Within months of graduating with honors from the University of Georgia School of Law, Whitney represented a man who, for 17 years, had been yanked in and out of custody on various technical violations of the sex offender registry. For 17 years, no lawyer, no judge, nor any law enforcement officer sworn to protect and serve him had recognized that he was not then—nor ever had been—required to register under Georgia law. Whitney not only secured his immediate release from custody and removal from the registry (an otherwise lifelong obligation), but she successfully petitioned the court to vacate every prior conviction that the state had wrung from him.
Then she passed the bar.
Whitney brings this same ardor and attention to detail to all her cases, garnering success with juries and recognition from judges, colleagues, and clients. For nearly a decade, she’s guarded the rights and, more importantly, the dignity of those charged with crimes throughout Georgia. She has not lost a jury trial since joining the Western Judicial Circuit Public Defender Office in 2014.
Prior to attending law school, Whitney graduated with high honors from the University of Georgia with degrees in both International Business and Spanish, which she speaks, reads, and writes proficiently. She has been published in the Widener Journal of Law, Economics & Race for her work, Battering the Poor: How Georgia’s Mandatory Family Violence Classes Deny Indigent Defendants Equal Protection of the Law.
Outside of justice, Whitney pursues yoga, travel, and daily adventure alongside her husband and two rescued Border collies, Gurley and Marshall (Go, Dawgs!).