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Harold Melton
Harold Melton.png
Chief Justice of the Georgia Supreme Court
In office
September 4, 2018 – July 1, 2021
Preceded byHarris Hines
Succeeded byDavid Nahmias
Associate Justice of the Georgia Supreme Court
In office
July 1, 2005 – July 1, 2021
Appointed bySonny Perdue
Preceded byNorman S. Fletcher
Succeeded byVerda Colvin
Personal details
Born
Howard David Melton

(1966-09-25) September 25, 1966 (age 54)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Political partyRepublican
EducationAuburn University (BA)
University of Georgia (JD)

Harold David Melton (born September 25, 1966)[1] is a former justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia.

Early years and education

A 1984 graduate of Joseph Wheeler High School in Marietta, Georgia, Melton received a Bachelor of Science from Auburn University and his Juris Doctor from the University of Georgia School of Law in 1991.[1] From 1991–2002, he served as a Volunteer Leader of Young Life Ministries and is currently a Board Member of Atlanta Youth Academy and the Director of Teen Ministry at Southwest Christian Fellowship Church.

While at Auburn University, Melton served as the Student Government Association President for the 1987-88 academic year. He was the first African-American student elected to that position in Auburn history. He was also the first "independent" (non-fraternity member) to be elected to that position.[1]

Political and legal background

Prior to joining the Court, Melton served as Executive Counsel to Governor Perdue. Before serving as Executive Counsel, Melton spent 11 years as Assistant Attorney General in the Georgia Department of Law.[2]

Service on the Georgia Supreme Court and after

Melton was first appointed to the Court by Governor Sonny Perdue on July 1, 2005, to fill a vacancy on the bench created by the retirement of Justice Norman S. Fletcher. His appointment marked the first time a Republican governor had made an appointment to the Supreme Court since 1868 when Governor Rufus B. Bullock selected Justices Joseph E. Brown and H. K. McCay. He was sworn in as Chief Justice on September 4, 2018 by former Chief Justice Harris Hines.[2] On February 12, 2021, Melton announced his intent to retire effective July 1, 2021.[3] He accepted a partnership in Troutman Pepper effective July 19, 2021.[4]

References

  1. ^ a b c "The Honorable Harold D. Melton". The History Makers. February 17, 2006. Retrieved October 22, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Chief Justice Harold D. Melton". Supreme Court of Georgia. Retrieved October 22, 2020.
  3. ^ "Georgia Supreme Court's chief justice to step down". www.wrdw.com. 2021-02-14. Retrieved 2021-02-16.
  4. ^ Kempner, Matt (June 30, 2021). "Georgia Supreme Court's retiring chief justice to join big law firm". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Archived from the original on 29 June 2021. Retrieved 30 June 2021.

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Preceded by
Norman S. Fletcher
Associate Justice of the Georgia Supreme Court
2005–2021
Succeeded by
Verda Colvin
Preceded by
Harris Hines
Chief Justice of the Georgia Supreme Court
2018–2021
Succeeded by
David Nahmias
This page was last edited on 27 July 2021, at 02:02
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