tucker portrait 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.

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Submissions from 2018

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2018 Commencement pp.16-17

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Benham Scholars Program to enhance diversity in legal education and the profession p.6

Class of 2018 Commencement, Robert Benham

Georgia Supreme Court justice to deliver School of Law Commencement address, Office of Communications and Public Relations

UGA Law Launches Benham Scholars Program, Office of Communications and Public Relations

UGA law school creates Benham Scholars Program to enhance diversity in legal education, profession, Office of Communications and Public Relations

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Robert Benham, Supreme Court of Georgia, 5/19/2018, University of Georgia School of Law

Submissions from 2017

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Alumni/Alumnae Weekend 2017 p.32

Georgia Law's distinguished graduates featured in the Daily Report, Office of Communications and Public Relations

Submissions from 2011

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Celebrating Courage Pamphlet, Office of the Registrar

Submissions from 2010

UGA to mark 50th anniversary of desegregation in 2011; legal issues panel to feature 1970 Georgia Law alumnus Robert Benham, Office of Communications and Public Relations

Images from 2009

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Robert Benham, Robert Benham

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46 Years Later: A Conversation with Georgia Law's Black Pioneers, Black Law Students Association and Davenport-Benham Chapter

Submissions from 2006

UGA Alumni Association to honor alumnus Robert Benham, Office of Communications and Public Relations

UGA Alumni Association to honor Benham, Markham, Rodgers and Willson, Office of Communications and Public Relations

Submissions from 2005

BENHAM HONORED FOR ACHIEVEMENTS, University of Georgia School of Law

Submissions from 2004

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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

Submissions from 2003

JUSTICE BENHAM RELEASED FROM HOSPITAL, Univeristy of Georgia School of Law

FORMER CHIEF JUSTICE AND ALUMNUS SUFFERS FROM HEART ATTACK, University of Georgia School of Law

Graduation Addresses from 1996

Class of 1996 Commencement, Robert Benham

Submissions from 1969

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P.A.D. Directory 1969-70, Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity

Submissions from 1968

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P.A.D. Directory 1968-69, Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity