Judge Geronda V. Carter
Superior Court Judge Geronda V. Carter, one of four Clayton Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judges, attended Spelman College in Atlanta, GA, where she graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Judge Carter obtained her juris doctorate from the University of Miami School of Law, where she was selected to the Psychology, Public Policy & the Law Law Review Editorial Board and the Moot Court Board.
Judge Carter has completed judicial and continuing legal education studies at the National Judicial College at the University of Nevada, Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago, IL, and George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. Prior to becoming the first Black Superior Court Judge in Clayton County, Judge Carter served as the presiding Magistrate Court Judge in 2005 and 2006.
Judge Carter received licenses to practice law in Georgia, Florida, and the District of Columbia. Prior to her judicial service, Judge Carter’s professional legal experience included working as an associate with Oliver & Winkle, P.C., serving as Special Assistant United States Attorney for the North District of Georgia and Assistant Regional Attorney with the Office of General Counsel for the Social Security Administration, and as a judicial intern and law clerk on the local, state, and federal levels. She has worked as an attorney in the federal courts of Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Kentucky. During her legal career as a lawyer, she received many awards and honors for her outstanding service.
As a judge, she continues to be honored for her community involvements and leadership. She has received an NAACP Outstanding Achievement Award, the National Black Herstory Task Force’s Lucy Terry Prince Award, and the Nu Lambda Delta Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Pink Pearl Mother & Daughter Honor. Judge Carter received a Distinguished Service Award for Public Service and Human Rights from the Atlanta Club of Frontiers International, Inc. Judge Carter is a member of Woods Memorial Baptist Church. She is also a member of the National Alumnae Association of Spelman College, NAACP, Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys, Georgia Association for Women Lawyers, Gate City Bar Association, American Bar Association, Georgia Bar Association, Florida Bar Association, D.C. Bar Association, and Clayton County Bar Association.
In her spare time, Judge Carter enjoys playing tennis and creative writing. She authored, Released, a poetic discovery of spirit, love, freedom and humanity, a book of poetry and inspirational works. Her poetry has been featured in theatrical performances, as well as at conferences, seminars, award ceremonies, library readings, and book clubs. Prior to her judicial service, Judge Carter’s performances and appearances included the National Black Arts Festival, the Bronner Brothers Hair Show, and the New Orleans’ Word Festival. She has appeared on cable talent showcase television aired in New York, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, and Atlanta, and has had numerous poems published in various publications of The National Library of Poetry.