Four attorneys make short list for Ocmulgee judgeships

The field of 27 lawyers under consideration for two Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit Superior Court judgeships has been narrowed to four.

After conducting interviews Nov. 24, the Georgia Judicial Nominating Commission made a short list of candidates for submission to Gov. Nathan Deal. The governor’s office will hold more interviews before appointments are made for the two vacancies.

The short list of candidates released Tuesday includes:

Dawn M. Baskin, an assistant district attorney in the Ocmulgee Judicial circuit;

Alison T. Burleson, an assistant district attorney in the Ocmulgee Judicial circuit and adjunct professor at Georgia State University’s College of Law;

Ocmulgee Circuit District Attorney Fred Bright; and

Brenda Holbert Trammell, a sole practitioner based in Madison.

The Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit is made up of Baldwin, Greene, Hancock, Jasper, Jones, Morgan, Putnam and Wilkinson counties.

Vacancies on the bench were created by the Aug. 21 death of Judge Jim Cline and the upcoming retirement of Judge Hulane E. George.

Cline, 62, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest.

George, the circuit’s first female Superior Court judge, is set to retire Dec. 31.

Information from Telegraph archives was used in this report. To contact writer Amy Leigh Womack, call 744-4398.