Justice Robert Benham, a life-long resident of Georgia, was born to Jesse Knox Benham and Clarence Benham in Cartersville, Georgia in 1946. He graduated from Summer Hill High School in Cartersville in 1963, and Tuskegee University (B. S. Political Science) in 1967; attended Harvard University; and graduated from the University of Georgia, Lumpkin School of Law (J. D. Degree) in 1970; University of Virginia (LL. M. Degree) in 1989. After completing law school, Justice Benham served in the U. S. Army Reserve, attaining the rank of Captain. He then served briefly as a trial attorney for Atlanta Legal Aid Society, Inc., later returning to Cartersville, where he engaged in the private practice of law, served as Special Assistant Attorney General, and served two terms as President of the Bartow County Bar Association. On April 3, 1984, Justice Benham was appointed to the Court of Appeals by Governor Joe Frank Harris. He won the statewide election and served on the Court of Appeals for five years. In December 1989, Justice Benham was appointed to the Supreme Court of Georgia by Governor Joe Frank Harris. He won the statewide election to a full term on the Supreme Court on July 17, 1990.
Submissions from 2009
46 Years Later: A Conversation with Georgia Law's Black Pioneers, Black Law Students Association and Davenport-Benham Chapter
Submissions from 2004
Reflections on the Integration of Georgia Law and the Impact of Brown v. Board of Education pp.6-7
Reflections on the Integration of Georgia Law and the Impact of Brown v. Board of Education Panel Discussion, Larry Blount, Horace T. Ward, Robert Benham, Chester Davenport, Sharon N. Tucker, and Francys Johnson