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A view into Rome’s legal history

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The Georgia Legal History Foundation will present a workshop in Rome on March 3-4 that will revisit “Georgia’s Last Frontier: The People, Lawyers and Judges of Northwest Georgia-Cherokee Country.”

All of the programs will be held in the old federal courtroom on the second floor of the Floyd County government administration building at 412 E. Fourth Ave. in downtown Rome.

Highlights of the opening ceremony that Thursday afternoon include a session with the Honorable Norman Fletcher, a former Chief Justice of the Georgia Supreme Court, who is now affiliated with the Brinson, Askew Berry firm in Rome.

Friday morning sessions include reminiscences of famed Summerville attorney Bobby Lee Cook with Cook himself and Rome attorney Bob Finnell.

The Honorable Harold L. Murphy, Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia in Rome, will also speak during a Friday morning session.

A session to review the Tri-State Crematorium incident, where 339 bodies were discovered improperly disposed of in Walker County, will be led by McCracken Poston of Ringgold, and Andy Davis and Bob Brinson, both of Rome.

Cartersville attorney David Archer will present on Judge John Hooper, the first judge of the Cherokee Judicial Circuit and the Honorable Robert Benham, first black Justice on the Georgia Supreme Court, will host a special session on his journey in front of and behind the bench.

The program will offer continuing legal education credits for attorneys who attend.

People interested in the program can reach Rome attorney Lee Carter at lcarter@brinson-askew.com for details.