Anne Elizabeth Barnes
Presiding Judge Anne Elizabeth Barneswon election in 1998 to the Georgia Court of Appeals in a three-way race without a runoff, and took office January 1, 1999. She was the first woman to be elected in a state-wide judicial race without having been first appointed to the bench, and was re-elected, without opposition, to a second term in 2004. In 2010, she was elected to a third term, receiving more votes than any other candidate in the State of Georgia. She has served as Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals.
After attending DeKalb County public schools, Judge Barnes entered Georgia State University, and graduated magna cum laude in 1979. She earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Georgia in 1983, and her Master of Laws in the Judicial Process from the University of Virginia in 2004.
Presiding Judge Barnes has served on the Judicial Council of Georgia's Standing Committee on Policy and its Budget Committee, the Chief Justice's Commission on Professionalism, the Domestic Violence Committee of the Judicial Council of Georgia, has been a member of the Council of Chief Judges of the State Courts of Appeal, the Women in the Profession Committee of the Atlanta Bar, as well as the Advisory Board of Georgia State University's Department of Sociology, and the National Board of Foreverfamily (formerly Aid to Children of Imprisoned Mothers, Inc.). She has chaired the Atlanta Bar Association Judicial Section, and serves on the Supreme Court's Commission on Interpreters. Presiding Judge Barnes volunteers with the Truancy Intervention Project's Early Intervention program, working with elementary school children, and is a member of the Leadership Atlanta Class of 2006.
Presiding Judge Barnes has been recognized for her service by the Women in the Profession Committee of the Atlanta Bar, the Younger Lawyer Division of the State Bar, and Justice Served. She is a member of the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Georgia, the Atlanta, DeKalb, and Gate City Bar Associations, GABEO, GAWL, and GABWA. Presiding Judge Barnes is a Fellow of the Lawyers Foundation of Georgia, a Master of the Bleckley Inn of Court, and a member of the National Association of Women Judges, the Lawyers Club of Atlanta, and the Old Warhorse Lawyers Club. Presiding Judge Barnes is also the recipient of the Romae Turner Powell Judicial Service Award. She frequently participates in professional seminars as a panelist and author.
Presiding Judge Barnes attends St. Martin in the Fields Episcopal Church. She is a member of the Atlanta Track Club, and has participated in the Peachtree Road Race as a runner, walker or volunteer more than twenty times.