Episode 3.17: A Conversation with Georgia Court of Appeals Judge Verda Colvin


In this episode, Miles mediator and arbitrator Winter Wheeler speaks with Georgia Court of Appeals Judge Verda Colvin.


Judge Colvin opens up about growing up in Atlanta and her inspiring legal career. Colvin was sworn into the Court of Appeals by Governor Kemp on April 10, 2020, making her the first African American​ woman appointed by a Republican Governor.  She broke barriers in 2014 when she was appointed to the Superior Court by Governor Nathan Deal, which made her the first African American female judge in the Macon Judicial Circuit. Colvin talks about how she got to where she is today, her family, and her faith.


Judge Colvin received her Bachelor of Arts in Government and Religion from Sweet Briar College in Virginia and her Juris Doctorate from University of Georgia School of Law where she was a member of Moot Court, Mock Trial, a member of the National Fraternity Blue Key Chapter and a Pupil in the Inn of Court.


In this episode, Judge Colvin discusses:


  • How her faith has led her decision to pursue the Superior Court
  • The experience of working with Judge Steve Jones
  • Her time as General Counsel of Clark Atlanta
  • A case where she needed to think outside the box
  • Restorative justice in the criminal justice system
  • Why compromise is so important


“A Conversation with Georgia Court of Appeals Judge Verda Colvin” is available on Apple Podcasts SpotifyStitcherGoogle Podcasts, and Soundcloud. This podcast is the latest in a series of episodes that features thought leaders in Georgia’s legal community and beyond. Learn more about of The Future of Resolution Podcast.





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