Rewriting history over and again!
The first African-American female judge in the Macon Judicial Circuit, in April last year was sworn into the Court of Appeals of Georgia, making history as the first African-American female appointed, now yet again Judge Verda Colvin is rewriting the history books as the African-American female appointed to the Georgia Supreme Court by a Republican governor.
Congratulations are in order as Judge Verda Colvin has been appointed to the bench of Georgia’s highest court.
Judge Colvin also serves as an Adjunct Professor at Mercer School of Law.
Governor Brian Kemp on Tuesday, July 20, 2021, selected Judge Colvin to fill the vacancy created following the resignation of the Honorable Harold D. Melton.
“It is an honor to appoint such an experienced and accomplished justice to our state’s Supreme Court,” said Governor Kemp. “With Justice Colvin on the bench, Georgia’s highest court is gaining an immensely talented and principled judge who will help guide it in the years to come.”
“I’m happy that this is another thing that Macon has to tout as something to remind us of who we are and how important we are in the grand scheme of things for the state of Georgia,” said Judge Colvin.
Born in Atlanta, Macon to Judge Colvin has always felt like home after stepping there in 1999:
“I worked in Columbus for a year because that’s where I was assigned to, but when I was able to come back to Macon, I thought, I’m not going to leave this city,” said Judge Colvin. “I can’t ask for anything better here. I decided to stay and be a part of Macon and making it better than what it was. I would add to all of the beauty Macon had.”
“I am a Maconite and I am here to stay.”
Judge Colvin will be sworn in Thursday, July 29.
She is a proud recipient of numerous awards and honors including The Young Lawyer Division of the State Bar of Georgia Distinguished Judicial Award (2020-21), The Honorable Debra Bernes Community Volunteer Award (2021) by GAWL (Georgia Association for Women Lawyers), Tradition of Excellence Award as a Judge by The General Practice and Trial Section of the State Bar of Georgia (2019), Middle Georgia Association of Women Lawyers as Outstanding Woman Lawyer of the Year (2019), The House of Hope-Women’s History Month Award (2019), NAACP President’s Award (2018), Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Pearls of Service Award (2017), Leadership Macon’s Robert F. Hatcher Distinguished Alumni Award as a Community Leader (2015) amongst others.