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Judge Graves was appointed to the Municipal Court bench in 2005.  Prior to being appointed to the Municipal Court bench, Judge Graves served as Chief Judge, Judge, and Pro Hac Judge of the City Court of Atlanta to which he was appointed in 1993.

Judge Graves has a long career in Civil and Criminal law.  He was previously a partner in the civil law firm of Smolar, Brantley, and Barnes, where he served for many years.  Judge Graves had the honor of serving as Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Georgia, Associate Judge of Fulton County Juvenile Court, Child Advocate of Fulton County, Associate Public Defender of Fulton County, Assistant Solicitor General of Fulton County, Conflict Attorney for the U.S. Public Defender’s office, and Adjunct Professor in the paralegal program at Atlanta Technical College.

Judge Graves is a member of many professional and community organizations.  He is a past president of the Gate City Bar Association, past president of the Gate City Bar Association Foundation, past member of the editorial board of the State Bar of Georgia Journal, and founding co-chair of the Gate City Bar Association Judicial Section.  He is a member of the League of Women Voters, a graduate of the Leadership Atlanta class of 1993, and a founding member of the 100 Black Men of DeKalb County.

Judge Graves is a recipient of many awards and honors, but he is particularly proud of the award he received in honor of his mentor Judge Clarence Cooper.  Known as the Judge Clarence Cooper Judicial Section Award, this award is given to jurists for outstanding service to the judiciary and the community.  Judge Graves is a member of the National Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Atlanta Bar Association and the Gate City Bar Association.

Last updated: 12/18/2013 11:16:38 AM