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

Next Council Meeting: May 13, 2016 10am, Ste 200, 104 Marietta Street, Atlanta, GA 30303 | Agenda
  • Public Defender Conference Announced


    The Georgia Public Defender Council is pleased to announce its 2016 Public Defender Conference, Boldly Beyond, to be held July 25 – 27, 2016 in beautiful Savannah.  The conference will consist of a mix of large group presentations and three smaller tracks to give more intensive instruction to Circuit Public Defenders, mid-level assistant public defenders and newly-licensed attorneys.  Those attorneys attending TILPP will be able to participate in the first day of the conference before starting their TILPP courses on July 26, 2016.

  • Rick Waller Appointed Macon CPD

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    We are pleased to announce that Rick Waller has been appointed Macon Circuit Public Defender.

    Rick has been an asset to the Macon Circuit as an Assistant Public Defender since January 2005. Prior to joining the Macon team, Rick was an APD in Houston County for two years after spending eight years in private practice. Rick earned his J. D. from Walter F. George School of Law Macon and his B. S. in Finance from University of South Florida, Tampa.

    Please join me us in congratulating Rick on his new position. The skill he exercised during his time as Macon’s Chief APD and as Interim CPD will continue to be an asset to our team and our clients as he assumes the Circuit Public Defender position.

  • Ga. Public Defenders Follow the Tradition of John Adams

    “When we think of John Adams, we think of an influential Founder and the second President of the United States. But in 1770, he was a 35-year-old lawyer and had never run for public office. Incredibly, Adams agreed to take on the defense of the soldiers. He didn’t just defend them— he zealously represented them. Not one of the soldiers was convicted of murder. Six were acquitted and two were found guilty of lesser charges.” – Bryan Tyson, Executive Director GPDC

    See full article in Insider Advantage here.

  • Southern Circuit Goes Red

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    Southern Circuit showing their support for the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women on February 5th.

  • Congratulations to Augusta APD, Andrea Baker

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    Andrea Baker, an Assistant Public Defender in the Augusta Judicial Circuit, has been accepted with a full scholarship to the invitation-only, week long  NCADL-Cardozo Law Forensic College.  Ms. Baker is one of a limited number of state and federal public defenders selected to attend.

  • Sweet Justice

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    Macon CPD Rick Waller is a talented baker. He made these beautiful (and tasty!) cookies in honor of Macon’s Cherry Blossom Festival and GPDC.

  • Newbill-Jallow Appointed Ogeechee CPD

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    Effective December 1, 2015, Renata Newbill-Jallow became the new Ogeechee Circuit Public Defender. Having served as an APD in Ogeechee since 2005, Renata has demonstrated her abilities and commitment to indigent defense.

    Before becoming a Public Defender, Renata served as a Circuit Judge Law Clerk and an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in the 8th Judicial Circuit of West Virginia. After earning her undergraduate degree at West Virginia State University, Renata earned a master’s degree in history from West Virginia University and a doctor of laws from Florida Coastal School of Law.

  • Melvin Cooper Honored Upon Retirement

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    Chattahoochee Circuit Senior Assistant Public Defender Melvin Cooper retired on May 13th. Melvin joined this agency 12 years ago at its inception.

    In April 2016, Melvin won across the board not guilty verdicts in a murder case he tried in Muscogee Superior Court.  It was a wonderful way to finish up his career at GPDC.  As a memento of his victory, the office gave Melvin a nicely framed copy of the front page newspaper story on the case and a copy of the verdict. Melvin was a mainstay of the Columbus office and will be sorely missed.

  • Augusta PD Office Receives Bronx Defenders Grant

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    The Augusta Circuit Public Defender office has received a 2016 Technical Assistance grant from The Center for Holistic Defense, a project of the Bronx Defenders. This marks the second time this grant has been awarded to a Georgia Public Defender Council circuit office in the program’s five-year history; the Atlanta circuit received the grant in 2013.

    “The climate in Georgia is prime for supporting client-centered practices,” said Kate Mason, Augusta Circuit Public Defender. “Governor Deal’s Criminal Justice Reform opened the door to a comprehensive systems change including accountability courts and increased support to the public defender. This grant from the Bronx Defenders provides an opportunity to improve the delivery of indigent defense services to our clients by adopting a more holistic approach while building on the success of the Governor’s reforms.”

    The grant consists of twelve months of in-depth technical assistance creating an interdisciplinary model of public defense that augments legal representation with identifying other needs that may be addressed by social services and connecting clients to those resources.

  • Training & Recruitment Coordinator: Sarah Grace Alexander

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    Effective January 16, 2016, Sarah Grace Alexander joined our agency as Training and Recruitment Coordinator. Some of you may have already met Sarah Grace at the recent TILPP and Investigator trainings at Callaway Gardens.

    A graduate of Regent University (B.A. English), Sarah Grace brings her professional writing experience, recruitment, and public relations skills to our expanding training and recruitment efforts. Most recently, Sarah Grace spent two years in Malawi, Africa where she taught, developed curriculum, and managed an educational program for an orphanage school.

    Please help us in welcoming Sarah Grace to the GPDC family.