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Attorney running for state judgeship

6/18/2012

By LOUIE BROGDON
The Brunswick News

Wallace Harrell III is one of five candidates seeking to become the next Glynn County State Court judge, and the 54-year-old Brunswick native says he can bring new insight to reduce the court's civil case load.

Harrell, who has practiced law in the area for 27 years, said if elected he would seek to start an alternative dispute resolution program in the court, so litigants can handle their cases without tying up juries and court personnel.

"The court has a broad jurisdiction, and one expertise I have is that I am a mediator as well as a lawyer," Harrell said. "If the state court would opt in to mediation, that would relieve the civil case load. As judge, I would seek to do that."

Harrell will also have an edge on getting that program started, he said, because he was on the committee that started the alternative dispute resolution program in Glynn County Superior Court. Harrell said he has never been involved in politics, but he feels the judgeship is a way for him to give back to the community.

"The practice of law is generally a service profession. I think we've lost that to some extent, but I see the state court judgeship as an extension of that service," Harrell said.

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