Arbitrator | Mediator


Former Chief Justice Carol Hunstein is an arbitrator and mediator with more than 40 years of experience. She was appointed to the Georgia Supreme Court in November 1992 by then Governor Zell Miller. Hunstein is the second woman in history to serve as a permanent member of the Court. In 1984 Justice Hunstein won election to the Superior Court of DeKalb County. Prior to serving on the bench, Justice Hunstein was in private practice. She has been a member of the Georgia Bar since 1976.

As a superior court judge, she was active at the county, state and national levels. She chaired many DeKalb County Committees including the Alimony and Support Unit Committee, the Diversion Center Committee, the Probation Committee and the Domestic Violence Task Force.

In 1989, then Chief Justice Marshall appointed her to Chair the Georgia Commission on Gender Bias in the Judicial System, which issued its report to the Supreme Court in 1991. She is a former district director of the National Association of Women Judges (NAWJ) and chaired the local host committee for the NAWJ 1995 Annual Conference which was held in Atlanta.

Justice Hunstein was the first woman to serve as President of the Council of Superior Court Judges. By virtue of that office, she was the first person ever to have served as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court before becoming a permanent member of the Court. (In 1991, all seven sitting justices recused themselves and designated seven superior court judges to hear and decide a case. Justice Hunstein, as President of the Council, served by designation as Chief Justice.)

She has three children, John F. Abate, Krista Hunstein and Gabrielle Hunstein, and one grandson, Johnny Abate.

Expertise Areas
  • A.A. Miami-Dade Junior College, 1970
  • B.S. Florida Atlantic University, 1972
  • J.D. Stetson University College of Law, 1976
  • Legal Employment
  • Georgia Supreme Court, Chief Justice
  • Affiliations
    Adjunct professor at Emory University School of Law
    Advisory Board of the Justice Center of Atlanta and the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention
    American Bar Association’s Public Perceptions Committee - member
    Chaired the Georgia Commission on Interpreters and the Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee
    Former chair of the Georgia Commission on Access and Fairness
    Former Rosalynn Carter Honorary Fellow in Public Policy at the Emory University Institute on Women's Studies.
    Liaison to the Chief Justice's Commission on Professionalism since 1992.
    State Commissions on Child Support Guidelines | Chair 1993 - 1998 - 2001
    The Bleckley Inn of Court - member
    Awards & Rankings
  • Honorary LLD from Stetson University College of Law
  • Commendation for outstanding service from the Georgia General Assembly
  • The Emory University Legal Association for Women Students' Public Service Award
  • The DeKalb County Women's Network "Women Who Have Made a Difference" Award
  • The Joseph T. Tuggle Professionalism Award
  • American Bar Association Commission on Women in the Profession's Margaret Brent Award, 1999
  • Florida Atlantic University, Hall of Fame
  • Commitment to Equality Award from the State Bar of Georgia Committee on Women and Minorities in the Profession.
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