Decatur resident J.P. Boulee is now a federal judgeJudge J.P. Boulee. Photo obtained via Facebook
Jean-Paul “J.P.” Boulee, a Decatur resident, is now a federal judge.
This week the U.S. Senate confirmed him to fill a vacancy on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia in Atlanta. The Senate confirmed him in an 85-11 vote.
Prior to his confirmation, Boulee served as a DeKalb Superior Judge.
Gov. Nathan Deal appointed him to that position in 2015. One of Boulee’s initiatives in DeKalb Countty is a special “Veterans Treatment Court,” providing veterans in the criminal justice system with an alternative judicial process.
Under the program, veterans who have committed a felony in which the origin of the crime stemmed from “a substance use and/or a co-occurring disorder,” will complete “a two-year judicially supervised treatment program.” The program included services such as a mentorship program and a weekly appointment with Boulee.
He was previously a partner with the Jones Day firm in Atlanta and served as captain in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps.
U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and David Perdue, R-Ga., said Boulee will make Georgia proud.
“Judge Boulee has made Georgia and the United States proud during his service as a Judge Advocate General in the U.S. Army and as a judge in DeKalb County, where he has worked to help our country’s veterans. I’m proud the Senate has confirmed him to serve on the federal level,” Isakson said in a press release. “I’m confident that Judge Boulee will continue to serve our state with distinction, and I share my thanks and congratulations with him.”
Perdue also heaped praise on the new federal judge.
“As a former judge on the Superior Court of DeKalb County and JAG officer in the U.S. Army, Judge Boulee is highly qualified and well-suited for this new role. President Trump has chosen an outstanding legal professional to fill this judicial vacancy in Georgia,” Perdue said in the press release. “I congratulate Judge Boulee on his confirmation and know he will continue to make Georgia proud serving our nation on the U.S. District Court.”