From Elizabeth’s interview for the Masters of the Courtroom series on ReelLawyers.com.
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Attorney Elizabeth Brandenburg has a unique perspective in defending her clients. For over six years, she has worked with a variety of clients from juveniles to adults accused of a variety of crimes from property crimes to violent offenses. Thanks to her extensive preparation and negotiations with district attorneys she has been successful in getting felony charges for both adults and juveniles charges dismissed.
Elizabeth has also successfully appealed cases in both state and federal courts from sentencing and trial issues to forfeitures. She has also been successful in habeas corpus, a unique kind of law where success is sometimes rare.
Due to her exceptional writing advocacy skills, Elizabeth was asked to serve as the Chairperson of the Amicus Committee for the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers that assists lawyers and individuals in cases by submitting briefs to the appellate courts concerning widespread or common problems in criminal cases.
Elizabeth was also invited to serve as an adjunct faculty member at Mercer University Law School, teaching the next generation of lawyers in Mercer’s Advanced Legal Writing Certificate Program.
While still in law school Attorney Brandenburg worked for the Augusta District Attorney’s Office, and the Honorable Judge Hugh Lawson of the Middle District of Georgia. She also volunteered with the Habeas Project, an appeals clinic where she worked on Georgia direct appeals and habeas corpus cases. Among her other activities, she was on a Moot Court team and on the board of Mercer Law Review and the Journal of Southern Legal History. She also received a Certificate in Advanced Legal Writing, Research, and Drafting from Mercer that gave her additional experience and education in the art of legal writing. Her background working for a judge, a prosecutor, and juvenile public defender gives her a unique perspective in approaching criminal defense.
In Attorney Brandenburg’s position at the Juvenile Law Group and Federal Criminal Law Group, she diligently defends her clients in both Juvenile and Adult Courts.
Elizabeth A. Brandenburg graduated magna cum laude from Mercer University in Macon, Georgia with a certificate in legal writing. She was a member of the law review and published articles in the Mercer Law Review: Kansas v. Marsh: A Thumb on the Scale of Death And School Bullies’ They Aren’t Just Students: Examining School Interrogations and the Miranda Warning. In 2008, she received the Walker P. Johnson, Jr. Memorial Award for litigation skills and professionalism. Ms. Brandenburg contributed to articles on PTSD and Child Pornography cases. She is a member of Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Ms. Brandenburg is admitted to practice in all Georgia trial and appellate courts including juvenile court, as well as the Northern and Middle Districts of Georgia, and the Federal Circuit Courts of Appeal in the Third, Fourth, Sixth, Eleventh and D.C. Circuits.
- Comment: School Bullies – They Aren’t Just Students: Examining School Interrogations and the Miranda Warning, 59 Mercer L. Rev. 731, 2008
- Casenote: Kansas v. Marsh: A Thumb on the Scale of Death?, 58 Mercer L. Rev. 1447, 2007
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Juvenile Courts of Georgia, Member
- Superior Courts of Georgia, Member
- Georgia Court of Appeals, Member
- Georgia Supreme Court, Member
- Northern District of Georgia, Member
- Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member
- Georgia Bar Association, Member
- American Bar Association, Member
Past Employment Positions
- Macon Public Defender’s Office, Law Clerk
- Augusta District Attorney’s Office
- Hon. Judge Hugh Lawson of the Middle District of Georgia
Pro Bono Activities
- Volunteer, Habeas Project