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Brookhaven Swears In Its First Judges

The appointments were announced during Tuesday night's Brookhaven City Council meeting.


Brookhaven has its first judges, Laura Stevenson and Jonathan Granade.

Stevenson is a solo practitioner at her own law office. She obtained her Juris Doctor from the University of North Carolina School of Law.

"Laura is a former Cobb County magistrate judge, and someone I know very well," Brookhaven Mayor J. Max Davis said. "She's experienced in all areas of law, and is very reasonable and soft spoken. I knew we needed a chief judge who is calm and rational, but also not soft when it comes to tough judicial challenges, and she will do a great job."

Grandade is a shareholder in the law firm of Casey Gilson, where he represents governmental entities, employers and private businesses in various litigation matters. Previously, he was an assistant DA in Augusta. He has also provided training and advice to numerous sheriffs' departments, municipal polcie deaprtments and the Georgia State Patrol.

"Jonathan is an attorney with a great amount of experience as an attorney and DA, and he has worked on some high-profile cases," Davis said. "He has a very strong criminal law background, as well as some background in defense."

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