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Phipps’ recognition was a deserved honor

On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I am writing to concur with your recent editorial declaring that the placement of a portrait of Georgia Court of Appeals presiding Judge Herbert E. Phipps in the Dougherty County Judicial Building is a well-deserved honor for one of our state’s most distinguished jurists. We especially thank the Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity for commissioning the portrait.

In addition to his 13 years of exceptional service on the Court of Appeals and previous experience as a local Superior Court judge, Juvenile Court judge, Magistrate and private practice attorney, Judge Phipps has provided inspiring leadership in the legal profession through numerous avenues, including, but not limited to, service on Georgia’s Judicial Nominating Commission, the Georgia Supreme Court Commission on Racial and Ethnic Bias, the Georgia Indigent Defense Council Advisory Committee, the State Bar of Georgia Board of Governors and as past president of the Dougherty Circuit Bar Association.

I have had the distinct honor of serving with Judge Phipps on the Executive Committee of The Lawyers Club of Atlanta and have enjoyed his many stories of practicing law in the early 1970s with C.B. King in Baker, Taylor and Dougherty counties. Judge Phipps is one of my personal heroes, and we should all take pride in his example of a life and career of integrity and love.

The State Bar of Georgia enjoys a special working relationship with the Georgia Court of Appeals in our ongoing effort to promote the cause of justice, uphold the rule of law and protect the rights of all citizens. We look forward to working with Judge Phipps for many more years and add our applause to the recent honor recognizing his career of service.

ROBIN FRAZER CLARK

Atlanta

EDITOR’S NOTE: Robin Frazer Clark is president of the State Bar of Georgia.