Attorney Catherine Bernard is the founder of Spartacus Legal, a nonprofit helping victims of law enforcement violence and overreach with principled trial representation and media relations, as well as educating the public about the criminal justice system. She has previously served as an assistant public defender in the Dublin Judicial Circuit, and now has her own law practice in which she primarily serves the Georgia Public Defender Standards Council as a conflict public defender, in addition to taking private cases where individuals have been treated unjustly. After graduating from the University of Virginia Law School and Emory University (B.A., Political Science and Philosophy), she was an associate at Rogers & Hardin LLP, where she worked on securities and class-action litigation. She was a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 2012, and ran for 1st Vice Chair of the Georgia Republican Party in 2013. In 2014, she chaired a successful effort to defeat the Redevelopment Powers Law referendum – a legislative initiative that would have allowed city officials to take on massive debt without voter approval – in her home of Brookhaven, Georgia’s second-newest city. She is chair of the DeKalb Young Republicans and serves on the County Committee of the DeKalb Republican Party, and was previously president of North DeKalb Republican Women. She served as president of the Brookhaven Community Police Academy and is a frequent panelist and commentator on public safety and criminal justice issues. She is a member of the Rotary Club of North Atlanta and the Atlanta Federalist Society, and serves on the board of Peachtree NORML and the legislative committee of the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. She resides in Brookhaven’s Ashford Park with her husband Eric, and enjoys reading, hiking, volunteering, and yoga.