Judge Janis C. Gordon – Division 7
DeKalb County Courthouse
556 N. McDonough St
Decatur, GA 30030
404-687-3999 | 404-687-3989
Michele R. Jones
Civil Calendar Clerk
Judge Gordon graduated from Emory University in 1975, and received an M.A. degree in political science from the University of Chicago in 1976. In 1979, she graduated from Duke University School of Law, where she served on the Editorial Board of the Duke Law Journal. She spent the next twenty-plus years prosecuting complex multi-defendant criminal cases in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Atlanta. During that time period, she was sent to both Bosnia and Estonia, to help train prosecutors and judges. Towards the end of her prosecutorial career, she became the first prosecutor to use the RICO laws to prosecute cases involving the human trafficking of children, and traveled to Washington, D.C., to brief President George W. Bush on this strategy.
In December 2002, Governor Roy Barnes appointed Judge Gordon to the DeKalb County State Court bench, to which she has been repeatedly re-elected without opposition. While on the bench, Judge Gordon has run the domestic violence accountability program, as well as a rehabilitative program for young women offenders. She served on the Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism and currently serves on the Board to Determine Fitness of Bar Applicants. Judge Gordon previously chaired the State Court Judges Education Committee and currently chairs the New Judges Orientation Committee. She is a 2003 graduate of Leadership DeKalb and has been a volunteer judge at local and regional high school mock trial competitions.
In 2002, Judge Gordon received the Director’s Award for Superior Performance from the Attorney General of the United States. She has received numerous other awards, including the Child Advocate Award from a Committee of the State Bar; the Legacy Award from A Future, Not A Past; the St. Thomas More Award for commitment to justice and humanity in difficult circumstances; and an Honorarium from the Johns Hopkins University Protection Project.