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FIJA Speakers

FIJA Speakers


Catherine Bernard

FIJA Georgia State Contact, Public Defender

Kirsten Tynan

Catherine Bernard is a Georgia attorney specializing in indigent defense and constitutional advocacy. After graduating with a degree in philosophy and political science from Emory University, she attended law school at the University of Virginia and returned to her home in Georgia to practice civil litigation at Rogers & Hardin in downtown Atlanta.

In 2009, she became a public defender in Dublin, Georgia and developed a deep appreciation for the challenges faced by the poorest and most vulnerable Georgians—most of which are caused by big government. Catherine has successfully invoked the Georgia state constitution's language on jury nullification in trials to obtain conscientious acquittals by way of jury nullification for at least two of her clients.



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Past Presentations

  • State of the American Jury System 2021, hosted by the Fully Informed Jury Association, 25 January 2021

Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Available to travel: nationwide
Online presentations: yes

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