Norman S. Fletcher: A Conversation


In this lively discussion, Norman Fletcher, the former Chief Justice of Georgia – known for his brilliant legal mind, wicked sense of humor and trademark bow-ties - talks about his life and career.


Fletcher was born in Fitzgerald in 1934. Inspired by some local attorneys, he gained law degrees from UGA and the University of Virginia. After college, Fletcher practiced law in Lafayette and Rome and served in state and local offices. He was appointed to the high court by Governor Joe Frank Harris in 1989 and, twelve years later, became Chief Justice.


Fletcher's main goal during his term was reform of the state’s indigent defense system and the Georgia Indigent Defense Act passed in 2003. He was also a tireless champion of openness in government and moved the court into the high tech age before retiring from the bench in 2005.


Throughout his distinguished career Fletcher has been inspired by his faith in the law, religion and people. He still practices law and lives in Rome.


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