Kathryn Schrader

PRESENTATION TITLE: Building Communities of Recovery:  Addressing Substance Abuse and Mental Health in the Justice System to Build Safer, Healthier Communities


Judge Kathryn Schrader was elected to the Superior Court bench for the Gwinnett County Judicial Circuit in 2012. A native Georgian, she was born and raised in the Stone Mountain area, earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia, and earned her law degree from Mercer University.  Prior to serving on the bench, Judge Schrader was in private practice for 25 years, and served her community as a Municipal Court Judge for the City of Duluth and the City of Sugar Hill.  Judge Schrader established the Gwinnett County Parent Accountability Court in 2013.

Judge Schrader’s work in building a community response to the substance abuse and mental health crisis has gained local and national attention.  Judge Schrader was recently selected as the 2017 Individual Influencer of the Year by Partnership Gwinnett of the Gwinnett County Chamber and was also awarded the State Bar of Georgia’s Chief Justice’s 2018 Award for Community Service.  Judge Schrader’s unique style of incorporating treatment models in the criminal justice system was profiled on A&E’s seasonal documentary that profiled the opioid crisis in her community in “Intervention: The Triangle.”

Judge Schrader has held many leadership positions in various community and professional organizations, including the Council of Superior Court Judges, as well as previously serving as President of the Gwinnett County Bar Association.  Prior to her election to the Superior Court Bench, she served as Georgia’s delegate to the Federal Advisory Commission on Juvenile Justice and contributed to the current justice reform movements for both juveniles and adults member.  On the State level, she served as a member of the board of directors for Governor’s Office for Children and Families, as the Chair of the Subcommittee for Juvenile Justice.

Judge Schrader has been married to Richard Schrader for 31 years and has three children.