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Judges Johnson and Costley honored for community service

March 26, 2017

Alcovy Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge Horace J. Johnson of Covington and retired Newton County Juvenile Court Judge J. Virgil Costley Jr. of Covington were recently honored by the State Bar of Georgia for their outstanding community service.

Judge Johnson was one of three recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award for Community Service, presented Feb. 28 by the State Bar of Georgia and the Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism, co-sponsors of the Justice Robert Benham Awards for Community Service. The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes lawyers or judges who have demonstrated an extraordinarily long and distinguished commitment to volunteer participation in the community throughout his or her legal career.

Judge Costley, now a paralegal educator at Georgia Piedmont Technical College, was among the recipients of the Justice Benham Community Service Awards, which are presented to attorneys who have served a wide range of community organizations, government-sponsored activities and humanitarian efforts outside of their professional practices and judicial duties.

Left to right: State Bar of Georgia President Patrick T. O'Connor, Georgia Supreme Court Justice Robert Benham, Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism Executive Director Avarita L. Hanson, retired Newton County Juvenile Court Judge J. Virgil Costley Jr. of Covington and Georgia Supreme Court Justice Harold D. Melton. (Special Photo)

Left to right: State Bar of Georgia President Patrick T. O'Connor, Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism Executive Director Avarita L. Hanson, Georgia Supreme Court Justice Robert Benham, Superior Court Judge Horace J. Johnson of Covington and Georgia Supreme Court Justice Harold D. Melton. (Special Photo)

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