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Georgia Sims, Asst. Deputy Public Defender & Training Director

“I defend Nashville because I believe grace and mercy are essential to justice.”

Meet the Defenders

Georgia Sims is a Nashville native and a proud alum of Hume-Fogg Academic High School. She played volleyball for Transylvania University, where she majored in Anthropology and Psychology.

She attended Vanderbilt University Law School and served as Executive Director of the Vanderbilt Legal Aid Society and as an editor for the Vanderbilt Law Review. She received the 2008-09 Damali A. Booker Award in recognition of her commitment to public service. Ms. Sims joined the Nashville Defenders in 2009 as an Assistant Public Defender.  She was a supervising attorney for one of the Office’s criminal court teams from 2014 to 2018.

Ms. Sims is a graduate of the Gideon’s Promise (formerly the Southern Public Defender Training Center) Core 101 program and has taught public defenders all over the country as an apprentice member of the Gideon’s Promise faculty.  In addition to serving as the Office’s Assistant Deputy, she is also the Training Director.  She enjoys running and other generally competitive activities, cooking for other people, and dogs of all kinds.