Braswell D. Deen, Jr., 1965-1990
Chief Judge: 1979-1980
BRASWELL D. DEEN, JR. Former Chief Judge and Associate Judge, presently Presiding Judge, son of U. S. Representative Braswell D. Deen and Corinne Smith Deen, born Telfair County 1925, reared Alma, Ga., resides in Atlanta; has served on the Court of Appeals of Georgia since 1965, appointed by Gov. Carl E. Sanders. First Division, U. S. Marine Corps, WWII, Peleliu invasion, Purple Heart for combat wounds received in Okinawa invasion. B.A.-LL.B., University of Georgia, 1950: President, Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity; Vice President, Delta Theta Phi Legal Fraternity. State Representative, Bacon County, 1951-54, 1957-60; authored Georgia Women Jurors Bill, doubling available jurors; member, University of Georgia Special Legislative Committee, which led to creation of Georgia State University as a separate institution. Practiced law Bacon County 15 years; senior partner, Deen & Powell and Deen & Jacques; County Attorney 10 years; received numerous civic, church, and community recognitions, including State Gerontology Award, 1980 National Sons of American Revolution "Good Citizens Medal," and presidency of" Alma Champion Hometown" Council, Alma winning first Place State Improvement Award; was named one of Jaycees' "Five Outstanding Young Georgians." Designated Chess Expert, elected President Georgia Chess Association; received Second Place Ga. State Chess Championship Award and Second Place Trophy in Jacksonville, Fla., Chess Open. Professor of Constitutional Law and Appellate Advocacy at two Atlanta evening law schools; former adjunct professor at Oglethorpe University, teaching Evolution vs. Non-evolution: Human Origins from a Law-Science and Philosophical Perspective. Nationally known lecturer on "Origins," "Crime Causes & Constitutional Curriculum Cures," and "Improvement of America's Criminal Justice System." Married to Jean Buie Deen (former choir director); two sons, Braswell III (medical student) and Sanders (law student). Elected public official for 32 years, the last 28 without opposition. Member: State Bar of Georgia; A. B. A., Appellate Judges, Individual Rights, and Science and Technology Sections; A. A. A. S.; American Judicature Society; Gridiron; Masons. Trustee, Georgia Legal History Foundation, Inc.; former trustee, layleader, teacher, and Chairman of Administrative Board, Methodist Church; former Deputy District Governor, Lion's Club. Hobbies: genealogy, anthropology, science.