Robert H. Stansfield, a Covington attorney with over thirty years of experience representing individuals, families, small and medium sized businesses, large regional, national and international companies, as well as local governments, is announcing his candidacy as a Superior Court Judge in the Alcovy Judicial Circuit. For the last twenty-three years, Stansfield has practiced in Covington. Stansfield ‘s clients have come from all walks of life and different races, religions and nationalities. “They all shared one thing in common: they trusted me to help them with their problems, and I took that responsibility very seriously. I am committed to applying my thirty years of experience to the cases that come before the Newton and Walton County Superior Courts fairly and respectfully, showing neither favor nor bias so that justice under the law may be done.”
Stansfield’ s law practice has been wide-ranging, and he is regarded as having a broad and deep knowledge of the law. Stansfield believes that he can help fill the void in the Alcovy Judicial Circuit with the circuit’s loss of three judges who all had substantial experience as practicing lawyers in private practice before taking the bench: Samuel Ozburn, Horace Johnson, and Eugene Benton. Stansfield is seeking the post being vacated by Judge Benton.
“I am following in the tradition where a lawyer serves the community as Superior Court Judge after having first served the community as an attorney, as well as volunteer.” His volunteer work includes having worked with the Arts Association-Newton County for nearly twenty years; serving as a board member, board president, and past president. Currently, he is serving as an “emeritus director” of the Arts Association-Newton County and as the association’s volunteer attorney. For nearly twenty years, Stansfield has served on the Covington Downtown Development Authority helping to promote economic growth in the City of Covington’s downtown district. Stansfield has been a member of the Advisory Board of the Covington Family YMCA for many years. In 2014, he was selected as one of the Metro Atlanta YMCA volunteers of the year. A two-decade long member of the Kiwanis Club of Covington, Stansfield currently chairs the club’s scholarship committee helping to select recipients of the club’s six annual college scholarships. He has previously served as the club’s president, vice-president, board member and committee chair.
After finishing law school at Emory University and a fellowship year in Germany. Stansfield married his wife Pat; they have been married for thirty years, Pat continues to teach special needs children in the Newton County school system. They have one daughter who is a graduate of the Newton County school system, and a graduate of Xavier University [Cincinnati], and UGA. She is currently a graduate student at Georgia State University. Bob and Pat are active parishioners at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Covington.
Stansfield’s aim as a Superior Court Judge is to hear each case in a fair and respectful manner, to render timely decisions based on the facts and governing law, and to ensure that hearings and trials are conducted according to the law and our constitutions.