Judge Cassandra Kirk of Fulton County Juvenile Court. (John Disney/Daily Report)
Gov. Nathan Deal named three new judges on Monday: Cassandra Kirk to assume the role of chief magistrate in Fulton County, and assistant district attorney Alison Burleson and solo practitioner Brenda Holbert Trammell to be the newest judges on the Ocmulgee Circuit Superior Court bench.
Kirk will replace current Fulton County Chief Magistrate Stephanie Davis, whose term expires on Dec. 31. Kirk is an associate judge with the Fulton County Juvenile Court. She earned her law degree from Washington and Lee University School of Law in Lexington, Va., and was admitted to the bar in 1993.
The two Ocmulgee vacancies rose from the resignation of Judge Hulane George and the death of Judge James Cline.
Burleson and Trammell were among 22 applicants considered by the JNC. Also on the Judicial Nominating Commission’s short list were District Attorney Frederic Bright and Senior Assistant District Attorney Dawn Baskin.
Burleson earned her law degree from Georgia State University and was admitted to the State Bar of Georgia in 2000. She started her career as a prosecutor as an assistant DA in DeKalb County.
“She quickly became the ‘go to’ attorney on briefing because of her strong writing skills,” wrote Fulton County Superior Court Judge Craig Schwall in his letter recommending her to the JNC.
She later became chief assistant for the DeKalb solicitor’s office, and she also teaches trial advocacy at GSU.
Trammell earned her law degree from the University of Georgia and was admitted to the bar in 1977.
Amanda Petty, a lawyer with Cansino, Petty & Stribling in Milledgeville, referred to Trammell as a mentor in her letter of recommendation to the JNC.
“She has taught me not only the legal aspect of practicing law but also the professionalism and integrity that should be expected of all attorneys,” Petty wrote.