Calvin S. Graves


Calvin S. Graves

Judge Calvin S. Graves was appointed to serve as judge in the Municipal Court of Atlanta by Mayor Shirley Franklin in 2005.  He currently presides over the Restore Atlanta Community Court Division. Judge Graves earned his undergraduate degree from Morehouse College and a Juris Doctor degree from Gonzaga University School of Law.

Prior to this appointment, Judge Graves served as Chief Judge, Judge and Pro Hac Judge in the City Court of Atlanta beginning in 1993. Judge Graves has an extensive career in civil and criminal law. He served as a partner in the civil law firm of Smolar, Brantley, and Barnes. He had the honor of serving as Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Georgia, Associate Judge of Fulton County Juvenile Court, Child Advocate of Fulton County, Associate Public Defender of Fulton County, Assistant Solicitor General of Fulton County, Conflict Attorney for the U.S. Public Defender's office, and Adjunct Professor in the paralegal program at Atlanta Technical College.

Judge Graves is a member of many professional and community organizations including:

serving as past president of the Gate City Bar Association; founding co-chair of the Gate City Bar Association Judicial Section; founding member of the 100 Black Men of DeKalb County, past member of the editorial board of the State Bar of Georgia Journal; member of the National Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Atlanta Bar Association; the League of Women Voters; the Gate City Bar Association; and a graduate of the Leadership Atlanta class of 1993.


Special Assistant: Gloria Orozco

Case Manager: Kymberly Lee


Judicial Assistant: Tawni Fears