Master of Public Administration (MPA)

As a part of the University’s DoubleDawg Program, Harley recently completed her bachelor’s in both Criminal Justice and Sociology and is finishing her Master’s of Public Administration. Her interests lie predominately in economic crimes, official corruption, and violent crime as well as the disproportionate disparities of the criminal justice system, specifically in the conviction rates throughout the socioeconomic ladder. Inspired from experiences interning within the Criminal Justice System, upon graduating, Harley plans on attending law school with professional aspirations of becoming a criminal litigator and an influential source in the politics of crime.

Education

Bachelor’s Degree | University of Georgia / Franklin College of Arts and Sciences | Spring 2020 | Criminal Justice

Harley graduated from McIntosh High School in Spring of 2016 and started her undergraduate degree at the University of Georgia the following fall. She was accepted into the DoubleDawg Program and began taking classes in the Masters of Public Administration (MPA) Program during the 2018 Fall Semester. Harley became a full MPA student this past Spring and plans to graduate in the Spring of 2020.

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Work Experience:
Harley was privileged with the opportunity to experience a variety of court procedures through an internship. During the Summer of 2018, she interned at the office of District Attorney Ben Coker of the Griffin Judicial Circuit in Fayette County, GA and was able to gain first-hand experience of court proceedings, the preparation of cases, and the Trackr and Icon databases. Her attention to detail coupled with her strong work ethic helped her e successfully and efficiently handle tasks including opening and closing cases, preparing discoveries, and preparing cases for trial. The internship with the Fayette District Attorney’s Office gave her valuable insight into the legal aid of the public sector. This past summer, Summer of 2019, Harley worked for the Clerk of Superior Court of Fayette County. Working in her office, she came across a variety of case proceeding which enhanced her familiarity with legal terms and expanded my knowledge of the courtroom process. Additionally, Harley saw how patients and integrity are necessary attributes in public administration.

Career Goals:
Upon graduation, Harley plans to apply to law school. Her short-term goals are to spend some time working with public defenders and later join a criminal defense law firm to further advance her knowledge and skills in the private sectors. Ideally, Harley’s long term career goal is to become a successful private criminal defense attorney and running her own firm. Additionally, Harley wants to be apart of reform in the criminal justice system and wants to be an influential player in the politics of crime.

Relevant Work Experience:
Harley was privileged with the opportunity to experience a variety of court procedures through an internship. During the Summer of 2018, she interned at the office of District Attorney Ben Coker of the Griffin Judicial Circuit in Fayette County, GA, and was able to gain first-hand experience of court proceedings, the preparation of cases, and the Trackr and Icon databases. Her attention to detail coupled with her strong work ethic helped her e successfully and efficiently handle tasks including opening and closing cases, preparing discoveries, and preparing cases for trial. The internship with the Fayette District Attorney’s Office gave her valuable insight into the legal aid of the public sector. This past summer, Summer of 2019, Harley worked for the Clerk of Superior Court of Fayette County. Working in her office, she came across a variety of case proceedings which enhanced her familiarity with legal terms and expanded my knowledge of the courtroom process. Additionally, Harley saw how patients and integrity are necessary attributes in public administration.

Of Note

Criminal Justice Society, 2017-2019

Zell Miller Scholarship Recipient & Dean’s List, August 2016 – May 2020

Skills: Trackr Database Knowledge, GCIC Knowledge, Bilingual (Spanish & English)

Research Interests

Effects of Incarceration; Incarceration and Recidivism; Racial Disparities in the Criminal Justice System