Jamaicans In Atlanta

Influential Jamaicans in Atlanta: Jewel C. Scott, Clayton County District Attorney

Written by Glen Laman

The Honorable Jewel C. Scott made history in 2005 when she simultaneously became the first female and first Caribbean-American District Attorney for Clayton County, one of the counties that comprise the Atlanta Metro area in the state of Georgia.

Originally from Mandeville, she spent her formative years in the Parish of Hanover in Jamaica. As a child, she attended Bethel Primary School in Hopewell, Hanover and later went on to Montego Bay and Manchester High School.
She graduated from the Norman Manley Law School, University of the West Indies, Mona in 1984, entered private practice and later worked at the Fair Trading Commission in Jamaica. She then worked in the Turks and Caicos Islands before immigrating to the USA where she obtained her J.D. degree from the Mercer University School of Law in Macon, Georgia.
Admitted to practice law in Georgia, New York, Jamaica W.I. and Turks and Caicos Islands. District Attorney Scott is a member of the Clayton County Bar, Georgia Bar, American Bar Association, and New York Bar. She is experienced in criminal and civil litigation having worked as a staff attorney with such organizations as New York City Office of Legal Affairs, HRA, litigating Conservatorship and Committee applications in the Supreme Court.

A Community Educator on legal rights, she also authored a book, “Portrait of a Woman,” in 1998. Married for over 20 years and a mother of two teenage sons, she is an active member of World Changers Church International and often volunteers with local hospice and community activists.

On her role as District Attorney, Jewel states:
“I seek to promote safe communities by prosecuting those who jeopardize community safety and well-being by flagrantly disobeying our laws. I AM TOUGH ON CRIME, but I will work just as hard to ensure that innocent persons are not wrongfully convicted.”
One of Atlanta’s most influential Jamaicans, DA Scott, is “qualified, experienced and humble.”

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Glen Laman