DeKalb County is one of the most desirable places in Metro Atlanta to live, work, and raise a family. We’re one of the two interior Metro Atlanta counties — a fantastic location — and our community is filled with first-class amenities. We are wonderfully diverse in every way. We’re all lucky to share this spot on the map and call it home.
Both on and off the bench, I pour my heart into everything I do as your DeKalb State Court judge. On the bench, my amazing staff and I strive to make our division of the State Court a pleasant place for lawyers and litigants to have their day in court.
Off the bench, serving our community is a year-round passion. I actively participate in community activities such as serving on the Leadership DeKalb board of directors, chairing Government Day for the Leadership DeKalb program, serving as a presiding judge for the DeKalb County rounds of the Georgia High School Mock Trial Competition, and singing carols and spreading holiday cheer to hardworking first responders on the Heart of South DeKalb “Random Acts of Kindness” Bus Tour.
The State Court has jurisdiction over misdemeanor criminal offenses. Some of the citizens who appear in our court are at risk of finding their way back into the criminal justice system, possibly with a felony charge next time, which makes it important to give them individual attention. This is why I help coordinate the Alternative Paths program for our court. This program connects young non-violent offenders with community leaders who provide mentorship regarding pathways to success.
The State Court also is the main court for civil cases that end in monetary judgments. If you are an attorney or party in a civil case, I hope you will find me to be a cordial and well-prepared judge working hard to maintain the top-notch reputation of our DeKalb State Court bench.
I love DeKalb County and have devoted 15 years to public service, first in the Georgia House of Representatives and now on the State Court. If you see me in our community, I hope you will stop and say hello. You can also follow me on Facebook and Instagram.
It’s a privilege and pleasure serving you!