Elliot Shoenthal, 55, of Decatur

Elliot Shoenthal, 55, of Decatur

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CandleThe Honorable Elliott A. Shoenthal, 55, passed away on Dec. 1, 2013. He is survived by his wife of 28 years Fran, daughters Rachel and Rebecca, and sister, Barbara Dolin and faithful dog, Tess. Elliott was a native of Greensboro, N.C. He was a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Emory University School of Law. Elliott had just been reappointed for an additional four-year term as a full-time Judge of the DeKalb County Juvenile Court. He began his legal career as an Assistant Public Defender in Glynn County, Georgia. He then served as a staff attorney at the Prosecuting Attorneys’ Council of Georgia. Next he worked as an Assistant Solicitor for the Solicitor’s Office of DeKalb County. After that he worked for the Law Offices of Brian Wertheim in Decatur, Georgia as an Associate Attorney. Eventually Elliott opened his own law firm in Decatur. While practicing privately, he also worked part-time as an Associate Magistrate Court Judge in DeKalb County. Previously, he served as President of Decatur-DeKalb Bar Association. He was also involved with Leadership DeKalb. He was a guest lecturer at Emory University and served as a member of the First Lady’s Initiative for the Governors Office for Children and Families Forum on the Disproportionate Minority Contact Committee. He was an avid sports fan and athlete and participated in numerous sports as a player, spectator and coach. He was a dedicated CrossFitter, and he enjoyed his workouts at the CrossFit gym in Decatur. He served as Soccer Commissioner at the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta. He served as a volunteer usher and was past president of the Brotherhood of Temple Emanu-El in Sandy Springs. He was a Commission Member of the Georgia Commission on Interpreters and a frequent speaker on the subject to ensure the rights of non-English speaking persons in the courts. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to DeKalb County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) www.dekalbcasa.org. Their mission is to recruit, screen, train, and supervise volunteers to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in DeKalb County. Judge Shoenthal was an avid supporter of the CASA program and a mentor to CASA volunteers. He respected their work, and he was appreciated by many. Sign an online guestbook at www.edressler.com. A memorial service will was held Dec. 6 at 2 p.m. at the Manuel Maloof Auditorium, 1300 Commerce Drive, Decatur, GA 30030, with Rabbi Joseph Prass of Temple Emanu-El officiating. Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care, Atlanta (770) 451-4999.

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