Judge Michael C. Clark of Gwinnett County, Georgia, will discuss his career as a family court judge in the Atlanta area for the spring 2017 Roane State Social and Behavioral Science Forum.
The forum will be at Roane State’s Oak Ridge campus at 701 Briarcliff Avenue. It’s scheduled from 12:30-2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 12, in the City Room (A111).
Clark, born and raised in Macon, Georgia, served for more than 21 years as Superior Court Judge in Gwinnett County. He became a member of the bar in 1980, worked briefly as a law clerk for a Superior Court Judge in Floyd County (Rome), as an assistant district attorney in Gwinnett County, and as a private lawyer before being elected to the bench in 1992. He was re-elected five times.
Before being elected to the bench, Clark had a reputation as an excellent trial and appellate lawyer, a press release said. In March 2014, he stepped down to return to the private practice of law. As a trial judge, he presided over approximately 150 jury trials and handled about 30,000 cases.
In addition to his trial practice, Clark is a registered mediator and arbitrator qualified to handle the most complex of cases, the press release said.
Clark has a B.S. (psychology), A.B. (religion), and J.D. from the University of Georgia. He also briefly attended Virginia Tech (Foreign Policy studies), Georgia Tech (Industrial Management), and Georgia (Economics) as a graduate student.
He has completed all of the requirements for a master’s degree in Judicial Studies from the University of Nevada, Reno, and the National Judicial College, the press release said. A confessed professional student, Clark’s interests run from all the humanities, especially philosophy, religion, history, and literature to jurisprudence and constitutional law.
For more information, contact Casey Cobb at [email protected] or (865) 481-2000, ext. 2205.