Chief Justice Carol W. Hunstein of the Supreme Court of Georgia has been chosen as the 2012 Georgia Woman of the Year by the Georgia Commission on Women, the Georgia Women’s Institute and the Georgia Woman of the Year Committee, Inc.
A reception and dinner was held in her honor on Aug. 23, 2012, at 103 West in Buckhead. Former Sec. of State Cathy Cox delivered her speech. John F. Abate, the Chief Justice’s son also made a speech. Proceeds from the event will go toward college scholarships for five women, based on academic excellence, leadership, career objectives and need. NACA was invited to the event as a scholarship sponsor. Lani Wong, Chairwoman of NACA, and some NACA members attended the event.
Hunstein overcame obstacles and bias to succeed in her field and has served as a inspiration to other women. By age 23, she was a divorced, single mother who had lost her left leg to cancer. However, she overcame this adversity receiving an Associate’s degree from Miami-Dade Community College in 1970, shortly thereafter a Bachelor of Science degree from Florida Atlantic University (FAU) in 1972, and a Juris Doctor’s degree from the Stetson University College of Law in 1976. Hunstein began practicing law in Georgia in 1976, and served as a Judge of the Superior Court of DeKalb County prior to her appointment to the Georgia Supreme Court in 1992. She is the second woman in Georgia history to serve in this position. She is an Adjunct Professor at Emory University School of Law and has been recognized for her service to the court and her community throughout her career.
The Woman of the Year award recognizes outstanding women for their accomplishments and contributions to society and the lives of other women.
乔治亚州最高法院的首席大法官Carol W. Hunstein荣获由乔治亚妇女研究院和乔治亚妇女委员会联合颁发的“2012乔治亚州年度女性人物”称号。
2012年8月23日，颁奖酒会和晚宴在Buckhead的103 West餐厅隆重举行。前州务卿Cathy Cox热情致辞。Hunstein大法官的儿子John F. Abate也发表了讲话。晚宴募集的款项将用作五位女大学生的奖学金，其遴选标准是学习优秀，有领导力，有清晰的职业目标，以及确有需要。NACA作为奖学金赞助者之一受邀参加本次活动。
Hunstein大法官克服重重困难和偏见，取得了巨大成功。她的经历极大地鼓舞了其他女性。 当她23岁时，她是一位离婚的单身母亲，并因癌症失去了她的左腿。然而，她战胜了这一逆境，于1970年获得Miami-Dade Community College的副学士学位, 于1972年获得Florida Atlantic University的理学士学位, 于1976年获得Stetson 大学法学博士学位。她从1976年起在乔治亚州从事律师职业，曾任Dekalb郡高级法院法官，于1992年被任命为乔治亚州最高法院法官。她是乔治亚历史上的第二位担任州最高法院法官的女性。同时，她还是Emory大学法学院的兼职教授。她对法院及社区所作的贡献受到广泛认可和尊敬。