On Thursday, Justice Robert Benham presided over oral arguments at the Georgia Supreme Court for the last time.
As WABE’s Pat St.Claire reports, Benham is retiring from the bench.
Benham has served for nearly 36 years, first as a judge on the Court of Appeals and then as a justice and chief justice of the Georgia’s highest court.
He announced his retirement in December, effective March 1.
Benham is the first African American ever appointed to the Georgia Supreme Court.
He recounted how his career at the state Capitol began nearly 50 years ago, as an intern to then-Gov. Lester Maddox, a known segregationist.
Benham, who’s from Cartersville, said he never imagined he would one day be appointed as a justice to the state’s highest court. He says it’s the best job he ever had.
Gov. Brian Kemp will appoint Benham’s replacement.