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Hon. Mike Jacobs, Judge - Dekalb County State Court, Bar Relations Co-Chair

Judge Mike Jacobs has served as a judge on the State Court of DeKalb County since June 2015. Judge Jacobs is the first out bisexual judge (state or federal, trial or appellate) in the United States. He came out publicly at a Stonewall Bar Association event in April 2018.


Prior to his judicial service, Judge Jacobs served ten and a half years in the Georgia House of Representatives. He was chairman of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Oversight Committee (MARTOC), the joint House and Senate committee that oversees MARTA’s management, budget, and fiscal affairs. Judge Jacobs also served as chairman of one of the two subcommittees of the House Judiciary Committee. In 2010, he received the Allen Thornell Political Advancement Award from Georgia Equality for passing a stronger anti-bullying law for public schools.

Judge Jacobs received his law degree in 2003, magna cum laude, from the University of Georgia School of Law, where he was the executive articles editor of the Georgia Law Review. He received his bachelor’s degree in 1997 from Georgetown University.

Judge Jacobs is an active member of the International Association of LGBTQ+ Judges, National LGBT Bar Association, and DeKalb Bar Association. He serves on the board of directors of Leadership DeKalb and chairs Government Day for the program. He also serves as the Stonewall Bar Association’s representative on the Judicial Council of Georgia’s Committee on Access to Justice.

Judge Jacobs and his wife Evan are the proud parents of three children, Jonah, Eli, and Samantha.


For more information or questions, please email our Membership OUTreach Committee

Stonewall Bar Association of Georgia, Inc

Post Office Box 7708

Atlanta, GA 30357-0708

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