June 9 during the organization’s Annual Meeting. Retired Court of Appeals of Georgia Chief Judge Herbert E. Phipps administered the oath of office.

Hodges has previously served as treasurer of the State Bar, as a member of its Executive Committee and Board of Governors and, for the past year, as president-elect. He is also the founding chair of the Attorney Wellness Committee.

On May 22, Hodges won a statewide election to serve on the Court of Appeals of Georgia and will be sworn in as judge in January 2019. Currently, he focuses his law practice on criminal defense and civil litigation, including but not limited to personal injury, commercial litigation and civil rights cases.

Hodges spent 15 years as a prosecutor, including 12 as district attorney of the Dougherty Judicial Circuit. He was honored as Georgia’s District Attorney of the Year in 2002 and is a past recipient of the Justice Robert Benham Award for Community Service and the Commitment to Equality Award, both presented by the State Bar, and the Eagle Award, presented by the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council of Georgia, for his work championing victims’ rights. He was the Democratic nominee in the 2010 election for Georgia attorney general.

Born and raised in Albany, he is a graduate of Emory University and the University of Georgia School of Law. Hodges was admitted to the State Bar in 1991. He is past chairman of the Prosecuting Attorneys’ Council of Georgia and past president of the District Attorneys’ Association of Georgia and the Dougherty Circuit Bar Association.

Upon taking office, Hodges said he plans to continue working to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the attorney disciplinary system and other Bar programs, work with the judiciary and court clerks to facilitate a successful implementation of new court technology and e-filing requirements and promote professionalism, civility and finding common ground within the legal profession.

Hodges’ community activities include service as co-chair of the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Day Committee in Albany, SunTrust Bank South Georgia Board member and incoming chairman, the State Botanical Garden of Georgia Board member and previously as secretary of the Urban League of Greater Atlanta. He is also a past president of the Sertoma Club; past board chair of Easter Seals of Southwest Georgia; board member of the American Heart Association in Albany, the Albany Civil Rights Institute (formerly Albany Civil Rights Museum), the Albany Chamber of Commerce and the Georgia Chamber of Commerce. He is also a graduate of Leadership Albany and a graduate and past trustee of Leadership Georgia.

Hodges and his wife Melissa have two young children, Margaret (9) and Jack (7). The family enjoys being active together, traveling, visiting with friends and family, and participating in youth sports. They are parishioners at St. Teresa’s Catholic Church in Albany.

The State Bar of Georgia, with offices in Atlanta, Savannah and Tifton, was established in 1964 by Georgia’s Supreme Court as the successor to the voluntary Georgia Bar Association, founded in 1884. All lawyers licensed to practice in Georgia belong to the State Bar. Its more than 50,000 members work together to strengthen the constitutional promise of justice for all, promote principles of duty and public service among Georgia’s lawyers, and administer a strict code of legal ethics.