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

Georgia Public Defender Standards Council
  • 2015 Juvenile Defender Conference


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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Lookout Mountain Holds Strategic Planning Retreat

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    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.

  • Albany Herald: Dougherty CPD Leisa Johnson “Running a Tight Ship”

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    Read “Johnson running tight ship in county public defender office” from the Albany Herald here.



  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Tracy J. Mullis Appointed Cordele CPD

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    We are pleased to announce that after reviewing the Local Supervisory Panel’s recommendations and interviewing the very qualified candidates they presented that Tracy J. Mullis will be the new Cordele Circuit Public Defender effective December 16, 2014.

    Tracy’s extensive criminal defense experience includes the Georgia Innocence Project and as a public defender in the Middle Circuit. There, Tracy rose to the level of Chief APD and served as Interim Circuit Public Defender, before starting a successful private practice. As a private attorney, Tracy was a contractor for GPDSC.

    Recognized as one of the best criminal defense attorneys in the area, Tracy came to us highly recommended. Her knowledge, skills and experience will be an asset to her clients, the Cordele Circuit and GPDSC.