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August 1, 2013
Tom Hall with Chief Justice Ricky Polston

CHIEF JUSTICE RICKY POLSTON, right, skipped the normal State of the Judiciary address at the Judicial Luncheon at the Bar’s recent Annual Convention to honor someone who has had a profound impact on the judicial state for the past 13 years. Polston presented a proclamation of appreciation to Supreme Court Clerk of Court Thomas D. Hall, who will be retiring in October. The chief justice noted Hall came on as clerk just before the court was engulfed in the Bush v. Gore litigation in the 2000 election and leaves after helping state courts transition from a paper-based system to electronic filing and communications. “Tom Hall’s talent for administration and legal analysis combined with his energy and remarkable capacity for calmness has made him a go to person not only for this court but for the entire judicial branch,” Polston told the luncheon crowd, who gave Hall three rousing ovations. He added, “Tom, you’ve done so much so well, on behalf of the court and the entire judicial branch, thank you.” The proclamation presented as a plaque read in part, “Mr. Hall’s service and commitment to numerous state and national law-related groups has, ultimately, advanced the rule of law that makes our democracy strong. . . . Mr. Hall’s tenure at this Court has been marked by excellence.”

[Revised: 08-29-2014]