Another new judge is set to take her seat on the bench at the Alcovy Judicial Circuit Superior Court, and again it is a historic one. Judge Cheveda McCamy became only the second woman to serve on the Alcovy Judicial Circuit and the first African American woman. Superior Court Judge Layla Zon was the first woman to serve on the bench after being appointed by the Governor earlier this year following the early retirement of Judge Samuel Osburn.
McCamy was sworn in by Gov. Brian Kemp at the Georgia state capitol on Monday. She replaces Superior Court Judge Horace Johnson who passed away of the summer after contracting COVID-19.
“I am honored to be sworn in today to serve my community. I appreciate the support from everyone who has encouraged me over the years. I will strive to be fair and ensure justice is served in Newton and Walton Counties,” McCamy said in a statement following her swearing in. (You can view the Facebook live video of the swearing ceremony below.)
McCamy holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Georgia and a law degree from Mercer University. She comes to her judgeship after previously serving as the chief assistant district attorney with the Henry County District Attorney’s Office. Prior to that, she worked at Hall, Booth, Smith & Slover, P.C. and Lisa R. Roberts & Associate, later transitioning to the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office, where she served as a senior assistant district attorney and then the same role with the DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office. McCamy is a member of the NewRock Legal Society, Newton County Bar Association, Walton County Bar Association, Henry County Bar Association, Georgia Association of Women Lawyers, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys, National District Attorneys Association, and the National Black Prosecutors Association.
McCamy and her family live in Covington. They were all on hand for her historic swearing-in ceremony. She will serve on the bench in Walton and Newton County which are both served by the Alcovy Judicial Circuit.