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Braswell D. Deen, Jr.

Braswell D. Deen, Jr., 1965-1990
Chief Judge: 1979-1980

BRASWELL D. DEEN, JR. was appointed to the Court of Appeals of Georgia in 1965 by Governor Carl E. Sanders, and served as Chief Judge of the court from 1979 to 1980. During his time on the bench, Judge Deen Jr. authored over 14,000 judicial opinions and served until retiring in 1990.

During World War II, Judge Deen Jr. joined the United States Marine Corps and served in the initial invasions of Peleliu and Okinawa Islands. He was wounded by a Japanese “knee mortar” and received a Purple Heart.

Judge Deen Jr. practiced law in Alma, Georgia and served as the Bacon County attorney. He also served four terms in the Georgia General Assembly, where he authored the successful Georgia Womens Jurors Bill, which in 1953 extended to women the right to serve on juries.

During Judge Deen Jr.’s lifetime, he received numerous civic, church, and community recognitions, including the State Gerontology Award, the 1980 National Sons of American Revolution “Good Citizen’s Medal,” and first place in the State Improvement Award. Judge Deen Jr. taught Constitutional Law and Appellate Advocacy at two Atlanta evening law schools, was an adjunct professor at Oglethorpe University, teaching “Evolution vs. Non-evolution: Human Origins from a Law-Science and Philosophical Perspective,” and was a nationally-renowned lecturer on “Origins”, “Crime Causes & Constitutional Curriculum Cures,” and “Improvement of America’s Criminal Justice System.

Judge Deen Jr. authored numerous books including Deen’s List: ABC’s of ADR, A Handbook On Alternative Dispute Resolution (1995), Trial By Combat (2000), Roots and Origins (2001), Retired Judge Deen’s Views on National and Political Issues (2016), and a World War II memoir entitled And Some Gave All, which was completed twelve days before his death.

Judge Deen Jr. was the son of U. S. Representative Braswell D. Deen and Corinne Smith Deen. He was born in Telfair County in 1925 and reared in Alma, Georgia. He later married Jean Buie Deen and fathered two sons, Braswell III and Sanders. The Honorable Braswell Drue Deen Jr. passed away on December 24, 2020.