State Bar of Georgia
State Bar of Georgia

Lovett Posthumously Honored with State Bar Commitment to Equality Award

May 19, 2017
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Atlanta – Former Fulton County Juvenile Court Presiding Judge Willie J. Lovett Jr. was posthumously honored with the 2017 Commitment to Equality Award, presented May 4 by the State Bar of Georgia’s Committee to Promote Inclusion in the Profession.

A native of Savannah, Lovett graduated from Harvard Law School and was admitted to the State Bar of Georgia in 1991. At various points during his career, he was engaged in the private practice of law, managed the Fulton County Office of the Child Attorney, served as an associate county attorney for Fulton County and worked in the City of Atlanta law department. He was named as presiding judge of the Fulton County Juvenile Court in 2013.

Lovett also served as a member of the National Association of Counsel for Children Board of Directors and was a certified child welfare law specialist. He died Jan. 30, 2017, at the age of 53.

The Commitment to Equality Awards recognize the efforts of lawyers and legal employers who are committed to providing opportunities that foster a more diverse legal profession for members of underrepresented groups in Georgia. The awards are presented to lawyers who not only personally excel in their own practices, but who have also demonstrated a commitment to promoting diversity in the legal profession.


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 49,000 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.