Ronda Colvin-Leary: Gwinnett County’s First Elected Black Judge

Gwinnett County State Court judge Ronda Colvin-Leary (left) receives a gavel from State Court Judge Joseph C. Iannazzone after she was sworn-in. Photo: HYOSUB SHIN / AJC

The first African-American to be elected to any countywide position was sworn in as a Gwinnett County State Court judge Thursday afternoon.

Ronda Colvin-Leary, a Snellville attorney, won the seat in May. While multiple African-American judges have been appointed to serve on magistrate, juvenile and recorders courts, Colvin-Leary is the first to win an election for state court, the county’s Administrative Office of the Courts confirmed after her election.

Click here to read more about this historic moment (HT Amanda C. Coyne).

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