Let’s face it, going to court to resolve any legal matter for the average citizen is stressful. As a judge, managing the courtroom experience is a delicate balance of law, business, art, and science. It is imperative to me that the residents of DeKalb County know that the law will be executed fairly and professionally without bias to race, religion, sexual orientation, nationality, or socioeconomic background.
It has been his privilege to serve DeKalb County as a Judge for 13 years. During his tenure, he worked tirelessly developing programs that assisted our marginalized citizens. These court programs reduced the county’s repeat offender rate, saved taxpayers thousands of dollars and made our community safer. As a full-time judge, he functioned as the chief administrator of his courtroom, guiding participants through the courtroom proceedings, managing day to day operations and departmental fiscal budgeting.
If he is chosen as your choice for Superior Court Judge, case outcomes in his courtroom will be based on constitutional law, sound precedent, and protection of individual rights within the confines of city, county, state and federal law.
His legal career began in the City of Atlanta Law Department where he represented the city in civil matters in state and federal court. He also served as a Senior Attorney for both the City of Atlanta and Fulton County Public Defender’s Offices. As a Senior Attorney for Fulton County Public Defender’s Office, he handled misdemeanor and felony cases in State and Superior Courts. As the lead public defender assigned to the Honorable Tom Campbell, he represented indigent clients from indictment to jury trial. Working as a Senior Attorney in two public defender’s offices required that he be responsible for the supervision of staff attorneys, investigators, and support personnel.
Currently, he works as a private attorney helping clients navigate through the complexity of legal proceedings in the areas of personal injury, criminal defense, and family law. He has represented clients at bond hearings, motions hearings, and bench and jury trials. His legal experience includes litigation in both civil and criminal matters.
He takes great pride in having been admitted to the State Bar of Georgia, the Georgia Court of Appeals, the Georgia Supreme Court, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.
“Leadership is based on inspiration, not domination; on cooperation, not intimidation.”
•William Arthur Wood
For over 25 years he has been afforded numerous leadership roles. He has served as a full-time Judge, Senior Attorney, and Lead Litigator. During his 13 years as a judge, he developed a cohesive blueprint of how court proceedings were to be executed. Effective courtroom management required that he manage court dockets, courtroom personnel, and the dissemination of information. Additionally, he has supervised fellow attorneys, investigators, and support staff. By utilizing his interpersonal skills in various settings, he contributed greatly to creating a team of highly trained professionals to serve the respective jurisdictions that they represented. Outside his judicial and legal career, he has been tasked with handling multimillion-dollar global projects in the private and public sectors.
“In recognizing the humanity of our fellow beings, we pay ourselves the highest tribute.”Thurgood Marshall
In addition to his legal career, he has been an ardent supporter of area youth. He is a product of a small, close-knit community who saw potential in him. His community invested their precious gifts of time coupled with the wisdom to support his education and career aspirations. He earnestly pays their generosity forward.
As an active member of the 100 BlackMen of DeKalb, he mentors area youth through the Leadership Academy. He regularly visits area schools to support classroom activities to enhance student’s fundamental reading skills. Of all these activities his favorite is to just simply read to the students to stimulate thought and broaden their horizons.
Continuing to positively impact our community, his membership in the Lion’s Club International organization allows him to aid in the provision of vision screening for children, beautification of DeKalb County neighborhoods, and tackling service projects such as building a monument to fallen police officers in Dresden Park.
Roderick also works as a volunteer with the Interfaith Children’s Movement, affording him the opportunity to assist with efforts in combating human trafficking, improving education, and strengthening families in Georgia.
In conjunction with these activities, he co-founded Positive Peering, which is an organization with the purpose to mentor at-risk youth. Positive Peering sponsors activities so that teens can seek insightful solutions to life’s challenges with their counterparts or an adult advisor. He listens. He leads. He serves.