Atlanta, January 22, 2020 – Chief Justice Harold D. Melton announced today that Associate
Justice Clarence Thomas of the Supreme Court of the United States will be the keynote speaker
at the Feb. 11, 2020 dedication of the state’s new Nathan Deal Judicial Center.

“We are extremely honored and excited that Justice Thomas will make the trip to his native
Georgia to celebrate with us the opening of our new judicial center,” Chief Justice Melton said.

Born in the community of Pin Point near Savannah, GA, Justice Thomas has served on the
nation’s highest court for 28 years, having been appointed by the late President George H. W.

The dedication ceremony will take place at 10:30 a.m. on the plaza in front of the new building,
which is located at 330 Capitol Ave., S.E. Among those expected to attend are Governor Brian
Kemp, former Governor Nathan Deal, State Attorney General Christopher Carr, other
constitutional officers, federal and state judges, state legislators, and others.

The new judicial center is the first state building in the history of Georgia that is devoted entirely
to the judiciary. Georgia’s two appellate courts – the Supreme Court of Georgia, which is the
state’s highest court, and the Court of Appeals of Georgia, the state’s intermediate appellate
court – moved into the new building in December 2019. Georgia’s new statewide Business Court
also will be located in the new building.

Media are welcome to cover the dedication ceremony. Due to security and limited space, all
media expecting to attend must complete and send by Thursday, Feb. 6, the media request form
available on our website at Please be sure to include the name of the
reporter(s) covering the ceremony. Under “Special Requests,” also please include the name(s) of
the photographer/videographer and note if the outlet is bringing a designated broadcasting
vehicle. Space on the media platform will be granted on a first come, first served basis.