Twelve attorneys line up for Juvenile Court seat
by Jon Gillooly
August 29, 2012 12:34 AM | 4115 views | 4 4 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MARIETTA — Twelve attorneys have already applied to fill a vacancy on Cobb’s Juvenile Court bench, said Tom Charron, administrator of Cobb Superior Court. Applications will be accepted until Nov. 2.

The position, which pays $146,000, is chosen by a majority vote from the 10 judges on the Cobb Superior Court.

The opening occurred when Juvenile Court Judge Gregory Poole won the July 31 election to replace retiring Cobb Superior Court Judge Dorothy Robinson.

The selected candidate, who will serve with judges Juanita Stedman, James Whitfield and Joanne Elsey, will serve a four-year term.

A judge must be at least 30 years old, a citizen of the state for at least three years, and have practiced law for at least five years.

Charron said he is forwarding all letters of interest and resumes to Cobb Superior Court Chief Judge Rob Flournoy. Following the Nov. 2 deadline, the judges will elect Poole’s successor.

Twelve attorneys have applied for the judgeship, including Sara Clay, wife of attorney Chuck Clay; Cobb State Court Judge Roland Castellanos, who ran against Poole in the July 31 election for the Superior Court seat; and attorney Joyette Holmes, who was a candidate on July 31 for a seat on Cobb’s State Court.

Other applicants include Scott Halperin, who practices in Marietta; Jason Treadaway with Treadaway and Treadaway in Marietta; Cathy Hockman Lyon of Powder Springs; Jeffrey Hamby with Huff Woods and Hamby in Marietta; H. Luke Mayes IV, with Mayes and Mayes in Kennesaw; Kevin J. Rodgers in Smyrna; John P. Brocard with Brocard and Brocard in Marietta; Douglas A. Hill in Marietta; and Mary K. Howle in Vinings with Better Courts for Kids, Charron said.

Ten other attorneys have inquired about the job but not yet applied, Charron said.

Juvenile Court judges’ salaries are paid by the county. The state, though, contributes about $212,500 per year to help finance the operations of Cobb Juvenile Court, Charron said.

Judge Stedman is among several people nominated to replace the retiring Superior Court Judge George Kreeger. Gov. Nathan Deal fills vacancies on superior courts.
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Law License Needed?
August 30, 2012
Can a disbarred attorney apply?
August 30, 2012
Would someone please tell us how much a superior court judge makes, how much a state court judge makes, and how much the clerk of superior court makes. Us Cobb taxpayers want to know.
Just Wait
August 29, 2012
I'm not a lawyer, but I've stayed at a Holiday Inn Express. Can I be a judge?
August 29, 2012
John Brocard would be an excellent choice for this position. A man of integrity, he always puts the best interests of children and teens first.
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