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Judge Thrash is a United States federal judge and has been the Chief Judge of United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia since July 31, 2014. Born in Birmingham, Alabama, Thrash received a B.A. from the University of Virginia in 1973 and a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1976. He was in private practice in Atlanta, Georgia from 1976 to 1977. He was then an assistant district attorney of Fulton County District Attorney’s Office from until 1980. He resumed his private practice in Atlanta from 1981 to 1997. He was a Law professor at Georgia State University from 1986 to 1997.
On January 7, 1997, Thrash was nominated by President Bill Clinton to a seat on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia vacated by Robert L. Vining, Jr.. Thrash was confirmed by the United States Senate on July 31, 1997, and received his commission on August 1, 1997.