The Atlantic Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office welcomed newly hired assistant district attorney Megan Lane on Monday morning as she took her oath of office in Liberty County Superior Court Judge David Cavender’s courtroom at the justice center.
District Attorney Tom Durden said Lane brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the district.
“We are very glad to have her join our office,” Durden said. “She has some prosecutorial experience plus some defense experience, which always provides good insight for both sides of a criminal case. We are looking forward to having her working for us.”
Lane said she’s been an attorney for five years, practicing in the Pataula Judicial Circuit and the South Georgia Judicial Circuit.
“I was a prosecutor for two years and was a defensive attorney for the other three years,” she said.
She attended law school at the University of Georgia and originally is from Colquitt.
Lane said she is seeking a change of scenery and a new perspective on how criminal cases are handled. She decided to go back to the prosecutorial side of the law because it’s what she enjoys most, she said. When the position opened at the DA’s office, Lane jumped at the opportunity.
“It will be interesting to experience things in a new court setting, meeting new people and experiencing how things happen and work here, because it is different wherever you are,” she said.
Lane already is reviewing case files. She said working in the Atlantic Judicial Circuit — especially within Liberty and Long counties — will give her new insight into working with cases in a military community.
“It’s not anything that I have dealt with before, and I’m interested in seeing how it interplays,” she said. “After being in practice in for five years, I find that you are still learning something new every day, and you have to keep up with changes in the law from day to day. I plan to use this experience to keep getting better at what I do.”