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Posted January 14, 2017 08:51 pm – Updated January 16, 2017 12:41 pm
By: Savannah Morning News
Three young Chatham County assistant public defenders have gone out on their own in a bid to expand their services to people with legal problems and their aftermath.
Attorneys Falen Cox, John Rodman and Christopher Middleton will combine in the firm Cox, Rodman & Middleton with offices
Cox, who spent six years in the Chatham County Public Defender’s office dealing with indigent defendants in criminal cases, said the trio wanted to move from a steady diet of criminal defense to a general law practice which will retain criminal defense, but add such areas a personal injury and contract law.
Rodman, who had eight years as an assistant public defender, and Middleton with 10, will join her.
All three were felony prosecutors in Superior Court trial teams.
“Mainly we wanted to be able to assist people with legal matters that aren’t strictly criminal in nature,” Cox said.
She said they felt the need to deal with a more holistic approach to “make sure that when they (clients) left they were in a better position when we are through,” Cox said.
Often one legal matter will lead to another and their firm wants to be able to help.
“I just wanted to be able to help the community in a broader sense,” Cox said.Read More
ATLANTA – Attorney Christopher K. Middleton of the Eastern Judicial Circuit Public Defender’s Office in Savannah will be honored during the presentation of the 16th Annual Justice Robert Benham Awards for Community Service on Feb. 17 at a special ceremony. Since 1998, these awards have been presented to honor lawyers and judges in Georgia who have made significant contributions to their communities and demonstrate the positive contributions of members of the Bar beyond their legal or official work.
The Lifetime Achievement Award is the highest recognition given by the State Bar of Georgia and the Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism, co-sponsors of the Justice Robert Benham Awards for Community Service. This year it will be awarded to three outstanding community and public servants: Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver of Decatur, Allan J. Tanenbaum of Atlanta and John S. Lewis of Cartersville, Georgia. This award is reserved for a lawyer or judge who, in addition to meeting the criteria for receiving the Justice Robert Benham Award for Community Service, has demonstrated an extraordinarily long and distinguished commitment to volunteer participation in the community throughout his or her legal career.
Awards are given to selected attorneys in the judicial districts of Georgia from which nominations were received.
This year’s 10 other recipients are: Christopher K. Middleton of Savannah, John Randall Hicks of Valdosta, Nancy Terrill of Macon, Nora L. Polk of Decatur, Ernest Lamont Greer of Atlanta, Vanessa I. Hickey-Gales of Atlanta, Philip E. Holladay Jr. of Atlanta, Rep. Christian A. Coomer of Cartersville, Nicki Noel Vaughan of Gainesville and Superior Court Judge Lawton E. Stephens of Athens.
These honorees have served a wide range of community organizations, government-sponsored activities, and humanitarian efforts outside of their professional practices and judicial duties. Their fields of service include: youth athletics and mentoring programs, literacy programs, social services, church and religious activities, politics, promotion and support for legal aid programs, community development, education, sports, recreation, and the arts. These awards recognize the commitment of Georgia lawyers to volunteerism, encourage all lawyers to become involved in community service, improve the quality of lawyers’ lives through the satisfaction they derive from helping others, and raise the public image of lawyers. All honorees are members of the State Bar of Georgia.
The Awards Presentation is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 17, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the State Bar of Georgia Headquarters, 104 Marietta St. NW, Third Floor, Atlanta, and a reception will follow. Awards will be presented by Georgia Supreme Court Justice Robert Benham. Chief Justice Hugh P. Thompson and State Bar President Patrise M. Perkins-Hooker will bring special remarks. The Selection Committee is chaired by Janet G. Watts of Watts & Watts, Fayetteville. The program is free and open to the public.Read More