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Attorney named public defender
A Brunswick attorney has been appointed public defender for the five-county Brunswick Judicial Circuit.

The Georgia Public Defender Standards Council announced the appointment Tuesday of Kevin Gough.

Gough was appointed by W. Travis Sakrison, executive director of the council, and will begin as the circuit public defender effective Aug. 6.

Gough hopes leaving private practice will afford him greater opportunities to make an impact.

"I am genuinely excited about the appointment, about taking on the challenges associated with managing the very important work of this office," he said.

Gough said indigent defense is meaningful and rewarding work.

"Unfortunately, given the daily pressures of private practice we rarely have the opportunity to do as much of that work as we would like," Gough said. "Adding to the frustration, of course, is the limited control we have, the limited input, as to how indigent services are provided.

"The circuit public defender is uniquely positioned within our criminal justice system to impact the provision of indigent defense services in a meaningful way -- to make a difference."

Calling the appointment a "dream job," Gough says the step toward becoming a public defender made sense.

"I turned 50 earlier this year and entered my 20th year of private practice. It was only natural for me to take stock of what I was doing with my life both personally and professionally," he said. "My new position as circuit public defender, and the public service which it implies, is simply a better fit for me."

Gough, who once worked for the circuit's District Attorney's office, is an honors graduate of the University of Georgia School of Law and is the former president of the Brunswick-Glynn County Bar Association.

The Brunswick circuit public defender provides indigent defense services in Appling, Wayne, Jeff Davis, Glynn and Camden counties.



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