Gail S. Tusan filled the position June 11, according to District Court Administrator Yolanda L. Lewis.
Tusan will serve a one-year term through May 31 and will serve as a member of the executive committee.
Additional duties include serving in the absence of the chief judge, acting as the judicial spokesperson for the bench, presiding over designated meetings and committees, and managing the internal governance committee.
Tusan is the most senior of all Superior Court judges with 18 years on the Fulton county bench.
A graduate of the George Washington University School of Law, Tusan has more than 25 years of experience as a judge.
“My overall objective in accepting this appointment is simple and transparent: to help make access to justice a reality for all of Fulton County’s citizens, to contribute in any way I can to assure that our judicial system is efficient, fair, respectful of and responsive to the collective needs of all end-users, community partners and stakeholders, and to use my experience and perspective to help my colleagues to strategize and implement best court practices for the largest trial court system in the state of Georgia” she said in a statement.
An educator who lectured nationally and taught foreign judges in Russia and the Philippines, Tusan is an adjunct professor at Emory Law School and a faculty member at the National Judicial College.
She developed best practices for making American courtrooms accessible to self-represented litigants and citizens from diverse cultural backgrounds.
Tusan chairs the internal governance committee, serves on the business court, joint jury and law day committees and is the past interim vice chair of the juvenile court committee.
Tusan has also served on many bench, bar, and community boards.
“Our progress in court management over the past several years has been significant,” she said. “Through joint and inclusive court leadership and collaborations on all levels of government and partnerships, both grassroots and corporate, academic and non-profit, our bench-wide goal of being the best-run courthouse in this country is obtainable.”
The court’s highest policy official, Chief Judge Cynthia D. Wright, said she welcomed the new leadership position.
“Judge Tusan is an excellent jurist, with a remarkable passion for moving the court forward in the right direction. I am honored to work with her as we continue to improve our court,” she said in a statement.