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Mhairi Gormley, a GRSP student from Scotland, has regularly attended our weekly meetings, Family of Rotary events, service projects, and other club events, while also participating in GRSP events across Georgia throughout the past year. Come learn more about her GRSP experience at this meeting!
Judge Todd Markle was appointed to the Court of Appeals of Georgia by Governor Nathan Deal on December 17, 2018.Prior to his appointment, Judge Markle served as a trial judge on the Superior Court of Fulton County.
Judge Markle began his legal career in Atlanta in 1989.He started his own law firm in 1996 handling general civil litigation.In practice, he tried numerous jury trials and has multiple reported appellate decisions from the state and federal courts.He held an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell as well.
In January 2011, Judge Markle left private practice to become executive counsel to newly elected Governor Deal.In this role, he served as the governor=s chief legal advisor during the 2011 legislative session. He also chaired the inaugural Criminal Justice Reform Council which made recommendations for addressing recidivism and which became the basis for some of Governor Deal=s signature achievements.
Governor Deal appointed Judge Markle to the Superior Court of Fulton County in August 2011.He won a contested race to retain his seat in 2012 and ran unopposed in 2016.In addition to his regular judicial duties, he was instrumental in establishing what became the State=s largest Veterans Treatment Court.He and his team were recognized by the Congressional Black Caucus in 2014 in Washington D.C. for their work on behalf of veterans. That same year, Chief Justice Hugh Thompson appointed Judge Markle to the Georgia Returning Veterans Task Force to make recommendations to the State for addressing legal issues faced by service members.In 2016, Judge Markle was namedthe Outstanding Veterans Judge of the Year by the Military and Veterans Law Section of the State Bar and the Emory Law School Veterans Pro Bono Clinic.
By appointment of the governor, Judge Markle served on the Georgia Child Support Commission from 2016 until 2018.He has been a member of the boards of directors of the Rotary Club of Buckhead, the Atlanta Film Society and CHRIS Kids.He also served as an elder in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) at Central Presbyterian Church.He graduated from the National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada in 2012 and was a member of the Leadership Atlanta Class of 2013.Judge Markle is also a member of the Lawyer=s Club of Atlanta.
Judge Markle grew up in the South Cobb community of the metro Atlanta area and graduated from South Cobb High School.He earned his Bachelor=s degree from the University of Georgia, graduating magna cum laude in 1986, and earned his Juris Doctor from Mercer Law School, where he graduated cum laude in 1989.At the University of Georgia, he was a member of the Golden Key Honor Society and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa.In law school, he was a member of Phi Kappa Phi and the Brainerd Currie Honor Society and served on the Mercer Law Review.
Judge Markle and his family reside in Atlanta and are members of Peachtree Presbyterian Church.
Congratulations to STEVE SMOAK, the 2018-2019 Brookhaven Rotarian of the Year! Our Club has enjoyed a wonderful year of fellowship through a series of fantastic Family of Rotary events and a great holiday party -- all thanks to Steve. Congratulations on a very well-deserved honor!
Huge thanks to Josh Moreland, Jonathan Byrd, Bonnie Hardage, Bob Cunningham, and Jared Sobelson for putting together a great kickoff event this past Saturday for the 9th Annual Service Above Self Invitational! More than $40,000 in commitments was raised to support Shepherd Center's SHARE Military Initiative, and a great time was had by all!