The city of Conyers has appointed Michael B. Nation as its chief judge for Municipal Court following the resignation of former Chief Judge Terry Massey, who has been appointed as superior court judge for the Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit by Governor Nathan Deal.
Nation was one of several interviewed for the position by a panel comprised of Mayor Vince Evans, Council Member Cleveland Stroud, Council Member Gerald Hinesley, City Manager Tony Lucas and City Attorney Mike Waldrop. After evaluation and discussion, the mayor and city council unanimously selected and officially appointed Michael Nation as chief judge. Nation took his oath of office at the August 15 city council meeting.
Nation has practiced law for 16 years in the Superior, State, Municipal and Appellate courts of the State of the Georgia. As a criminal defense attorney, he has been involved in all types of cases that are considered by a municipal court judge, ranging from serious misdemeanors to local ordinance violations. Nation is a founding member of the general practice law firm Nation, Moore and Associates, LLC, located in Conyers. Before opening his private practice law firm in 2005, Nation was employed with the Northern Judicial Circuit’s Public Defender’s Office in Royston, Georgia. Prior to actively practicing law, Mr. Nation served as law clerk to Judge John Lee Parrott of the Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit.
Nation is an active member of the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Rockdale County Bar Association. Nation is a past president of the Rockdale County Bar Association. He also currently serves as the chairman of the Merit Review Board for the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office. Nation holds Juris Doctor and Master of Business Administration degrees from the University of Georgia and a Bachelor of Science in Management degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Associate Judge Garland “Gary” Moore will continue in the role that he has held in Conyers Municipal Court since June 2011.
“We are confident in the selection of Michael Nation as judge of Conyers’ Municipal Court,” said Mayor Vince Evans. “His qualifications and experience are impressive and will result in meeting our expectations of justice with appropriate sentences and decisions for defendants appearing in court.”