Board Members

Meet the Board of Court Reporting of The Judicial Council of Georgia

Chair: James M. Anderson III
Atlanta, GA

Attorney at Law
July 2015 – June 2017

James M. Anderson, III received his J.D. from University of Georgia School of Law. He is active member of the State Bar Association, Sandy Springs Bar Association, the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association (GTLA), and Council of Municipal Court Judges. Mr. Anderson is a graduate of Leadership Sandy Springs and appeared regularly on “The Law Show” broadcast by WGST radio. He lectures frequently for the GTLA Peoples Law School and the Institute for Continuing Judicial Education for Municipal and Magistrate Court Judges. Mr. Anderson served as president, vice president, secretary, and past board director to the Sandy Springs Bar Association, and several civic and community organizations. Mr. Anderson is serving a second term of office.

Vice Chair: Judge John K. Edwards, Jr.
Valdosta, GA
State Court Judge
July 2015– June 2017

Judge Edwards has served in the Lowndes County State Court since 2006. He also served as municipal judge and solicitor for the city of Valdosta. Judge Edwards is a member of the State Court Judges Executive Council as the District Representative. He received a Bachelor’s of Science from Wake Forest University and his Juris Doctorate from the Walter F. Mercer School of Law.

Member-at-Large: Maxyne Bursky
McDonough, GA
Freelance Reporter
July 2015 – June 2017

Ms. Bursky achieved the Registered Professional Reporter and Certified Realtime Reporter certifications from the National Court Reporters Association. She has authored books of practical tips and stories for court reporters, such as Way off the Record, Talk to the Hands!, and TheTERM-inator. Ms. Bursky served on the Georgia Bar Pro Bono Court Reporting Project, Brown College of Court Reporting Advisory Council, and founder of the Hallyboy Foundation, an underwriter of student reporter scholarship. Ms. Bursky speaks to many court reporting schools around the country and facilitates webinars for Bridges Court Reporters online program

Julie Brackett
Augusta, GA
Official Court Reporter
July 2014 – June 2016

Ms. Brackett has fifteen years of experience reporting in superior and state court. She successfully achieved the Certified Verbatim Reporter certificate from the National Verbatim Reporters Association. Ms. Brackett increased membership and participation to the Association’s continuing education seminars while serving as Chair and Vice-Chair of the Georgia Certified Court Reporters Association.

Linda Drake
Savannah, GA
Freelance Reporter
July 2015 – June 2017

She became a Georgia court reporter in 1982 and subsequently achieved the Certified Verbatim Reporter certification from the National Verbatim Reporter Association in 1994. Ms. Drake became a member to its board of directors in 1999, and president from 2003 through 2005. Ms. Drake served as Vice-President to the Court Reporters’ Training Council and led the re-design of its current Continuing Education Manual. She currently serves Vice-Chair to the Board of Court Reporting and Chair of the Certification Committee. Ms. Drake is serving a second term of office.

John Bell Manly
Savannah, GA
Attorney at Law
July 2016 – June 2018

Mr. Manly is a partner in the firm of Manly Jones, LLP, in Savannah.  He has successfully tried cases in all levels of trial courts and has successfully handled appeals before the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the Georgia Supreme Court, and the Georgia Court of Appeals.  He currently serves on the Board of Governors and on the Formal Advisory Opinion Board of the State Bar of Georgia.  Formerly, he served on the Executive Council for the Young Lawyers Division and is a graduate of the Young Lawyers Division’s Leadership Academy.  He earned his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Georgia. 

Cheryl Gilliam
Tyrone, GA
Official Reporter
June 2015 – July 2017

She has over thirty years’ experience reporting various court proceedings, to include death penalty, medical malpractice, product liability, and domestic relations cases. She provides realtime feed in all court proceedings and to the hearing impaired. Ms. Gilliam successfully achieved the Registered Professional Reporter and Registered Merit Reporter certifications from the National Court Reporters Association. Her service to the Georgia Shorthand Reporters Association includes President and former Board of Director. Ms. Gilliam resides in the Griffin Circuit.

Kevin King
Atlanta, GA
Freelance Reporter
June 2016 – July 2018

Mr. King has more than 30 years of experience in the court reporting profession.  He began court reporting in 1984 with Atlanta Reporting Service.  Since 1988, he has worked for American Court Reporting in Atlanta as a freelance reporter.  For five years during that time he served as Southeast trainer for Gigatron Corporation’s StenoCat software. He is currently manager of American Court Reporting, and he also works as a court reporter several times a year.  He holds an A.S. degree in court reporting from Orlando College.

Judge Brenda H. Trammell
Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit
Superior Court Judge
June 2016 – July 2018

Judge Brenda H. Trammell, Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit.  Judge Trammell oversees the Baldwin County Adult Treatment Court Collaborative serving Baldwin, Greene, Hancock, Jasper, Jones, Morgan, Putnam, and Wilkinson counties.  Prior to her appointment to the bench by Governor Nathan Deal in 2015, she served as a sole practitioner in Atlanta and in Madison, litigating both civil and criminal cases in all eight counties of the circuit where she is now a judge.  She also had a busy appellate practice.  She received her bachelor’s degree from Tift College and her law degree from the University of Georgia School of Law.