Banke was born in Pilot Point, Texas on August 8, 1916.
Following service as an officer in the U.S. Army during World War
II, he settled in Clayton County, Georgia. Judge Banke graduated
cum laude from John Marshall Law School in 1951, and commenced the
practice of law. He served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General for
the State of Georgia, and as Clayton County Attorney, and as
Solicitor General of the Clayton Judicial Circuit. In 1961, he was
elected Judge of the Clayton Circuit Superior Court and served as
Chief Judge from 1962 to 1977.
In 1977, Governor George Busbee
appointed Judge Banke to the Georgia Court of Appeals. He served as
Chief Justice of the Appellate Court from 1985 through 1986 and as
Presiding Appellate Judge from 1987 until his retirement in
Following his retirement, Judge Banke was appointed Senior
Appellate Court Judge by Governor Zell Miller and served in that
capacity until July 1, 1999.
Judge Banke's leadership included
service as President of the Clayton County Bar Association;
President of the Council of Superior Court Judges; Member of the
Board of Governors of the Georgia Bar Association; and Member of
the Board of Trustees of John Marshall Law School.