Board Members


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Chair: Judge John K. Edwards, Jr.
Valdosta, GA
State Court Judge
July 2017– June 2019

Judge Edwards has served as the judge of the Lowndes County State Court since 2006. He also served as a solicitor and as a municipal court judge for the city of Valdosta. Judge Edwards serves on the Council of State Court Judges Executive Committee as the District 3 Representative and is Chair of the New Judges Education Committee. He is a graduate of  Wake Forest University (BA, 1989) and the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University (JD, 1992). He served as vice-chair of the Board of Court Reporting from 2015-2017. 

Vice Chair: John K. Larkins, Jr. 
Atlanta, GA
July 2017– June 2019

John K. Larkins, Jr., is a partner at a well-known Atlanta law firm of Chilivis, Cochran, Larkins & Bever, LLP.  He is a graduate of Vanderbilt University (BA, 1973) and the University of Georgia (JD, 1976). Mr. Larkins is the author of numerous legal publications, including a book, Georgia Contracts: Law & Litigation (West). He served as a member of the Board of Court Reporting from 2007- 2011 and was Chair of the Board from 2009-2011.

Julie Brackett
Augusta, GA
Official Court Reporter
July 2016 – June 2018

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 in the Association’s continuing education seminars while serving as Chair and Vice-Chair of the Georgia Certified Court Reporters Association.

Daniel Gerswhin 
Atlanta, GA
Freelance Reporter
July 2016 – June 2019

Cheryl Gilliam
Tyrone, GA
Official Reporter
July 2017 – June 2019

She has over thirty years’ experience reporting various court proceedings, to include death penalty, medical malpractice, product liability, and domestic relations cases. She provides real-time 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.

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. 

Randi Strumlauf
Lilburn, GA
Freelance Reporter
July 2017 – June 2019

Ms. Strumlauf has served the Metro Atlanta legal community for over 30 years as a paralegal and, for the past 14 years, a certified court reporter. She has seven years' experience as an official court reporter in Gwinnett County Superior Court and another seven years as a freelance court reporter. Ms. Strumlauf previously served as Vice Chair of the Georgia Court Reporters Training Council for two terms. 

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.