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Judge Fatima A. El-Amin
Judge Fatima A. El-Amin is a native of Atlanta, Georgia. She attended the Mohammed Schools of Atlanta from Pre-K through Twelfth Grade and graduated as Co-Valedictorian of her class. Judge El-Amin completed her collegiate studies at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and graduated cum laude with a dual B.A. degree in Psychology and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. Her senior honors thesis titled, “The Hijab: Investigating the Relationship between Traditional Islamic Dress and Self-Esteem among African-American Muslim Women,” received Magna Cum Laude distinction at Harvard. Judge El-Amin returned to Atlanta, Georgia, and received her J.D. degree from Emory University School of Law in 2000. She was the recipient of the Emory Law School Dean’s Public Service Award.
Judge El-Amin’s legal career began as an Assistant District Attorney in DeKalb County. She prosecuted adult and juvenile offenders in the Superior Court and Juvenile Court divisions of the District Attorney’s Office. She also worked in the Condemnations and White Collar Crime divisions of the office. As an appellate attorney in the District Attorney’s office, Judge El-Amin tendered briefs and oral arguments before both the Georgia Supreme Court and the Georgia Court of Appeals.
In 2004, Judge El-Amin joined a private real estate practice in East Point, Georgia, and represented clients in commercial property disputes. A year later, Judge El-Amin returned to public interest law as a Senior Attorney in the DeKalb County Child Advocacy Center. She was soon promoted to Supervising Attorney, and was responsible for overseeing litigation and advocacy efforts on behalf of abused and neglected child-clients. In April 2014, Judge El-Amin was appointed as a full Juvenile Court Judge by the Superior Court Judges of DeKalb County. Judge El-Amin presides over dependency, delinquent, and traffic cases in Juvenile Court. She also sits, by designation, in DeKalb County Superior Court.
Judge El-Amin is a member of the Atlanta Masjid of Al-Islam and is active in several civic and philanthropic causes. She is a past board member of the Mohammed Schools of Atlanta. Judge El-Amin was formerly Associate Legal Producer for a nationally-syndicated court television program, and a former co-host of “The Circle”, a local cable television program highlighting the perspectives and contributions of leading women in Atlanta. She is a member of the Gate City Bar Association, the DeKalb Bar Association, the Council for Juvenile Court Judges, Leadership DeKalb, and GABWA (the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys). Judge El-Amin lives in DeKalb County with her husband and son.