Friday, July 27, 2012
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Gwinnett Daily Post
LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett's Judge William "Billy" Ray is one of two recent gubernatorial appointments to the Georgia Court of Appeals.
Ray's appointment will take effect Monday as he fills the vacancy left by Judge Keith Blackwell's appointment to the Supreme Court of Georgia. Atlanta attorney Elizabeth Branch was also named to the court of appeals by Gov. Nathan Deal.
Ray will take with him more than 20 years of litigation and judicial experience in Gwinnett County. A current Gwinnett County Superior Court judge, he began his career in 1990 as a trial attorney. He has been a superior court judge since 2002.
He is the founder of Gwinnett's drug treatment court, and was also a state senator from 1997 to 2002.
During his career, Ray has received the Friend of Suwanee Award and legislative service awards from the Georgia Municipal Association and Georgia Conservation Voters. He lives in Lawrenceville with his wife, Kelle, and their three sons.