Georgia Legal Community mourns Judge Clyde Reese

The State Bar of Georgia offers its condolences to the family, colleagues and many friends of Justice Clyde L. Reese III of the Court of Appeals of Georgia on his death at the age of 64.

Judge Clyde Reese, Georgia Court of Appeals. John Disney/ALM

Judge Reese is a Douglas County resident and has been a member of the Georgia Bar since 1996. He began his legal career in the public service, where he served as Assistant Attorney General and later Assistant Attorney General for the State Health Planning Agency before practicing private practice for four years. In 2007, he returned to public service as General Counsel of the Georgia Department of Community Health.

In 2010, Judge Reese was appointed Commissioner for the Department of Health. The following year he was appointed Commissioner of the State Department of Community Services and returned to the post of Community Health Commissioner in 2013, where he served until his appointment to the Court of Appeals by Gov. Nathan Deal in 2016. He was elected in 2018 for a six-year term.

Judge Reese also served the justice system as a member of the Chief Justice of Georgia’s Commission on Professionalism, establishing the scholarship for the Judge Clyde Reese Book Award at Mercer University Law School, and as co-chair of the SOLACE committee of the State Bar of Georgia .

Judge Clyde Reese’s exemplary career is an inspiration to all Georgia attorneys and judges. We appreciate and will remember his many contributions to the cause of justice in our state.

Sarah B. “Sally” Akins

President, State Bar of Georgia