Marsy's Law Advisory Board Member Mel Hewitt Selected as Honoree for Georgia Crime Victim Services Collaborative and Innovative Project Award 2023

The Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC) announced that this year’s Georgia Crime Victim Services Collaborative and Innovative Project Award from was awarded to Mel Hewitt, Isenberg & Hewitt, PC partner and Marsy’s Law for Georgia advisory board member. The presentation occurred Tuesday, September 19, at The Georgia Commission on Family Violence’s 29th Annual Family Violence Conference on Jekyll Island.

The Georgia Crime Victim Service Collaborative and Innovative Project Award recognizes collaborations and innovations that have helped to expand the reach of victims’ rights and services. In this case, the CJCC wanted to recognize an individual for their ongoing commitment to promoting a comprehensive, coordinated, victim-centered, and unified community response, while also celebrating their contributions to the lives of victims and survivors.

Mel HewittThe CJCC’s honoree, Mr. Hewitt, has been a member of the Georgia Bar since 1985 and has experience in both public and private law enforcement, having founded Isenberg & Hewitt in 1989 with Harriet Isenberg. His focus is representing victims of crime, injured people and their families in significant injury and wrongful death cases, including victims of assault, battery, sexual assault and abuse, child molestation, nursing home abuse, and drunk drivers. In addition to Marsy’s Law for Georgia, he serves on multiple local, state, and national crime victim boards of directors, including Atlanta Victim Assistance, the Crime Victim Advocacy Council, and the National Center for Victims of Crime.

Marsy’s Law for Georgia, an organization to elevate key rights of crime victims, nominated Mr. Hewitt for his dedication to advocating for and supporting crime victims.

“We have so many intelligent and driven advisory board members, but submitting Mel for this award was an easy decision,” said Brad Alexander, a Marsy’s Law for Georgia representative. “You can feel his passion and empathy when it comes to defending victims’ rights. Having him on our advisory board has been a tremendous asset and were all too happy to learn that Mel had won the Georgia Crime Victim Services Collaborative and Innovative Project Award from the CJCC.”

Mr. Hewitt is also the founder of BARKs, a nonprofit dedicated to helping police officers adopt their retired K9 partners.

Awards will be given out at CJCC’s National Crime Victims’ Rights Week ceremony on Wednesday, April 26, at the Macon-Bibb County Commission Chamber.