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Magistrate Court

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James Drane


2009-Present: Chief Judge, Cherokee County Magistrate Court

2000-2008: Judge, Cherokee County Magistrate Court

1998-2005: Associate Trial Attorney, Flint & Connolly, LLP

1992-2005: Owner and Operator, Fast Back Tax Preparation Service



John Marshall Law School - J.D., 1997

Kennesaw State University - B.A. (Business), 1995

Marine Patrol Academy at the Florida Law Enforcement Academy, 1981


Teaching experience

2013-Present: Adjunct Professor, Criminal Law and Procedure at Reinhardt University

2010-Present: Guest Instructor, Public Safety Institute at Reinhardt College

2007-2012: Adjunct Professor, Criminal Justice Program at Chattahoochie Technical College


Awards and associations

Justice Robert Benham Award for Community Service (2003

2002-2008 Certificates of Commendations presented by the Georgia Supreme Court's Committee on Professionalism

Blue Ridge Bar Association

Board Member, Woodstock Police Foundation

South Cherokee Optimist Club

Woodstock Business Association

Board Member, Cherokee County DUI-Drug Court Foundation, Inc.

St. Thomas More Society of Georgia

Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels

Various Masonic Lodges and Orders

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