News release from the Council of State Court Judges
Atlanta, GA - DeKalb County State Court Judge Wayne M. Purdom, was recently honored by the statewide membership of the Council of State Court Judges. Judge Purdom was presented the 2009 Ogden Doremus Award at an evening reception in Tifton, Georgia, on October 15, 2009.
The Ogden Doremus Award honors an outstanding state court judge who demonstrates significant contributions to the judiciary, the practice of law, and his community.
Judge Purdom is highly regarded by his colleagues on the bench. "Judge Wayne Purdom is a true asset to the Council of State Court Judges," said Judge Kent Lawrence, State Court of Clarke County.
"He is very intelligent, extremely knowledgeable, and a person of the highest integrity. Though quite humble, Judge Purdom possesses both outstanding leadership skills and remarkable teaching abilities in presenting educational programs for our judges. Additionally, Judge Purdom serves as a great resource, as his vast reservoir of legal knowledge is freely shared with other judges."
DeKalb County Chief Judge Edward Carriere, says of Judge Purdom, "In the 12 years that I have served on the Council of State Court Judges, few have equaled Judge Purdom's service to the public and to our class of court. This award is a fitting tribute to his public service."
Recognized for his comprehensive legal knowledge and tireless sense of duty to the law, Judge Purdom annually revises such publications as Georgia Civil Discovery, Georgia Magistrate Court Handbook, Magistrate Court Benchbook, and the State Court Benchbook.
He is the Chair of the Benchbook committee and, until this summer, of the Strategic Planning Committee for the Council of State Court Judges and has served on the Executive Committee since 2007.
He also has served on numerous Supreme Court of Georgia committees and commissions including the Commission on Fairness and Access in the Courts, where he was instrumental in development of the standards governing foreign language interpreters in Georgia courts, the Committee on Civil Justice, where he oversees issues relating to laypersons representing themselves, and the Georgia Commission on Interpreters.
During his tenure as Chief Magistrate of DeKalb County, Judge Purdom developed innovative legal tools for dealing with cases involving domestic violence, drafted the Uniform Rules governing civil practice in magistrate courts, and served two terms as the President of the Council of Magistrate Court Judges.
Judge Wayne Purdom has served on the State Court of DeKalb County since his appointment in 1998 by Governor Zell Miller. He has served as Chief Magistrate of DeKalb County from 1985-1998, and assistant magistrate from 1983-1984.
Judge Purdom graduated cum laude from Yale University and earned his JD from Emory University School of law. He lives in Decatur with his wife Susan Belford Ellis, an attorney.