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Judge John E. Girardeau

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Girardeau, 2 sections earn honors at State Bar of Georgia gathering

Senior Superior Court Judge John E. Girardeau of Gainesville was honored with the 2013 Chief Justice Thomas O. Marshall Professionalism Award, presented during the State Bar of Georgia’s annual meeting June 21 in Hilton Head, S.C.

Under Girardeau’s leadership, the Hall County Drug Court was formed in 2001. It now serves as a mentor court and is seen as a model throughout the United States and the world.

Girardeau is a founding member of Georgia’s Judicial Council Standing Committee on Drug Courts and was instrumental in the development of 52 other drug, DUI, juvenile and family dependency courts across the state. In 2011, he was inducted into the Stanley Goldstein Drug Court Hall of Fame in Washington, D.C.

A graduate of Emory University Law School, Girardeau was admitted to the State Bar of Georgia in 1968 and served as an active Superior Court judge in the Northeastern Judicial Circuit for 18 years.

The Marshall Award, presented by the Bench and Bar Committee of the State Bar of Georgia, honors one lawyer and one judge who have continued to demonstrate the highest professional conduct and reputation for professionalism. Girardeau was honored along with attorney Richard H. Deane Jr. of Atlanta.

Also at the meeting, the State Bar’s Child Protection & Advocacy Section, chaired by Nicki N. Vaughan of Gainesville, and its Family Law Section, chaired by Kelly A. Miles of Smith Gilliam Williams & Miles PA, also of Gainesville, each received the Section Award of Achievement.

The award honors outstanding sections of the State Bar each year for their members’ dedication and service to their areas of law practice and for devoting significant hours of volunteer effort to the profession.

The State Bar has 46 practice sections that serve both the legal profession and the public. These voluntary sections provide newsletters, programs and the chance to exchange ideas with other practitioners.

From staff reports