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Leaders of Cobb: Julie Jacobs

Judge Julie Jacobs

Cobb Superior Court Judge

THE STORY: I grew up on a cattle farm in Dalton, Georgia, raised by a single mother after my father died when I was 5. I grew up working on our family farm and in my family’s country grocery store, so I quickly learned the importance of resilience and hard work. Dalton is a carpet mill town, and I grew up seeing many people struggle. I wanted to do something that would allow me to help people. At a very young age, I knew I wanted to be a lawyer, and I never shifted my focus. I was the first in my family to pursue higher education, and I proudly graduated from Georgia State University and Emory Law School. With two decades dedicated to public service in the Georgia Attorney General’s office, I am humbled to have been appointed as a Cobb Superior Court judge. My husband, Chad, and our two daughters live in Mableton with our spoiled dog, Winston.

WHY I CHOSE TO LIVE IN COBB: I moved to metro Atlanta to attend college in 1996 and fell in love with the area. After I graduated from law school in 2003 and accepted a position with the Georgia Attorney General’s office, I started looking for a family-friendly community with attractive amenities. I found all those qualities in Cobb County. What I love most about Cobb County is the true sense of community; we enjoy the benefits of living in a metropolitan area with a small-town feel. Watching Cobb thrive has been exciting, and it is gratifying to have the opportunity to work as a superior court judge in my community. Cobb County is a wonderful place to raise a family and call home!

WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT YOUR JOB? As a superior court judge, I meet a large cross-section of the Cobb community — frequently at the most stressful points of their lives. The people involved in these cases look to me to resolve their disputes. I wanted to work in the legal system to help people. My position allows me to help families and protect our community. My overriding goal is to look at cases objectively and render a fair and impartial decision to enable the parties to have closure and move on with their lives. I love these opportunities to interact with our community and to provide a positive experience with our court system.

LEISURE TIME: I’ll be honest, I don’t have a lot of leisure time! I prioritize what’s important to me, and that will always be my family. I am spending time with them when I am not at the courthouse or attending community events. I am also responsible for managing my elderly mother’s care, and that means frequent trips to my hometown. Those trips back home also involve checking on our family cattle farm and renovating my farmhouse that’s been in my family since 1932. Of course, I always enjoy time with good friends (especially at the Marietta Square!) and attending my daughters’ sporting events.

BEST ADVICE: Dream big, work hard, and make your mark! Life isn’t always easy, and success doesn’t happen overnight. I’ve had plenty of struggles along the way, but my personal experiences have shaped me into a more compassionate and understanding judge. I think that our struggles are what truly make us better individuals.

WHAT’S NEXT? I hope to continue serving Cobb County as a superior court judge for many years. I am up for election on May 21, 2024, to retain my seat on the Court so that I may continue the hard work I’ve started. I am also looking forward to being a part of Cobb’s exciting opportunities for growth and seeing my daughters thrive in our community.

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