Four Black Women Appointed to Judicial Positions in Georgia

By: Alyssa Wilson

Governor Brian Kemp of Georgia announced the appointment of multiple judicial officials on Tuesday.  

Judge Verda Colvin will fill a vacancy in the Supreme Court of Georgia. She previously served on the Court of Appeals of Georgia and was sworn into that role in April 2020. Colvin has been making history for years. In 2014, she was the first African American female judge in the Macon Judicial Circuit before becoming Georgia’s first African American female appointed to the State Court of Appeals by a Republican governor. Her new role now makes her the first African American female appointed to the Georgia Supreme Court by a Republican governor.  

She is a member of several organizations, including the Macon Bar Association, American Bar Association, Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys and the Georgia Association of Black Women Lawyers. Her list of honors includes awards from various Black organizations, such as chapters of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. and the NAACP.  

Kemp said, “It is such an honor to appoint such an experienced and accomplished justice to our state’s Supreme Court. With Justice Colvin on the bench, Georgia’s highest court is gaining an immensely talented and principled judge who will help guide it in the years to come.”  

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Judge Rhonda Kreuziger was appointed to fill a vacancy in the Superior Court. She holds degrees from Northeastern State University and John Marshall Law School. Prior to her new role, she was an associate juvenile court judge and chief judge of the city of Fayetteville Municipal Court. When working at the Kreuziger Law Firm, she practiced Criminal and Family Law while also serving as a general civil litigation attorney.  

Judge Kimberly A. Alexander was appointed to the Dekalb County State Court to fill a vacancy created by a previous judge’s resignation. She most recently served as a judge in Division C of the DeKalb County State Court – Traffic Division. She was born in Georgia and obtained numerous degrees from Georgia schools, including the University of Georgia and Georgia State University.  

She is a member of the Georgia Bar Association, Children of the Courts Standing Committee, DeKalb Bar Association, Georgia Association for Women Lawyers, Atlanta Bar Association, Gate City Bar Association, Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. 

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Chaundra Lewis was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Henry County State Court. Prior to her time in the new role, she served as the deputy chief assistant district attorney in Henry County. She also worked as the deputy assistant solicitor general in Fulton County, a senior assistant solicitor general in Clayton County and a staff attorney at the State Court of Clayton County.  

Kemp’s announcement of new employees also includes Andrew Pinson, appointed to serve on the Court of Appeals, and Chuck Eaton, who will serve on the Superior Court in the Atlanta Judicial Circuit

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