Several of the top legal minds in Atlanta were honored at rolling out‘s 2019 “Justice for All” gala.
Held June 27 at Atlanta City Hall, the event was moderated by Rashad Richey and Christal Jordan and highlighted the importance of ensuring that every citizen has the opportunity for justice.
Honorees included lawyers Teddy Astin, Mawuli Davis, Lerae Funderburg, Keith E. Gammage, Gerald A. Griggs, Preston James IV, Jabari A. Jones, Julie Kert, David Mitchell, Angelo Pinto, Shequel Ross, Tiffany M. Simmons, L. Chris Stewart, and Joseph Wilson; judges Cassandra Kirk, Christopher T. Portis and Penny Brown Reynolds; and district attorneys Sherry Boston and Paul Howard.
“The justice system is fundamentally racist, classist and sexist because it is birthed out of American history and culture,” Davis said during an interview with rolling out.
“Therefore, we need legal warriors to engage within the system to try to reduce the harm our people experience in the justice system as we continue working to build a new system that honors and respects our lives.”
Boston also shared how she fights for victims’ rights in her role as DA of the Stone Mountain Judicial Circuit.
“Each day, my team and I endeavor to reach these ideals,” she said. “We work to preserve the dignity and best interests of our victims while using smart prosecution strategies that balance offender accountability with the prevention, intervention, and restorative justice.”