Judge Lisa Godbey Wood to Deliver Commencement Address

Brunswick, GA The 2013 commencement ceremony for the College of Coastal Georgia will be held at the Jekyll Island Convention Center on Saturday morning, May 11. Chief United States District Judge for the Southern District of Georgia, the Honorable Lisa Godbey Wood, will be the commencement speaker. Chief Judge Wood and Dave Gittings, Area Director of the Golden Isles Fellowship of Christian Athletes, will assist College President Valerie A. Hepburn, PhD, in conferring degrees.

Judge Wood will use the commencement address as an opportunity to challenge the graduates professionally and personally. “The most accomplished, interesting and selfless people I know are those who find ways to keep a spark of inspiration burning not just on momentous occasions, but every common day. Special occasions such as college graduation can serve as an opportunity to ignite that spark,” she said.

Judge Wood is a 1990 summa cum laude graduate of the University of Georgia School of Law. She served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Anthony A. Alaimo, United States District Court, Southern District of Georgia for one year before joining the Brunswick law firm of Gilbert, Harrell, Sumerford and Martin in 1991. Within four years she was a partner in the firm. In 2004, Judge Wood was sworn in as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia, serving as the chief federal law enforcement officer for the 43 counties of the Southern District of Georgia.

In 2007, the U.S. Senate unanimously confirmed Judge Wood to become the first female federal District Court judge for the Southern District of Georgia. In 2010, she was sworn in as the District’s new Chief Judge and she currently serves on the Executive Committee of the U. S. Council for the Eleventh Circuit.

Her judicial rise is not her only peak experiences. In 2003, she climbed to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa. She climbed the Salcantay Pass to Machu Picchu in Peru during 2006 and completed the Tour du Mont Blanc in 2011. Her next goal is to hike Spain in the fall.

Release Date: 4/29/2013
Source: College of Coastal Georgia

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