Arnold Shulman, 1977-1984
Chief Judge: 1983-1983
ARNOLD SHULMAN served on the Court of Appeals of Georgia from 1977 to 1984, as Chief Judge in 1983. He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on April 12, 1914.
He attended schools in Pennsylvania and Georgia; attended Emory University and was graduated from the University of Georgia with a J.D. degree in 1936; was admitted to the Bar in July of 1937 and has practiced law for approximately 40 years.
He married Mary Frances Johnson on November 26, 1943. Born of this union were three children, Diane, Warren Scott, and Amy Lynn. For more details as to family and other data, see the tribute dated March 28, 1984, in 171 Georgia Appeals Reports, pages XXXI to XLIX.
He is co-author of Davis and Shulman's Georgia Practice and Procedure (1st to 4th editions) (The Harrison Company 1948-75). He wrote the Atlanta City Code of 1942 and Georgia's original sales tax law; was counsel to the State of Georgia's Tax Revision Commission; active in the Atlanta, Georgia, and American Bar committee work; scribe and member of Who's Who in America, in South and Southeast, and in American Jewry; rose from private to captain in the Infantry and Air Corps in the Army during WWII; was appointed to Court of Appeals in January of 1977, serving as Chief Judge in 1983.
He is described as "a courteous, competent, courageous, cheerful and charitable" person. His tenure on the Bench has been "characterized by his integrity, his wisdom, his courage, his dedication, his brilliant mind and tremendous legal ability, his courageous, profound, artful and scholarly opinions... seldom equaled in the history of our jurisprudence." Even upon retirement from the Court, he quoted Robert Frost: "The woods are lovely, dark and deep, and I have promises to keep and miles to go before I sleep."