A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Judge Barron has called Athens her home for over 20 years. She received a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. in 1979 and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, summa cum laude, from Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, in 1976.
Judge Barron worked as an attorney with Georgia Legal Services for 20 years in different legal services offices throughout the state: as staff attorney in Americus (Sumter County), 1979-1984; as supervising attorney in Douglas County, 1984-1989; and as managing attorney in Gainesville and Athens, 1989-1999. She also worked for the University of Georgia School of Law for two years as Managing Attorney of the Family Violence Clinic, where she trained law students to represent domestic violence victims in obtaining protective orders from the Superior Courts of Athens-Clarke and Oconee Counties.
In February 2001, Judge Barron was sworn in as Associate Magistrate Court Judge in Athens-Clarke County. In August 2002, she was appointed to the position of Chief Magistrate Court Judge. Judge Barron was elected to her first four-year term as Chief Magistrate Judge in 2004 and successive terms in 2008 and 2012.
A member of the State Bar of Georgia since 1979, Judge Barron is a former President of the Western Circuit Bar Association in Athens-Clarke and Oconee Counties from 2004-2005. She has participated in many community organizations and currently serves as Board of Directors Emeritus of Athens Technical College. She is a recipient of the Rotary Club’s highest honor to a female, the 2007 Jean Harris Award, and the recipient of the ATHENA Award in 2013 from the Athens Chamber of Commerce. She was selected as the 2015 Magistrate Judge of the Year by the Georgia Council of Magistrate Court Judges. Judge Barron has been a member of Greater Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Athens since 1990. She enjoys reading and traveling and has published a children’s book targeted to grades 3-5 titled “Meet Judge Patricia Barron. She’s Chief Magistrate Court Judge!”