by Siarra Carr

Department of Education Working to Undo Hurricane Michael's Hidden Damage

We spoke with Deputy Superintendent of Policy and External Affairs at the Georgia Department of Education, Dr. Garry W. McGiboney and Cheryl Benefield, Program Manager for Safe and Drug-Free Schools also at the Georgia Department of Education about their efforts to provide services to school systems devastated Michael by Hurricane.

Civics Day with Judge Leslie Abernathy-Maddox

Last month, Forsyth County State Court Judge Leslie Abernathy-Maddox invited Matt Elementary School’s 3rd grade class to her courtroom for Civics Day. Because of the size of the class, the children were split into two groups. The first group met with Judge Abernathy-Maddox and she spoke to them about the judicial branch and its role in government. The students then participated in a mock trial to decide which of their teachers was “the best teacher.” The other group met with the Clerk of Court and Sherriff, who explained the duties of their respective offices.

After Hours: Judge Lori B. Duff

Judge Lori B. Duff attended Duke University and then went on to Emory Law School, graduating in 1994.  She formerly served as a Judge Pro Tempore with the DeKalb County Juvenile Court and the Associate Judge in the City of Social Circle and currently serves as the Presiding Judge in the City of Loganville. Judge Duff is also a trained mediator, and is a registered neutral with the State of Georgia, with specialty certifications in Domestic Relations and Domestic Violence.

After Hours: Judge Jason B. Thompson

Judge Jason B. Thompson is a graduate of Maryville College and Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law. Prior to being appointed to the bench by Governor Nathan Deal in April 2013, Thompson was elected to serve as Fayette County Magistrate Court Judge where he presided over both civil and criminal matters. Judge Thompson was elected Fayette County State Court Judge in 2014 and again in 2018.

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