Eight candidates apply for Superior Court judgeship

COVINGTON - Eight attorneys have filed applications with the Judicial Nominating Commission to be considered for the fifth Superior Court judgeship in the Alcovy Judicial Circuit.

A total of 11 were nominated, but three withdrew their names.

"Not everyone who's nominated will apply," said Barbara Watson, legal secretary for Judicial Nominating Commission Chairman Michael J. Bowers. "Sometimes, they are nominated without their knowledge - someone knows them and thinks they would be a good judge, but for whatever reason ... they choose not to pursue the judgeship, so they do not apply."

The applicants are:

· Stanford L. Cox III, an attorney in Monroe;

· David Dickinson, an attorney with Dickinson & Willis LLC in Monroe;

· Lori B. Duff, an attorney with Jones and Duff LLC in Loganville;

· Sheryl D. Fambrough, an attorney in Monroe

· Ann M. Overbeck, with Overbeck and Glass LLC in Social Circle;

· Robert Stansfield with Greer, Stansfield and Turner LLP in Covington;

· C. David Strickland with Alexander, Royston, Hardman, Shinall and Strickland LLP in Covington; and

· William Kendall Wynne Jr., district attorney for the Alcovy Judicial Circuit.

Others who were nominated but did not apply are:

· Anthony Carter, public defender for the Alcovy Circuit;

· Donald Osborne, an attorney with Donald W. Osborne PC in Monroe; and

· Tricia B. Smith, with B. T. Smith Law Group PC in Conyers.

Applicants will be interviewed at the State Bar headquarters in Atlanta on Oct. 13.

Once the interviews are completed, the Judicial Nominating Commission will submit a short list of names to Gov. Sonny Perdue, who will make the appointment.

To be considered, candidates must be at least 30 years old, be a resident of the jurisdiction in which they will preside, be a resident of Georgia for at least three years and have practiced law for at least seven years.

The fifth judgeship was approved by the Georgia General Assembly in 2008, with funding appropriated this year.

A total of $236,905 has been appropriated, which includes the judge's salary and benefits, a secretary's salary and benefits, and setup costs to cover office furniture and equipment.

By law, assistant district attorney and assistant public defender positions must be created for each judgeship as well.

The new judge will work out of both Newton and Walton counties but will be based in Newton.

The appointee would serve through 2010 and could run for election in November of that year for a four-year term beginning January 2011.

Crystal Tatum can be reached at crystal.tatum@newtoncitizen.com.