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Judge Stephanie C. Davis

Judge Stephanie C. Davis
Office Address:                           Phone:
Justice Center Tower
185 Central Avenue SW
Suite T1605
Atlanta, Georgia 30303


Judge Stephanie C. Davis was born in Atlanta, Georgia, the daughter of Dr. Albert M. and Mrs. Myrtle Davis.  A graduate of Northside High School, she attended Stanford University where she was a manager of the men’s basketball team and pledged Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.  In 1980, she earned a bachelor’s degree in Communication.  Within months of her graduation, Judge Davis was in an automobile accident and became a quadriplegic as the result of a spinal cord injury.  The following year, she enrolled in the Emory University School of Law and went on to earn a Doctor of Law degree in 1985.

Judge Davis’ first job as an attorney was a clerkship for Judge Clarence Cooper, then a judge in Fulton County Superior Court.  It was during this period that she began to raise questions about wheelchair access to county buildings, particularly the courthouse and the old county administration building.  On several occasions, she gave the media tours of those buildings pointing out access problems.  Judge Davis would eventually be appointed to and lead the Blue Ribbon Panel on Disability Affairs, whose mission was to review all of Fulton County’s building and programs and to report its findings to the Board of Commissioners.  Among the report’s many recommendations was the establishment of an Office of Disability Affairs and a Commission on Disability Affairs.  Judge Davis served as its first chair.  She was also the first Disability sector member of the Fulton County Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, as well as, a member of the Board of Directors of Central Fulton Senior Services.

In 1990, Judge Davis left Fulton County to serve as a staff attorney for Judges Clarence Cooper, Harold Banke and John Ruffin of the Georgia Court of Appeals.  Her advocacy for persons with disabilities continued as she became an advisor to the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games and the Atlanta Committee for the Paralympic Games.  In 1996, she was proud to be a torchbearer in the Paralympic Torch Relay.  In that year she also joined the Board of Directors of the Atlanta Women’s Fund and continued to serve as the Fund blossomed into the Atlanta Women’s Foundation.

Judge Davis was appointed a pro hac Magistrate Court Judge in Fulton County 2000, primarily presiding over misdemeanor first appearance hearings, child abandonment cases, warrant applications, small claims cases and state court plea calendars.  In 2001, she was one of several MARTA patrons with disabilities who successfully sued the transit authority in federal court citing a system-wide pattern and practice of discrimination against people with disabilities in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.   She continues to monitor its performance.

Since 2002, Judge Davis has served as a full time Magistrate Court Judge.  She served as Chief Magistrate from January 1, 2010 until December 31, 2014.

In 2005, on the fifteenth anniversary of the Americans with Disability Act, Judge Davis was given the Eagle Award by Fulton County.  She was honored by the Gate City Bar Association Judicial Section in 2010 with the Judge Horace T. Ward Legacy Award.  She has also shared her time and talents with Council of Magistrate Court Judges as a district representative and executive board member, the Advisory Board of the Shepherd Center, and the Board of Directors of the Art Foundry Condominiums at Atlantic Commons Homeowners Association.