Thursday, November 8, 2012
12:30 pm - 1:20 pm
Room F, 246 Hirsch Hall
Please join the UGA Federalist Society as we hear from Georgia's newest Supreme Court Justice, Keith Blackwell. Justice Blackwell was recently appointed to the Supreme Court of Georgia on June 25, 2012, by Gov. Nathan Deal. Before that, he served as a judge on the Court of Appeals of Georgia.
After graduating as valedictorian from Cherokee High School in Canton, Justice Blackwell attended the University of Georgia, where he graduated summa cum laude from the College of Arts and Sciences in 1996 with a degree in political science and as a First Honor Graduate, having the highest grade-point average in his graduating class. Justice Blackwell then attended the School of Law at the University of Georgia, where he served as Senior Editor of the Georgia Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif. He graduated summa cum laude from the School of Law in 1999, again as First Honor Graduate. Following his graduation from law school, Justice Blackwell served as a law clerk to Judge J.L. Edmondson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Justice Blackwell then practiced law as an associate at Alston & Bird, LLP, where he represented clients in criminal and regulatory investigations, consumer class actions and other complex commercial litigation. Beginning in early 2003, Justice Blackwell served as an Assistant District Attorney in Cobb County, where he represented the State of Georgia in several hundred felony prosecutions, including prosecutions for murder, kidnapping, armed robbery, carjacking, drug trafficking and financial crimes. In late 2005, Judge Blackwell joined Parker, Hudson, Rainer & Dobbs, LLP, in Atlanta as an associate and, three years later, he was elected as a partner of the firm.