Sandra Witherspoon

 
Judges
Phone: 404-613-9071
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I began my career with the Fulton County Public Defender’s Office 30 years ago as a staff attorney. During my 30-year legal career, I ran a successful private law practice in the mid – 1990s to the early-2000s.  I parlayed the criminal experience learned during my tenure with the public defender’s office into a diverse solo practice in other areas of the law.  I represented a few high profile clients who were entertainers and accepted low income pro bono clients as well, because I always believed that everyone, rich or poor deserved to have competent legal representation.  

Toward that, I became the first consulting attorney hired to work in the then newly established Fulton County Family Law Center in the mid- 2000s. I considered that position to be my most treasured because of the many people I helped along the way.  People who came through the door feeling hopeless, but left with a smile and some semblance of hope. In the mid-2000s, I took my passion for public sector work to the federal government where I wore 3 hats as an administrative judge, mediator and trial attorney. After retiring from the federal government in 2016, I returned to the Public Defender’s office and was assigned the supervision and management of the juvenile court division.  

Utilizing my legal training and people service skills, I was given the opportunity to teach paralegal studies to students at Atlanta Area Tech as an adjunct legal instructor. Due to a favorable combination of circumstances, time and place, I was able to continue engaging in my real passion ----community service work.  My passion led me to volunteer with the Saturday Law Clinic through the Volunteer Lawyers Association.  There, I assisted clients with landlord /tenant disputes.     

Over the course of my legal career, I hosted local radio legal shows on various topics, and I have been interviewed many times by various television stations on diverse legal topics.  I have been a moot court judge, a member of the Dekalb Junior Leaque, sat on several boards including the Community Council of Metropolitan Atlanta, and a volunteer lawyer for the World Changer’s Church “Law Day” project. I was a speaker many times at several local schools’ “Career Day” programs and hold memberships in local legal organizations. I am an active member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha (“AKA”) Sorority, Inc.

I was trained as a mediator through the Justice Center of Atlanta, Inc., and in addition to my law degree, I have a Master’s degree in broadcast journalism. I am licensed to practice law in 2 states, and in the United States District Court.  

 

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