JWDLS: "Robert James"

You’re invited to attend the 2012-2013 John W. Davison Lecture Series featuring Robert James at 6 p.m., Wednesday, March 20, 2013 in the C. W. Pettigrew Center. The event is free and open to the public. For more details, please call the Office of Development, (478) 825-6959.

Robert D. James, Jr. was sworn in as DeKalb County District Attorney in November 2010. As DeKalb County District Attorney, Robert oversees 155 employees while administering a $12M annual budget and prosecuting more than 8,000 felony cases each year.

Prior to becoming District Attorney, Robert served as the DeKalb County Solicitor-General which prosecutes criminal misdemeanor offenses filed in the State Court of DeKalb County. His successes as Solicitor-General included partnering with seven other agencies to create VALARI, a multidisciplinary team to prevent elder and disabled adult abuse; reinstating the Domestic Violence Pre-Trial Diversion Program; creating Project Perfect Attendance-a comprehensive truancy intervention campaign in partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters, DeKalb County School System, DeKalb Juvenile Court and DeKalb Police Department. In 2008, James launched the Jobs Not Jail- a year-long initiative providing first-time offenders with an opportunity to complete their education, participate in job/life skills training and provide job placement.

Since being elected in 2007, Robert has made tremendous strides in redefining the justice system in DeKalb County through innovative and unique programs such as Jobs Not Jail and Project Perfect Attendance. The Jobs Not Jail program successfully graduated its inaugural class in 2009 and anticipates more than 200 program participants in 2010. Additionally, Project Perfect Attendance has drastically reduced truancy numbers in DeKalb County Schools- creating a national model of success in combating educational neglect.

Prior to becoming elected DeKalb County Solicitor-General and District Attorney, Robert served as an assistant district attorney supervising the prosecution of all misdemeanor cases in Rockdale County, Georgia and then later, a special prosecutor with the DeKalb County District Attorney’s Crimes Against Children Unit. As a member of this specialized unit, Robert spent countless hours working to protect DeKalb County children from dangerous child abusers and sexual predators.

Robert is a well-respected member of the legal profession and has been recognized for his talents by Georgia Trend Magazine by being named one of the State’s “40 Under 40”- a distinguished listing of Georgia’s top corporate and political leaders under 40 years old. In 2011, Robert was appointed by Governor Nathan Deal to the Judicial Nominating Committee- a 20-member board tasked with providing recommendations for vacant state trial and appellate courts. Robert has also been recognized as an “On The Rise” recipient by The Daily Report, “40 Under 40” minority lawyer by The National Law Journal and “Who’s Who in Law & Accounting” by Atlanta Business Chronicle.

Robert is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and was a member of the University’s Basketball Team and President of the African-American Student Association. After graduation, Robert moved to Atlanta where he earned a Juris Doctorate from Georgia State University College of Law.

Robert is a native of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. He is the son of Rev. Robert D. James, Sr., a minister, assistant high school principal and retired NFL football player, and Barbara James, a retired educator. Robert is married to wife Karria and is the proud father of one daughter, Brookelyn M. James.

Robert is a member of Ray of Hope Christian Church in Decatur, Georgia, where Reverend Cynthia L. Hale is pastor.