Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 114 Jack EtheridgeReflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 114 Jack Etheridge

Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 114 Jack Etheridge

Descriptive Summary

Title: Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 114 Jack Etheridge
Creator Etheridge, Jack.
Dates 2010 June 30
Extent 1.0 interview
Repository Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
AbstractJack Etheridge served as a law clerk for a State Superior Court Judge and Federal District Court Judge. He became an associate with Smith, Kilpatrick, Cody, Rogers & McClatchy (now Kilpatrick & Stockton) and later spent ten years as partner with Huie, Etheridge, and Harland. Etheridge served as a State Representative in the General Assembly from 1992 through 1996 and served as the Chairman of the Fulton County Delegation. In 1966 Etheridge became a Superior Court Judge until 1977, when he assumed position as Senior Judge of Georgia State Superior Courts. Etheridge discusses his time in the legislature, his work as a judge, and his passion for mediation.

Administrative Information

Custodial History note

Reflections on Georgia Politics began in the fall of 2006 at Young Harris College, as a lecture and discussion program hosted by Georgia political veteran Bob Short. In late 2007, the Richard B. Russell Library began producing the program as an oral history video series to further illuminate and personalize the tectonic shifts that occurred in Georgia politics in the late twentieth century.

Preferred citation

Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 114, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602-1641.


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Resources may be used under the guidelines described by the U.S. Copyright Office in Section 107, Title 17, United States Code (Fair use). Parties interested in production or commercial use of the resources should contact the Russell Library for a fee schedule.


Biographical Note

Jack Etheridge attended Davidson College and Emory Law school berfore serving as a law clerk for a State Superior Court Judge and Federal District Court Judge. He became an associate with Smith, Kilpatrick, Cody, Rogers & McClatchy (now Kilpatrick & Stockton) and later spent ten years as partner with Huie, Etheridge, and Harland. Etheridge served as a State Representative in the General Assembly from 1992 through 1996 and served as the Chairman of the Fulton County Delegation. In 1966 Etheridge became a Superior Court Judge until 1977, when he assumed position as Senior Judge of Georgia State Superior Courts.


Scope and Content

Part 1: Etheridge recalls his childhood in Atlanta and attending Davidson and Emory Law. He discusses his father's career as a trial judge and attributes his interest in politics to his father's legacy. Etheridge recalls running his first race for the State House of Representatives with the help of Ivan Allen. He recalls his time in the capitol, including his goals of gaining a louder voice for Atlanta issues and the unconstitutional nature of the county unit system. Etheridge recalls the Julian Bond incident, and the rise of convention hotels, and MARTA.

Part 2: Etheridge discusses serving as the president of the Atlanta Bar Association in 1965 and subsequently being appointed to a judgeship by Carl Sanders. He discusses the bussing of criminals to courthouses and the introduction of cameras into courtrooms to enable media coverage of legal proceedings. Upon leaving the judgeship, Etheridge recalls working at the University of South Carolina in a criminal justice program before returning to Atlanta to teach at Emory. He discusses the importance of mediation in the judicial system in the face of courts having increased case loads.


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Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection


Access Points

Allen, Ivan, 1877-1968
Bond, Julian, 1940-
College teachers--Georgia.
Emory University.
Georgia State Capitol (Atlanta, Ga.)
Georgia--General Assembly--Senate.
Journalism.
Judges--Georgia.
Judges--Selection and appointment--United States.
Lawyers--Georgia.
Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority.
Oral histories.
Sanders, Carl Edward, 1925-

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

 
ROGP 114 Jack Etheridge video, Part 1 ( 45.0 minutes ) VIEW ONLINE
 
ROGP 114 Jack Etheridge video, Part 2 ( 43.0 minutes ) VIEW ONLINE