JATREAN M. SANDERS, ESQ | President
Jatrean M. Sanders
Jatrean M. Sanders is a native of Mobile, Alabama where she was actively involved in her church and community. Jatrean attended Spelman College where she was initiated into Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and served as her Chapter’s President. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with a Pre-Law concentration from Spelman College and graduated magna cum laude. Upon graduating college, Jatrean continued her education at the University of Tennessee College of Law in Knoxville, Tennessee. During her tenure in law school, Jatrean was actively involved in multiple student organizations and received several awards in recognition for her service. She graduated with honors and obtained her Juris Doctorate from the University of Tennessee in 2009. After sitting for both bar exams, Jatrean obtained and retains her license to practice law in Georgia and Tennessee.
In the early stages of her career as an attorney, Jatrean practiced civil litigation defense in both Georgia and Tennessee at Leitner, Williams, Dooley & Napolitan, PLLC. While there, Jatrean gained invaluable experience as a trial lawyer and was entrusted to travel throughout both states to conduct depositions, present oral argument and engage in trial preparation. After five years with the firm, Jatrean continued her career at Cozen O’Connor, and later took her talents to Drew, Eckl & Farnham, where she matured as a lawyer. After 8 years of practicing law in a firm environment, Jatrean decided to pursue her interest in legal writing and public service. During the 2017 Georgia State Legislative Session, Jatrean worked as the Legal Aide to the Senate Judiciary Committee. While there, she served directly under the leadership of the Senate Judiciary Chair, interfaced with State and local legislators, conducted legal research on legislative amendments, and offered recommendations to Committee members.
After the legislative session ended, Jatrean served as the Staff Attorney to the Honorable Kimberly M. Esmond Adams in Fulton County Superior Court. While in that capacity, Jatrean conducted legal research, analyzed pleadings and observed oral argument, and offered recommendations to the Court in civil and criminal cases based on her findings. She also drafted memorandums addressing pleadings ranging from criminal habeas corpus petitions and motions for new trial, to the application of sovereign immunity in litigation arising out of Campus Carry legislation and objections to the election process in Georgia during the 2020 Presidential Election. As a Staff Attorney, while working under the tutelage of Judge Adams, Jatrean refined her legal writing and expanded the breath of her knowledge of criminal law.
On June 12, 2021, Jatrean pursued a childhood dream of writing and self-publishing her first children’s book, Today Was Not the Same. The book, written as a narrative poem, allows adults to have a meaningful and hopeful conversation with the children in their lives about police brutality within Black and Brown communities. Since launching her book, Jatrean has sold over 1,000 copies in-person or through e-commerce on her website. She has also presented her book, led book readings or panel discussions, and shared her experience as an attorney and author with law students at the University of Tennessee College of Law, children at Jack & Jill of America events, parents and students at Ivy Prep. Academy, and employees attending McDonald’s African-American Counsel (MAC²) Be Golden Series, just to name a few.
Jatrean maintains her membership and continued service in Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Georgia Association Black Women Attorneys, and leadership within the Gate City Bar Association. She also continues to devote her time to mentoring students at Spelman College, partnering with the Black Law Students Association at the University of Tennessee College of Law and participating in service activities throughout Atlanta.
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