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Jason W. Swindle

 Jason Swindle

Candidate's Campaign Message

As an attorney, who has represented clients in all five counties in our circuit for thirteen years, I have a vested interest in ensuring that my friends and colleagues within the circuit wide legal community have a strong independent voice on the Board of Governors.

I have served our community for years by (1) teaching students at the University of West Georgia in criminal law and constitutional law, (2) advising, providing seminars, and supporting law enforcement officers, (3) mentoring young lawyers and future lawyers, and (4) educating/engaging our citizens about current legal issues in a weekly circuit wide column.

I have also been blessed with the many opportunities to assist others by discussing hope with the man who is addicted to drugs, comforting the mother whose son is in jail, and protecting the Constitutional rights of our people.

In the last year, I supported past State Bar President Lester Tate and Sen. Josh McKoon in a bipartisan effort opposing Amendment 3. While the amendment ultimately passed, strong leadership is needed to continue the fight for an independent judiciary.

Additionally, in July, our law firm conducted a seminar for law enforcement officers in west Georgia that focused on recent case law developments in the areas of search and seizure, traffic stops, and chemical testing.

I have found that my experiences have assisted me in becoming a better listener, servant, and team player. These qualities are critical for members of the Board of Governors.

Why should you vote for me? My leadership, work ethic, commitment to all five counties in our circuit, and vested interest will assure our legal community that I will always advocate for our what is in our best interest and be a strong independent voice for the Coweta Judicial Circuit.

Education:

  • Georgia Southern University (1997)
  • Walter F. George School of Law, Mercer University (2001)

Personal/Family:

  • Live in Carrollton, GA; married to Shea Swindle; two boys; Jason W. Swindle Jr. (11), Reagan B. Swindle (6)
  • Enjoy hunting, gardening, and writing. I am a Methodist. Huge Georgia Bulldog and college football fan

Professional Background, Bar Activities, Civic Activities:

  • Senior Partner – Swindle Law Group, P.C. Our firm exclusively handles criminal cases in all five counties of the Coweta Judicial Circuit and some other counties in the west Georgia area.
  • Adjunct Professor – Univ. of West Georgia – Criminology Dept. – I teach criminal law and constitutional law.
  • Syndicated Legal/Political Columnist and Analyst. I write a weekly legal/political column that is distributed throughout west Georgia through newspapers like the Newnan Times Herald and Times-Georgian. I am also a guest legal analyst for Fox 5 Atlanta, WLBB radio and other media outlets.
  • Atlanta Bar Association – Member. Carroll County Bar Association – Media and Public Relations Chair
  • United States Conceal Carry Association – Attorney for Self Defense Critical Response Team
  • Named to Super Lawyers – Criminal Defense. AV Rating – Martindale Hubbell. Swindle Law Group voted "Best Law Firm" in Carroll Co. by readers of the Times-Georgian – 2014, 2016.
  • Member of Autism Speaks. Board Member – Carroll Co. Mental Health Advocates. Member – Lion's Club
  • Annual Law Enforcement Seminar – Swindle Law Group presents a program to officers from the Coweta Judicial Circuit and the west Georgia area on case law updates, effective courtroom behavior, and testifying in court.
  • Author of the book, "The Verdict Is In. Fix The Criminal Justice System."

Main issues facing the State Bar/position:

  • The Independence of the Judiciary – While I support most of our representatives and senators in west Georgia, they should not have control of the JQC. The creation of Amendment 3 was more politically driven than policy driven. The implementation of a JQC controlled by the General Assembly takes away all its former independence and does a disservice to our fellow Georgians. With bipartisan support, the State Bar of Georgia should have formally opposed Amendment 3. The Bar should have also educated the public about the confusing and legalistic language in the amendment and the problems associated with it. Reversing the damage from its passage will be difficult and slow. That is why the work needs to begin now.
  • Lawyer Legislators. For the past twenty years, the number of attorneys serving in the General Assembly has decreased. Practicing law is time consuming. But, our members need to be encouraged to serve by running for public office. It is a huge sacrifice. When the Georgia House and Senate consists of just a handful of lawyers, the State Bar of Georgia is weakened.
  • Professionalism. Some of the best people in the world are lawyers. The vast majority of lawyers are honorable, ethical, and professional. But the small percentage who behave unprofessionally reflect on our entire profession. The State Bar can and should make the importance of professionalism a top priority. This is particularly important with new lawyers who are starting their careers.