Doug Ammar has been associated with the Georgia Justice Project (GJP) since it began in 1986; first as a volunteer, then as a staff lawyer in 1990, and currently serves as the Executive Director. He has served in that capacity since 1995. Doug earned a Bachelor of History degree from Davidson College in 1984 and earned his law degree from Washington and Lee University in 1989.
Doug’s professional awards and affiliations include: Emory University’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Award, the Milner S. Ball Working In the Public Interest Lifetime Achievement Award; the Thomas Moore Society Law Award (Atlanta); the Annie E. Casey Foundation Fellowship; the Georgia Center for Nonprofits’ Evelyn G. Ullman Innovative Leadership Award; Fulton County Daily Report’s Young Lawyer on the Rise Award; Omicron Delta Kappa Alumni inductee at Washington & Lee University; Emory Law School’s Public Interest Committee’s Inspiration Award; the University of Georgia’s Equal Justice Foundation’s Knox Award; the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Indigent Defense Award; Davidson College’s John W. Kuykendall Award for Community Service; the Atlanta Catholic Social Services’ Award for Exemplary Service; the Davidson College Alumni Admissions Program Award; and the Georgia Indigent Defense Council’s Commitment to Excellence Award.
Doug has presented domestically and internationally on issues running the gamut from restorative justice to spirituality in law and politics. Some of his speaking engagements include: the Restorative Justice Conference, Ministry of Justice Israel; the Focolare Lawyers Conference in Rome, Italy; Meiiji University, Tokyo; the Southeastern Council of Foundations Annual Meeting, the Christian Legal Society’s Annual Meeting; Mercer University School of Law – Law Day Speaker; the Stein Center for Ethics at Fordham University Law School in New York; and the Georgia Public Defenders Standards Council.
Of the many leadership positions that Doug has held, some of the most notable include: the Outreach & Advocacy Center of Central Presbyterian Church (Board of Directors); the Middle East Travel Seminar (Lay Volunteer); the Stein Center for Ethics, Fordham University (Board of Directors); Washington & Lee University’s Shepherd’s Poverty Alliance (Board of Directors); and the Atlanta Reentry Mapping Network (Advisory Board, Emory University, Office of University-Community Partnership).