Murphy named Judge of the Year for the State Bar of Georgia

Tallapoosa Circuit Superior Court Judge Michael Murphy was awared the State Bar of Georgia’s Judge of the Year recognition at their yearly meeting earlier in the month. Joining Murphy (center left) is Karen Wilkes and Bill Lundy, local attorneys in the circuit. 

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Chief Judge Michael Murphy of the Tallapoosa Judicial Circuit was honored at the State Bar of Georgia Annual meeting with the "Judge of the Year" recognition presented by the General Practice and Trial section of the bar. 

The Tradition of Excellence award recognizes annually a Judge who has held a standard of excellence throughout his career. This award is one of the most prestigious awards at the annual meeting and is awarded at the annual breakfast for the event. Only one judge per year is recognized with the distinction. 

Murphy is a resident of Haralson County and a 1973 graduate of the University of Georgia School of Law. He has served as Superior Court judge of the Tallapoosa Circuit since 1998, and has presided over hundreds of civil and criminal jury trials over his career. Prior to that, he served as senior partner in the law firm of Murphy, Murphy, and Garner in Bremen. 

In presenting Murphy, Tallapoosa circuit attorneys Bill Lundy and Karen Wilkes praised Murphy for his patience, fairness and legal knowledge. 

"Judge Murphy represents every quality a judge should possess: fairness, kindness, patience and a strong sense of justice," said Lundy. "He inspires confidence in every case he presides over and treats all parties with dignity and respect. We are blessed to have him as our judge in the Tallapoosa circuit."

Murphy has served as coach of the Mock Trial Team at Bremen High School since 2001 and has produced several state finalist teams as well. 

In receiving the award, Murphy said he was "humbled and blessed to live in this great country and especially to spend my life serving as an attorney and judge for Polk and Haralson counties."