Meet Your New House District 62 Representative

LaDawn “LBJ” Blackett Jones is a mother, wife, Christian, business owner, and a community servant.  LaDawn is CEO of the LBJ Law Group, LLC, Georgia’s only holistic counseling law firm.  She founded and serves as Executive Director of the Women of Westlake, a life skills community service program at her alma mater Westlake High School.

Formerly, LaDawn was Chief Senior Assistant District Attorney for the Fulton County District Attorney’s office.  She was appointed as the first Director of the Community Prosecution program for Fulton County.  Prior to her tenure at the County, LaDawn served as a civic leader in her community.

LaDawn is a member of LEAD Atlanta, a component of Leadership Atlanta.  She is also  a Front Line Leaders Academy Fellow, nominated to participate in the Congressional Black Causes Boot Camp, and serves on the boards of Atlanta Technical College and Jump Right, Inc .  She was recognized as  the Community Prosecutor of the Year and  received the Atlanta Bar Association Community Service Award for her creation of Diversity Month , a problem solving program for law students.  In addition to her community and professional engagements, LaDawn is also the author of a fiction legal drama called Manipulation.

LaDawn grew up in the metro Atlanta community.  She attended St. Anthony’s Catholic School in the West End of Atlanta, Osborne High School in Marietta, and Westlake High School in south Fulton.  She graduated from Tennessee State University cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English.  LaDawn received her Juris Doctorate from Tulane University School of Law.  LaDawn is married to United States Army veteran, Sgt. Nathaniel Jones Jr., and has two children, Lyndon and Brendon Jones.

LBJ’s most recent community building programs:
- Operation Neighborhood Take Back- a crime prevention program aimed at increasing community involvement one neighborhood at a time and by training communities on preventing crime through the “broken window theory.”  LBJ reorganized more than 20 communities in the Atlanta metro area.
- Positive Loitering- adapted from a Chicago program, concerned neighbors were partnered with the police department to jointly patrol the streets.  The program reduced crime significantly and increased community involvement in metro area.  LBJ found the program, tailored it to the community selected to employ it and help implement it from beginning to success.
- Sisters of Sandtown- a mentoring program where older high-achieving high school students are paired with eighth graders at the neighboring middle school to host life skills seminars and assist with their high school transition. LBJ created this program and has provided funding and organization for this program for more than three years.
- Project Turn Around- modeled after the High Point North Carolina project, LBJ directed the GED, employment, mental and social counseling of 40 male offenders ages 17-25.  The program produced several successful participants and is being reviewed for use throughout the State.
- Women of Westlake – a life skills and community service program founded by LBJ in 2005 for high school girls. WOW has completed more than 100 service projects and has graduated more than 150 students.  Of the 400 graduating seniors at Westlake High School in 2012, 12 of the top 25 students were members of the Women of Westlake.
- Multi-Jurisdictional Burglary Task Force – LBJ directed the first federally grant funded program that combined all the police jurisdictions in the Atlanta metro region. The task force was aimed at reducing burglaries by 30 percent, proposing legislation, and increasing community awareness about burglaries.
- Light Up the Night- as a response to recent thefts, Light Up the Night was the brain child of LBJ and included grass roots community involvement.  Crime in the selected area dropped immediately because the neighbors were alert and actively watching the community.

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