Judge Lawton E. Stephens: Professional Background and Legal Expertise

Appointed By: Gov. Zell B. Miller

Biography

Hon. Lawton E. Stephens is a judge for the Western Judicial Circuit Superior Court in Georgia. He was appointed to the bench by former Governor Zell Miller in 1991.


The Western Judicial Circuit is comprised of Athens-Clarke and Oconee Counties.


Over the course of his judicial tenure, Stephens has served as the presiding judge of the Western Judicial Circuit Felony Drug Court since 2011 and was named the Circuit’s Chief Judge in 2002. During his time as Chief Judge, Stephens was credited with establishing a probation service that was operated by the Unified Government to supervise misdemeanor offenders, and he was also instrumental in helping to develop the Athens-Clarke County Diversion-Work Release Center program. He held the position of Chief Judge until 2012.


Stephens received a bachelor’s degree in political science and U.S. history from the Unversity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1977. He went on to complete a J.D. at the University of Georgia School of Law in 1981.


Prior to his appointment to the bench, Stephens practiced alongside his father for ten years at the Athens law firm of Stephens & Stephens (1981 to 1991).


In addition to maintaining his practice, he also briefly worked as an assistant prosecuting attorney for the Clarke County State Court (1986 to 1987) and spent four years in the political arena as a representative of the 68th District in the Georgia House of Representatives (1987 to 1991).


His memberships have included the Western Circuit Bar Association (past president), the Board of Trustees of the Institute for Continuing Judicial Education (chairman), the Council of Superior Court Judges of Georgia (president), the Chief Justice’s Indigent Defense Study Commission, the Next Generation’s Court Commission (chair), the Board of Governors of the State Bar of Georgia (Western Judicial Circuit representative), and the Georgia Supreme Court’s Committee on Justice for Children Board of the Northeast.


Stephens also sat as a member of the Board of Directors of the Northeast Georgia Council of the Boy Scouts of America, the Athens Technical College, the Frances Wood Wilson Foundation, the Georgia Legal History Foundation, and the Athens Area Community Foundation.


In addition, he was a past president of the Oconee County Rotary Club and held memberships with the Gridiron Secret Society and the Omicron Delta Kappa Honorary Leadership Organization.


Some of his accolades have included the Milner Ball Social Justice Award from the Athens Justice Coalition of Care with Family Counseling Service (2020), the Silver Beaver Award from the Northeast Georgia Council of the Boy Scouts of America (2019), the Emory Findley Award for Service to the Judiciary from the Council of Superior Court Judges (2015), the Justice Robert Benham Community Service Award from the State Bar of Georgia (2015), the Robert S. Stubbs Guardian of Ethics Award from the Oconee County Rotary Club (2011), the William E. “Billy” Hudson Distinguished Citizen Award from the Northeast Georgia Council of the Boy Scouts of America (2007), and the Legal Professional of the Year award from the Athens Association of Legal Professionals (2005).


Stephens is a graduate of Episcopal High School (1973) in Alexandria, Virginia. He has served as a deacon and an elder at First Presbyterian Church of Athens.

Recent Cases by Hon. Lawton E. Stephens

On February 23, 2024 a family violence case was filed in the jurisdiction of Clarke County. Judge LAWTON E. STEPHENS presiding.

Filed

Feb 23, 2024

Status

Other

Judge

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Court

Clarke County

County

Clarke County, GA

Category

FAMILY VIOLENCE

Practice Area

Family

Matter Type

General Family

Case Last Refreshed

Feb 24, 2024

On February 22, 2024 a landlord/tenant case was filed in the jurisdiction of Clarke County. Judge LAWTON E. STEPHENS presiding.

Filed

Feb 22, 2024

Status

OP

Judge

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Court

Clarke County

County

Clarke County, GA

Category

LANDLORD/TENANT

Practice Area

Property

Matter Type

Landlord-Tenant

Case Last Refreshed

Feb 23, 2024

On February 21, 2024 a modification - domestic relations cases case was filed in the jurisdiction of Clarke County. Judge LAWTON E. STEPHENS presiding.

Filed

Feb 21, 2024

Status

Other

Judge

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Court

Clarke County

County

Clarke County, GA

Category

MODIFICATION - DOMESTIC RELATIONS CASES

Practice Area

Family

Matter Type

Divorce,Separation

Case Last Refreshed

Feb 22, 2024

On February 21, 2024 a family violence case was filed in the jurisdiction of Clarke County. Judge LAWTON E. STEPHENS presiding.

Filed

Feb 21, 2024

Status

Other

Judge

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Court

Clarke County

County

Clarke County, GA

Category

FAMILY VIOLENCE

Practice Area

Family

Matter Type

General Family

Case Last Refreshed

Feb 22, 2024

On February 20, 2024 a family violence case was filed in the jurisdiction of Clarke County. Judge LAWTON E. STEPHENS presiding.

Filed

Feb 20, 2024

Status

Other

Judge

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Court

Clarke County

County

Clarke County, GA

Category

FAMILY VIOLENCE

Practice Area

Family

Matter Type

General Family

Case Last Refreshed

Feb 21, 2024

On February 20, 2024 a modification - domestic relations cases case was filed in the jurisdiction of Clarke County. Judge LAWTON E. STEPHENS presiding.

Filed

Feb 20, 2024

Status

OP

Judge

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Court

Clarke County

County

Clarke County, GA

Category

MODIFICATION - DOMESTIC RELATIONS CASES

Practice Area

Family

Matter Type

Divorce,Separation

Case Last Refreshed

Feb 21, 2024

On February 20, 2024 a support-iv-d case was filed in the jurisdiction of Clarke County. Judge LAWTON E. STEPHENS presiding.

Filed

Feb 20, 2024

Status

Other

Judge

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Court

Clarke County

County

Clarke County, GA

Category

SUPPORT-IV-D

Practice Area

Family

Matter Type

Child Support

Case Last Refreshed

Feb 21, 2024

On February 16, 2024 a family violence case was filed in the jurisdiction of Clarke County. Judge LAWTON E. STEPHENS presiding.

Filed

Feb 16, 2024

Status

Other

Judge

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Court

Clarke County

County

Clarke County, GA

Category

FAMILY VIOLENCE

Practice Area

Family

Matter Type

General Family

Case Last Refreshed

Feb 17, 2024

On February 15, 2024 an other general civil case was filed in the jurisdiction of Clarke County. Judge LAWTON E. STEPHENS presiding.

Filed

Feb 15, 2024

Status

OP

Judge

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Court

Clarke County

County

Clarke County, GA

Category

OTHER GENERAL CIVIL

Case Last Refreshed

Feb 16, 2024

On February 14, 2024 a contempt - domestic relations case was filed in the jurisdiction of Clarke County. Judge LAWTON E. STEPHENS presiding.

Filed

Feb 14, 2024

Status

Other

Judge

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Court

Clarke County

County

Clarke County, GA

Category

CONTEMPT - DOMESTIC RELATIONS

Practice Area

Family

Matter Type

Divorce,Separation

Case Last Refreshed

Feb 15, 2024

On February 13, 2024 an automobile tort case was filed in the jurisdiction of Clarke County. Judge LAWTON E. STEPHENS presiding.

Filed

Feb 13, 2024

Status

OP

Judge

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Court

Clarke County

County

Clarke County, GA

Category

AUTOMOBILE TORT

Practice Area

Torts

Matter Type

Automobile

Case Last Refreshed

Feb 14, 2024

On February 13, 2024 a family violence case was filed in the jurisdiction of Clarke County. Judge LAWTON E. STEPHENS presiding.

Filed

Feb 13, 2024

Status

Other

Judge

Hon. LAWTON E. STEPHENS Trellis Spinner 👉 Discover key insights by exploring more analytics for LAWTON E. STEPHENS

Court

Clarke County

County

Clarke County, GA

Category

FAMILY VIOLENCE

Practice Area

Family

Matter Type

General Family

Case Last Refreshed

Feb 14, 2024

On February 12, 2024 a family violence case was filed in the jurisdiction of Clarke County. Judge LAWTON E. STEPHENS presiding.

Filed

Feb 12, 2024

Status

Other

Judge

Hon. LAWTON E. STEPHENS Trellis Spinner 👉 Discover key insights by exploring more analytics for LAWTON E. STEPHENS

Court

Clarke County

County

Clarke County, GA

Category

FAMILY VIOLENCE

Practice Area

Family

Matter Type

General Family

Case Last Refreshed

Feb 13, 2024

On February 9, 2024 a family violence case was filed in the jurisdiction of Clarke County. Judge LAWTON E. STEPHENS presiding.

Filed

Feb 09, 2024

Status

Other

Judge

Hon. LAWTON E. STEPHENS Trellis Spinner 👉 Discover key insights by exploring more analytics for LAWTON E. STEPHENS

Court

Clarke County

County

Clarke County, GA

Category

FAMILY VIOLENCE

Practice Area

Family

Matter Type

General Family

Case Last Refreshed

Feb 10, 2024

On February 8, 2024 a family violence case was filed in the jurisdiction of Clarke County. Judge LAWTON E. STEPHENS presiding.

Filed

Feb 08, 2024

Status

Other

Judge

Hon. LAWTON E. STEPHENS Trellis Spinner 👉 Discover key insights by exploring more analytics for LAWTON E. STEPHENS

Court

Clarke County

County

Clarke County, GA

Category

FAMILY VIOLENCE

Practice Area

Family

Matter Type

General Family

Case Last Refreshed

Feb 09, 2024

On February 7, 2024 a landlord/tenant case was filed in the jurisdiction of Clarke County. Judge LAWTON E. STEPHENS presiding.

Filed

Feb 07, 2024

Status

OP

Judge

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Court

Clarke County

County

Clarke County, GA

Category

LANDLORD/TENANT

Practice Area

Property

Matter Type

Landlord-Tenant

Case Last Refreshed

Feb 08, 2024

On February 7, 2024 a modification - domestic relations cases case was filed in the jurisdiction of Clarke County. Judge LAWTON E. STEPHENS presiding.

Filed

Feb 07, 2024

Status

OP

Judge

Hon. LAWTON E. STEPHENS Trellis Spinner 👉 Discover key insights by exploring more analytics for LAWTON E. STEPHENS

Court

Clarke County

County

Clarke County, GA

Category

MODIFICATION - DOMESTIC RELATIONS CASES

Practice Area

Family

Matter Type

Divorce,Separation

Case Last Refreshed

Feb 08, 2024

On February 5, 2024 a contempt - domestic relations case was filed in the jurisdiction of Clarke County. Judge LAWTON E. STEPHENS presiding.

Filed

Feb 05, 2024

Status

Other

Judge

Hon. LAWTON E. STEPHENS Trellis Spinner 👉 Discover key insights by exploring more analytics for LAWTON E. STEPHENS

Court

Clarke County

County

Clarke County, GA

Category

CONTEMPT - DOMESTIC RELATIONS

Practice Area

Family

Matter Type

Divorce,Separation

Case Last Refreshed

Feb 06, 2024

On February 1, 2024 a family violence case was filed in the jurisdiction of Clarke County. Judge LAWTON E. STEPHENS presiding.

Filed

Feb 01, 2024

Status

Other

Judge

Hon. LAWTON E. STEPHENS Trellis Spinner 👉 Discover key insights by exploring more analytics for LAWTON E. STEPHENS

Court

Clarke County

County

Clarke County, GA

Category

FAMILY VIOLENCE

Practice Area

Family

Matter Type

General Family

Case Last Refreshed

Feb 02, 2024

On January 30, 2024 a support - iv-d case was filed in the jurisdiction of Clarke County. Judge LAWTON E. STEPHENS presiding.

Filed

Jan 30, 2024

Status

OP

Judge

Hon. LAWTON E. STEPHENS Trellis Spinner 👉 Discover key insights by exploring more analytics for LAWTON E. STEPHENS

Court

Clarke County

County

Clarke County, GA

Category

SUPPORT - IV-D

Case Last Refreshed

Jan 31, 2024

On January 29, 2024 a family violence case was filed in the jurisdiction of Clarke County. Judge LAWTON E. STEPHENS presiding.

Filed

Jan 29, 2024

Status

Other

Judge

Hon. LAWTON E. STEPHENS Trellis Spinner 👉 Discover key insights by exploring more analytics for LAWTON E. STEPHENS

Court

Clarke County

County

Clarke County, GA

Category

FAMILY VIOLENCE

Practice Area

Family

Matter Type

General Family

Case Last Refreshed

Jan 30, 2024

On January 29, 2024 an automobile tort case was filed in the jurisdiction of Clarke County. Judge LAWTON E. STEPHENS presiding.

Filed

Jan 29, 2024

Status

OP

Judge

Hon. LAWTON E. STEPHENS Trellis Spinner 👉 Discover key insights by exploring more analytics for LAWTON E. STEPHENS

Court

Clarke County

County

Clarke County, GA

Category

AUTOMOBILE TORT

Practice Area

Torts

Matter Type

Automobile

Case Last Refreshed

Jan 30, 2024

On January 26, 2024 a family violence case was filed in the jurisdiction of Clarke County. Judge LAWTON E. STEPHENS presiding.

Filed

Jan 26, 2024

Status

Relief Denied

Judge

Hon. LAWTON E. STEPHENS Trellis Spinner 👉 Discover key insights by exploring more analytics for LAWTON E. STEPHENS

Court

Clarke County

County

Clarke County, GA

Category

FAMILY VIOLENCE

Practice Area

Family

Matter Type

General Family

Case Last Refreshed

Jan 27, 2024

On January 25, 2024 a contract account case was filed in the jurisdiction of Clarke County. Judge LAWTON E. STEPHENS presiding.

Filed

Jan 25, 2024

Status

OP

Judge

Hon. LAWTON E. STEPHENS Trellis Spinner 👉 Discover key insights by exploring more analytics for LAWTON E. STEPHENS

Court

Clarke County

County

Clarke County, GA

Category

CONTRACT ACCOUNT

Practice Area

Commercial

Matter Type

Breach of Contract

Case Last Refreshed

Jan 26, 2024

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