When Allison T. Mauldin met up with her boss, Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit District Attorney Stephen A. Bradley, last week, she was greeted with a new box of business cards.
He was preparing her for her new role as chief assistant district attorney of the eight-county judicial circuit, the largest circuit in Georgia.
Mauldin, who had been the senior assistant district attorney in charge of criminal cases in Greene County since 2007 when she was hired by former District Attorney Fredric Bright, will now assist Bradley in various capacities throughout the circuit.
The circuit, which stretches more than 900 square miles, consists of Greene, Morgan, Putnam, Hancock, Baldwin, Wilkinson, Jasper and Jones counties.
“I feel really honored to have been asked to serve as the chief assistant district attorney,” said Mauldin, whose husband, Ken, is the district attorney of the Western Judicial Circuit that consists of Athens-Clarke and Oconee counties. “I’m going to do whatever I can do and be wherever Steve needs me to be.”
She said she believes Bradley is going to be a “great” district attorney to serve under and she looks forward to working for him for many years to come.
Mauldin replaces Bradley as the local judicial circuit’s chief assistant district attorney. Bradley had served in that capacity for a number of years under Bright before becoming district attorney.
Bradley said he chose Mauldin as his new chief assistant district attorney because of her vast experience.
“[Mauldin] is excellent in the courtroom and wonderful with administrative duties,” Bradley said. “Her victims love her because of her kindly, but strong pursuit of their cases. She is a superb lawyer. Everything she takes on, she does well.”
Mauldin, a 1982 graduate of Peachtree High School in Chamblee, and who graduated with a criminal justice degree from the University of Georgia before finishing the UGA School of Law in 1989, has prosecuted thousands of criminal cases and tried one death penalty case during her career.
“I’ve actually prosecuted one death penalty case all the way to the end,” Mauldin recalled during a Monday morning interview. “I worked on prosecuting two other death penalty cases, but the defendants ended up pleading guilty before the end of their trials and were sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.”
Prior to becoming an assistant district attorney with the Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit, where she was assigned to the Greensboro office, Mauldin served as an assistant district attorney in the Piedmont Judicial Circuit, which includes Barrow, Jackson and Banks counties.
While an assistant prosecutor in the Piedmont judicial circuit, she was promoted to chief assistant district attorney and later acting district attorney.
“I’m really looking forward to the challenges that this new position holds here in the Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit,” said Mauldin, who was born in York, Penn., but who has lived in Georgia the majority of her life.
Even though she has a new position, she still will be assigned to oversee criminal cases in Greene County. She is assisted in that office by Assistant District Attorney Jean Mangam.
Mauldin’s first job after law school was working as a law clerk for a superior court judge in Fulton County. She later became an assistant solicitor.
The former DeKalb County resident later became a state’s assistant prosecutor and currently is serving in her third judicial circuit since becoming a member of the Georgia Bar Association.
Mauldin and her husband have three children: Grace, 16, a high school junior; Nick, 14, an eighth-grader; and Jake, 12, a seventh-grader. The family lives in Athens.
When Mauldin isn’t working and going to baseball, soccer or swim meets with her children and husband, she enjoys playing tennis with friends.