Alumnus named as judge on Georgia Supreme Court

Nels Peterson(Nov. 17, 2016) Kennesaw State University alumnus Nels Peterson ’01 was recently named as a judge on the Georgia Supreme Court by Gov. Nathan Deal.

On Nov. 9, the day following the presidential election, Peterson was appointed to the state’s highest court along with two other judges. One chief justice is retiring while Peterson will fill one of two new seats created by the passage of House Bill 927, which expands the high court from seven to nine members, during the 2016 session of the Georgia General Assembly. His new assignment takes effect on Jan. 1, 2017.

In October, Peterson was selected to receive a Distinguished Alumni Award from the KSU Alumni Association. He received his Bachelor of Science in political science while minoring in economics at Kennesaw State, where he served as president of the Student Government Association and later as a special assistant to the president, Dr. Betty L. Siegel, in the summer of 2001.

Peterson went on to earn a juris doctor from the prestigious Harvard Law School in 2004. He is a part of the KSU Alumni Association and a charter member of the Advisory Board for the Department of Political Science and International Affairs. Peterson was chosen by Deal as a judge with the Court of Appeals of the State of Georgia and took office in January 2016. Before becoming a judge, he served under Deal in other high-level positions, including vice chancellor for legal affairs for the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia, and solicitor general and counsel for legal policy within the Office of the Attorney General. Prior to that, Peterson was executive counsel for the Office of the Governor under Sonny Perdue. A known advocate for Kennesaw State in Georgia state government, he is on the Executive Board of The Federalist Society’s Atlanta Lawyers Chapter.

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