After conducting interviews with 15 nominees on Wednesday, the Judicial Nominating Committee sent four names to Governor Nathan Deal from which he is expected to fill the vacancy on the Fulton County State Court left by the retirement of Judge Susan Forsling.
The four finalists are:
• James M. Anderson III, 61, is a member of Sandy Springs' Anderson & Ealick. He has served as a Sandy Springs Municipal Court judge since 2005 and as a Fulton County magistrate since 2010, and is president of the Georgia Council of Municipal Court Judges. The Atlanta native is a 1980 graduate of the University of Georgia School of Law and received an undergraduate degree in general management from Georgia Tech.
• Carolyn "Tippi" Cain Burch, 37, is a senior associate with King & Spalding's Business Litigation Practice Group. Born in Columbus, Burch is a 2001 graduate of the University of Georgia School of Law and received an undergraduate degree in political science from Auburn University.
• Shondeana G. Morris, 42, is a deputy district attorney with the Fulton County district attorney's Public Integrity Unit. An Atlanta native, Morris is a 1997 graduate of Mercer University's Walter F. George School of Law and holds a master's degree in criminal justice from Albany State University. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Georgia.
• Eric Richardson, 48, is the deputy city attorney for the city of Atlanta. Born in Syracuse, N.Y., he is a 1994 graduate of Cornell University Law School, and received an undergraduate degree in philosophy from the University of Rochester.
Deal is also considering a two-name short list to fill a seat on the Bibb County State Court created by the General Assembly early this year. On July 3, the JNC recommended it be filled by Jeffrey B. Hanson, managing partner for Sell & Melton, or Macon solo Thomas D. Mann.