Cherokee DA joins UGA 40 under 40 program for 2014
by Jessicah Peters
August 02, 2014 08:09 PM | 2660 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Cherokee County District Attorney Shannon Wallace is being recognized for her achievements by her alma mater, and was recently inducted into the class of 2014 40 Under 40 program at the University of Georgia.

The program honors exceptional young alumni who are achieving great success in their professional and personal endeavors.

Wallace was elected in November 2012 as Cherokee County’s first female district attorney. Prior to being elected, she was the chief assistant district attorney for the former District Attorney Garry Moss.

Now that she is inducted into the UGA program, she will receive the opportunity to attend an awards luncheon in September to celebrate with others who have shown leadership in business, research, the arts, philanthropy and education.

“I am extremely proud to be recognized by my alma mater in this manner. I am truly honored to be a part of this distinguished group of Bulldogs,” Wallace said.

Wallace has spent her career prosecuting both juvenile and adult offenders. Before coming to the Cherokee County District Attorney’s Office, Wallace was a prosecutor in the Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit in middle Georgia.

She handled a variety of major felony offenses, but quickly developed a passion for handling crimes against women and children while prosecuting in middle Georgia. Wallace continued her passion for seeking justice for children once she arrived in Cherokee.

Those who work with her praise her work as district attorney.

“Since her election as district attorney, Ms. Wallace has proven herself as a tough prosecutor and a good leader,” Cherokee County Superior Court Chief Judge Jackson Harris said.

In 2013, Wallace was selected by Georgia Trend magazine as one of the state’s 40 Under 40 professionals and as a legal elite.

UGA’s campus-wide 40 Under 40 program is supported by the Division of Development and Alumni Relations, Division of Student Affairs and all academic departments. Interim director of UGA’s alumni programs Julie Cheney said more than 80,000 alumni were eligible to be nominated for the class of 2014, 40 Under 40 program.

“The value of a UGA education is demonstrated by the great work all of our nominees are doing around the world,” Cheney said. “We’re proud of them all. It is amazing to see the impact of a UGA degree in our state, region, country and globally.”

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