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Alumnae Profiles: JaDawnya C. Butler, C'2001

JaDawnya C.  Butler is an Assistant District Attorney and serves as the Zone 4 Community Prosecutor in The Fulton County District Attorney’s Office. Beforehand, JaDawnya started her own boutique practice immediately following law school and served the greater Atlanta Community as a Solo-Practitioner with The Butler Law Group, LLC for five years.   She currently serves the Bar as Immediate Past President of The Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys (“GABWA”).

JaDawnya is the founder of GABWA’s Judicial & Public Office Academy and their T.H.I.N.K. Initiative. She’s also a member of the Gate City Bar Association, an appointed member of the State Bar of Georgia’s Board of Governors and the Fulton County Board of Ethics. She serves as a guest legal analyst on “In Session,” a live nationally syndicated legal program that covers criminal trials.

She attended Spelman College where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and History in 2001. JaDawnya attended The University of Florida Levin College of Law where she earned the highest grades in several of her classes, and was the speaker at her law school graduation. JaDawnya has clerked for Judge Phipps of the Georgia Court of Appeals, Chief Justice Leah Ward Sears of the Georgia Supreme Court and the oldest Black owned law firm in the Southeast- Thomas, Kennedy, Sampson & Patterson.

She is the recipient of The University of Florida Levin College of Law Black Law Student Association’s 2006 Outstanding Alumni Award, a 2008 graduate of The State Bar of Georgia’s Young Lawyers Division’s Leadership Academy and a 2013 graduate of LEAD Atlanta. In 2012, she was named one of Atlanta’s “Top 100 Black Women of Influence” by The Atlanta Business League, featured as the cover story for The Daily Report’s annual attorneys “On the Rise” edition and awarded the 2012 Special Commendation Award by the African Leadership Magazine. In 2012 JaDawnya was also named one of Atlanta’s “Top 100 Law Leaders” by the Atlanta Business Chronicle and awarded “Community Prosecutor of the Year” by Georgia’s first African-American District Attorney- Paul L. Howard, Jr.