Attorney Geoff Pope Presents 2011 Champion of Justice Award

Georgia Supreme Court Justice George H. Carley Honored at Recent Ceremony

ATLANTA, GA (January 9, 2012) —Geoff Pope, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association (GTLA) President and co-founder of Atlanta law firm Pope & Howard, P.C., recently presented GTLA’s Champion of Justice Award to Georgia Supreme Court Presiding Justice George H. Carley.

During a luncheon at the St. Regis Hotel in Atlanta, the GTLA honored Justice Carley as the Champion of Justice Award recipient for 2011. The award is given at the discretion of the GTLA President to groups or an individual. Membership in GTLA is not a requirement for the Champion of Justice Award.

“It was a pleasure to present the GTLA Champion of Justice Award for 2011 to Justice George Carley,” said Pope. “Justice Carley deserved this award for his numerous achievements, and it was an honor to be part of the group to recognize his contributions to Georgia law and justice in general.”

Justice Carley was appointed to the Court of Appeals of Georgia by Governor George D. Busbee on April 5, 1979, and was elected to a full six-year term in 1980. He was reelected at the 1986 and 1992 General Elections. He served as Chief Judge 1989-1990 and was a Presiding Judge 1991-1993. On March 16, 1993, Governor Zell Miller appointed him to the Supreme Court of Georgia. He was elected to a six-year term in 1994 and reelected at the 2000 and 2006 General Elections. Governor Miller also sworn him in as Presiding Justice on July 1, 2009.

Justice Carley is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, the American Bar Association, the Lawyers Club of Atlanta, the Old Warhorse Lawyers Club (President 1997) and the Joseph Henry Lumpkin American Inn of Court (President 1993-1995) and Gridiron.

Pope was elected GTLA President in 2011, and has been a member of the Georgia Bar since 1993, when he earned his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from the University of Georgia School of Law. His profile is available online.

About GLTA
GTLA is a statewide membership organization comprised of 1,800 attorneys, paralegals and law students. GTLA works tirelessly to support and preserve the Civil Justice System, the right to trial by jury, access to the courts for all people, and an independent judiciary.

About Pope & Howard, P.C.
The lawyers at Pope & Howard, P.C. in Atlanta, Georgia, are experienced trial lawyers dedicated to fairly representing clients for just compensation. The firm’s specialties include brain and spinal cord injuries, construction site accidents, trucking and tractor trailer, automobile and aviation accidents, and other cases involving wrongful death and catastrophic personal injury. Please visit the firm online at to learn more. Free consultations are available to potential clients.

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