Nancy Mau was appointed as a Magistrate Court Judge for Fulton County on February 11, 2022. Having practiced law for over 30 years, she started her career on the defense side and transitioned to the role of prosecutor. She has served for over a decade in the public realm at both the state and local levels.
A graduate of Mercer University’s Walter F. George School of Law, Nancy began as a public defender in a five-county, rural circuit in northeast Georgia, followed by service as a trial attorney in Superior Court at the Fulton County Public Defender’s Office. She was subsequently recruited by the Georgia Indigent Defense Council (now the Georgia Public Defender Council) to the newly created capital defender office where she helped establish the administration and training procedures for the representation of indigent defendants facing capital trials statewide. Nancy served as co-counsel in capital trials throughout the State of Georgia, has filed briefs in and appeared before the Georgia Supreme Court, and has frequently lectured at training conferences.
After ten years Nancy launched a boutique firm focused on plaintiff’s work, real property, landlord/tenant and business transactions. She has provided countless pro bono legal hours to the community and has devoted much time and effort to the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyer’s Foundation.
In 2018 Nancy returned to the Fulton County court system at the invitation of Solicitor-General Keith Gammage to implement its Diversion Program which has provided second- chance opportunities for thousands of non-violent, first-time misdemeanor offenders. She also prosecuted criminal offenses involving animal cruelty, neglect and irresponsible pet ownership in the Fulton County Magistrate Court.
She was the Solicitor’s representative to Fulton County’s Advancing Pre-Trial Policy and Research policy team, advocating for the victims of crime. A proponent of alternatives to incarceration for those suffering from mental illness, drug addiction, and extreme poverty, in 2020 she was selected to attend the National Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) Bureau’s working conference in Seattle where she received invaluable training in the best practices for law enforcement-driven, pre-arrest initiatives.
Nancy has been a practitioner and teacher of yoga for nearly thirty years and has frequently traveled to India to study directly with B.K.S. Iyengar and his family. She is a member of the Iyengar Yoga National Association of the USA and International Association of Yoga Therapists.