The Honorable Wenona Belton
Board Director, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
Judge Wenona Clark Belton was sworn in as Judge on January 10, 2020, after having served the court as an Associate Judge since July 2013. Prior to her judicial service, she served the Court as an agency attorney; Clerk of Court; Public Defender; and Judicial Staff Attorney. Judge Belton is a Child Welfare Law Specialist, having been certified through the National Association of Counsel for Children/American Bar Association in 2012.
Judge Belton is a Cabinet Member of Get Georgia Reading, a collaborative designed to ensure that children are able to read with proficiency by the end of the third grade, as well as a member of the Georgia Appleseed Bridges to Behavioral Wellness Advisory Committee. She serves on a number of committees within the State Bar of Georgia, Georgia Council of Juvenile Court Judges, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges and is a member of various voluntary bar associations.
Judge Belton earned a Juris Doctorate Degree from the Georgia State University College of Law and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Textiles and Apparel from the University of Maryland, College Park. A former foster parent, Judge Belton is a Life Member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and has served as a CASA volunteer; Volunteer Lawyer, Domestic Violence Project, Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation; and volunteer, Fulton County Solicitor’s Victim Witness Assistance Program.
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