The Story: I was born and raised in Marietta. It’s the only place I’ve ever lived, other than when I went away to school. I got my undergraduate degree from Presbyterian College and my Juris Doctor degree from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University. After law school, I practiced with Hylton Dupree in Marietta for 18 years. I live with my wife, Lucia, who teaches advanced math at Harrison High School.
Why Cobb County? It’s the place I knew the best. I never considered going anyplace else. There’s a very large sense of community here and there are people here with whom I went to school. I see people every day that I have known my whole life.
Why Do You Love Your Job? I love helping people. You see people at their worst in my job, but you can make a difference. In juvenile court, you work to preserve families, not to tear them apart. I work with young people to teach them accountabil-ity, not just to punish them. I spend three weeks per month in juvenile court and one week per month in Superior Court. That’s what separates me from the other candidates—one quarter of the time, I’m doing the job I seek.
What Are Your Goals As Superior Court Judge? I would like my courtroom to be where cases are processed expeditiously. Superior Court is very important because you actually deal with life and death issues, so you have to be cognizant of the fact that you’re dealing with people’s lives. I think I’m uniquely suited to do that because I’m a juvenile court judge. I had a general practice for 18 years that handled a lot of criminal cases. The members of the bar know my reputation and are comfortable with me. I grew up in my family’s businesses, Poole’s Pharmacy and KenMar Pharmacy, where I came to understand the life of a small business owner and the importance of having issues resolved quickly. My Best Advice: To pursue a career in law, you have to love the law and reading the law, and you have to understand the rela-tionship between law and society. There are reasons for laws—they hold people accountable for their actions and keep people from harming or infringing on the rights of others.
1000 Whitlock Ave., Ste. 320, #195
Marietta, GA 30064