Linda W. Hunter
DeKalb County Courthouse
Judge Hunter has been a DeKalb County employee for over twenty-five (25) years. In the early 1980s Judge Hunter served as an Assistant Solicitor and Assistant DeKalb County District Attorney. While serving as an Assistant District Attorney (under District Attorney Robert E. Wilson) Judge Hunter never lost a case at trial or on appeal.
In 1987, Governor Joe Frank Harris appointed Judge Hunter to the DeKalb State Court. At that time, Judge Hunter became, at age 37, the first African –American judge appointed or elected to a trial court of record in the history of DeKalb County.
In 1991, Judge Hunter was elevated to the DeKalb Superior Court by Governor Zell Miller. This appointment gave Judge Hunter the honor of becoming the first African-American female to serve on the DeKalb Superior Court.
Judge Hunter also has the distinction of being the first female and the first African-American female in the history of DeKalb County to serve as Chief Judge and Administrative Judge of the DeKalb Superior Court.
Prior to her DeKalb County employment, Judge Hunter was an associate in an Atlanta law firm specializing in medical malpractice, product liability, and personal injury lawsuits.
Judge Hunter is an honors graduate of Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. She received her law degree from the University of Georgia School of Law. While a law student at UGA, Judge Hunter was renowned for her moot court skills. She was a finalist in the Talmadge Moot Court competition, a member of the ABA moot court team, and coached the Wagner moot court team.