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Judge Gaines has over fifteen years of legal experience with expertise in criminal law and excellent knowledge of State and Municipal Court processes. She has experience in jury and non-jury trials, as well as, legal administration. Judge Gaines received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 1984 at Albany State College, a Juris Doctorate from North Carolina Central University of Law in 1989, and a Master of Laws in Litigation from Atlanta Law School in 1994. She has developed seminars for the Georgia Indigent Defense Council and was instrumental in developing and implementing the Drug Defense Resource Center (GDIC) and Fulton County Defenders, Inc.  Judge Gaines was chosen to participate in the international monitoring program for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings in South Africa. Judge Gaines was appointed in May 2010 to take over the post of Chief Judge when Judge Deborah S. Greene retired from the Municipal Court bench.  She completed her term as Chief Judge in May 2013 and continues to sit on the bench at the as a Judge at Municipal Court.

Her organizational affiliations, memberships and honors are:  Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys (GABWA); Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; American Civil Liberties Union (Executive Board-1991); National Lawyers Guild (Committee on South Africa); Atlantans for Democracy in South Africa (Chairperson – 1992); America Friends Service Committee (Executive Committee-Chair 1996-1999); National Legal Aid and Defender Association; Fulton County Conflict Defender, Inc. (Board President); National Conference of Black Lawyers; National Council of Negro Women; and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority.

Last updated: 7/26/2013 4:09:48 PM