Rebecca Grist, Macon-Bibb County’s Solicitor-General and a graduate of both Mercer University’s Walter F. George School of Law and the College of Charleston, has been named Georgia’s 2018 Solicitor-General of the Year by Georgia Association of Solicitors-General at the Prosecuting Attorneys Council Annual Meeting. She has led the Association’s Legislative Committee and has previously served as its President.
“I am humbled and honored to receive this award because it is the highest recognition from my peers, and it is my honor to serve alongside them,” says Rebecca Grist. “I love being a prosecutor because I am called every day to “seek justice.” That does not necessarily mean getting convictions; my job is full of opportunities for grace as well. It is about serving victims of crime while balancing the need for justice.”
A lifelong resident of Macon, she was first elected as Solicitor-General in 2013 after working 16 years as an Assistant Solicitor specializing in Domestic Violence Prosecution. She also helped the United States Attorney’s Office shut down massage parlors and bring sex trafficking crimes by prosecuting the predicate acts of solicitation and prostitution. She started her career in the District Attorney’s Office with Child Support Enforcement.
Mrs. Grist has also been very involved in the community, having served as President of the Junior League of Macon, Chair of the Board of Crisis Line and Safe House, on her church’s Board of Directors, and on the Board of Directors for the Macon Rotary Club and Salvation Army of Central Georgia. At the state level, she has served on the Governor’s Probation Subcommittee on Criminal Justice Reform and was recently appointed to the Chief Justice’s Committee on Professionalism.