Association of Prosecuting Attorneys at Forefront of Key Prosecution Initiatives

Atlanta– Fulton County District Attorney Paul L. Howard, Jr. has been named Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys (APA). Prior to being elected to this position, DA Howard served as Vice-Chairman of the Board for five years.

Characterized as a “think tank” for prosecutors, the APA is a Washington, D.C-based organization that provides training, technical assistance and resources to prosecutors throughout the nation. Members include prosecuting attorneys from all levels of government including City Attorneys, District Attorneys, State’s Attorneys, Attorneys General, U.S. Attorneys and Tribal Prosecutors. The volunteer Board of Directors leads the Association.

Since its inception in 2009, APA has been at the forefront of important prosecution initiatives including Community Prosecution, Animal Cruelty Prevention, as well as Gun Violence and Domestic Violence awareness.  DA Howard has long been considered an innovator in the criminal justice arena. Aside from prosecuting high-profile cases that have garnered international attention and set prosecution standards, the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office has received national honors for its Community Prosecution program and its commitment to animal abuse prosecution.

Howard says his election as Chairman of the Board is an honor and an opportunity.

“Our country and the prosecuting community are facing several difficult and far-reaching societal issues. As Board Chairman, I look forward to working with my colleagues across the country to ensure that APA remains an integral partner in providing creative and cutting-edge approaches designed to address these issues,” said Howard.

APA President and CEO David LaBahn echoes Howard’s sentiments saying,

“Mr. Howard has served as an important leader in our profession for many years and as a valued member of our Board we look forward to his leadership of APA as Chairman on a wide array of issues that face prosecutors across the country.”

Mr. Howard will serve a two-year term as Chairman.

For more information about APA or the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office, please visit www.apainc.org or www.fultonda.org

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