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Executive Session

Floor Speech

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Mr. CHAMBLISS. Mr. President, I rise today, along with my colleague from Georgia, Senator Isakson, to commend to this body the confirmation of two judges who have been nominated by President Obama for the Northern District of Georgia.

First of all, Amy Totenberg is an Atlanta lawyer who certainly has the academic credentials that have prepared her well--a graduate of both Radcliffe College and Harvard and also Harvard Law School. She began law practice in Atlanta in 1977 with the Law Project and then went out on her own for 20 years. During her time as a solo practitioner, she specialized in constitutional rights litigation and also became a well-known arbitrator and mediator, particularly in employment and civil rights cases. She served as a court-appointed monitor and mediator for the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and has served as a special master for the U.S. District Court in Maryland on an institutional education reform case. Ms. Totenberg has a wealth of experience on that issue, having served as general counsel to the city of Atlanta's Board of Education from 1994 to 1998 and also having served as a part-time municipal court judge in Atlanta for several years. She also has been an adjunct professor at Emory University Law School.

She has been deeply involved in her community. In addition to her legal activities, Ms. Totenberg has been a member of the State Personnel Boards, served as a member of the Governor's Education Reform Commission, and given her time to Hands On Atlanta, the city's largest volunteer service program.

I commend Ms. Totenberg for confirmation today as her name comes before this body.

Steve Jones has been a friend for a long time. He is a guy who, if you had to pick a jurist, you would want to go before whether you are a lawyer, a defendant, or a plaintiff in a civil lawsuit.

Steve Jones is a native of Athens, GA, and attended the University of Georgia both as an undergraduate and as a graduate of the law school. He began his legal career as assistant district attorney before becoming a municipal court judge. In 1995, he was appointed to the superior court bench for the Western Judicial Circuit, which covers both Clarke and Oconee Counties, two of the fastest growing counties in our State.

In his capacity as a superior court judge, Steve presided over both criminal and civil cases. He has also supervised the circuit's felony drug court for 6 years.

His list of honors and awards is truly too numerous to mention here for this body, but he has been awarded the State Bar of Georgia's Distinguished Judicial Service Award, Georgia Legal Services Program's Georgia Justice Builder Award, the University of Georgia President's Fulfilling the Dream Award, the Boy Scouts of America Distinguished Citizen Award, the Chief Justice Robert Benham Award for community service beyond official work, and the Julian Bond Humanitarian Award.

He has been very active in the Athens and Clark County communities. Steve is a wonderful person, a great family man, a great community citizen, and an outstanding jurist. He is going to make a truly outstanding district court judge on the northern district court in Atlanta.

I yield to my colleague, Senator Isakson.

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