James G. Bodiford moved to Powder Springs, Georgia, at the age of 5, when his father accepted a position with the Lockheed-Georgia Company in 1954. He attended Powder McEachern High School and graduated from Gordon Military High School in Barnesville, Georgia. Bodiford received a Bachelor's degree from Mercer University and a J.D. from John Marshall Law School. He went into private practice in Marietta, Georgia, and worked as a trial lawyer for the Cobb County District Attorney's Office. Judge Bodiford served on the Powder Springs Municipal Court before accepting an appointment as Cobb County Chief Magistrate Judge, which he held from 1985 to 1994. He was elected to the Cobb County Superior Court in 1994 and served as Chief Judge from 2005 to 2006. Judge Bodiford appointed Vicki Trammell Cuthbert to the Cobb County Magistrate Court in 1988, where she served as the court's first African American judge.
Interview with Judge James G. Bodiford transcript, 2009-11-03, Cobb NAACP/Civil Rights series, 2009-2010, Kennesaw State University Oral History Project, 1973- , KSU/45/05/001, Kennesaw State University Archives.
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