The Judicial Nominating Commission has submitted recommendations to fill vacancies within the Superior Court of the Appalachian Judicial Circuit and the Court of Appeals of the State of Georgia. 

Governor Kemp will fill the vacancies from among the lists.  The Governor’s Office will contact candidates to schedule interviews.

The following names were submitted to Governor Kemp:


Appalachian Judicial Circuit

  • Keith Galligan – Juvenile and Family Court Judge, Appalachian Judicial Circuit
  • B. Alison Sosebee – District Attorney, Appalachian Judicial Circuit


Court of Appeals of the State of Georgia

  • Carolyn “Tippi” Burch – Sole Practitioner/Owner, The Burch Firm, LLC
  • Brian C. Lea – Partner, Jones Day
  • Jeremy U. Littlefield – Member and Co-Founder, Robbins Alloy Belinfante Littlefield LLC (“Robbins Firm”)
  • J. Wade Padgett – Superior Court Judge, Columbia Judicial Circuit
  • Paige Reese Whitaker – Superior Court Judge, Atlanta Judicial Circuit