Ralston taps lawyer for immigration board
11:20 am, January 10th, 2013
Georgia House Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, has tapped a Macon attorney to be the newest member of the state’s Immigration Enforcement Review Board.
John Flanders Kennedy is a civil litigation partner at James Bates Brannan Groover and is past-president of the Macon Bar Association. He earned his law degree from Mercer University and was admitted to the State Bar of Georgia in August 1990.
According to Kennedy’s profile on his firm’s website, he handles personal injury and other torts as well as business transactions and disputes. Among his listed clients are Norfolk Southern Railway Company and its subsidiaries.
The state’s Immigration Enforcement Review Board is a seven-member panel under the umbrella of the Department of Audits and Accounting that was created by the implementation of the Illegal Immigration and Enforcement Act, also known as House Bill 87, in 2011. The board, whose members are appointed by the governor, lieutenant governor and speaker, are charged with investigating citizen complaints alleging immigration law violations by public agencies or employees. The panel has subpoena power and rulemaking authority.