Interview with State Bar of Georgia President Dawn Jones

Condensed and edited for clarity Michelle Barclay: First congratulations on being sworn in as the 58th State Bar of Georgia President on June 13, 2020, and also you were sworn in as a non-voting Judicial Council member on June 15, 2020 to represent the State Bar of Georgia. Your leadership year is already marked by … Continue reading Interview with State Bar of Georgia President Dawn Jones

The Georgia Latino Law Foundation Reports that All is Well with Its Inaugural Virtual Judicial Internship Program

by Noelle Lagueux-Alvarez Judges across Georgia have been hosting twenty-seven law students for summer clerkships as part of the Georgia Latino Law Foundation’s (“GLLF”) Virtual Judicial Internship Program. In mid-April, the founder and director of the GLLF, Ana Maria Martinez, had a lightbulb moment. She’d been hearing stories of law students who, due to the … Continue reading The Georgia Latino Law Foundation Reports that All is Well with Its Inaugural Virtual Judicial Internship Program

Interview with Superior Court Judge Cindy Morris of the Conasauga Judicial Circuit of Georgia

Michelle Barclay:  You are the incoming Chair for the Georgia Commission on Dispute Resolution. Tell us a little bit about your path to this leadership position. Judge Morris:  Well, the literal path is that I was a commission member and Judge Jane Barwick asked me if I would serve as chairman. The actual path is … Continue reading Interview with Superior Court Judge Cindy Morris of the Conasauga Judicial Circuit of Georgia

Recovered from COVID-19, Judge Melanie Bell’s Message Resonates with Cautious Hope

by Noelle Lagueux-Alvarez Judge Melanie Bell has recovered from COVID-19 and has a message of hope and vigilance for everyone.  Judge Bell was elected to office in 2016 and took the bench as Newton County’s Probate Court Judge and Chief Magistrate Court Judge in January 2017.   Never did she imagine that a pandemic would affect … Continue reading Recovered from COVID-19, Judge Melanie Bell’s Message Resonates with Cautious Hope

Chief and Presiding Justice Host Three Virtual Town Halls for Judges, Clerks

by Cheryl Karounos During the April 24 teleconference meeting of the Judicial Council, Chief Justice Melton made an offer to hold a virtual town hall meeting with any of the member councils that would be interested. Three councils took him up on that offer. On May 5, Chief Justice Melton and Presiding Justice Nahmias held … Continue reading Chief and Presiding Justice Host Three Virtual Town Halls for Judges, Clerks

Interview with Fulton County Chief Magistrate Judge Cassandra Kirk and Director of Administration and Court Support Services Timothy Ezell for Fulton’s Magistrate Court.

Judge Cassandra KirkTimothy Ezell Edited and condensed for clarity. Michelle Barclay:  Your court has created a text notification system for civil cases.  Judge Kirk, please tell us a little bit about how that got started.  Judge Kirk:  We have been looking at doing something like this for 2 years in our small claims court. Our … Continue reading Interview with Fulton County Chief Magistrate Judge Cassandra Kirk and Director of Administration and Court Support Services Timothy Ezell for Fulton’s Magistrate Court.

Interview with Judge Ryan Hope, Athens Clarke County Municipal Court Judge.

Judge Ryan Hope, Athens Clarke County Municipal Court Judge Edited and condensed for clarity. Michelle Barclay:  Judge Hope, tell us a little bit about your text notification program.  Is that the right title? Judge Hope:  That title is close enough, we also call it a court reminder system or automated court reminders.  At some point, … Continue reading Interview with Judge Ryan Hope, Athens Clarke County Municipal Court Judge.

Thoughts on Social Media for Judges

by Keia Evans  I have been working at the AOC for a few months now as their part-time "reporter on the ground" which has allowed me to see so many of you holding events of all sorts in service to your community. I have attended events such as Fulton County’s Adoption Day in November 2019; traveled to Thomson Elementary School to cover the … Continue reading Thoughts on Social Media for Judges

Meet Christopher Hansard, Director of JC/AOC’s Judicial Services Division

by Noelle Lagueux-Alvarez We’ve been lucky to have Christopher Hansard here at the AOC for 9.5 years.  Christopher began his AOC career as a Research & Statistical Analyst.  From there, he was promoted to Research Manager and further promoted to his current role as Division Director for Judicial Services.  In his current role, Christopher oversees … Continue reading Meet Christopher Hansard, Director of JC/AOC’s Judicial Services Division