News from Fulton County - Awards

Judge Shawn LaGruaThe St. Thomas More Society recognized Superior Court Judge Shawn Ellen LaGrua with the “St. Thomas More Award” for founding My Life Matters, a program created to transform the lives of convicted offenders. The program seeks to rehabilitate those between the ages of 16 and 29 who have been convicted of crimes through educational and job opportunities. The award was presented during the Red Mass held on October 13, 2016. The  Red Mass is annual event for judges and lawyers to pray for peace and justice at the start of a new judicial calendar. The award ceremony takes place after the mass during a lunch held at the Capitol City Club.


*photo courtesy of John Disney/Daily Report*


Judge Gail S. TusanThe Atlanta Business League recognized Superior Court of Fulton County Chief Judge Gail S. Tusan as one of “Atlanta’s Top 100 Black Women of Influence” for 2016 during their annual Women of Vision breakfast held on October 11, 2016. This recognition is presented to black women in the metro Atlanta community who have reached senior level positions within their profession, are leading entrepreneurs in their industry or have attained the ability to influence large public bodies politically and in government. In addition to professional accomplishments, the "100 Black Women of Influence" have demonstrated their commitment to the citizens of Metro Atlanta by maintaining significant involvement and participation in community and civic activities. 





Judge Todd MarkleThe Emory Law School Veterans Pro Bono Clinic, the State Bar of Georgia Military and Veterans Law Section and the Military Legal Assistance Program (MLAP) recognized Superior Court Judge Todd Markle as the “Outstanding Veteran’s Judge” for 2016. The award was given on September 20, 2016, during the Emory Law Volunteer Clinic for Veterans Reception. This annual award is given to an outstanding judge that has been dedicated to serving veterans in need throughout the State of Georgia.   Judge Markle received this honor for his tenure as the presiding judge of the award-winning Fulton County Accountability Veteran's Court.




Judge Gary Alembik

The Superior Court of Fulton County presented Judicial Officer Gary Alembik a “Plaque of Appreciation” for his years of service on the Family Division bench.  A member of the Georgia State Bar for 28 years, Judge Alembik served as an integral member of the Family Division Taskforce convened in 2014. His work and commitment, along with other diligent members of the Task Force, led to proposed measures for improved efficiency and consistency and recommendations needed to advance the mission of the Family Division. Judge Alembik is returning to private practice.



Yolanda LewisYolanda L. Lewis, District Court Administrator of the Atlanta Judicial Circuit and the Court Administrator for the Superior Court of Fulton County, is the newly-elected President of the Georgia Council of Court Administrators (GCCA). She will assume the position of President for a one-year term. She also serves as the Vice-President and a national spokesperson for the National Association of Court Management (NACM). Ms. Lewis is a recent graduate of Leadership Atlanta (2016), and a recipient of Georgia Trend’s Top 40 under 40 (October 2016), and Steed Media’s Top 25 Women of Atlanta (October 2016).






Fulton County Courthouse

The Superior Court of Fulton County was awarded a $250,000 Bureau of Justice Assistance “Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program” grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to implement the Justice and Mental Health Task Force. The forthcoming task force will be responsible for promoting communication and collaboration among justice officials; developing recommendations that will be used to create an action plan that improves the use of public safety resources to maximize impact; and improve outcomes for the mentally ill involved in the system utilizing the “Stepping Up Initiative” as a guide.


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