Statesboro attorney Jimmy Franklin was elected unanimously to serve a four-year term on Georgia's Judicial Qualifications Commission. Franklin is a partner in Franklin Law, with offices in both Atlanta and Statesboro.
He was nominated for the position by Charles L. Ruffin, president of the State Bar of Georgia, and unanimously approved by the Board of Governors of the State Bar of Georgia.
"Jimmy's distinguished career and proven acumen place him in a position of being an invaluable contributor to the Judicial Qualifications Commission," Ruffin said. "I am proud to announce that his appointment was unanimously approved by the Board of Governors, and I know that all Bar leaders and the judiciary look forward to his continuing service to the legal profession and to the public."
Franklin has held virtually every leadership position of the Georgia legal profession over his career, spanning more than five decades.
He has served as president of the State Bar of Georgia in 2001-2002 and is currently president of the Georgia Bar Foundation, which is the charitable arm of the Supreme Court of Georgia.
He was instrumental in the raising of funds that converted the old Federal Reserve building into the modern Bar Center building in downtown Atlanta, which is nationally recognized as one of the best, if not the best, bar headquarters buildings in the nation.
Two years ago he and Sen. Johnny Isakson won the coveted James Collier award in recognition of their successful efforts to maintain FDIC insurance to protect client money held in lawyer trust accounts in Georgia banks.
"The Commission is fortunate to have Jimmy Franklin as one of seven commissioners," said Jeff Davis, executive director of the Judicial Qualifications Commission. "As one of three lawyer appointees to the Commission, Mr. Franklin brings extensive experience as an attorney practicing before judges all over the State. He is well respected among both judges and lawyers and brings a breadth of practice experience vital to the Commission's mandate to hold judges accountable for unethical conduct. The Commission provides oversight of the conduct of every judge in Georgia and is the only agency that can recommend disciplining or removing a judge for misconduct. Mr. Franklin has the integrity to hold such an important position."
The founding partner of the Statesboro law firm of Franklin, Taulbee, Rushing, Snipes & Marsh where he practiced law for more than four decades, Franklin recently joined his daughter's firm, Franklin Law, and will continue practicing law in Statesboro.