Augusta attorney J. Randal "Randy" Hall was ceremonially sworn in Thursday as a Southern District of Georgia federal judge.
He was sworn in at the U.S. Courthouse in Augusta by Chief Judge William T. Moore Jr.
Judge Hall was introduced by William Byrd Warlick, of the Warlick, Tritt, Stebbins & Murray law firm, where he practiced law before his confirmation by the U.S. Senate.
U.S. District Judge Dudley H. Bowen Jr. said Judge Hall had three of the attributes of a splendid judge.
"No. 1, he is a perfectly honest man, and that's the most important," he said. "The second most important is the fact of his temperament. He has -- like Washington had the gift of silence -- Randy Hall has the gift of listening and listening patiently. That is one of the most important things for judges -- temperament and demeanor.
"Thirdly, he has the intellect. He has the ability to understand and assimilate and reduce complex and thorny issues down to a level where problems can be solved."
Judge Hall thanked President Bush for nominating him and U.S. Sens. Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., for recommending the nomination and helping him get confirmed.
Afterward, Judge Hall was honored with a reception by the Augusta Bar Association at the Old Medical College on Telfair Street. He was nominated in March to fill the seat of Judge B. Avant Edenfield, who took senior status.
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