Judge Lawton E. Stephens, Superior Court, Western Judicial Circuit, was awarded the Council of Superior Court Judges’ 2015 Emory Findley Award.  Judge Stephens was appointed by Gov. Zell Miller in 1991 and served as President of the Council of Superior Court Judges in 2000.
The Emory Findley Award recognizes a judge who exhibits outstanding judicial service in all areas.  Judge Emory Findley, for whom the award is named, served as a superior court judge in the Atlantic Judicial Circuit from 1977 to 1995.
• At its Spring Banquet and Awards Ceremony on March 25, 2015, the Council of Probate Court Judges (CPCJ) named Judge Keith Wood of Cherokee County as the 2015 Outstanding Probate Judge of the Year.  Judge Wood served as the Probate Judges Training Council chair from 2013-2015. The Council’s Special Recognition Award was presented to Judge Pam Ferguson of Clayton County in recognition for her work as the longstanding chair of the Court Rules and Forms Committee.

Chief Judge Herbert E. Phipps, Court of Appeals of Georgia, was recognized by the Atlanta Bar Association with its 2015 Logan E. Bleckley Award for Judicial Excellence on May 12, 2015. The award is named for Logan E. Bleckley, Associate Justice from 1875 to 1879 and Chief Justice of the Georgia Supreme Court from 1887 to 1894. Bleckley is considered by many legal historians to be the most illustrious judge ever to sit on Georgia’s highest court.

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