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Margaret DeLeon – Lecturer

Armstrong Campus

Office: University Hall 222

Phone: (912) 478-0498


Curriculum Vitae


Margaret “Maggie” Hinchey Deleon is a Visiting Instructor in the Criminal Justice and Criminology Department at Georgia Southern University. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in Education at Sewanee: The University of the South in 2009 and earned her Juris Doctorate from the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University in 2012.

She is a native of Savannah, Georgia, and for the last nine years was a prosecuting trial attorney in the Chatham County District Attorney’s Office, assigned to the Major Crimes Division-Special Victims Unit, handling homicides, sexual assaults, kidnappings, and other violent felonies. She is also an active law enforcement instructor and trainer for several local agencies in the areas of domestic violence, sexual assault, and vulnerable adult crimes, with a strong focus on evidence-based investigations and trauma centered techniques.


J.D., Walter F. George School of Law (2012)
Mercer University, Macon

B.A. University of the South (2009)
Sewanee, TN

Courses Taught

Undergraduate Courses

Legal Process, Ethics in Criminal Justice, Evidence & Procedure, Senior Seminar

Awards & Honors

2021 – Family Violence Task Force Service Award

2019 – Certified by the Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention to Identify, Investigate, and Prosecute Domestic Violence Strangulation Cases

2018 – Certified by the State of Georgia, Criminal Justice Coordinating Council in Sexual Assault Response Team Interactive Scenarios

2016 – Employee of the Year Award, Chatham County District Attorney’s Office

2016 – Doris H. Thomas Award, Chatham County Seniors and Law Enforcement Together (SALT) Council

2015 – “Most Trials Without a Loss” Award, Chatham County District Attorney’s Office, Other Felony Division

2015 – Certified Elder Abuse Instructor for Law Enforcement by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women

2015 – Certified At-Risk Adult Crime Tactics Specialist by the Georgia Department of Human Services, Division of Aging Services

2014 – DUI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

2012 – International Academy of Trial Lawyers Advocacy Award

2012 – Order of the Barristers National Honor Society

Last updated: 12/15/2023