Carmen Smith was elected to the office of Solicitor General since 1997 and is presently serving her third term. Her office prosecutes misdemeanor cases such as simple battery, stalking, shoplifting and driving under the influence and county ordinances violations. Under her leadership the office handles approximately 20,000 cases in State and Magistrate Courts. Her office is responsible for investigating, screening and litigating those cases.
Carmen Smith was born and raised in Huntsville, Alabama where she aspired to be an attorney. She is a graduate of Fisk University with a major in English and New York University School of Law. She began her legal career in 1984 by working for several small firms and solo practitioners in Georgia. In 1987, she started working in the Fulton Solicitor General’s Office as an assistant Solicitor General. She argued motions, prepared discovery and tried bench and jury trials.
For eight years, Carmen Smith worked in the litigation firm of Dwyer & White (formerly known as Weiner, Dwyer & Yancey). She handled various cases such as medical malpractice, divorces and personal injury. In 1991, she was appointed a Special Assistant Attorney General to handle condemnation matters in the Superior Court which included bench and jury trials.
While practicing law for twenty years she has become involved in several bar groups such as the State Bar of Georgia, Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys, the Gate City Bar and the Georgia Association of Women Lawyers and the Atlanta Bar Association.
As Solicitor General, she is a member of the Georgia Association of Solicitors General and is presently President-Elect. She was appointed to the Prosecuting Attorneys’ Council of Georgia from 1998 until 2002. She is chair of the Fulton County Family Violence Task Force. She is also a member of the Georgia Commission on Family Violence. Since 1998 she has been a member of the board of TEAM Georgia which advocates safe driving on our roadways. She is a former member of boards of Georgia Legal Services and Atlanta Legal Aid.
Carmen D. Smith has been honored with awards and achievements such as:
Fisk University Alumni Achievement Award (2004)
Diversity Leadership Academy (2003)
Solicitor General of the Year Award (2003)
Victim Assistance Making a Difference Award (2002)
Atlanta Bar’s Heiner Award to the Victim Assistance Office of the Solicitor General
Atlanta Magazine’s Women Making a Mark Award (1999)
Leadership Atlanta Class of 1998
Carmen Smith’s first priority is the safety and welfare of the victim’s of crime. This means that victims should be informed of their rights and those rights should be enforced. It is important that each case is screened and that the appropriate charges are filed and evidence gathered and that insufficient charges be dismissed. Managing a large case load is difficult but she remains focused on making fair and reasonable prosecuting decisions for the benefit of the victims, citizens, law enforcement and the courts. Her office is accessible and is committed to serving the citizens of Fulton County.