Alumni Spotlight: Judge Amanda Heath
Amanda Heath last walked the halls of Houston High School in 2003. She was often found in the choir room working with the Madrigal Choir with her favorite teacher, Mr. Ron Norton—or, delivering a fine performance on the volleyball court. And yet still, Heath found time to serve as President of the HHS Latin Club. In fact, she said with a laugh, “I did too many things to probably go into—I loved Houston [High School]”.
This month, Heath was appointed as judge in Georgia. She will be the first African-American woman judge appointed to the Augusta Judicial Circuit Juvenile Court. She’s the youngest sitting judge in the three counties included in her jurisdiction. “They told me I’m really going to bring down their average age,” she noted about her fellow judges’ response to her recent appointment.
She earned her undergraduate degree from Hampton University in Virginia where she studied Sociology with a real interest in helping people.
Heath quickly made the connection that laws are what ultimately shapes our societal behaviors and became interested in going to law school. She immediately attended Mercer University in Macon, Georgia where she sat on the Executive Board for the Moot Court—and launched a legal career.
After law school, she has accepted her first job in a corporate law in Atlanta, which eventually led her to accepting a position as the Assistant District Attorney for Augusta, Georgia, which is at the seat of the second-largest metro area (after Atlanta).
Hard work in the district attorney’s office and opening her own family law practice in Augusta had paid off and her talents were recognized. She received numerous nods: Induction into GeorgiaForward: Gamechangers, iHeartMiedia Shero Award, along with holding positions on several non-profit boards.
Then after six short years as a lawyer, she was appointed to become a judge in Augusta. Sworn in on October 1st, 2016, she’s extremely excited to not only help society, but to shape it with the interpretation of laws in her new position in the juvenile court system.
Heath strongly believes in holding people accountable while also exercising compassion—putting proactive services in place to prevent young people from needing to make court appearances in the future.
A strong woman of faith, she is also incredibly active in her church, Abundant Life Worship Center, where she serves in Children’s Ministry.
Posted: Thursday, October 13, 2016