Potential Trump Administration Supreme Court Picks-Keith Blackwell


Justice Keith R. Blackwell.  Photo by John Disney/Daily Report.

Keith Blackwell is an associate justice on the Georgia Supreme Court who is best known for his help challenging the Affordable Care Act as deputy special attorney general for Georgia. Blackwell was appointed by Republican Governor Nathan Deal in June of 2012 to succeed Justice George H. Carley. He was elected to a full term in 2014 after running unopposed and his current term expires in December of 2020.

Blackwell received his bachelors in political science from the University of Georgia in 1996 before moving on to earn his J.D. from the same university’s school of law in 1999. He served on the intermediate appellate court from his appointment by former Governor Perdue in 2010 until joining the Supreme Court in 2012. Before joining the court of appeals, Blackwell worked in private law and was also an associate partner at a private firm. Blackwell served as assistant district attorney for Cobb County before entering the private firm and served as law clerk for Judge Edmondson on the court of appeals from 1999 to 2000.

Blackwell considers himself a conservative judge, but has also stated “I think it’s actually very unfortunate that people tend to view the decisions through the lens of partisan affiliations and who the party of the appointing president or governor was. I can tell you uniformly on our court that I am confident that there is not one of the 12 judges who would look at a case and ask how would the Democrats like this case to come out or how would the Republicans like this case to come out in deciding the case.”

Blackwell has a lengthy list of associations including adviser to the Business Courts Committee of the State Bar, Chair of the Committee on Court Rules on the Court of Appeals and he is a member of the Board of Advisers for the Atlanta Chapter of the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies where he previously served as the chapter’s president for three years and as a member of the executive board.