181. “If You Don’t Run, You Definitely Won’t Win”
Judge Anne Elizabeth Barnes
Judge Anne Elizabeth Barnes won election in 1998 to the Georgia Court of Appeals and took office January 1, 1999. She was re-elected without opposition to a second term in 2004. In 2010, she was elected to a third term by getting more votes than any other candidate in the state of Georgia. She earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Georgia in 1993, and her Master of Laws in the Judicial Process from the University of Virginia in 2004.
How Did You Start Using Your Talents?
“By my second year, I found that a lot of lawyers outside the metro Atlanta area wanted students to do research. And I was fascinated by solving actual problems that had actual solutions. I got job offers from virtually every lawyer I did legal research for. One of the lawyers that I worked for was a tax lawyer and CPA in Savannah, Georgia. So I took the big step to move 250 miles from my hometown and went down to Savannah. Coincidentally, tax law was my worst subject, but I liked the lawyer and I loved the city.”
The Most Impactful Turning Point?
“I wasn’t encouraged to run for judge on the Court of Appeals by the powers that be in 1996. I went out to dinner with some friends and the husband of my friend said, ‘Why don’t you go ahead and run anyway.’ And so I did it! Without the backing of anyone in my social group, I qualified and almost won a statewide race with 48.2% of the vote. When there was another open seat available for the Court of Appeals two years later, I ran and I was elected. One thing I always say in my talks to women’s groups, ‘If you don’t run, you definitely will not win.’”
The Most Powerful Lessons Learned?
“When you first start in a profession, get involved in that profession. I know a lot of the young people now are really into organized networking. You’re supposed to touch base with everyone and I think that is important. You do need to have friends and mentors and associations with various associations. What I see that I don’t want to see is a lot of resume building. Find people in these organizations that you enjoy and that you can build relationships with. I think it’s important to be involved.”
On Her Bookshelf
Go for it! How to Win at Love, Work and Play, by Dr Irene C. Kassorla
Connecting With Judge Anne Elizabeth Barnes
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