DeKalb Associate State Court Judge Shondeana Morris will be DeKalb County’s newest Superior Court judge, replacing Judge Gail Flake who is retiring from the bench.
Gov. Bryan Kemp tapped Morris on May 31 to succeed Flake; she was one of four new appointees announced by the governor for benches in the Stone Mountain, Coweta, Macon and Cherokee Judicial Circuits.
Kemp said Morris' impressive legal career and public service makes her the right choice for the Stone Mountain Judicial Circuit Superior Court.
“Given her experience on the DeKalb County State Court and successful track record as a Fulton County prosecutor, I believe that Shondeana offers the ideal set of legal expertise and leadership skills for this critically important position," Kemp said.
Morris was appointed to the DeKalb County State Court's Traffic Division in August 2017 by Gov. Nathan Deal. She ran unopposed for a four-year term in 2016.
Kemp is expected to appoint her replacement on the state court bench.
She was one of three DeKalb State Court judges who made Kemp’s short list for the position. The other two were Dax Lopez and Stacey Hydrick.
A product of DeKalb County Schools, Morris is a 1988 graduate of Lakeside High School. She holds an undergraduate degree in journalism from the University of Georgia; a master’s degree in criminal justice from Albany State University; and a law degree from Mercer University School of Law.
She was admitted to the Georgia Bar in 1997.
Before becoming a State Court judge, Morris was deputy district attorney in Fulton County and an assistant solicitor for the city of Atlanta.
She is a member of the State Bar of Georgia's Board of Governors, Georgia Association for Women Lawyers, Leadership DeKalb, Junior League of DeKalb, UGA Alumni Association's Board of Directors, and several other organizations.
Kemp's office says her appointment to the Stone Mountain Judicial Circuit is effective once she is sworn into office. Morris said she will be sworn in at 2 p.m. on June 17 at the State Capitol.
Morris is also an executive board member of the Day League (formerly DeKalb Rape Crisis Center); International Women’s House, a nonprofit domestic violence shelter; and a member of Atlanta Lions Club. She is also a member of the Criminal Justice Advisory Board for Atlanta Technical College and frequently serves as a mentor and speaker on topics ranging from law and ethics to mental and physical wellness.
In 2016, the Georgia House of Representatives recognized Morris “for her tireless contributions to the State of Georgia,” with House Resolution 1271.
Aug. 28, 2015, was designated “Shondeana Crews Morris Appreciation Day” by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners, and in 2014, Morris received the South Fulton Outstanding Citizenship Award.
Over the years, Morris has earned recognition for her legal work and community involvement. In 2018, she received the "Hidden Figures of DeKalb Service Award," Delta Sigma Theta's Pinnacle Leadership Award in 2016, Women Looking Ahead Magazine's "Georgia's Most Powerful & Influential Attorney" award in 2011, and the Association of Government Attorneys in Capital Litigation "Trial Advocacy Award" for 2008-2009.
Morris is married to attorney Joe Morris III. They have two children and are foster parents for the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services.