In Memoriam

•  In 2012, Senior Judge Horace T. Ward retired from a prolific career that began 62 years earlier when Judge Ward became the first African-American to apply to the University of Georgia’s School of Law.   Judge Ward was appointed to the Civil Court of Fulton County in 1974, the first African-American trial court judge in Georgia, and in 1977 he was elevated to the Superior Court of Fulton County.  

In 1979, President Jimmy Carter appointed Judge Ward to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, the first African American appointed to the federal bench in Georgia. Judge Ward took senior status in 1994 and retired in 2012. Judge Ward died on April 23, 2016.

Learn more about Judge Ward here or in the NY Times obituary.


•  Former US Bankruptcy Judge W.L. Norton, Jr. of Gainesville died on May 8, 2016.  Judge Norton, and Emory School of Law graduate, served as an officer during World War II.  He served as a law clerk, trial attorney and worked with the U.S. Attorney General Tax Division in Washington and chief counsel for the Georgia Department of Revenue in Atlanta prior establishing a private practice in 1957. 

Judge Norton served as a US Bankruptcy Judge from 1971 to 1983. He wrote a 13-volume work, Norton Banktruptcy Law and Practice and taught bankruptcy law at Emory.


• Senior Judge Dan Winn of Cedartown flew missions out of the Marianas Islands in the U.S. Marine Air Corps during World War II, ending his active duty service as a 1st Lieutenant.  He went on to serve in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve where he obtained the rank of Major. Judge Winn authored several books on President Truman’s decision to end World War II using atomic bombs.

Judge Winn, an Emory University School of Law graduate, practiced law in Cedartown until his appointment as Superior Court Judge in the Tallapoosa Judicial Circuit in 1966.  He was elected to five subsequent terms until his retirement in 1988, after which he served as a senior judge.  Judge Winn died on May 10, 2016.









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