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DeKalb Superior Court Judge Michael Hancock  pose with DeKalb Lawyers Association co-founders Genet Hopewell [left] and Mereda Davis Johnson; Fulton County Public Defender Vernon Pitts, Jr., and DeKalb NAACP President John Evans.

DeKalb Superior Court Judge Michael Hancock pose with DeKalb Lawyers Association co-founders Genet Hopewell [left] and Mereda Davis Johnson; Fulton County Public Defender Vernon Pitts, Jr., and DeKalb NAACP President John Evans.

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Hancock's portrait graces courtroom wall

Pioneering Judge Michael Hancock, who broke the legal color line in DeKalb County courts and blazed trails to the Superior Court bench, made history again on Nov. 17 when he became the first African-American judge to have his portrait hang in the county courthouse.