Northern District of Georgia's New Chief Judge Reflects on Her Career

Judge Julie Carnes said she planned to become an English professor before impulsively taking the LSAT

, Daily Report


On Jan. 1, Judge Julie Carnes became the chief judge of the Northern District of Georgia. She has been a federal judge for 16 years, and came to the bench as a career prosecutor in Atlanta who had served as appellate chief under three U.S. Attorneys, and for six years as a member of the U.S. Sentencing Commission. Carnes remembers, as a child, going door-to-door campaigning for her father, Charles L. Carnes -- a former Georgia legislator and, for years, the chief judge of the Fulton County State Court.

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