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Probate judge elected to two state positions
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Forsyth County Probate Judge Lynwood D. “Woody” Jordan Jr., left, is sworn in as president-elect of the Council of Probate Court Judges of Georgia. Judge Walter J. Clarke of Gwinnett County administered the oath. - photo by Submitted
Forsyth County Probate Judge Lynwood D. “Woody” Jordan Jr. was recently elected president-elect of the Council of Probate Court Judges of Georgia.

The election occurred during the group’s annual business meeting at the University of Georgia in Athens. It was held during a week-long session conducted by Institute of Continuing Education.

Jordan will serve in this capacity until the annual meeting in 2010, when he will become president of the council.

The council is composed of the 159 active probate court judges in Georgia and all probate judges emeriti.

Jordan also begins a two-year term of service on Georgia’s Judicial Council, which is the state level judicial agency charged with developing policies for administering and improving the state’s courts.  

The Judicial Council, which meets at least twice per year, is chaired by the chief justice of the Georgia Supreme Court.

Jordan received his undergraduate degree from Emory University in Atlanta, after which he served in the U.S. Army. He then graduated cum laude from the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University.

Jordan practiced law in Cumming from 1975 until his election as probate judge in 2004, concentrating in later years on estate planning, wills, estates and probate.

He served as county administrator and county guardian/conservator for 15 years prior to his election. He was county attorney from 1975-85.

A member of the First United Methodist Church in Cumming, Jordan is married to the former Susan Davenport Finnigan, whom he met at Emory.
They have three children and six grandchildren.