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Posted: December 3, 2010 12:00 a.m.

District Attorney hires assistant DA

By Brittany Thomas /

Jillian R. Hall

The Newton County District Attorney’s Office has gained another assistant district attorney, Jillian R. Hall.

Hall earned bachelor’s degrees in journalism, criminal justice and psychology from the University of Georgia, as well as her Juris Doctor. She worked as an investigator for the Western Circuit Public Defender's Office prior to attending law school and worked for Elizabeth M. Grant LLC as an investigator and Strickland, Chesnutt & Lindsay LLP as a law clerk and interned at the Barrow County District Attorney's Office her third year of law school.

She returned to the Western Circuit Public Defender’s Office to practice law before being hired by District Attorney Layla Zon in Newton County.

Hall’s desire to become an attorney came from her father, who started his law career when she was a child.

"(He) began teaching me about the principles of the U.S. Constitution as soon as I was old enough to understand them. He was passionate about his work and he cultivated in me a similar passion for law by debating with me how constitutional principals should affect publicized cases and current events," said Hall. "Through our talks and my personal experiences thereafter, I became interested in practicing criminal law, guarding the same constitutional principles as my father and helping the public, whether in prosecution or defense."

Her father practices law in Cobb, Douglas and Paulding counties, specializing in criminal defense and divorce. Her mother is an elementary school teacher. Hall’s brother works with the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office.

When asked what she hoped to bring to the district attorney’s office Hall said, "Prosecutors are ministers of justice, and I believe that it is important to consider both the legal and human perspectives of a case from all sides in order to implement justice. Through my education and personal experiences, I've tried to look at criminal cases from all sides... Through my experiences, I hope to bring a balanced perspective to my cases and to remember how my decisions will affect Newton County residents."

Hall lives in Clarke County. She enjoys reading, watching movies and spending time with friends.

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