The Al Thompson Award

Currently Superior Court Judge of Dekalb, Stone Mountain Judicial Circuit. Judge Seelger has served the judicial system for 22 years. He is married to the former Gwen Hagler of Slocomb, Alabama, June 7, 1969. Two children: Cynthia, a graduate of Presbyterian College, S.C. and obtained a Master's Degree from Trinity School of Episiscopal Ministry Seminary; and katherine graduated from Erskine College.

Judge Seeliger, was born in Seattle, Washington. Educated in the Seattle Public Schools, graduating from Cleveland High School in1958. he entered the University of Washington, graduating with a degree in political Science in 1963. After working on the Lt. Mayoral Candidacy of Atlanta of the late Maynard jackson. Judge Seeliger entered Emory University Law School, and graduating in march of 1970, and admitted to the bar in November, 1970.

In 1973, Judge Seeliger worked with the Late Maynard Jackson campaignfor mayor of Atlanta. This historical election made bond between Mayor Jackson and Judge Seeliger. The two often consulted each other on matter of concern to the constituents they served. Judge Seeliger was offered a position with Mayor jackson staff, but Judge Seeliger was preparing to enter the political arena. he became a member of the Democratic party of Dekalb County 1971 to 1980. Judge Seeliger also served as a Member of the State Democratic of Georgia, 1974 - 1978. He served on the Governor's Advisory Committee on Vietnam Veterans, Missing in Action, POW, 1973.

1980 Judge Seeliger recieved the Democrtatic nomination over Judge J. Oscar Mitchell, State Court of Dekalb County. the campaign between the two men was very bitter. Judge Mitchell was holding on the "OLD SOUTH VIEWS." Judge Mitchell was not known for his fairness to the African Americans, and did not have very complimentary things to say about his opponent, now Judge Clarence Seeliger.

Making national news, upon taking office as Superior Court Judge, had the highly revered Georgia State Flag removed his courtroom. Judge Seeliger often stated the confederated flag did not have a place in his courtroom. The confederate flag has long been a symbol of racism. the confederate flag symbolized two standards of justice and was steadfast in his belief, that people coming in a courtroom, should not feel unfortable, defeated, even before the trial began. two decades later, the Georgia State Flag still a source that divides the State of Georgia, and there still is not a confederate symbol in his courtroom.