Verda Colvin was sworn in as a judge of the Supreme Court of Georgia |
ATLANTA – Verda M. Colvin has been officially sworn in to serve as a judge of the Supreme Court of Georgia.
Governor Brian Kemp appointed Georgia Court of Appeal judge to the state’s highest court on July 20 to fill the seat vacated by retired former Chief Justice Harold D. Melton July 1. The Governor is sworn in in the House of the House. from the State Capitol.
“I wish every judge and citizen of Georgia to be a passionate student of the law, open and ready to continually learn from my colleagues,” said Colvin. “Equally important, I will always remember that the incorporation of the law must be tempered by remembering that people and businesses are the centerpiece of every opinion drafted by the highest court in our state.”
A number of dignitaries attended the ceremony, including Leah Ward Sears, the Court’s first African-American female chief justice. Colvin is the first African-American woman appointed by a Republican governor to the state’s high court. She recently served on the Court of Appeal, to which Governor Kemp appointed her in April 2020. Prior to joining the Court of Appeal, she served for almost six years as a judge of the Court. superior in the judicial circuit of Macon.
“We are delighted that Verda Colvin is joining the Supreme Court as the new judge,” said Chief Justice David E. Nahmias. “Justice Colvin brings us a great experience and perspective, and she’s a wonderful person as well. We look forward to working together to uphold the rule of law and administer our state’s justice system. “
Colvin said she discovered her love for probationary work early in her career as an assistant lawyer in Athens-Clarke County. From there, she became Deputy General Counsel at Clark University in Atlanta and Deputy Prosecutor for Clayton County. Prior to becoming a judge, she was the Assistant United States Attorney General in the Central District of Georgia, where she prosecuted a wide range of offenses ranging from drug trafficking to white-collar crimes.
Colvin is a member of several professional organizations and civic councils, including The Order of Barristers, Macon Bar Association, American Bar Association (ABA), Rotary Club of Atlanta, Jack and Jill of America – Macon Chapter, The Chisholm Leadership Academy Board of Directors, and the Boys and Girls Club of Central Georgia Regional Partnership Council.
Born and raised in Atlanta, Colvin attended Daniel McLaughlin Therrell High School. She received her BA in Government and Religion from Sweet Briar College in Virginia and her JD from the University of Georgia Law School.
She resides in Macon with her family.