Cagle Appoints Morris to Public Defenders Standards Council

June 15, 2007

(Atlanta, GA) – Lt. Governor Casey Cagle announced today his appointment of Lee Morris to serve as a member of the Georgia Public Defenders Standards Council.   Morris will be the appointee from the 5th Judicial District and will serve until his term expires in June of 2011.

             “Lee will be a great addition to this council and will give valuable input and advice.  I am confident in his abilities and look forward to the work he will do,” Cagle said.

Morris is a General Counsel and CFO of Stevens & Wilkinson Stang and Newdow.   He is also certified as a CPA and serves as corporate Secretary and Treasurer.     Morris was elected to the District 7 seat on the Atlanta City Council in November 1993 and has chaired the City Utilities and Zoning and Finance-Executive Committees.   While on the City Council, Lee provided excellent leadership in the oversight of the Atlanta City Courts, corrections and criminal justice system.  He graduated from DukeUniversity in 1970 and went on to receive his law degree from EmoryUniversity.

In addition to his professional and political duties, Morris has been an active member of St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church for more than 25 years. He has been married for over 27 years to his wife, Gilda. Together they have three adult children: Carson, Everett, and Jessie, all of whom attended Atlanta Public Schools.

             The Georgia Public Defender Standards Council   is an independent agency within the executive branch of the state government of Georgia. The mission of the Georgia Public Defender Standards Council is   to ensure, independently of political considerations or private interests, that each client whose cause has been entrusted to a circuit public defender receives zealous, adequate, effective, timely, and ethical legal representation, consistent with the guarantees of the Constitution of the State of Georgia, the Constitution of the United States and the mandates of the Georgia Indigent Defense Act of 2003; to provide all such legal services in a cost-efficient manner; and to conduct that representation in such a way that the criminal justice system operates effectively to achieve justice.


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