21st Annual Justice Robert Benham Awards for Community Service #BenhamCSA21

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Benahm Awards Ceremony Postponed

The 21st Annual Justice Robert Benahm Awards for Community Service Awards Ceremony, which was originally scheduled for March 14, 2020, was postponed. The health and safety of all involved was the Commission’s primary concern and the decision was made not to move forward with the event as planned due to the Coronavirus disease based on guidance from health experts. The Commission has not yet had time to determine next steps. We will post updates here and on the Commission’s social media platforms as new information becomes available.

The Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism is pleased to announce the recipients of the 21st Annual Justice Robert Benham Awards for Community Service.  The Awards will be presented at a special ceremony on Saturday, March 14, 2020, at the Omni Hotel Atlanta at CNN Center.  The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the Awards Ceremony Dinner will begin at 7:00 p.m.  The program is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Register now at the link below.

District Award Recipients

Mr. Donarell Rhea Green IV, Athens

Honorable Robert Dale Leonard II, Marietta

Ms. Rita C. Spalding, Brunswick

Ms. Jennifer Leigh Weizenecker, Atlanta

Ms. Connie L. Williford, Macon

Ms. Sally Quillian Yates, Atlanta

Lifetime Award Recipients

Mr. Thomas William Malone, Atlanta (posthumously)

Ms. Jacqueline L. Payne, Marietta

Sponsorship Opportunities are available.  For more information, please contact Karlise Y. Grier at kygrier@cjcpga.org or at (404) 225-5040.  Thank you to our Fundraising Committee Co-Chairs, Ms. Adwoa Seymour and Mr. R. Kyle Williams.

If you are interested in volunteering to help with the Awards Ceremony Dinner, please click here.  Thank you to our Volunteer Committee Co-chairs, Ms. Jena Emory and Ms. Paula Myrick.  Thank you to our Visual Arts Committee Chair, Vanessa Hickey Gales.

Hotel accommodations are available at the Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center at the SBGA rate of $157.  Please enter N1002795 in the corporate/ promo code box when you book.  The Commission does not have a room block; therefore, room inventory is not guaranteed and is subject to availability at time of inquiry.


Information about the 2019 20th Annual Justice Robert Benham Awards for Community Service is available here.


A list of the previous recipients of the Justice Robert Benham Award for Community Service is available here.

Thank you to our co-sponsors!

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