Justice in Georgia

When the endorsement of Judge Kathy Schrader by my Georgia non-profit corporation was announced in social media during the primary election leading up to the June 9th victory, so many great stories were surfacing about her leadership and integrity that it was impossible to report to you about every interview and statement at that time. The stories are remarkable and need to be heard well beyond any political campaign.

This video of James, a father who would be in jail over incorrect child support claims but for Judge Kathryn Schrader, is one of my favorite stories that came out of months of getting to know this community better. Listen to what James has to say about his experience with Judge Schrader and how she saved his life (James’ words).

What I learned through observing and studying the professionals who have appeared in Judge Schrader’s courtroom and argued on behalf of parents and others drawn into litigation is that this is a jurist who upholds the law and who sets the best example possible for other legal professionals. There is much to learn and share about the many ways this happens, but you should know that it matters a great deal to our community and to our state how judges treat the issues, the people caught in conflict and how judges interact with the professionals appearing before them. It will make or break you if your judge believes in “Justice for All” and follows through on that belief. I know.

For the days ahead, as Gwinnett County nears its runoff election date of August 11th, with the judicial race joining a few others in heated battles, I’m going to focus on what professionals, parents, people in treatment and news media outlets are saying. Of course, I hope you will listen to Judge Schrader herself as her voice is the strongest, the reason we need her to remain on the bench in the Superior Court of Gwinnett County.

The legal news source, Daily Report Online (an ALM publication), reported that Judge Schrader is prepared to continue hearing cases very soon.

Schrader, who voluntarily stepped aside while her case is pending, said she is prepared to get back to court “as soon as I am reelected.”

This is great news for all Gwinnett residents and for the lawyers guiding clients through often treacherous legal territory.

The statements printed in the Daily Report as Judge Schrader’s responses to questions asked by the managing editor Jonathan Ringel include promises made and kept by Judge Schrader. These statements below are supported by the testimony of litigants, lawyers and advocates from across Gwinnett’s community as seen on Judge Schrader’s video channels and social media. The proof of her leadership and integrity come from people who have experienced the positive and even extraordinary outcomes.

Upon taking office, Schrader said she promised to treat litigants in her court with “honor, respect, equality and dignity” and endeavor to disrupt “cycles of abuse and violence.”

“I delivered on those promises and more,” she said, noting her work in Gwinnett’s accountability courts. She most recently presided over the Parent Accountability Court before stepping away from her duties last October as the criminal case against her neared trial.

Another compelling and informative interview with Judge Schrader was aired on Gwinnett RadioX, hosted by Rick Strawn on his show “Case on Point.” If you want to learn a lot directly from Judge Schrader in a short period of time, this is a great place to start. Listen to the Business RadioX podcast on Apple or by clicking on the video below.

Thank you for spending time learning about what Justice for All means and why I believe Judge Kathy Schrader should be re-elected and supported with everything we’ve got!

Deborah Beacham

About Public Information Officer

Deb Beacham of Atlanta is the founder of My Advocate Center, Inc., a Georgia non-profit corporation created in 2011 to serve the rapidly growing needs of families and children caught in conflict.

What is Solutions-Based Journalism?
Researching and reporting are being leveraged in the development of creative solutions to help families preserve their time, energy, financial resources and homes for the benefit of their children.

Public awareness and engagement are key so Ms. Beacham launched programming for professionals serving families, reaching more than a million listeners across the metro Atlanta area. Pro Advocate Radio will be announcing its next series soon!