Honorable Warner L. Kennon, Presiding Judge100 10th Street, Government Center - East Wing, 1st Floor
Warner L. Kennon, born in Emory University, Georgia, September 18, 1953; admitted to bar, 1979, Georgia; 1980, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Georgia.
Law Clerk, Honorable Floyd E. Propst, Judge, Probate Court of Fulton County, Georgia, 1979-1980; Warner L. Kennon, P.C., Attorney at Law, 1981-2011; County Guardian, Muscogee County, 1989-2011; Child Advocate Attorney, Juvenile Court of Columbus, 1989-1994; Associate Judge, Juvenile Court of Columbus, 1994-2002 Judge, Juvenile Drug Court of Columbus, Muscogee County, Georgia, 2000; Judge, Juvenile Courts of the Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit, 2002-2011; Presiding Judge, Juvenile Courts of the Chattahoochee Judicial District, 2011--. Member, National Panel of Construction Arbitrators, American Arbitration Association, 1987-2011; Past Arbitrator, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia; President, Mental Health Association of Columbus, Georgia, 1990-1992; President, Chattahoochee Bar Association, 1994-1995; Leadership Columbus Alumni, 1995--; Board of Directors, Boys Club of Columbus, 1996-2001; Chairman, Education and Certification Committee and Georgia State Liaison to the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, Georgia Council of Juvenile Court Judges, 1998-2003; Board Member, Executive Committee, Georgia Council of Juvenile Court Judges, 2003-2009; President, Columbus Bar Association, Inc. 2004-2005; Board Member, Executive Committee, Columbus Bar Association, Inc., 2004-2009; Board Member, Judicial Council of Georgia Standing Committee on Accountability Courts, 2009; Committee Member of Military Committee, Resource Development Committee, and Alcohol and Other Drugs Committee, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, 2010--; Board Member, Teen Challenge, 2010--, Member: Columbus and Chattahoochee Bar Associations; State Bar of Georgia; Council of Juvenile Court Judges of Georgia; National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges; Columbus Chamber of Commerce.
Honorable Andrew C. Dodgen, Judge100 10th Street, Government Center - East Wing, 1st Floor
Andrew C. Dodgen, born in LaGrange, Georgia on April 8, 1961; graduated from LaGrange College in 1983 and Walter F. George School of Law/Mercer University in 1986; admitted to the State Bar of Georgia and the United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia since 1986.
Upon admission to the Bar, he joined The Law Offices of William C. Moore in Columbus, Georgia and became a partner in 1990, at which time the firm became Moore & Dodgen. Upon the retirement of Mr. Moore on July 1, 2011, he formed The Law Offices of Andrew C. Dodgen and continues the general practice of law in Columbus, Georgia in addition to his service on the Bench.
He served as a part time public defender for the Superior Court of Muscogee County from 1989 to 1992; was public defender for the Juvenile Court of Muscogee County from 1998 to 2004; was an original member of the Muscogee Juvenile Drug Court planning team and served as counsel for participants from 2000 until his appointment to the Bench in 2011; served as Special Assistant Attorney General representing the State of Georgia in Mental Health proceedings from 1993 to 2011; serves as County Attorney for the Unified Government of Cusseta-Chattahoochee County and Talbot County; is a member of the Executive Committee of the Columbus Bar Association.
*Remembering Honorable Judge Aaron Cohn, Emeritus*
Born in Columbus, Georgia, March 3, 1919; educated in public schools of Columbus; graduate of Columbus High School (1932); graduate of the University of Georgia, Lumpkin School of Law (1938); and admitted to the Bar in 1938. Commissioned 2nd Lieutenant Cavalry, 1937.
As a student at UGA, he was Vice-President of the Inter fraternity Council, Blue Key Honorary Society, Scabbard and Blade Military Society, Captain of the Tennis Team, and coach the freshmen tennis team without compensation in 1938.
He volunteered for the U.S. Army in the summer of 1940. He entered service as a Lieutenant and separated from the service in 1946 as a Lieutenant Colonel, Cavalry; was Combat Operations Officer of the 3rd U.S. Cavalry in General Patton's Army in four (4) major campaigns in Europe, i.e., Northern France, Central Europe, Ardennes and Rhineland, and was decorated for same.
In 1978 he was cited by the City of Bettembourg, Luxemburg, for his service in the liberation of Luxemburg while with the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment.
In 1982 he was honored by the United States Holocaust Memorial Commission as a Official Liberator of the Concentration Camp at Ebensee, Austria in 1945.
Retired from the U.S. Army Reserve with the rank of Colonel after 27 years service, active and inactive. Graduated from the Infantry School, Command and General Staff College, the Industrial College of the Armed Forces and attended Cavalry School. He resumed the practice of law in 1946.
In 1983, Georgia Legislators, both the Senate and House of Representatives, passed resolutions honoring and commending him for his distinguished service to the State of Georgia; and he was the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Merit Award awarded annually to two or three distinguished alumni of the University of Georgia.
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