Council of Accountability Court Judges 2020 Award Winners

The 2020 Council of Accountability Court Judges (CACJ) Annual Training Conference took place on September 14 through 16. Each year the CACJ recognizes outstanding individuals and courts for their service and leadership to Georgia’s accountability courts. This year’s winners are: Inaugural Judge Stephen S. Goss Award In memory of the late Judge Stephen S. Goss, … Continue reading Council of Accountability Court Judges 2020 Award Winners

Interview with Executive Director of Middle Georgia Justice, Mike Horner, about their work and their services.

Mike Horner with a Middle Georgia Justice client. Michelle Barclay, Judicial Council/AOC Division Director for Communications, Children, Families, and the Courts recently spoke with Mike Horner, Executive Director at Middle Georgia Justice.   Condensed and edited for clarity. Barclay: Let’s talk a little about the Middle Georgia Justice which got started in late 2017 and for … Continue reading Interview with Executive Director of Middle Georgia Justice, Mike Horner, about their work and their services.

Interview with Judge Robert Leonard

Judge Robert Leonard, Superior Court of Cobb County Michelle Barclay, AOC Division Director for Communications, Children, Families, and the Courts recently spoke with Cobb County Superior Court Judge Robert Leonard Edited and condensed for clarity Barclay:  We see your social media posts announcing your daily schedule. Barclay: Describe what a day in your life looks … Continue reading Interview with Judge Robert Leonard

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

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

But I am Not Soft!

Not that you asked out loud but, yes, you can be trauma responsive and still do your job, no matter what your job might be. In early 2019, I wrote an article for Georgia’s Courts Journal entitled, Is Doing Justice Really Enough, wherein I confessed that, after thirty years on the bench, I had come to understand and accept that my charge as a judge is not just to do justice, but to do justice and promote healing; healing among those we serve, among those who serve with us, and within ourselves. Recently, I witnessed a powerful demonstration of the fulfillment of that charge from what some might believe to be an unlikely source.