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
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.