I am pleased to serve as Chief Magistrate of Fulton County. Here, my desire for public service drives my decisions daily. Since 2015, I have sought to increase the usability of Magistrate Court for our litigants. And, in 2017, our hardwork paid off when our Court was selected as a demonstration site for a Civil Justice Initiative project through the National Center for State Courts and the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System (IAALS).
Prior to becoming Chief Magistrate, I served Fulton County as an Associate Juvenile Court Judge, where I spearheaded the establishment of Choices, Fulton County’s first Juvenile Drug Court, which was selected to participate in a nationwide Learning Collaborative. I am the first judge in Georgia to become a certified Child Welfare Law Specialist. Additionally, I am a certified National Association of Drug Court Professionals Consultant, a peer reviewer for the Office of Justice Programs and a member of the team of trainers for the NCJFCJ Juvenile Treatment Drug Courts.
While I began my career with Stokes & Murphy, PC, an Atlanta-based labor and employment boutique, specializing in the hospitality, food service and manufacturing industries, I came to the bench after more than 15 years of varied public service. I have served the citizens of Georgia as an Assistant District Attorney in both the Alcovy and the Atlanta Judicial Circuits, as Director of Legal Services for the Georgia Merit System, as a juvenile defense attorney, an Associate Special Assistant Attorney General representing the Department of Family and Children Services and as a Supervising Child Attorney.
I support our community through service to Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., North Avenue Presbyterian Church (Elder), alumni activities with the Regional Leadership Institute and Leadership Atlanta, the Boards of Directors of The League of Women Voters of Atlanta-Fulton County, Star C, Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary, and StreetGrace, a non-profit aimed at eradicating domestic minor sex trafficking. And, in my spare time, I’m always up for a game of tennis.
I am a Georgia native and attended Briarcliff High School before receiving my B.A. from Williams College, and my J.D. from Washington and Lee University School of Law.