|Biography of Solicitor-General Sherry Boston
Solicitor-General Boston, appointed in 2011, had a productive first year in office. She is proud to say that she maintained a balanced budget in a challenging economy while creating the first-ever Special Victims Unit, which works to restore the dignity, safety, and well-being of DeKalb County citizens who have been victimized by crime ; launching a new centralized pre-trial diversion program, which offers first-time, low-level offenders the opportunity to have their criminal record expunged if they successfully complete rehabilitative conditions; hiring the County's first-ever full-time community prosecutor, who will serve as a liaison between our office and law enforcement and the community; and settling a nuisance abatement case leading to a $3,500 donation to a not-for-profit for victims of domestic violence. Ms. Boston also prosecuted her first case as Solicitor and secured justice for a young girl who had been permanently scarred and disfigured in a vicious dog attack.
Keeping in close touch with the community, Ms. Boston hosted or participated in a number of community events to share her goals for DeKalb: stop violence in the home; keep our kids in school and out of trouble; keep our community safe; and improve our quality of life. She has spent hours in the community talking about domestic violence and teen dating violence, animal cruelty, responsible dog ownership, elder abuse, educational neglect, quality of life crimes, and drunk driving.
Prior to her 2011 appointment as Solicitor General, Ms. Boston was in private practice and handled thousands of misdemeanor and felony criminal cases in metro Atlanta and in DeKalb County. She also has had the honor of arguing cases before the Georgia Supreme Court. In addition to her private law practice, Ms. Boston served as a Municipal Court Judge for the City of Dunwoody, where she was the first woman appointed to the Court, and Judge pro hac vice on the DeKalb County Recorder's Court, where, over the course of three years, she conducted more than 100 bench trials. She also was a Magistrate Judge for DeKalb County Magistrate Court.
Ms. Boston has been recognized repeatedly as one of "Georgia's Legal Elite" by Georgia Trend magazine, and she was named five times by Atlanta magazine as a “Rising Star Super Lawyer,” an honor for lawyers under the age of 40 who are considered outstanding young attorneys.
Ms. Boston regularly speaks locally and nationally on a number of issues related to criminal law, law enforcement, trial practice and techniques, ethics, and professionalism. She is a faculty instructor at both The Basic Litigation Course hosted by the Prosecuting Attorneys Council and The Kessler-Edison Program for Trial Techniques at Emory University School of Law.
She is a graduate of Villanova University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Emory University School of Law. She lives in DeKalb County with her family.