Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Augusta Chronicle editorial pays tribute to Judge Anthony Alaimo

In a fitting tribute to the late Judge Anthony A. Alaimo this morning, the Augusta Chronicle's lead editorial praised the myriad accomplishments of this esteemed jurist. A celebrated war hero whose escape from Germany was later documented in the movie "The Great Escape," Alaimo later graduated from Emory University in 1948 and began practicing law in east Georgia. In the 1950s, Alaimo was the founder of what would become the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, of which he was a past president, and which would in 2008 establish the Anthony A. Alaimo Award for Judicial Excellence. Judge Alaimo was the first recipient of the award named in his honor.

Judge Alaimo was appointed judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia in 1971 by Richard Nixon, and served in this role, including a period as chief judge of the Southern District for 14 years. During this time, he was a champion of justice and fairness, issuing important decisions paving the way toward civil rights and civil justice for all Georgians.

The Alaimo Way, Augusta Chronicle Editorial Staff (January 13, 2010)

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