Who will be the next Macon circuit Superior Court judge? 27 lawyers nominated

Twenty-seven lawyers have been nominated to fill an upcoming Macon Judicial Circuit Superior Court judgeship vacancy created by Chief Judge Tripp Self’s appointment to the Georgia Court of Appeals.

Lawyers nominated must submit an application to the Georgia Judicial Nominating Commission by Dec. 23 to be considered for the position.

Nominees include:

▪ Bibb County State Court Solicitor Rebecca Grist;

▪ Macon Judicial Circuit Chief Assistant District Attorney Nancy Scott Malcor;

▪ Houston County prosecutor and former Macon Judicial Circuit District Attorney Greg Winters;

▪ Bibb County school board member Lester Miller and outgoing member Jason Downey;

▪ Edgeley Myers, an associate judge and magistrate in Bibb County Magistrate Court;

▪ Crawford County Attorney David Mincey of the Mincey & Mincey law firm in Roberta;

▪ Former Macon City Attorney J. Pope Langstaff, who now works in private practice;

▪ Former Georgia Bar Association President Charles L. “Buck” Ruffin, a shareholder at the Baker Donelson firm, which has a Macon office;

▪ Assistant Houston County public defender LaToya Bell;

▪ David Joseph Walker, an appellate attorney and assistant Macon Judicial Circuit public defender;

▪ Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert D. McCullers;

▪ Mercer University law professor Sarah Gerwig-Moore;

▪ Jonathan Alderman of Macon’s Anderson, Walker & Reichert LLP; R. William Buzzell II and Neal B. Graham of Macon’s Buzzell, Graham and Welsh law firm; Morris Carr; John Phillip Fox; Jarome Gautreaux of Macon’s Gautreaux & Sizemore LLC; Kevin B. Hicks of Macon’s Law Offices of Kevin B. Hicks & Associates LLC; Thomas David Mann of Macon’s Mann law firm; Jeffery Monroe of Macon’s Jones, Cork & Miller LLP; Jeff Powers of Macon’s Powers Law Group, LLC; Sara Roberts; Carmel Sanders; Reza Sedghi; and Caleb Walker of Macon’s McArthur Law Firm.

Applicants will be interviewed by the commission sometime after Jan. 9, according to a commission release.

After the interviews, up to five names will be submitted to Gov. Nathan Deal, who will appoint the new judge.

The Macon circuit includes Bibb, Crawford and Peach counties.

Bibb County Superior Court Clerk Erica Woodford describes the features of a new jury assembly room recently put into service at the Bibb County courthouse. Juror comfort was kept in mind in designing the new space. Video by Amy Leigh Womack

Amy Leigh Womack: 478-744-4398, @awomackmacon