Kravitch, Phyllis A.
1920 -

Born: 8/23/1920 in Savannah, Georgia
Ethnicity: White/Caucasian
Professional Facts

Practice Area:
Criminal Law
Family Law
Juvenile Law
Criminal law
Civil rights
Regions and States of Practice:
GA, South
Legal Education:
University of Pennsylvania Law School, 1943
Other Education:
B.A., Goucher College (1941)
Positions During Her Career:
Private practitioner in Georgia (1944-1976)
Member of the Chatham County Board of Education (1949–1955)
Judge on the Superior Court of the Eastern Judicial Circuit of Georgia (1977-1979)
Judge of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals (1979-1981)
Judge of the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals (1981-present)
Woman president of the Savannah Bar Association (1975)
Female elected Superior Court judge in Savannah (1976)
Woman federal judge in the Southeast (1977)
Received the National Council of Jewish Women’s Hannah G. Solomon Award (1978)
Awarded an honorary doctor of laws from Goucher College (1981)
Received the American Bar Association’s Margaret Brent Woman Lawyers of Achievement Award (1991)
Received the University of Pennsylvania Law School's James Wilson Award (1992)

Further Research Materials

Judge Phyllis A. Kravitch and Criminal Justice: Noteworthy Opinions
Mina Kaufman, Judge Phyllis A. Kravitch and Criminal Justice: Noteworthy Opinions, 13 (2) Georgia State University Law Review 329 (Feb. 1997), available at:
Laura Miller Derry, Digest of Women Lawyers and Judges. Lousville, Kentucky: Dunne Press (1949)
Phyllis A. Kravitch
Beryl H. Weiner, Phyllis A. Kravitch, Jewish Women; A Historical Comprehensive Encyclopedia (Aug. 6, 2010), available at: