State’s Superior Court judges elect all-women leadership
12:36 pm, May 3rd, 2013
The Council of Superior Court Judges of Georgia has new leadership, and they are women.
Chatham County Superior Court Judge Louisa Abbot started her term as president on Wednesday. Cobb County Superior Court Judge Mary Staley is president-elect, and Appalachian Judicial Circuit Superior Court Chief Judge Brenda Weaver is secretary-treasurer. Their terms last until April 30, 2014.
Abbot earned her law degree from the University of Georgia in 1982 and was appointed to Superior Court in the Eastern Judicial Circuit in October 2000. During the last four years, she was chairwoman of the council’s uniform rules committee and she is a past-president of the Savannah Bar Association and the Georgia Bar Foundation. Governor Nathan Deal reappointed her chairwoman of the Georgia Child Support Commission earlier this year.
Staley, who graduated from the University of Georgia School of Law in 1979, began her legal career as an assistant Cobb County district attorney. She was elected to the Cobb County State Court in 1983 and was elected to superior court in 1992.
Weaver served as an Associate Juvenile Court Judge for the Appalachian Judicial Circuit from 1991 until her appointment as chief judge of the juvenile court in 1995. A year later, she was appointed to the Superior Court, where she presides over its felony drug court.
Weaver is also an administrative law judge, a member of the Judicial Qualifications Commission and chairwoman of the Council of Superior Court Judges’ Accountability and Treatment Courts Committee. She earned her law degree from the now closed Woodrow Wilson College of Law in 1983.
The three judges will lead the council, which is composed of the state’s 207 Superior Court judges and more than 70 retired judges, as it assists trial courts with budgeting, legislation, uniform rules, bench publications and continuing judicial education. They also will serve on the Judicial Council of Georgia with representatives from other courts.