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2020 Georgia Legislative Policy Forum: Closing Keynote
August 27, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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August 27: Closing Keynote
11:00 – Welcome and Overview
Kyle Wingfield, President and CEO, Georgia Public Policy Foundation
11:05 -12:00 – Closing Keynote: A Constitution Conversation
Harold D. Melton, Chief Justice, Georgia Supreme Court
Harold D. Melton, appointed to the Georgia Supreme Court in 2005 by Gov. Sonny Perdue, has served as Chief Justice of Georgia’s highest court since September 4, 2018.
Before joining the Supreme Court, Melton was Executive Counsel to Governor Perdue, representing the Governor on legal issues covering the entire scope of state government. He helped safeguard Georgia’s interests in water rights disputes with Alabama and Florida, and participated in administration efforts to advance the delivery of criminal justice services in the State. Before serving as Executive Counsel, Melton spent 11 years in the Georgia Department of Law under two Attorneys General, where he dealt with issues ranging from the creation of the Georgia Lottery Corporation to the administration of Georgia’s tobacco settlement. Prior to leaving to join the Governor’s Office, he served as Section Leader over the Consumer Interests Division.
Melton received a Bachelor of Science degree from Auburn University and his Juris Doctor from the University of Georgia. He was a Volunteer Leader of Young Life Ministries for 11 years and serves on a local Young Life Board as well as on the national board. He is also a Board Member of Atlanta Youth Academies. The native of Washington, D.C., grew up in East Point and Marietta and lives in Atlanta with his wife, Kimberly, and their three children.
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