“In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right…to the assistance of counsel for his defense.” – U.S. Constitution, Amendment VI

  • 2015 Juvenile Defender Conference


    Jenny Lutz, Juvenile Justice Policy Attorney, Defender Association of Philadelphia presents to attendees at GPDSC’s 2015 Juvenile Defender Conference.

  • Persse Selected as Eastern CPD

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    “Please join me in congratulating Robert on his new position. I am confident that the knowledge and skill he exercised during his time in Ogeechee will continue to be an asset to our team and our clients as he assumes the mantle of leadership in the Eastern Circuit.” — Bryan Tyson, Executive Director

  • David Dunn, Lookout Mountain CPD, Addresses Attendees at the July 2015 TILPP Trial Skills Conference


    Pictured: David Dunn left, Atticus Finch right.

  • Trial Skills & Work-Life Balance


    Dennis Francis, left, and Luana Walsh, Atlanta Judicial Circuit APD, right, discuss work-life balance with trial skills attendees.

  • Prof. Waldman Highlights Changes in Juvenile Code at JTIP


    Randee J. Waldman, Clinical Professor of Law and Director, Barton Juvenile Defender Clinic highlights changes in Georgia’s Juvenile Code at GPDSC’s 2015 Juvenile Defender Conference. Professor Waldman was instrumental in coordinating with GPDSC to bring nationally recognized faculty to Georgia’s inaugural JTIP Conference. JTIP (Juvenile Training Immersion Program) training, developed by the National Juvenile Defender Center, is considered the “gold standard” of juvenile defender advocacy training. Forty-eight Georgia juvenile defenders participated in this conference in Atlanta May 3 – 5, 2015.

  • Congratulations to Brandon V. Cannon, CCDI

    Brandon V. Cannon, CCDI

    Brandon V. Cannon, the senior investigator from the Conasauga Judicial Circuit Public Defender’s office is the most recent member of only eleven Georgia investigators to earn board certification as a Criminal Defense Investigator (CCDI). Brandon completed the five day training at the Criminal Defense Investigation Academy in Jensen Beach, Florida.  Coursework included Criminal Defense Investigation, Computer Forensics, Blood Spatter Analysis & Blood Detection, Use of Force, Crime Scene Examination, Capital Mitigation and Forensic Photography. Brandon is a graduate of Murray County High School in Chatsworth, Dalton State College’s Private Investigator course, and the Georgia Police Academy in Dalton, Georgia.

  • Deal names Public Defender Standards Council leader

    Executive Director, Bryan P. Tyson

    April 3, 2015

    Gov. Nathan Deal today named attorney Bryan Tyson as executive director of the Georgia Public Defender Standards Council. The Georgia Public Defender Standards Council ensures that public defenders work effectively, promptly and ethically to assist clients. Tyson’s hiring takes effect Monday.

    Tyson previously worked as an attorney with Strickland Brockington Lewis LLP. He is the 2014-2015 Section Chair of the Appellate Practice Section of the State Bar of Georgia and represented the State of Georgia as a Special Assistant Attorney General for the 2011 redistricting process. Prior to admission to the bar, Tyson worked in the Georgia General Assembly and for Rep. Lynn Westmoreland in Washington, D.C. Tyson earned his law degree magna cum laude from the Oak Brook College of Law. Tyson and his wife, Shelley, live in Marietta with their three children.

    Reposted from gov.georgia.gov

  • Krueger Named Southern Circuit Public Defender


    Wade Krueger, from Hawkinsville, Georgia, was named the Southern Circuit Public Defender on February 1, 2015. A graduate of Georgia Southern University (B.A., English, 1993; M.A., English, 1995) The Ohio State University (M.F.A., creative writing, 2001) and University of Georgia (J.D., 2005), Krueger has spent his career devoted to public service; first with Georgia Legal Services, then with the Southern Judicial Circuit Public Defender’s Office. He is a graduate of Leadership Lowndes class of 2013, a member of the Kiwanis Club of Valdosta, a Lowndes High School Mock Trial attorney coach, and lead singer & rhythm guitarist for Loomis Orange.

  • Verlencia Haynes Earns APM Credential

    Verlencia Haynes

    Verlencia Haynes recently received project management certification credentials and was honored at the Georgia Technology Authority’s July event. Verlencia’s major professional milestone was awarded after she completed a rigorous program, including extensive course work and several exams earning her the Associate Project Manager (APM) credential. This newly earned certification will certainly benefit all of us as she spearheads the E-Documents technology project here at GPDC. Congratulations, Verlencia!

    Pictured: Tom Fruman, Senior Officer Enterprise Governance and Planning for GTA, Gerard & Verlencia Haynes, Brandon Bullard, GPDC Senior Staff Attorney, and Calvin Rhodes, Executive Director of GTA and State CIO.
  • Fulton County CPD Office Recognized as International Model

    Fulton Cty CPD Intl Partnership

    June 1, 2015

    Historic Partnership: Fulton County’s is the first public defenders office to partner with the State Department in an international initiative designed to provide training and consultation to indigent defense programs in other countries. Pictured at the signing are: (L to R: Vernon Pitts, Fulton CPD, Liz Hausmann, Vice Chairman, Fulton County Board of Commissioners, Dr. John Eaves, Fulton County Board of Commissioners, and Ambassador William R. Brownfield, Assistant Secretary, U. S. Department of State, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs.) 

    See State Department Press Release here.

  • Investigator Stephen Gurr Earns National Certification

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    Stephen Gurr, a senior investigator for the Northeastern Judicial Circuit’s Public Defender Office, recently earned national designation as a Board Certified Criminal Defense Investigator from the Criminal Defense Investigation Training Council. To earn the designation, Gurr completed a seven-part distance learning course and submitted letters of recommendation from senior attorneys in the office, as well as an affidavit attesting to his ability, productivity and ethics as an investigator. Gurr is one of nine Certified Criminal Defense Investigators in Georgia, and one of only three current public defender investigators in the state to earn the CCDI designation from the Florida-based national council. Gurr, a graduate of Gainesville High School and the University of Georgia, has worked for the Public Defender’s Office since August 2010.

  • Cordele Strategic Planning

    Cordele Strat Plng

    The Cordele Judicial Circuit participated in a one-day Strategic Planning Workshop on July 27, 2015 to complete the first phase of their strategic plan.  They will complete Phase II of their plan later this fall.  This circuit utilized local resources offered through Crisp County Family Connection. (Pictured from L to R: Tiffany Walker – Admin, J. Scott Hawkins – Investigator, Tracy Mullis – CPD, Corey Mason – Chief Investigator, Dominko Rumph – Asst. Public Defender, Matthew Maxwell – Juvenile Defender, Karen Mead – Asst. Public Defender, Rashawn Clark – Chief Asst. Public Defender.)

  • CPD Saari Moderates Professionalism Panel at JTIP


    Claudia Saari, Stone Mountain Circuit Public Defender, moderates a panel on professionalism at GPDSC’s 2015 Juvenile Defender Conference. Panelists, left to right, are Cathryn Crawford, special litigation counsel to the Office of Capital Writs, Texas; Jill Roth, Assistant Public Defender, Juvenile Division, Eastern Judicial circuit ; and Randee Waldman, Director of the Barton Juvenile Defender Clinic, Emory University School of Law.

  • Lookout Mountain Holds Strategic Planning Retreat

    Lkout Strat Plan

    Lookout Mountain Circuit Public Defender David Dunn and staff participate in a two-day strategic planning retreat with Macon CPD Lee Robinson and Dr. Bill Cummings. In attendance were Victor Philip Aloisio; Amy Anderson; Lori Duckworth; David Dunn; Jad Johnson; Michael Kelley; Kari Kitchens; Sean Lowe; Kristin Patten; Robert Patten; S. Patterson; Caroline Peters; Sue Story; Roxie Thompson; Ashley Wilkinson; Carmen Williams; and Doug Woodruff.

  • Professor Linares Presents at JTIP


    Professor Hector Linares of LSU Law Center’s Juvenile Defense Clinic presents Case Theory to juvenile defenders at the 2015 Juvenile Defender Conference.  Professor Linares is certified by the National Juvenile Defender Center as a Juvenile Training Immersion Program ( JTIP) Trainer.