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Presiding Judge Phipps sworn in as Chief Judge

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Presiding Judge Phipps was sworn in as Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals of Georgia on Tuesday morning, June 25, 2013 in a ceremony in the Courtroom of the Court of Appeals. Judge Phipps was administered the oath by the outgoing Chief Judge, John J. Ellington. Judge Phipps will take office on July 1, 2013 for a two-year term.

The following short excerpt is from Presiding Judge Phipps's remarks during the investiture ceremony.

"I began to dream about the law as a profession in my early teens. Living in segregated South Georgia, I saw things that needed to change about how certain people were being treated, and I wanted to do something about it. I could see that the law was like a hammer - a tool that could be used to build up or tear down. I dreamed of using the law to lift people up, and make life better by tearing down the existing unjust system. I could see that it was just a matter of who was holding the hammer, and I was determined to get me one - in the form of a legal education. I thought, as Abe Lincoln said, "If I get ready, perhaps my time will come."

"The trip from the backwoods of Baker County to Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals has been down a road much longer than 200 miles, but I'm glad that I made the trip, and I am happy to be here. There has never been a day as a lawyer or as a judge when I was not excited about going to work - because my goal has been to use the law to help build a more just society."