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Judge Kenneth B. Hodges III Completes Term as President of State Bar of Georgia 

June 13, 2019
Contact: Sarah I. Coole or sarahc@gabar.org

Orlando, Florida–Court of Appeals of Georgia Judge Kenneth B. Hodges III of Albany has completed his term as the 56th president of the 50,000-member State Bar of Georgia. He turned over the ceremonial gavel to incoming President Darrell Sutton on June 8 during the organization’s Annual Meeting. 

Under Hodges’ leadership during the past year, the State Bar saw its entire 2019 legislative agenda approved by the Georgia General Assembly and signed into law by Gov. Brian Kemp, produced and broadcast a new series of public service announcements aimed at increasing awareness of the legal profession’s role in society, successfully hosted the National High School Mock Trial Championship and established two new committees on the future of the unified State Bar and a proposal for mandatory professional liability insurance for lawyers.

Before taking office as president, Hodges previously served as treasurer and president-elect of the State Bar and as a member of its Executive Committee and Board of Governors. He is also the founding chair of the State Bar’s Attorney Wellness Committee.

In May 2018, Hodges won a statewide election to serve on the Court of Appeals of Georgia and was sworn in as judge in January 2019. Prior to his election, Hodges maintained a private law practice in criminal defense and civil litigation. Before that, he 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.

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 children, Margaret (10) and Jack (8). 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.