Interview with Edwin Bell, Recently Appointed Director of NCSC’s Racial Justice, Equity and Inclusion

Beginning in October 2020, Edwin T. Bell, deputy court administrator for the Stone Mountain Judicial Circuit, joins the National Center for State Courts as the Director of Racial Justice, Equity and Inclusion. Michelle Barclay:  Congratulations on your new position!  It is great to see a Georgia Court Administrator moving to this national position. We are … Continue reading Interview with Edwin Bell, Recently Appointed Director of NCSC’s Racial Justice, Equity and Inclusion

COVID Response in the Magistrate Courts

by Robert Aycock, Governmental and Trial Court Liaison at the Administrative Office of the Courts On March 2, 2020, the first confirmed cases of COVID-19 were reported in Georgia. As cases rapidly increased, it became apparent that the virus would present the state and its people with an array of difficult and unique challenges. As … Continue reading COVID Response in the Magistrate Courts

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