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Criminal Justice Reform In Action with Judge Chaundra Lewis

Chaundra Lewis is a Henry County State Court Judge, with jurisdiction to hear misdemeanors, including traffic violations, and try civil matters not reserved exclusively for the superior courts. In addition to handling her assigned caseload, Judge Lewis also presides over the State Court DUI Court Program, aimed at giving its participants the necessary tools and support needed to modify their lifestyles to become productive, sober and law-abiding citizens.

Prior to joining the Henry County State Court bench, she served as Deputy Chief Assistant in the Henry County District Attorney’s Office, where she was responsible for prosecuting felony and misdemeanor offenses. Judge Lewis also previously served as the Deputy Chief Assistant Solicitor General in both the Fulton and Clayton County Solicitor General's Offices, where she was responsible for prosecuting misdemeanor offenses. She has served as a Staff Attorney for the Honorable Morris Braswell, in the State Court of Clayton County, and worked in the private practice of law, gaining experience as a civil litigator and criminal defense attorney. Judge Lewis is licensed to practice law in the State of Georgia and the State of Tennessee.

Judge Lewis is a native of Memphis, Tennessee, where she graduated from Kirby High School. She earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from Spelman College, in Atlanta, Georgia. She earned her Juris Doctor from The University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphries School of Law and began the practice of law in Georgia in 1998.

Judge Lewis has always been devoted to the communities in which she has lived. Her community activism began in law school when she worked with Memphis Area Legal Services. She continued her service after law school by tutoring youth, participating in life skills programs for women in transition, and volunteering at assisted living facilities. Judge Lewis has served on the Board of Directors for Connecting Clayton, Grassroots Leadership Institute, Secur'us House, Family Support Circle and Miracle Mission Hope House. She currently serves as a board member for Gigi’s House, a faith-based home dedicated to serving girls ages 13-19 who are victims of sex trafficking.

Judge Lewis is also committed to leadership, and has completed McDonough 101, has served on the Steering Committee for the McDonough Youth Advisory Council and is a graduate of both Leadership Clayton and Leadership Henry. She actively serves her community through her membership in Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Psi Alpha Omega Chapter, where she is a member of the Connection and Social Action Committee, a committee responsible for voter education in the community. She is also an active member of Jack and Jill of America, Inc., Lake Spivey Georgia Chapter, where she serves as President.

Judge Lewis has been married to her husband, Kevin, for 24 years. They live in McDonough, with their three daughters.

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