We had the good fortune of connecting with Elizabeth Emmanuel and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Elizabeth, what do you want people to remember about you?
I want my legacy to be one that motivated others to believe in themselves and never give up. I want people to remember me as a person who will always fight for what is right and help others in realizing their full potential.

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I am a Judge in Atlanta, Georgia. In my capacity, I preside over civil cases and criminal matters and issue arrest and search warrants. Before I became a judge, I was a prosecutor and a corporate attorney for a large law firm, both here in Atlanta. It was not easy getting to where I am today, with staying up well past the wee morning hours preparing for battle in court for the next day’s trial with witnesses who were refusing to show up to court or evidence that seemingly disappeared into thin air or traveling throughout the United States for federal court cases while having to keep up with client demands from miles away. Without these challenges, however, I would not have been prepared for my position today which constantly involves not only having knowledge of the law, but the ability to think on one’s toes, having confidence and the ability deal with multiple issues at once (including legal and nonlegal issues). The lessons I learned are that you have to confident in your own abilities, but be humble enough to take correction and learn for your mistakes. Also, be willing to admit when you don’t have knowledge on a particular issue and seek out those who may be able to help you become better at your craft. We get better, stronger, and smarter with time, age and humility. From all of my experiences I truly believe that life is an ongoing conversion – we continue to grow into better versions of ourselves with each trial and each triumph.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I love Atlanta, so naturally I have quite the list of interesting and exciting places that visitors to this great city should check out: 1. Food: Poor Calvin’s, South City Kitchen, Two Urban Licks, The Optimist, Negril Village 2. Shopping: Pink Sky Boutique, Lenox Mall, Atlantic Station, Ponce City Market 3. Recreation: The BeltLine, Grant Park, Escape Room Atlanta 4. Attractions: Civil Rights Museum, the High Museum, Mercedes Benz Stadium 5. Beauty: SugarCoat Midtown Nails, Blanc Nails, Hair by Oshi Couture

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I dedicate my shoutout to my husband, Karlos Emmanuel, who has been my greatest supporter, encourager, advisor, part-time photographer, lawyer and angel.

Instagram: @judgeliz_

Linkedin: Judge Elizabeth Emmanuel

Image Credits
Karlos Emmanuel

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