Judge Ronda Colvin Leary


Judge Ronda S. Colvin (formerly Colvin Leary) was raised in a small town in rural Alabama. She is the oldest of 4 children. She comes from a long line of military servicemen, nurses, law enforcement and grandparents who fought in the civil rights movement. Raised from humble beginning, Judge Colvin was taught core values of hard work, treating people fairly and strong Christian values.

On May 22, 2018, Judge Colvin was elected Gwinnett County’s newest State Court Judge. She made history by becoming the first African American in Gwinnett County’s history to serve on Gwinnett’s State Court judicial bench.

Before being elected to the bench, Judge Colvin served as an attorney for over seventeen (17) years and has fought tirelessly for her clients in Georgia courtrooms protecting their rights. For eleven (11) of those years she had a successful private law practice in Gwinnett County. She was the managing attorney and her practice focused on Criminal Law, Contract law, Juvenile law and Personal Injury. Additionally, Judge Colvin served as Solicitor for the City of Winder from 2011 until 2018. She is a former staff attorney for the city of Atlanta Municipal Court, former Assistant Solicitor for DeKalb County, and a former part time adjunct for the University of Phoenix.

Judge Colvin received her Juris Doctorate degree from Florida Coastal school of Law, Jacksonville, Florida. She holds a bachelor’s degree in criminology from Auburn University, in Auburn, Alabama. She is a member of Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church, where Bishop William L. Sheals serves as senior pastor. Judge Colvin is the proud mother of two daughters, Kerrigan and Kyla.

CIVIC & PROFESSIONAL INVOLVEMENT: Judge Colvin is a member of many professional organizations, as well as engaged in numerous civic and community activities. She is a member of Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church, she serves as: United Way Gwinnett County Advisor Board Member(former ), Gwinnett Domestic Violence Task Force Board Member, Step By Step Recovery, Inc. Board Member, Lawrenceville Lions Club Member, Emory Druid Hills Rotary Membership Chair (former), Hosts Community Law Clinics, 2015 GLANCE Gwinnett graduate, participated in Archer High School PTSA Youth Awareness Forum, Snellville Middle School Advisory Committee Member (former), Member of Georgia Bar, Member of Gate City Bar Judicial Section, Member of GAWL (Georgia Association of Women Lawyers), GABWA (Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys), Member of Gwinnett Criminal Defense Bar, Korean Advocates for Crime Prevention Advisory Board Member, Community Foundation of Northeast Georgia Board Member.

HONORS AND AWARDS: 2019 Georgia House of Representatives House Resolution 1136, 2019 Council of State Court Judges Resolution, 2019 Trailblazer Award, 2019 Gate City Bar Vanguard Award, 2019 OCA-GA Chapter Asian Pacific American Advocates Appreciation Award, 2019 DITR (Diamond In The Rough, Inc.) Regent Diamond Award, 2018 & 2016 Gwinnett County Sankofa Community Leadership Award, 2018 Gwinnett NAACP Outstanding Commitment to Justice Award, 2018 National Education Foundation Community Service Award, 2014 &2015 Archer High School PTSA Youth Risk Awareness Leadership Award







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