Robert H. Hall, 1961-1974
ROBERT HOWELL HALL served as Judge, Georgia Court of Appeals 1961-1974; Justice, Supreme Court of Georgia 1974-1979; United States District Judge, Northern District of Georgia, since 1979.
He was born in Soperton, Treutlen County, November 28, 1921. He graduated from the University of Georgia in 1941 and from the University of Virginia Law School in 1948. He served as a Platoon Leader, Company and Battalion Commander in World War II. He retired from the Army Reserve Judge Advocate Corps as a lieutenant colonel.
He was Professor of Law, Emory University Law School 1948-1961; Assistant Attorney General of Georgia 1953-1961.
He was president, American Judicature Society 1971-1973 and director since 1965; chairman, Governor Carter's Commission on Judicial Processes 1971-73; First Chairman, Judicial Council of Georgia 1973-74; chairman, American Bar Association Commission on a National Institute of Justice 1972-79; trustee, Board of Trustees, Institute for Court Management 1976-1986; director, National Center for State Courts 1976-1979; member, House of Delegates, American Bar Association 1971-73.
His awards: LL.D. (honorary) Emory University 1973; Golden Citizenship Award, Grand Jurors of Fulton County, Inc., 1975, "For significant contributions to this community and state in the cause of criminal justice and as architect and champion in modernization of the judicial system"; Harvard Law School Association Award 1967, "For extraordinary service to the legal profession of the State of Georgia"; Herbert Harley Award of American Judicature Society 1974, "As lawyer, professor, judge, author and Supreme Court Justice in Georgia; moving spirit and principal architect of many improvements in Georgia's judicial system including the creation of its first Judicial Qualifications Commission; Chairman, Commission on Judicial Processes; Chairman, Judicial Council; as a national leader in court modernization efforts; and as director and president of the American Judicature Society."