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Women's History Month

Each March, the achievements of women are highlighted during Women's History Month.  The Judicial Council/Administrative Office of the Courts looks to highlight influential Women Judges in Georgia during this month.

 

Judge Faye S. Martin

Judge Faye MartinLike many women of her day, Judge Faye S. Martin began her career in education. After attending Georgia Southern Teachers College for two years, Judge Martin took a step not many did during the 1950s.  She attended Woodrow Wilson College of Law. After passing the Georgia Bar Examination, one of 83 in 1956 to pass the test (out of 361 test takers), Martin became the first female attorney in her native Bulloch County. From 1957 to 1968, Judge Martin served as Judge Pro-Tem of the Justice of the Peace.

In 1978, Gov. George Busbee appointed Judge Martin to the superior court bench in the Ogeechee Judicial Circuit, a new position created by the Georgia General Assembly.  For 22 years, she served that court becoming the longest serving judge of the Ogeechee Judicial Circuit since its creation in 1796.  She served as Chief Judge for the Ogeechee Circuit from 1984 until her retirement in 2000.

A biography of her life was published in 2004, Judge Faye Sanders Martin, Head Full of Sense, Heart Full of Gold.

 

 

March 1, 2016 - Judge Rufe McCombs

Judge Rufe McCombs

 Judge Rufe McCombsJudge Rufe McCombs was Georgia’s first elected female judge without prior appointment. In 1975, Judge McCombs campaigned against three men and was elected to the Municipal Court of Columbus, the first elected female official in Muscogee County.

 A graduate of University of Georgia's Lumpkin Law School, McComb was the only female graduate in her class of 16 in 1942.  She was elected to the state court in 1978 and elected to the superior court bench in 1982. Judge McCombs retired in 1993 and was the author of “Benched: The Memoirs of Judge Rufe McCombs."

Judge McCombs passed away in 2012 at the age of 94.

March 2, 2016 - Judge Dorothy Robinson

Judge Dorothy Robinson

Judge Dorothy RobinsonJudge Dorothy Robinson became the first woman appointed to a court of record in 1972 when she was appointed to the State Court of Cobb County by Gov. Jimmy Carter. In 1974, Judge Robinson was elected to retain her seat.  Six years later, the St. Louis University School of Law graduate was elected to the Superior Court of Cobb County, the first woman to sit on that court, a position she held until her retirement in 2012.

 

In 1980, Judge Robinson became the first woman member of the Judicial Council of Georgia. The Supreme Court of Georgia invited Judge Robinson to sit Pro Hac Vice in 1985, the first woman in its history to sit on the court for an absent Justice.

March 3, 2016 - Judge Phyllis Kravitch

Judge Phyllis Kravtich

Judge Phyllis KravitchJudge Phyllis Kravitch followed her father into the practice of law. Graduating second in her class from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law in 1943, Kravitch began her legal career working with her father in Savannah. She was unable to find other employment because of her gender and sometimes because she was Jewish.

In 1976, Judge Kravitch broke the gender barrier on the superior court bench in Georgia becoming the first woman elected superior court judge in the state. Just three years later, President Jimmy Carter appointed her to the federal bench on the 5th Circuit (now 11th Circuit) US Court of Appeals, the first woman appointed in the South East and only the third woman to a US Circuit judgeship.  Judge Kravtich took senior status in 1996.

March 4, 2016 - Judge Carla Wong McMillian

Judge Carla Wong McMillian

Judge Carla Wong McMillianJudge Carla Wong McMillian was appointed to the Court of Appeals of Georgia by Gov. Nathan Deal, taking office on January 24, 2013.  Born and raised in Augusta, Georgia, she is the first Asian Pacific American state appellate judge ever to be appointed in the Southeast. Upon her election in May 2014, Judge McMillian became the first Asian Pacific American to be elected to a statewide office in Georgia.

Judge McMillian, a University of Georgia School of Law graduate, served as the State Court Judge for Fayette County, a position to which she was appointed by Governor Sonny Perdue in 2010.

March 5, 2016 - Judge Anne Workman

Judge Anne Workman

 Judge Anne WorkmanJudge Anne Workman became the first woman judge in DeKalb County when she was appointed as a judge in the Magistrate Court in 1982.  In 1984, she was elected to the State Court of DeKalb County and in 1998, she was elected to the Superior Court of DeKalb County (Stone Mountain Judicial Circuit), where she served as Chief Judge from 2007 until her 2008 retirement.

Judge Workman was the first President of the Council of State Court Judges, chaired the Board of Court Reporting, and served on the Judicial Council twice. Judge Workman passed away in 2011. Read her remarks about her many firsts from her 2008 keynote speech A Curmudgeon’s View from the Last Century Forward.

March 6, 2016 - Judge Juanita Marsh

Judge Juanita Marsh

Judge Juanita MarshJudge Juanita Marsh taught elementary school in the Atlanta and Fulton County schools prior to becoming a judge.  She earned her law degree at night, graduating in 1951 from the Woodrow Wilson School of Law. 

 

In 1971, she was appointed to the City Court of College Park. She served on the Judicial Council of Georgia and worked on a handbook for Municipal Court judges.

March 7, 2016 - Justice Carol W. Hunstein

Justice Carol W. Hunstein

 Justice Carol HunsteinJustice Carol W. Hunstein was elected to the Superior Court of DeKalb County (Stone Mountain Judicial Circuit) in 1984, a position she held for eight years. As a superior court judge, Justice Hunstein chaired the Georgia Commission on Gender Bias in the Judicial System and was the first woman to serve as President of the Council of Superior Court Judges.

In 1992, Gov. Zell Miller appointed the Stetson University College of Law graduate to the Supreme Court of Georgia, the second woman in history to serve as a permanent member of the Court. From 2009 to 2013, Justice Hunstein served as Chief Justice.  During her tenure on the Supreme Court, she has served as chair of the State Commission on Child Support, the Georgia Commission on Access and Fairness, the Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee, the Governor’s Commission on Criminal Justice Reform, and the Georgia Commission on Interpreters.

March 8, 2016 - Judge Peggy H. Walker

Judge Peggy H. Walker

 Judge Peggy WalkerJudge Peggy H. Walker is the Juvenile Court Judge in Douglas County having served fulltime since 1998.  She graduated from Georgia State University with a Master’s Degree in Education and a Juris Doctorate of Law.  She serves as Past President National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges entering her eleventh year on the Board.  She represents NCJFCJ on STRYVE (Striving to Reduce Youth Violence Everywhere) Action Council, a national effort to end youth violence. 

Judge Walker is a graduate Harris Fellow of Zero To Three Class of 2005 and was a Senior Fellow at Emory University in 2008.  She served as Chair of the Georgia Commission on Family Violence for two years and served six years on the Commission leading the effort to draft a state plan to end domestic violence. She received the Commission’s Gender Justice Award in 2015.   Judge Walker serves as Vice Chair for Child Fatality Review.  Judge Walker was appointed to the Child Welfare Reform Council.   She is an active member of the Rotary Club of Douglas County for the past twenty-three years.  Emory University presented Judge Walker an EPIC Award for Unsung Devotion to Those Most in Need in 2016. 

March 9, 2016 - Judge Wanda Dallas

Judge Wanda Dallas

Judge Wanda DallasJudge Wanda Dallas has had a varied legal and judicial career. From judicial law clerk to assistant solicitor to senior trail attorney for Fulton County’s District Attorney’s Office. She has served as a Fulton County Juvenile Court Judge, Chief Judge of the Municipal Court of Riverdale, and has served as the Chief Judge of the Magistrate Court of Clayton County since her appointment in 2013.

 

 

Judge Dallas served as a trainer for the American Prosecutor’s Research Institute (APRI) from 2003-2005. She travelled to South Africa to consult with that country’s government in 2007. Additionally, Judge Dallas has taught at Georgia State University College of Law and is a part time professor for Atlanta Metropolitan State College.

 

Throughout the years, Judge Dallas has been recognized for her hard work and dedication receiving the Public Service Award of the Year and Employee of the Year by the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office; an Appreciation Award by the Georgia Department of Labor (Savannah State University mentor program); and Certificate of Appreciation by the City of Atlanta Police Department.

March 10, 2016 - Judge Alice Padgett

Judge Alice Padgett

Judge Alice PadgettJudge Alice Wheatley Padgett is a native of Columbia County, Georgia.  She graduated from Evans High School (1983), Georgia Institute of Technology with a BS in Industrial Management (1987) and the Georgia State University College of Law (1990).   Judge Padgett practiced law in the Augusta area for 21 years before becoming the Probate Judge. 

She was appointed Associate Judge of Probate Court of Columbia County by Judge Pat Hardaway and served in that position until Judge Hardaway’s death in July 2011, a position she as held since then. Judge Padgett currently serves as the President-Elect of the Council of Probate Court Judges and on the Judicial Council.

March 11, 2016 - Judge Dorothy Toth Beasley

Judge Dorothy Toth Beasley

Judge Dorothy BeasleyJudge Dorothy Toth Beasley has made her mark on Georgia’s Judiciary since 1977. For 13 years, the American University Washington College of Law graduate, served on the State Court of Fulton County. Judge Beasley became the first woman to serve on the Court of Appeals upon her appointment in 1984.  In 1992, she lobbied for the court’s motto, which is etched in granite above the bench, be revised to include women. The motto now reads: "Upon the integrity, wisdom and independence of the judiciary depend the sacred rights of free men and women." She was elected by her peers to a two-year term as Chief Judge from 1995-1996.

Judge Beasley retired from the Court of Appeals in 1999. Since then she has worked for the National Center for State Courts’ International Programs Division and currently serves as a mediator and arbitrator with Henning Mediation and Arbitration Service, Inc. Judge Beasley volunteers as an intake interviewer for the Georgia Senior Legal Hotline of the Atlanta Legal Aid Society, Inc. 

An interest in international work instilled in her as an undergraduate at St. Lawrence University, Judge Beasley has travelled the world both during her judicial career and after to work with governments and training judges.

March 12, 2016 - Judge Eleanor Ross

Judge Eleanor Ross

Judge Eleanor RossJudge Eleanor Ross became the first African American woman on the US District Court in the Northern District when she was confirmed by the US Senate in 2014.  Nominated by President Barack Obama in 2013, Judge Ross was serving as a judge on the State Court of DeKalb County.

Judge Ross, a graduate of the University of Houston Law Center, served as a prosecutor at the state and federal levels for 15 years prior to her appointment to the State Court of DeKalb County.

March 13, 2016 - Judge Frank Hull

Judge Frank Hull

 Judge Frank Hull Frank Hull has been a judge since 1984. First as a judge in the state court system, she served on the State Court of Fulton County (1984-1990) then as a Superior Court judge in the Atlanta Judicial Circuit (1990-1994). While a judge in the state court system, she served on the State of Georgia Commission on Family Violence, on the State of Georgia Commission on Gender Bias in the Judicial System

In 1994, President Bill Clinton nominated Judge Hull, a graduate of Emory University School of Law, to the US District Court in the Northern District. Three years later, Pres. Clinton nominated her to the US Court of Appeals in the Eleventh Circuit to fill succeed retiring Judge Phyllis Kravitch.

March 14, 2016 - Chief Judge Sara Doyle

Chief Judge Sara Doyle

Judge Sara DoyleJudge Sara Doyle, a Dallas, TX native, made her way to Georgia to study at the Walter F. Georgia School of Law at Mercer University. After earning her JD in 1994, she worked in private practice until her election to the Court of Appeals in 2008.  In July 2015, Doyle was elected by her peers on the Court of Appeals as Chief Judge, a position she will hold until 2017.

Judge Doyle serves on the Judicial Council of Georgia, chairs the Strategic Plan Implementation Committee, and is a member of the Georgia Commission on Dispute Resolution and the Access, Fairness and Public Trust and Confidence committee. She chaired the Court Reporting Matters Committee from 2013-2015.

March 15, 2016 - Judge Louisa Abbot

Judge Louisa Abbot

Judge Louisa AbbotLouisa Abbot is in her sixteenth year as Judge of Superior Court of Chatham County, Eastern Judicial Circuit.   She is a native of Louisville, Jefferson County, Georgia.  She comes from a long line of lawyers and judges and is humbled by her family’s long service to the people of Jefferson County.  She is a graduate of then-Augusta College and UGA Law School.

She is past-president of the Savannah Bar Association and past-president of the Georgia Bar Foundation, past-president of the Council of Superior Court Judges and chair of the Georgia Child Support Commission.Judge Abbot has served on the Judicial Council both as President of the Council of Superior Court Judges and as a District Administrative Judge.

Originally a civil rights lawyer, she became a family law attorney.  She received the Joseph T. Tuggle, Jr. Professionalism Award in 2002 and the Justice Robert Benham Award for Community Service in 2004.  In 2013, the United Way Women’s Legacy Council recognized Judge Abbot for her role in the community.  She is a graduate of the Leadership Georgia Class of 2002. 

March 16, 2016 - Judge Victoria S. Darrisaw

Judge Victoria S. Darrisaw

 Judge Victoria DarrisawJudge Victoria S. Darrisaw has the distinction of being elected then subsequently appointed to the State Court of Dougherty County in the same year.  In 2012, Judge Darrisaw, who at the time served as the Magistrate, ran to fill the seat being vacated by the State Court Judge, an election that she won in July. In September, Judge John Salter retired prior to the end of his term and she was appointed by Gov. Deal fill the remainder of Judge Salter’s term.

Prior to her time on the bench, Judge Darrisaw graduated from the Walter F. George School of Law and served as clerk to Judge Louis Sands, both in state and federal courts.  Then she served as an assistant District Attorney before being appointed to the Magistrate Court in 2009.

Very involved in the Dougherty County and Albany community, Judge Darrisaw volunteers as a high school mock trial judge; is involved in Junior League, Kiwanis club, and Rotary club; and is an adjunct instructor at Albany Technical College.

March 17, 2016 - Judge Betsey Kidwell

Judge Betsey Kidwell

Judge Betsey KidwellJudge Betsey Kidwell was appointed as Heard County Magistrate Judge in March 2001.  She immediately became involved in the Council of Magistrate Court Judges and was appointed to be the Technology Chair in 2002.  She has been a member of CMCJ's Domestic Violence Committee since 2002.  Since then she has served as District 6 Representative 2004-2010 and 2015 to present.  She was appointed to the Georgia Courts Automation Commission in 2008.  Judge Kidwell became the 2nd Vice President of the Council in 2011 eventually being the President of CMCJ in 2013.
 
Judge Kidwell is a part time Magistrate Judge who works at the Georgia Institute of Technology as Director HR & Finance Student Life.  She has volunteered with the Atlanta Track Club since 1991.

 

March 18, 2016 - Judge Sheri Roberts

Judge Sheri Roberts

 Judge Sheri RobertsJudge Sheri Roberts (B.B.A., M.B.A., J.D.) received her degrees from the University of Georgia.   Judge Roberts took the Juvenile Court bench in January 2009.   Throughout her legal career she has focused on child welfare and juvenile justice.  She has served as a Special Assistant Attorney General, is a member of the Committee for Justice for Children, and serves on the Juvenile Justice Incentive Grant Program Funding Committee and serves on the Advisory Committee for the National Center For Juvenile Justice.

Under Judge Roberts’ leadership Newton County was selected as one of four sites in the nation to participate in the Dual Status Youth Practice Network project and currently serves on the Advisory Committee for the Robert F. Kennedy National Resource Center on Dual Status Youth.  This work grew out of the community’s long-standing partnership of youth-serving agencies and recognition that the youth coming to juvenile court have involvement in both child welfare and juvenile justice.   The goal was to look for the best and least restrictive outcomes.  As a result, 46% of youth with juvenile justice referrals are in diversion programs with little to no court contact.

In recognition of this work, Judge Roberts received the Models for Change Lucy Louisa Flower Champion for Change award from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.  She noted that "it is clear that successful collaboration can produce a more efficient, cost-effective, and family-focused system more likely to meet the needs of these deserving youth and families.  These are all 'our' kids, they don’t belong to a system."

March 19, 2016 - Judge Brenda S. Weaver

Judge Brenda S. Weaver

 Judge Brenda S. WeaverJudge Brenda S. Weaver is the Chief Judge of the Appalachian Judicial Circuit. She also serves as the President of the Council of Superior Court Judges, is active on the Judicial Council, and is Vice-Chair of the Judicial Qualifications Commission. Judge Weaver, a graduate of the Woodrow Wilson College of Law, was appointed to the superior court bench in 1996 after serving as a juvenile court judge (1991-1996).

Judge Weaver presides over the Appalachian Judicial Circuit Drug Court and Mental Health Court and works jointly with the juvenile court on a Family Drug Court, Child Support, and Family Violence Court in the circuit.

Prior to her judicial career, Judge Weaver worked as a Assistant District Attorney, high school teacher and counselor.

March 20, 2016 - Judge Annie Hussey

 Judge Annie Hussey

 Judge Annie HusseyServing as Judge of the Ordinary (Probate Judge) for Toombs County was something Judge Annie Hussey was destined to do. Judge Hussey, a graduate of the Vidalia public schools, worked with the Rehabilitation program under the Roosevelt Administration in 1933 before moving to Florida to operate a salon.  In 1943, she returned to Toombs County to take over the position her father held for 28 years.

In 1988, at age 91, Judge Hussey ran a successful campaign for her 12th term in office. She passed away in 1993.

March 21, 2016 - Judge Linda Warren Hunter

Judge Linda Warren Hunter

Judge Linda Warren HunterJudge Linda Warren Hunter is a trailblazer who has made history by paving the way for women and African Americans.
 
In 1987, Judge Hunter became the first African American trial judge appointed or elected to a trial court of record in the history of DeKalb County, GA when she was appointed to the DeKalb County State Court bench by Governor Joe Frank Harris.
 
In 1991, Judge Hunter again made history when Governor Zell Miller appointed her as the first African American female to serve on the DeKalb County Superior Court bench. Judge Hunter also has the distinction of being the first female to ever serve as Chief and Administrative Judge of the Stone Mountain Judicial Circuit.

Additionally, prior to becoming a judge, Judge Hunter served as the first African American female DeKalb County Assistant Solicitor and DeKalb County Assistant District Attorney.
 
Judge Hunter has served on the Governor’s Conference on Justice in Georgia, Georgia’s Commission on Certainty in Sentencing, and the Council of Superior Court Judges’ Gender/Racial/Ethnic Fairness in the Courts Committee. Judge Hunter has also been actively involved in the DeKalb County community by serving on the Boards of Directors of The Georgia Center for Children, Our House, Inc., Scottdale Child Development Center, Inc., and the DeKalb County Rape Crisis Task Force.
 
Judge Hunter is an honors graduate of Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill., and the University of Georgia School of Law.

March 22, 2016 - Judge Kathy S. Palmer

Judge Kathy S. Palmer

Judge Kathy PalmerJudge Kathy S. Palmer grew up in Johnson County on a farm picking cotton, working in tobacco and baling hay. While she studied for a Home Economics degree at the University of Georgia in the early 1970s she worked as a police officer.  By the late 1970s, she had returned to the University Georgia to attend the School of Law, earning her JD in 1979.  She practiced law in Swainsboro, GA, until she ran for an open vacancy for the superior court in the Middle Judicial Circuit.

Judge Palmer is the Chief Judge of the Middle Judicial Circuit, the Administrative Judge for the Eighth Judicial Administrative District, and serves the Judicial Council of Georgia. She was recently elected Secretary/Treasurer of the Council of Superior Court Judges, a position that will take effect May 1, 2016. As a lifetime 4-H’er she currently serves on the Executive Committee for the Georgia 4-H Foundation as a Past President and is a past member of the Executive Committee of the UGA Alumni Association.  

Through her volunteer activities on the local, regional and state level, Judge Palmer has received numerous local civic and church awards as well as regional and state awards including the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences Alumni Service Award for 2012.

March 23, 2016 - Judge Leslie Spornberger Jones

Judge Leslie Spornberger Jones

Judge Leslie JonesJudge Leslie Spornberger Jones was appointed as the Judge of the Municipal Court of Athens-Clarke County in 2010. During her time on the bench, the Georgia State University College of Law graduate, has collaborated with local agencies to provide many rehabilitative and educational opportunities to help reduce recidivism, including a Teen Victim Impact Panel, a Substance Abuse Victim Impact Panel, a Bike and Bus Session (with Athens Transit and BikeAthens), a Youth Leadership Program (with Community Connection), and the All My Money Financial Workshop (with the Athens Area Homeless Shelter).

Judge Jones serves as the President of the Council of Municipal Court Judges and is a member of the Judicial Council of Georgia. She is the author of a coloring book about Municipal Courts for children attending court, for which she received a Special Recognition Award from the Council of Municipal Court Judges in 2015.

Prior to her judicial career, Judge Jones served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Western Judicial Circuit. In 1996, she received a triple bachelor’s degree in English, Anthropology, and Spanish. She studied punk rock lyrics at the University of Oklahoma, earning a Master of Liberal Studies in 2005.

March 24, 2016 - Judge Martha Glaze

Judge Martha Glaze

Judge Martha GlazeJudge Martha Glaze was Clayton County’s first full-time juvenile court judge. For over two decades – from 1977 to 1999 – Judge Glaze earned a reputation as a dedicated advocate for children in Georgia and throughout the US.

Judge Glaze, a graduate of John Marshall Law School, served as president of the Council of Juvenile Court Judges, and was appointed to many Advisory Boards and Councils. She worked with the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges to develop the Model Code on Domestic and Family Violence.

At the time of her retirement in 1999, the Georgia Senate lauded her for her work with a resolution and she was recognized in the US House of Representatives by Rep. Mac Collins for her leadership.  In 2005, the Georgia General Assembly (HR 48) renamed the Clayton County Regional Youth Detention Center in her honor.

March 25, 2016 - Judge Debra Bernes

Judge Debra Bernes

Judge Debra BernesJudge Debra Bernes served on the Court of Appeals for just six years. Prior to her time on the bench, she was a prosecutor in Cobb County, then a private attorney. In 2004, Judge Bernes ran for an open seat on the Court of Appeals and endured a primary election and two run-off elections. She earned her JD from the University of Florida College of Law in 1978.

While on the bench, Judge Bernes actively participated with the Georgia Child Support Commission, the Georgia Commission on Dispute Resolution, and the Georgia Supreme Court Commission on Marriage, Children and Family Law. She served as Chair of the Georgia Law-Related Education Consortium.

Judge Bernes died in 2010 of cancer.  After her death, the Cobb County Bar Association created the Debra Bernes  Memorial Scholarship assists worthy college graduates who are residents of the State of Georgia who want to attend public law schools in the State of Georgia.

March 26, 2016 - Judge Margaret Gettle Washburn

Judge Margaret Gettle Washburn

Judge Margarate WashburnMargaret Gettle Washburn practices law in Lawrenceville, Georgia.  She has been in the private practice of law since 1983, after serving as a staff attorney in the State Court of Fulton County and as an assistant solicitor in the State Court of DeKalb County.  She currently serves as the Chief Judge, City of Sugar Hill and as an Associate Judge, City of Duluth. 

Judge Washburn, an Emory University School of Law graduate, is an active member of the Council of Municipal Court Judges, serving as its president from 1998-1999.  For the past 20 years, Judge Washburn has worked with the State Mock Trial program as either a coach, coordinator, or judge.

March 27, 2016 - Judge Velma Tilley

Judge Velma Tilley

 Judge Velma TilleyJudge Velma Tilley retired this past January after serving Bartow County as its Juvenile Court Judge since 2000. During her years on the bench, she served on numerous boards including Council of Juvenile Court Judges, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, the Child Protective Services Task Force, and the Georgia Detention Alternatives Initiative.

Judge Tilley, a graduate of the University of Georgia School of Law, clerked for two Supreme Court of Georgia Justices before working in a small general practice firm in Cartersville. She then served as the Special Assistant Attorney General for Juvenile Court.

March 28, 2016 - Judge Kimberly Warden

Judge Kimberly Warden

 Judge Kimberly WardenJudge Kimberly Warden was appointed as a judicial officer serving the Family Division of Fulton County Superior Court in 1996 and was appointed a full-time magistrate judge in 2001. Prior to enrolling at Woodrow Wilson School of Law, Judge Warden taught school at Feldwood High School in Fulton County.

Judge Warden began her legal career serving as the Coordinator for Victims Assistance in the Fulton County Solicitor General’s office. She served as President of the Council of Magistrate Court Judges from 2005-2006 and served on the Judicial Council of Georgia from 2004-2006.  She was the impetus behind the Magistrate Court Benchbook on Domestic Violence and the Fulton County Treatment Diversion Court.  Judge Warden passed away September 2012.

March 29, 2016 - Judge Quintress Gilbert

Judge Quintress Gilbert

 Judge Quintress GilbertJudge Quintress Gilbert serves as Juvenile Court Judge in Bibb County and received her law degree from Washburn University School of Law in Topeka, Kansas. She has served in various judicial roles including Assistant U.S. Attorney with the Department of Justice for the Middle District of Georgia. Judge Gilbert is a member of many committees, bar, and professional associations and was elected district representative to the Georgia Council of Juvenile Court Judges while serving as a full time juvenile court judge for the Macon Judicial Circuit and assistant professor at Georgia Military College.

  Judge Gilbert serves as a judicial advisory member on the Board of Juvenile Justice for the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice.

March 30, 2016 - Judge Hulane Evans George

Judge Hulane Evans George

Judge Hulane GeorgeIn 1994, Judge Hulane Evans George was appointed to the Superior Court bench in the Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit, the first woman to hold a judgeship in the circuit’s 187 year history.  Prior to her judicial career, Judge George was in private practice for 16 years.

 During her twenty years on the bench, Judge George was a pioneer in the accountability court arena, creating the Ocmulgee Circuit’s Drug and Mental Health Courts.  The Walter F. George School of Law graduate retired in 2014 and was appointed as a senior judge.

*photo by Brandy Angel Photography

March 31, 2016 - Judge Faye S. Martin

Judge Faye S. Martin

 Judge Faye MartinLike many women of her day, Judge Faye S. Martin began her career in education. After attending Georgia Southern Teachers College for two years, Judge Martin took a step not many did during the 1950s.  She attended Woodrow Wilson College of Law. After passing the Georgia Bar Examination, one of 83 in 1956 to pass the test (out of 361 test takers), Martin became the first female attorney in her native Bulloch County. From 1957 to 1968, Judge Martin served as Judge Pro-Tem of the Justice of the Peace.

In 1978, Gov. George Busbee appointed Judge Martin to the superior court bench in the Ogeechee Judicial Circuit, a new position created by the Georgia General Assembly.  For 22 years, she served that court becoming the longest serving judge of the Ogeechee Judicial Circuit since its creation in 1796.  She served as Chief Judge for the Ogeechee Circuit from 1984 until her retirement in 2000.

A biography of her life was published in 2004, Judge Faye Sanders Martin, Head Full of Sense, Heart Full of Gold.