Judge Sandra Witherspoon began her career with the Fulton County Public Defender’s Office 30 years ago as a staff attorney. During her 30-year legal career, She ran a successful private law practice in the mid – 1990s to the early-2000s. Judge Witherspoon parlayed the criminal experience learned during her tenure with the public defender’s office into a diverse solo practice in other areas of the law. She represented a few high profile clients who were entertainers and accepted low income pro bono clients as well, because she always believed that everyone, rich or poor deserved to have competent legal representation. Toward that, she became the first consulting attorney hired to work in the then newly established Fulton County Family Law Center in the mid- 2000s. People who came through the door feeling hopeless, but left with a smile and some semblance of hope. In the mid-2000s, She took her passion for public sector work to the federal government where she wore 3 hats as an administrative judge, mediator and trial attorney. After retiring from the federal government in 2016, she returned to the Public Defender’s office and was assigned the supervision and management of the juvenile court division. Utilizing her legal training and people service skills, she was given the opportunity to teach paralegal studies to students at Atlanta Area Tech as an adjunct legal instructor.
Her passion led her to volunteer with the Saturday Law Clinic through the Volunteer Lawyers Association. There, she assisted clients with landlord /tenant disputes. Over the course of my legal career, she hosted local radio legal shows on various topics, and she have been interviewed many times by various television stations on diverse legal topics. She has been a moot court judge, a member of the Dekalb Junior League, sat on several boards including the Community Council of Metropolitan Atlanta, and a volunteer lawyer for the World Changer’s Church “Law Day” project. She was a speaker many times at several local schools’ “Career Day” programs and hold memberships in local legal organizations. Ms. Witherspoon is an active member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha (“AKA”) Sorority, Inc. She was trained as a mediator through the Justice Center of Atlanta, Inc., and in addition to her law degree, she have a Master’s degree in broadcast journalism. She is licensed to practice law in 2 states, and in the United States District Court.