by Amanda Smith
Attorney Suzanne Wynn Ockleberry has been selected to receive the Woman of the Year Award by The Informer and will be honored at The Informer's Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Awards Ceremony. The event will be held on January 18, 2014 at 12 noon at New Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church, located at 4388 Robinson Road in Macon, Georgia.
A native of New Jersey, Ockleberry graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 1981 and from Rutgers University School of Law with a Juris Doctorate in 1984.
As Chief Senior Assistant District Attorney in the Fulton County, Georgia District Attorney’s Office, Ockleberry prosecuted major felony cases that included murder, rape, armed robbery and child molestation cases. Ockleberry served for over ten years in this capacity and in 1997, helped establish the Crimes Against Women and Children Unit of the Fulton County District Attorney'’s Office.
In 1998, Ockleberry joined AT&T and has served in various capacities with the organization including time as a regulatory attorney supporting Georgia and North Carolina, and has provided legal advice to various units within the company. She currently supports the Senior Vice President of AT&T and reports directly to the Home Solutions business unit.
"I am honored to receive this award from The Informer," said Ockleberry. "I believe that service to the community is our duty for which I think honors aren’t necessary - it is an obligation for all of us and I am privileged to do what I can."
Ockleberry has most recently begun dedicating her time to serving as co-convener of Advocacy for Action (501c4), a Political Action Committee dedicated to addressing the lack of diversity on Georgia's Judicial Nominating Commission and within the judges serving in the state and federal courts. Advocacy for Action, together with the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys, will meet on February 22, 2014 at New Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church in Macon, Georgia from 9am until 12pm. The seminar will address the importance of advocating for a diverse bench and why this is an issue for every practicing attorney and the general public. Two panels will present discussions such as educating the voter base, grassroots organizations and their effectiveness, and important races upcoming in 2014. The seminar is expected to be attended by such notables as the Honorable Marvin Arrington (retired, Fulton County); Georgia State Representative Tyrone Brooks; U.S. Congressman Sanford Bishop; and Macon-Bibb Commissioner Elaine Lucas. The public is invited to attend this important event.
Ockleberry is the proud mother of two grown children who are currently a sophomore and freshman in college.
The Informer is honored to recognize Suzanne Ockleberry as Woman of the Year for 2013.
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