Title: Circuit Public Defender
Company: Georgia Public Defender Council, Atlanta Judicial District
Location: Lithonia, Georgia, United States
Vernon S. Pitts Jr., Circuit Public Defender at Georgia Public Defender Council has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the legal field.
Inspired by his family who enjoyed assisting people, Mr. Pitts found it necessary to pursue a career path that would allow him to do the same. Additionally, he was encouraged by his uncle, Lincoln J. Pitts, who practiced law in Washington, D.C. A graduate of Hunter College, he first earned a Bachelor of Science in political science. Mr. Pitts later concluded his academic efforts with a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the Emory University School of Law.
Currently, Mr. Pitts excels as a circuit public defender for the Atlanta Judicial District. In this position, he is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the public defender’s office. His office provides representation for indigent defendants to ensure that their constitutional rights are protected. Prior to this appointment, he worked for the Federal Defender Program, having previously contributed as an assistant public defender for Fulton County from 1979 to 1982. In a career filled with many highlights, Mr. Pitts is proud to have his job’s location become the first in the United States to sign a memorandum of understanding with the U.S. State Department to provide training and mentorship in other countries. In the coming years, he plans to retire from his current position while remaining actively involved with nonprofit programs that benefit the youth.
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