Carol Hunstein, chief justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia, will speak to students at SPSU on Oct. 11. Her presentation at 6 p.m. in the Student Center Theater about the intersection of technology, business and the law is open to all SPSU students, alumni, staff and faculty and is sponsored by the Business Administration department.
Chief Justice Hunstein was appointed to the state Supreme Court by Gov. Zell Miller in 1992 and is the second woman in history to serve as a permanent member of the court. She has since been re-elected by voters three times and took office as chief justice on July 1, 2009.
By age 23, this polio survivor was a divorced, single mother who had lost her left leg to cancer. However, she was the first in her family to attend college, and upon receiving degrees from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton and Miami-Dade Junior College in Miami, Chief Justice Hunstein earned a Juris Doctor from Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Fla., in 1976, was admitted to the Georgia Bar Association and went into private practice. She won election to the Superior Court of DeKalb County in 1984, becoming its first female member.
She was also the first woman to serve as president of the Council of Superior Court Judges. Chief Justice Hunstein received the Commitment to Equality Award from the State Bar of Georgia Committee on Women and Minorities in the Profession. In 1999, the American Bar Association conferred on her the Margaret Brent Award, its highest honor for women lawyers. In August, she was honored as “Georgia Woman of the Year” by the Georgia Commission on Women, the Georgia Women’s Institute and the Georgia Woman of the Year Committee, Inc.