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Judge Mike Jacobs | See You in Court Podcast See You In Court

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Judge Mike Jacobs has served on the State Court of DeKalb
County since June 2015. Mike is the first openly LGBTQ+
countywide elected official in DeKalb County history and the
county’s first openly LGBTQ+ trial judge.
 
Mike serves on the board of directors of Leadership DeKalb, chairs
Government Day for the program, and is a member of the Class
of 2016, the best class ever. He also serves on the board of
directors of the Stonewall Bar Association of Georgia and as
secretary and a board member of the International Association of
LGBTQ+ Judges.
 
Prior to his judicial service, Mike served ten and a half years in
the Georgia House of Representatives, representing the DeKalb
communities of Brookhaven, Chamblee, and Toco Hills.  He was
chairman of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Oversight
Committee (MARTOC), the joint House and Senate committee
that oversees MARTA’s management, budget, and fiscal affairs. 
He also served as chairman of one of the two subcommittees of
the House Judiciary Committee.
 
In 2010, Mike received the Allen Thornell Political Advancement
Award from Georgia Equality for authoring and passing a stronger
anti-bullying law for public schools. In 2012, Mike served on the Special Joint Committee on Criminal Justice Reform, which vetted major reforms that place greater
emphasis on rehabilitating non-violent offenders to lead productive lives.

In 2014, Interim CEO Lee May appointed Mike to the DeKalb
Operations Task Force (OTF).  The OTF recommended county
government reforms that the General Assembly enacted to
help our county function better, including DeKalb’s SPLOST, which
Mike authored and passed in 2015.
 
In 2019, Mike was recognized by the Stonewall Bar Association of
Georgia at its annual awards gala with the award for Outstanding
Service to the Stonewall Community.
 
Before joining the bench, Mike was a solo practitioner for four
years, focusing his practice on consumer bankruptcy and debtor-
creditor litigation. Mike received his law degree, magna cum laude, from the
University of Georgia School of Law in 2003. While at UGA Law,
he served as Executive Articles Editor of the Georgia Law Review. In 1997, Mike received his bachelor’s degree from Georgetown
University in Washington, D.C. Mike is the proud parent of three children, Jonah, Eli, and
Samantha.

Links:
http://judgejacobs.com
http://www.akintate.com/
https://www.gatriallawyers.net/
See You In Court (seeyouincourtpodcast.org)
To learn more about the Georgia Civil Justice Foundation, visit fairplay.org
 

Judge Mike Jacobs has served on the State Court of DeKalb
County since June 2015. Mike is the first openly LGBTQ+
countywide elected official in DeKalb County history and the
county’s first openly LGBTQ+ trial judge.
 
Mike serves on the board of directors of Leadership DeKalb, chairs
Government Day for the program, and is a member of the Class
of 2016, the best class ever. He also serves on the board of
directors of the Stonewall Bar Association of Georgia and as
secretary and a board member of the International Association of
LGBTQ+ Judges.
 
Prior to his judicial service, Mike served ten and a half years in
the Georgia House of Representatives, representing the DeKalb
communities of Brookhaven, Chamblee, and Toco Hills.  He was
chairman of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Oversight
Committee (MARTOC), the joint House and Senate committee
that oversees MARTA’s management, budget, and fiscal affairs. 
He also served as chairman of one of the two subcommittees of
the House Judiciary Committee.
 
In 2010, Mike received the Allen Thornell Political Advancement
Award from Georgia Equality for authoring and passing a stronger
anti-bullying law for public schools. In 2012, Mike served on the Special Joint Committee on Criminal Justice Reform, which vetted major reforms that place greater
emphasis on rehabilitating non-violent offenders to lead productive lives.

In 2014, Interim CEO Lee May appointed Mike to the DeKalb
Operations Task Force (OTF).  The OTF recommended county
government reforms that the General Assembly enacted to
help our county function better, including DeKalb’s SPLOST, which
Mike authored and passed in 2015.
 
In 2019, Mike was recognized by the Stonewall Bar Association of
Georgia at its annual awards gala with the award for Outstanding
Service to the Stonewall Community.
 
Before joining the bench, Mike was a solo practitioner for four
years, focusing his practice on consumer bankruptcy and debtor-
creditor litigation. Mike received his law degree, magna cum laude, from the
University of Georgia School of Law in 2003. While at UGA Law,
he served as Executive Articles Editor of the Georgia Law Review. In 1997, Mike received his bachelor’s degree from Georgetown
University in Washington, D.C. Mike is the proud parent of three children, Jonah, Eli, and
Samantha.

Links:
http://judgejacobs.com
http://www.akintate.com/
https://www.gatriallawyers.net/
See You In Court (seeyouincourtpodcast.org)
To learn more about the Georgia Civil Justice Foundation, visit fairplay.org
 

1 hr 26 min

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