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Thelma W. Cummings Moore

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Since her initial judicial appointment by the Honorable Maynard H. Jackson more than thirty years ago, Judge Moore has achieved a litany of “firsts”.  She was the first woman to serve full-time on the benches of the Atlanta Municipal Court and the City Court of Atlanta and the first African-American woman to serve on the State Courts of Georgia.  She is the first woman to serve as Chief Judge of the Superior Court of Fulton County, Georgia’s busiest trial court of general jurisdiction and the first African-American woman to serve as Chief Administrative Judge of any Judicial Circuit in Georgia.  She was re-elected to the bench six times.


Judge Moore has since retired from the bench after 31 years of service and she engages in the practice of law with MOORE LAW, LLC, where she serves as Legal Counsel to the Ethics Board of a Georgia municipality, governmental entities, major corporations and institutions.  Judge Moore has also served on the Emory law School Council, the Board of the Center for Ethics at Emory University, the Emory University Board of Visitors and the Emory University Board of Trustees.


Judge Moore is the architect of the Fulton County Family Court and the Family Law Information Center, innovative projects and the first of their kind in Georgia, providing access to justice for all.  Among her accomplishments, Judge Moore coordinated strategies to develop a state-of –the-art justice information system, obtained significant grants to implement intergovernmental computer connectivity, expanded alternative dispute resolution and implemented justice system collaboration. Judge Moore has co-chaired a first-of-its-kind symposium on criminal justice to insure fairness, justice, equality, safety and security.




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Moore Law, LLC

3285 Main St
Atlanta, GA, 30337-1208


GAActive Member in Good Standing 197111/07/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
United States Chief Justice Award for Judicial ExcellenceSupreme Court2001
Judicial Council Thurgood Marshall AwardNational Bar Association1999
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Chief JudgeFulton County Superior Court1990 - 2009
Association namePosition nameDuration
Joseph E. Lowery Institute for Justice and Human RightsBoard Member2000 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Probate Guardianship and ConservatorshipN/A
Family LawNumerous cases with successful outcomes for husbands, wives, and parents in the best interests of children
Criminal LawNumerous successful cases resulting in the nolle prose of cases and Record Restriction on behalf of the accused
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Publication nameTitleDate
Publishing Associates, Inc.Living with a Passion2005
Who’s Who PublicationsBlack Judges in America, History of Black Judges2003
30 GA. BAR J. 44Book Review1993
35 HOWARD L. J. 37Justice Thurgood Marshall and His Legacy: A Living Legend’s Unceasing Commitment to Justice and Equality1991
28 GA. BAR J. 25Black Lawyers of Georgia: In Pursuit of Justice1991
FULTON CTY. DAILY REP’TA Time for Tea and Judicial Appointments: A British Experience1991
PESIThe Collateral Source Rule: Motor Vehicle Litigation1990
6 GA. BAR J. 448The Incompetence of a Husband and Wife to Testify So As to Illegitimate A Child1970
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Emory University School of LawN/AN/A1971
Illinois Institute of TechnologyN/AN/A1966