The Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys

APPLY TODAY for the Judicial and Public Office Academy–Please Submit Applications by 8/22/19

JPOA 2019 Application

The Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys presents  The 2019 Judicial and Public Office Academy  

GABWA is pleased to announce the 2019 Judicial and Public Office Academy (JPOA). The broad goals for the JPOA are to support, educate, promote, and fuel the pipeline of well-prepared African American female attorneys who desire to obtain public office. In the JPOA, participants will gain an understanding of the pre-planning that should occur to position themselves as viable candidates in the future.    JPOA is a 6-week training program with sessions covering Fundraising, Ethics Laws, Personal and Political Considerations, Campaigning and Election Laws, Branding and Styling for the Candidate, the Appointment Process for Judicial and Non-Judicial positions, etc.  Our class participants are given exclusive access to Judges, State Legislatures, City Council Members, Board of Education members, County Commissioners, State Bar and Board of Governor Representatives, other elected officials, and seasoned Political Experts who will offer their expertise, advice and professional opinions on what it takes to position yourself as a viable candidate in the future.   We offer dynamic classes that will ensure your preparedness to seek office. Classes include:
· Campaigning 101
· Elections 101
· Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Laws
· Fundraising
· Judicial & Non-Judicial Appointments
· Stump Speech and Interview Tips
· Building your Brand
· Communication and Social Media in Politics  
The Award-winning JPOA is in its 8th year of operation and boasts several successful graduates who are currently serving in various political office positions across metro-Atlanta. Our alums go on to do great things. Did you know that we’ve had 7 success stories since 2011? You could be next! Past JPOA Alums include:  
· Judge JaDawnya Butler, Municipal Court of Atlanta, appointed by Mayor Kasim Reed JPOA, Founder and Chair, 2010-2015
· Judge Shondeana Crews-Morris, Superior Court Judge of DeKalb County, recently appointed by Governor Brian Kemp JPOA, Class of 2015
· Judge Tadia D. Whitner, Superior Court Judge of Gwinnett County, recently appointed by Governor Brian Kemp JPOA, Class of 2014

· Judge Wenona Belton, Juvenile Court of Fulton County JPOA, Class of 2011
· Jacqueline Bunn, Executive Director of the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, appointed by Governor Nathan Deal JPOA, Class of 2011
· Honorable Lisa Cupid, Cobb County Commissioner, District 4 JPOA, Class of 2011
· Eshe Collins, Board Member, Atlanta Board of Education,  District 6 JPOA, Class of 2012

  The academy is open to current GABWA members who have at least (3) years of law practice or equivalent career experience. Tuition for the JPOA is $100.00 for Atlanta students and $50.00 for students participating remotely from one of our five regional chapters.  

The sessions will begin on Saturday, September 7, 2019 and conclude on October 12, 2019 with Graduation scheduled for October 23, 2019. All of the sessions will be held at Atlanta office of Hawkins Parnell & Young, LLP located at 303 Peachtree Street, NE, Suite 4000, Atlanta, Georgia 30308. Weekly Sessions are held from September 7, 2019 through October 12, 2019 on Wednesdays from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:00-12:00 p.m.   Please see the attached application for more information regarding dates and times for each class. To apply, please complete the attached application and email to by Thursday, August 22, 2019. No late submissions will be accepted.    We look forward to you applying for the 2019 Judicial and Public Office Academy. If you have any questions, please contact the JPOA Chair at  


JPOA 2019 Application

In service for GABWA,    

Tameka A. West Chair, Judicial and Public Office Academy (JPOA) 2019 Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys