Judge Shana Rooks Malone

Clayton County Superior Court Judge Shana Rooks Malone was elected to serve in 2016. She is a native of Dublin, Georgia where she graduated from Dublin High School with honors. She earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia in 1997, serving as the President of her graduating class. She obtained her Juris Doctor Degree from Tulane University School of Law in New Orleans, Louisiana in 2000 with a Certification in Sports Law. Judge Malone served as the Associate Editor-in-Chief of the National Black Law Journal and as Executive Editor of the Tulane Sports Law Journal. She was an officer of the Tulane Moot Court Board and argued on both the National Trial Team and the ATLA Trial Team. She served as an officer of the Black Law Students Association and was admitted to the National Order of Barristers, an honor bestowed on only 10 members of the graduating law class.

Judge Malone values her call to service and believes to whom much is given, much is required. Prior to joining the Clayton County Superior Court, Judge Malone was a Clayton County Commissioner for 4 years and is credited for steering a referendum to restore public transportation in Clayton County in the form of MARTA. She also previously served as an Associate Magistrate Court Judge and a Pro Temp Juvenile Court Judge.

Judge Malone has served on numerous boards and volunteers with numerous organizations and non-profits. She is the immediate past president and a charter member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Psi Alpha Omega Chapter serving Clayton and Henry Counties.

Judge Malone is a member of the Leadership Atlanta Class of 2016 and was recognized by the Atlanta Business Chronicle as one of the most influential leaders 40 Under 40 in 2014. She is a 2014 graduate of the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Regional Leadership Institute. She is a 2010 inductee into Outstanding Atlanta where she served as the Vice President of Alumni Affairs and a 2006 graduate of Leadership Clayton. She is a graduate of Leadership Georgia Class of 2019.

Judge Malone is a proponent of improving the lives of those with mental health/behavioral health disorder in the criminal justice system. In the spring of 2020, she finalized the design and creation of the inaugural Clayton County Behavioral Health Accountability Court. She has had more than 25 participants be accepted into the program thus far. She and her husband Robin live in Jonesboro
with their son Dylan and dog Smokie. She is passionate about animal rights and the eradication of metal heath stigma. She has been a life-long member of the AME Church and is a member of St. Philip AME Church in Atlanta







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