Michael P. Boggs, 2012- Date
Judge Michael P. Boggs was appointed to the Court of Appeals of Georgia on January 6, 2012 by Governor Nathan Deal. On July 31, 2012, Judge Boggs was elected state-wide to serve a six-year term beginning in 2013. Prior to his appointment, Judge Boggs served as a Superior Court Judge for the six-county Waycross Judicial Circuit having been elected to an open seat in 2004. He was re-elected without opposition in 2008. Judge Boggs was raised in Waycross and now lives in Pierce County with his wife Heather, a kindergarten teacher in the Ware County public school system.
Judge Boggs obtained his undergraduate degree in Political Science and Psychology from Georgia Southern College in 1985. He earned his Juris Doctor degree from Mercer University's Walter F. George School of Law in 1990. While in law school, Judge Boggs was a member of the Moot Court Board and participated on the ABA Moot Court competition team. At Mercer, Judge Boggs was inducted into the Order of Barristers and was elected to the Student Government Association.
Following his graduation from law school, Judge Boggs joined the Atlanta law firm of McKenzie & McPhail where he practiced property insurance defense litigation until 1992, when he returned to his hometown of Waycross. From 1992 to 2004, Judge Boggs maintained a general trial practice specializing in family law, business, real estate, banking, personal injury, and general civil litigation matters. Judge Boggs served as a County Attorney, Development Authority Counsel, and as a Special Assistant Attorney General defending the Department of Corrections in inmate constitutional claims litigation.
In 2000, Judge Boggs was elected as a State Representative to the General Assembly and represented Ware, Charlton and Clinch Counties until 2004. While in the Legislature, Judge Boggs served on the Judiciary, Public Safety and Government Affairs Committees. Among his legislative accomplishments, Judge Boggs authored the "Child Protection Act", a bill aimed at protecting children from sexual predators. In 2002, Judge Boggs was selected as the Outstanding Freshman Member of the General Assembly by the Legislative Alumni Association and was also recognized by the Editors of Georgia Trend Magazine as one of the "40 under 40" rising stars of Georgia.
Judge Boggs is actively involved in community service. In 2003, Judge Boggs received the Waycross YMCA Community Service Award and was presented the "Legislative Award" from the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia. In 2004, he received the University System of Georgia Foundation Regents Award for Excellence in Education in recognition of his outstanding accomplishments as a lawyer and legislator. Judge Boggs is also a recipient of the Georgia Sheriff's Association "Leadership Award" and was awarded the Georgia District Attorney's Association "Commitment to Justice Award" for his support of law enforcement and victim's rights legislation.
In 2007, he received recognition for his support of the Magnolia House Shelter for abused women and child victims of domestic violence in Waycross and was presented the Boy Scouts of America "Golden Eagle" Award for his service to the community and his support of Scouting. Judge Boggs is a graduate of The Georgia Chamber of Commerce "Leadership Georgia" Program.
In 2011, Judge Boggs was elected by his fellow Superior Court Judges to serve as Secretary-Treasurer of the Council of Superior Court Judges, and also served as Vice-Chair of the Council's Legislation Committee. An ardent supporter of accountability courts, Judge Boggs founded the Waycross Judicial Circuit Drug Court Program, served as its Presiding Judge, and served as a member of the Judicial Council of Georgia's Standing Committee on Accountability Courts.
Judge Boggs serves on the Foundation Board of Trustees at Waycross College, where he served as a part-time adjunct faculty professor of political science. He is a former instructor at the University of Georgia Gary Christie Trial Skills Clinic and previously served on the Foundation Board of Trustees at Okefenokee Technical College, the Waycross YMCA Board of Directors, and Rotary International. Judge Boggs is also a member of the Lawyers Club of Atlanta.
Judge Boggs served as a member of the Governor's Judicial Nominating Commission and as a member of Georgia's Special Council on Criminal Justice Reform in 2011. Governor Deal appointed Judge Boggs to serve as Co-Chair of the Criminal Justice Reform Council in 2012.