Hugh Thompson, '69, was elected unanimously by his colleagues to serve a four-year term as the Georgia Supreme Court's next chief justice. Chief Justice Thompson was sworn in on Aug. 15, 2013 as the 30th Chief Justice of the state's highest court. His duties include presiding over the court's arguments and administrating court meetings. Former Governor Zell Miller appointed Thompson to the Supreme Court in 1994 and performed Thompson's swearing in ceremony inside the House chambers at the state Capitol.
Prior to serving as chief justice, Thompson practiced law in Milledgeville, Ga., and has served as a judge on the Milledgeville City Court, Baldwin County Court, and the Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit.