ZONE 1 COMMUNITY PROSECUTOR
Office Address: 930 Sellers Avenue, Unit 1002 Atlanta, Georgia 30310
Assistant District Attorney Ashley Payne is the new Zone 1 Community Prosecutor covering portions of Southwest Atlanta which houses the Atlanta University Center and the Georgia Dome. A native of Mobile, Alabama, Payne was raised in Lithonia, Georgia and graduated from Emory University School of Law in May 2013. Ashley also frequently volunteers with Habitat for Humanity DeKalb and Open Hand Atlanta and serves on the Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless Outreach Ministry Team as the co-coordinator for women and children.
ZONE 2 COMMUNITY PROSECUTOR
Office Address: 2996 Grandview Avenue, Suite 109B Atlanta, Georgia 30305
Phone: 404-612- Office
Brenden Dougherty is the new Zone 2 Community Prosecutor covering the Buckhead, Midtown and Lenox areas of Atlanta. Brenden attended Boston College, where he majored in History and Communication and graduated summa cum laude in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts & Sciences Degree. After accepting a graduate research fellowship, he attended the William & Mary School of Law, where he served as a Staff Editor on the William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal.
After receiving his Juris Doctor in 2013, Brenden served as a legal apprentice for the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Special Unit in the DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office. He then spent two years trying cases as a Senior Assistant Solicitor-General in the Hall County Solicitor General’s Office. As the new Community Prosecutor for Zone 2, Brenden looks forward to using his experience and energetic drive to make this part of the Atlanta community safer and more prosperous for citizens and businesses alike.
ZONE 3 COMMUNITY PROSECUTOR
Office Address: Villages at Carver, 201 Moury Avenue, Apartment 114 Atlanta, Georgia 30315
Assistant District Attorney (ADA) Sareena Beasley is the new Zone 3 Community Prosecutor covering the Turner Field area, Mechanicsville, Pittsburgh, and Metropolitan area. Beasley is a graduate of Mercer University, majoring in Journalism, and Emory University School of Law. Prior to practicing law in Georgia, ADA Beasley designed and developed community programs to recruit and retain non-profits and business agencies to expand services for youth in underserved areas of Georgia.
ZONE 4 COMMUNITY PROSECUTOR
Office Address: 2472 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive SW, Atlanta, Georgia 30311
Assistant District Attorney Shari Amour Jones II is a firm believer that the only ones who are crazy enough to think they can change the community … are the ones who do! Although Shari’s roots were planted in San Francisco, California, she considers herself to be a Georgia peach and has made Atlanta her home. Shari comes from an amazingly well rounded background. She was Valedictorian and Summa Cum Laude of her 2007 graduating class at the prestigious Clark Atlanta University of the historical Atlanta University Center.
During her college years, she studied abroad at Yangzhou University in Yangzhou, China where she minored in Mandarin Chinese. Shari is a Black Belt in Shaolin Kenpo Karate; however, one of her most proud acts of service is her work with the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital as the Morale Chairperson. Shari is a 2010 graduate of Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Grand Rapids, Michigan. During her law school career, she was a champion of the Intra School Negotiation Competition beating out 12 teams to become Grand Rapid’s Campus Best Negotiator. Upon passing the Georgia Bar, Shari practiced civil litigation before both Superior and Federal Judges.
Shari is a valued addition to the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office. Shari is a fast rising young star. She began prosecuting in the District Attorney’s specialized unit of Crimes Against Women and Children.
She is now serving the citizens of Atlanta as the Zone 4 Community Prosecutor and prosecutes quality of life felonies. Shari was acknowledged by Fulton County District Attorney Paul L. Howard, Jr. as the 2015 Community Prosecutor of the Year. Most recently, she was given the 30 Minute Trial Verdict Award for prosecuting an Entering Automobile Repeat Offender, having the Jury return a Guilty Verdict in 20 Minutes.
Shari’s passion to balance the Jones of justice is what makes her such a treasured asset to the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office and her Zone 4 Community. Zone 4 stretches from Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive South to the Atlanta Boarder (Camp Creek) and Westbound Lee Street to the Atlanta Boarder (well beyond Interstate 285). Its Neighborhood Planning Units (NPUs) are: H, I, P, Q, R, S, and T.
Shari believes that the Community Prosecution Division and CourtWatch Program is the bridge between the Courthouse and the Community. To reach your Zone 4 Community Prosecutor Shari Jones, please do not hesitate to call 404.449.6737 or send an e-mail to Shari.Jones@FultonCountyGa.Gov.
ZONE 5 COMMUNITY PROSECUTOR
Office Address: 340 Boulevard NE Suite 500 Atlanta, GA
Assistant District Attorney Niaa C. Daniels is a dual degree graduate from Georgia State University College of Law and Georgia State University Andrew Young School of Policy Studies. In addition to obtaining her Juris Doctor, ADA Daniels secured her Master’s in Public Administration to better understand government agencies, policies, and non-profit organizations. She is licensed to practice law in the states of Georgia and New York.
ADA Daniels’ past experience includes clerking for the Honorable Justice Benham of the Georgia Supreme Court, serving as a student attorney for the DeKalb County Public Defender’s Office, as well as working with H.J. Russell Enterprises’ General Counsel. ADA Daniels serves in several professional organizations including the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys (GABWA) and the American Association for Justice. She is a proud recipient of several scholarships and awards such as the GABWA Foundation Scholarship, the Gate City Hall of Fame Scholar Award, and the Ronald J. Freeman Opportunity Scholarship.
To ensure she is upholding the legacy of those who have invested in her success. ADA Daniels has worked hard to pursue opportunities that not only further her career, but also allow her to serve people. ADA Daniels graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University at Albany located in Albany, New York. During undergraduate school she was honored as a distinguished leader for founding the NIA A.L.A.N.A Scholarship. NIA means purpose in Kiswahili. Inspired by her own financial setbacks, she wanted to honor and assist students who too experienced hardship yet still exhibited their purpose at the University. Recipients represent African American, Latin, Asian, and Native American (A.L.A.N.A.) descent. The scholarship has been distributed to four undergraduate students annually since spring of 2012. ADA Daniels is excited to join the Zone 5 family, and begin what she is optimistic will be a fulfilling, impactful relationship with community leaders and Zone 5 citizens.
DEPUTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY
COMMUNITY PROSECUTION DIVISION
ZONE 6 COMMUNITY PROSECUTOR
KEITH LAMAR, JR.
Office Address: 340 Boulevard NE Suite 500 Atlanta, GA
Phone: 404-612-4953 Office
Senior Assistant District Attorney Keith Lamar Jr. joined the District Attorney Office in February 2012. After a brief stint in the Complaint room, Mr. Lamar was assigned to the Non-Complex Trial Division. While in the Non- Complex Division, he was awarded Non-Complex Attorney of the year. The following year Mr. Lamar was honored again when he received the Fulton County District Attorney Employee of the Year.
As a Community Prosecutor, Mr. Lamar is committed to taking proactive steps in enhancing his community by reaching out to the community members and local business owners about issues within the community and working with them in implementing plans to prevent crime before it occurs. He is steadfast on prosecuting repeat offenders and banishing them from Zone 6.
Mr. Lamar also serves as the Southeast Regional Chair for the National Black Prosecutor Association which includes the states of Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Mr. Lamar is a graduate of Morehouse College and Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University. He is committed to the residents of Zone 6 and honored to be their Community Prosecutor.
NORTH FULTON COMMUNITY PROSECUTOR
Office Address: 11575 Maxwell Road Suite 222 Alpharetta, Georgia 30009
Phone: 404-612-0681 Office
Assistant District Attorney Bailey Rogers is the new North Fulton Community Prosecutor covering Alpharetta, Sandy Springs, Milton, and Roswell. A native of Jonesboro, Arkansas, Mrs. Rogers graduated from Lyon College (Batesville, AR) with a degree in Political Science. She graduated from Vermont Law School with a joint Juris Doctorate and Masters of Environmental Law and Policy.
After moving to Atlanta, Mrs. Rogers served as an AmeriCorps volunteer serving the metro Atlanta area. Prior to joining the Fulton County District Attorney’s office Mrs. Rogers interned at the U.S. Dept. of Energy, Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and work at King and Spalding LLP. Mrs. Rogers is active with North Point Ministries and lives in Fulton County with her husband Travis and dog Ansley.
SOUTH FULTON COMMUNITY PROSECUTOR
Office Address: 5440 Fulton Industrial Boulevard Suite 180 Atlanta, GA 30336
Phone: 404-612-4206 Office
Assistant District Attorney Jocelyn R. Watkins is the South Fulton Community Prosecutor serving the largest and southern most areas of Fulton County, which include the cities of Chattahoochee Hills, City of South Fulton, College Park, East Point, Fairburn, Hapeville, Palmetto, and Union City.
Ms. Watkins an Atlanta native with strong family and community ties to the Metro-Atlanta area. Ms. Watkins is an Illinois and Georgia licensed attorney and graduate of The John Marshall Law School in Chicago where she earned her Juris Doctor with certification in Trial Advocacy and Alternative Dispute Resolution in May 2014.
She is also a proud graduate of Hampton University where she earned her Bachelor of Arts, Magna Cum Laude with University Honors, in Psychology and Political Science in May 2011. Ms. Watkins’ professional experiences have given her the opportunity to serve societal interests at the local, state, and national level through litigation and administrative processes.
Immediately prior to joining the Office of the Fulton County District Attorney, Ms. Watkins was a George N. Leighton Fellow at The John Marshall Law School where she represented plaintiffs in federal civil rights violations and human trafficking matters. Ms. Watkins brings prosecutorial experiences from the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office and the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office.
She is passionate about public service and committed to protecting the residents of South Fulton.
DANIELLE SIMPSON, JD
Office Address: 136 Pryor Street SW, Third Floor Atlanta, Georgia 30303
Danielle Simpson is passionate about community advocacy, education and engagement. Danielle was raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She attended the North Dakota State University in Fargo, where she received a Bachelor’s of Arts in Sociology, a Bachelor’s of Science in Criminal Justice and a minor in Psychology. She then worked in corrections as Family Program Director where she assisted inmates with learning to be better parents while in prison and after release.
Danielle graduated with distinction from the University of North Dakota School of Law in Grand Forks. Her studies focused on public interest law, which refers to legal practice and education regarding civil rights, people living in poverty, immigrants’ rights, women’s rights, and consumer rights. During law school, Danielle served as the Student Director of the Employment and Housing Discrimination Clinical Education Program. During law school she received several awards, including Nontraditional Student of the Year in 2012.
Danielle has been serving as the Director of the Fulton County Citizens’ CourtWatch program since March 2015. She brings a unique perspective to the District Attorney’s Office with her skills and abilities related to marketing. It is Danielle’s goal to make CourtWatch more accessible via Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and NextDoor. Danielle received the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office Employee of the Year award in her first year as the CourtWatch Director.
In her free time Danielle volunteers with various youth organizations. She has also served as a coach for the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office Legal Lives 5th Grade Mock Trial Competition representing Stonewall Tell Elementary School in South Fulton County.