C.R. Chisholm, Solicitor-General for Athens-Clarke County, was announced “Solicitor-General of the Year for 2016” on July 17, 2016 during the 2016 Summer Conference sponsored by the Prosecuting Attorneys’ Council of Georgia (PAC).
PAC presented its annual Summer Conference from July 17-20, 2016 in Jekyll Island, Georgia at the Jekyll Island Convention Center. Each year during the conference, the Georgia Association of Solicitors-General (GASG) presents this award to recognize outstanding leadership and dedication in the field of prosecution.
“I am very honored that my fellow Solicitors have recognized me in this way,” said Chisholm. “I know, however, that this award is less about me and more about the people in my office. Many of them have worked in this office 10, 15 or more years because they are dedicated to serving victims of crime and the community as a whole. It is their tireless efforts and their drive to help others that should be recognized.”
Chisholm received his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and his law degree from Syracuse University College of Law. He is in his third term as Solicitor-General of Athens-Clarke County, where he and his staff represent the State of Georgia in the prosecution of misdemeanor crimes.
In 2000, Chisholm began working in Athens-Clarke County, where he served as Assistant Solicitor until he was elected Solicitor-General in 2006. “C.R. has a statewide reputation of being a prosecuting attorney with the highest level of ethics and professionalism” said Bibb County Solicitor General Rebecca Grist and GASG President for 2015-2016. “He is respected by victims, defense attorneys and fellow prosecutors alike, and his commitment to the community he serves is unmatched.”
In 2008, Chisholm started the Hands are not for Hitting program in local elementary schools to address issues of bullying and domestic violence. He has co-chaired the Domestic Violence Task Force of Athens-Clarke and Oconee Counties and has been both a mentor and President of the Clarke County Mentor Program. Additionally, Chisholm has served as President for GASG.
Chisholm is married to Amy Chisholm, and they have two sons. He is head usher at Prince Avenue Baptist Church and is a volunteer coach for the Westminster Christian Academy Mock Trial Team as well as for Athens Little League.
Grist praised Chisholm, recognizing his outstanding contributions to the prosecution profession, “C.R. has given countless hours to the leadership of the GASG and has served as a tireless legislative advocate. He is well-deserving of this award and the admiration of his fellow Solicitors-General.”