While she was still a student at Mercer Law School, Lauren Giddings worked for a year as a law clerk in the Public Defender's Office.
"We're sad. She was part of our family," said Lee Robinson, Circuit Public Defender of the Macon Judicial Circuit.
Robinson says she worked as a law clerk in the properties division.
"She was probably most noted for the fact that she wanted to be a voice for the voiceless. She cared about those people she served," said Robinson.
He says her supervisor, Amy Bell, probably knew Lauren best.
"Lauren was wonderful, said Bell. "She was really funny and had a great sense of humor and we laughed so much, but she took her work very seriously."
And she said her hard work made people take notice.
"I had already sent her resume out to all the members of the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers because I thought so highly of Lauren," said Bell. "I had emailed them and I was doing that again because she wanted to work in Atlanta, and I wanted her to reach her dream."
She says she last saw Lauren a couple of weeks ago, but she left a strong impression in the Public Defender's Office.
Robinson said, "Lauren was a standout without a doubt, loved by all of our members of this office and sorely missed."
"We loved her, said Bell. "She never got sworn in as a practicing attorney, but she got sworn in to practice as a third year law student and she made a difference while she was here."
Bell says she was encouraging Lauren as she prepared to take the bar exam.
She says she has no doubt Lauren would have passed and had career as a lawyer.