Georgia Bar Journal
GSB Vol. 15, NO. 1, Pg. 42.
Former Chief Justice Receives State Bar of Georgia Distinguished Service Award
GSB JournalVol. 15, NO. 1August 2009Former Chief Justice Receives State Bar of Georgia Distinguished Service AwardBy Derrick W. StanleyThe Distinguished Service Award is the highest honor bestowed by the State Bar of Georgia for conspicuous service to the cause of jurisprudence and to the advancement of the legal profession in the state of Georgia. The 2009 recipient, the Hon. Norman S. Fletcher, was honored with this most prestigious award during the Bar's Annual Meeting June 19 at Amelia Island, Fla.
The award was presented at the plenary session where the Board of Governors and attendees gave a standing ovation to Fletcher as he was presented his resolution. Due to prior travel arrangements, the award was presented earlier than usual which added to the surprise for Fletcher.
"Among the many accomplishments of this year's honoree, the State Bar of Georgia specifically attributes the establishment and maintenance of an indigent defense system in our state largely to the diligent leadership and ongoing personal involvement of this individual," said Jeffrey O. Bramlett, president of the State Bar, in making the presentation. "His long record of service and the unfailing dedication, spirit and integrity with which he has served since his admission to the Bar in 1958 are a credit to the profession and an inspiration to all Georgia lawyers."
Fletcher is a graduate of University of Georgia School of Law. He began his law practice as an associate in the law firm of Matthews, Maddox, Walton and Smith in Rome, and in 1963 moved to LaFayette to form a partnership with Irwin W. Stolz Jr. and the late George P. Shaw, later establishing the Fletcher and Womack Law Firm in LaFayette and, after retirement from the Supreme Court of Georgia, joining the firm of Brinson, Askew, Berry, Seigler, Richardson and Davis, LLP, in Rome.
Fletcher was appointed by Gov. Joe Frank Harris to the Supreme Court of Georgia in 1989, served as presiding justice from 1995 through 2001, was sworn in as chief justice on June 28, 2001, and served on the Board of Directors of the Conference of Chief Justices from 2003-05.
He has also been active in the Bar and has served as co-chair of the State Bar of Georgia Commission on...