Alumnae Profiles: Marissa McCall Dodson, C'2005
Marissa McCall Dodson is currently an Equal Justice Works Fellow and Staff Attorney at the Georgia Justice Project. Here she works aggressively to address the barriers to reentry for ex-offenders in the state of Georgia. Her overall objective is to combat the civil hardships that accompany criminal proceedings in the areas of employment and housing.
She believes that she "was always interested in serving the community and those that society seemingly neglected because of their financial situations." She has dreamed of a career as an attorney since the age of five. However, it was during Marissa's time at Spelman College that she spent a great deal of time engaging in various community service activities exposing her to the harsh realities of our criminal justice system. As she went on to Louisiana State University to begin her legal career she became an active member of the Public Interest Law Society (PILS). This program provided her the opportunity to participate in programs that afforded free legal services to those in the community who did not have the resources to obtain them on their own.
In 2012, Dodson was the recipient of the 2012 State Bar of Georgia, Younger Lawyer Division's Commitment to Justice Award. She was nominated as a result of her outstanding work on the record restriction/expungement bill. Through this work, the Georgia Justice Project was able to change Georgia's expungement statue.