On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I wish to extend congratulations and thanks to longtime U.S. District Court Judge Harold L. Murphy on the announcement of his retirement from full-time judicial service effective March 31.

During his distinguished career of 68 years in Georgia’s legal profession and justice system, Judge Murphy practiced law in his native Haralson County before he was nominated by President Jimmy Carter, confirmed by the U.S. Senate and served nearly four decades on the federal bench in the Rome division of the Northern District of Georgia. Upon his retirement from full-time status, he will continue to serve as a senior judge.

I also wish to extend congratulations and thanks to longtime Fulton County Superior Court Judges Jerry W. Baxter, T. Jackson Bedford, Bensonetta T. Lane and Wendy L. Shoob on their retirement from full-time judicial service Dec. 31.

Each of these distinguished jurists has served Fulton County for two decades or more on the Superior Court bench, in addition to other capacities of leadership within the legal profession and/or the judiciary. Judge Baxter is a former assistant district attorney and assistant solicitor general for Fulton County. Judge Bedford is a past president of the Atlanta Bar Association. Judge Lane is a co-founder of the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys and a former Atlanta City Court judge. Judge Shoob has served on the Board of Governors of the State Bar of Georgia, as president of the Georgia Association for Women Lawyers and as a Fulton County State Court judge.

All members of the State Bar of Georgia are grateful for the dedicated service of Judges Murphy, Baxter, Bedford, Lane and Shoob and are inspired by their many contributions toward strengthening the foundations of our justice system, which protects the rights and liberties of all Americans. We wish each of them well in the years ahead.

Patrick T. O’Connor
State Bar of Georgia