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DeKalb County's District Attorney Headlines Davison Lecture Series
DeKalb County's District Attorney Headlines Davison Lecture Series

The next John W. Davison Lecture Series will feature a legal eagle featured on Georgia Trend magazine’s “40 Under 40 list” of the state’s rising stars. The Middle Georgia community is invited to spend an evening with Robert D. James Jr., the DeKalb County district attorney, at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 20 in the C.W. Pettigrew Center.

James is a well-respected legal professional. In 2011, Georgia’s Governor Nathan Deal appointed the seasoned attorney to the state’s Judicial Nominating Committee. This 20-member board provides recommendations for vacant state trial and appellate courts. The district attorney was also the recipient of an “On The Rise” award by The Daily Report. He was named to The National Law Journal’s “40 Under 40” minority lawyer list, and to the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s “Who’s Who in Law and Accounting.”

Before being sworn in as DeKalb’s district attorney, James served as the county’s solicitor-general, where he prosecuted criminal misdemeanor offenses. He also served as an assistant district attorney in Rockdale County, Ga.  James was once a special prosecutor with the DeKalb County District Attorney's Crimes Against Children Unit, where he spent countless hours working to protect DeKalb County children from dangerous child abusers and sexual predators.

Outside of the office, James is committed to helping his local community thrives. During his time in DeKalb County, he has partnered with seven other agencies to create VALARI, a multidisciplinary team that prevents the abuse of elderly and disabled patients. In association with Big Brothers/Big Sisters, the Juvenile Court and the DeKalb police department, James also launched the Project Perfect Attendance, a truancy intervention program to ensure children stay in school.  In 2008, James launched the Jobs Not Jail program, a year-long initiative that provides first-time offenders with opportunities to complete their education, improve their job skills training and provide employment placement.

Established in 2002, FVSU’s John W. Davison Lecture Series honors the life of John Wesley Davison, leader of the founders of Fort Valley State College and the first principal of the Fort Valley High and Industrial School.

Established in 2002, FVSU’s John W. Davison Lecture Series honors the life of John Wesley Davison, leader of the founders of Fort Valley State College and the first principal of the Fort Valley High and Industrial School.

For more information on the free lecture, contact JWDLS coordinator Alecia Livatt, (478) 825-6959.

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