Fairness and respect are two principles which have been ingrained in me throughout my life. Growing up in a family of seven children my parents required that we show fairness and respect to each other, and I learned at an early age there would be consequences for not following those essential principles. As an Eagle Scout I understood those principles were the basis of the Boy Scout Law and the Boy Scout Oath that I recited every Tuesday night for six years. As a student at Benedictine Military School in Savannah Georgia, fairness and respect were demanded by the faculty and military staff.
Having practiced continually in the courts of the Alcovy Judicial Circuit and courts across the State of Georgia for thirty-one years, I know the importance of fairness and respect to all people who appear before a court, and how it shapes the parties’ respect for the law, the judgment and the court. As an attorney I have always appreciated a judge’s fairness to the parties and respect for them while adhering to the law. Often times circumstances and events over which people have little control cause them to be in court. It is important for the judge to remember this and apply the law fairly while treating all parties with respect. I am a lawyer who treats people just as I was taught growing at home, as an Eagle Scout and through my education - fairly and with respect. As a judge in the Alcovy Judicial Circuit I pledge to be fair and respectful to all citizens who appear before me.