Carol Hunstein in August 1989 as a judge on the Superior Court of DeKalb County.
Judges Carol Hunstein, Hugh Thompson, Perry Brannen Jr. and Hilton Fuller hear arguments on judicial retirements. The Supreme Court had to bring in outside judges to hear the arguments because the Supreme Court bench had to recuse from the case in 1991.
Justice Carol Hunstein on the bench at the Georgia Supreme Court in April 1995.
Justice Carol Hunstein, February 2003.
Georgia Supreme Court candidates Mike Wiggins and Carol Hunstein debate at the Georgia Public Broadcasting building on Oct. 30, 2006.


Justice Carol Hunstein celebrates her victory in 2006 with Mike Bowers at the law offices of Balch & Bingham on Election Night. After a bruising campaign, she won in each of Georgia's 159 counties.
Georgia Supreme Court Justice Carol W. Hunstein listens during Chief Justice Leah Ward Sears’ State of the Judiciary address at the Capitol on Feb. 13, 2008.
Carol W. Hunstein was sworn in as chief justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia, the second woman to serve in the position. George H. Carley was sworn in as presiding justice on July 1, 2009.
Justice Carol Hunstein along with the other justices visit Dahlonega, Georgia, to hear oral arguments.
Chief Justice Carol Hunstein with House Speaker David Ralston and Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle during the State of the Judiciary on Feb. 16, 2011.


Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Carol Hunstein greets House legislators during her 2012 State of the Judiciary speech on Jan. 25, 2012.

Colleagues and friends have been paying tribute to the career of Georgia Supreme Court Justice Carol Hunstein, who will retire when her current term expires at the end of the year.

As a young mother, cancer survivor and amputee in Miami, she became the first college graduate in her family, thanks to a surprise scholarship offer from the state of Florida.

After law school, she moved to Atlanta, where she practiced in Decatur before becoming the first woman elected to DeKalb Superior Court. She has served on the Georgia Supreme Court since 1992.

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