Originally created 06/13/06

Chambliss, Isakson praise Bush bench appointment



ATLANTA - U.S. Sens. Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson on Monday praised President Bush's appointment of the U.S. attorney in southern Georgia to be a federal judge.

Mr. Bush named Lisa Godbey Wood to serve as the next U.S. District Court judge for the Southern District of Georgia. Ms. Wood, who has been the chief prosecutor in the district for two years, will fill a vacancy created by Judge Dudley H. Bowen Jr., of Augusta, who elected to take senior judge status beginning June 26.

Mr. Chambliss and Mr. Isakson, both R-Ga., recommended Ms. Wood, who will serve in Augusta if she is confirmed by the Senate.

"President Bush has selected an outstanding candidate with exceptional qualifications and experience," Mr. Chambliss said.

Mr. Isakson added that "it is with great pride that I lend my strong endorsement to Lisa Godbey Wood as she begins the confirmation process in the Senate."

Ms. Wood is a graduate of the University of Georgia and its law school. She was a law clerk for Judge Anthony A. Alaimo of Brunswick before joining the Brunswick law firm of Gilbert, Harrell, Sumerford & Martin, where she became a litigating partner.

She also was a magistrate judge in Glynn County before accepting interim appointment as U.S. attorney in July 2004. She was confirmed by the Senate to the post four months later.