Page Pate: Atlanta lawyer who won over jurors, informed public
Pate is well known as one of the founders of the Georgia Innocence Project two decades ago. In the years that followed, the project freed many people from wrongful convictions.
“When I asked for his support, he immediately said yes,” said Aimee Maxwell, the project’s first executive director. “He was also available to think about our cases. He was invaluable in starting the Georgia Innocence Project.
In a statement, the Georgia Innocence Project said it was “heartbroken” by Pate’s passing. “We will pick up the pieces and honor Page’s memory by continuing the tireless fight for justice and accountability in our criminal justice system, drawing inspiration from Page’s tenacious spirit and grace,” the organization said. .
Pate, who was born in Dublin, graduated from Woodward Academy in Atlanta before attending Georgia State University, finishing in the top 10% of his class. He received his law degree from the University of Georgia, with honors.
After working for private law firms, Pate branched out and started his own firm in Atlanta, now called Pate, Johnson & Church. Specializing in criminal defense, Pate has had many high-profile cases in Georgia and across the country. A few years ago, Pate opened an office in Brunswick and moved with his family to St. Simons Island.
In a statement, Pate’s law firm said: “Some of the best things about Page won’t make the headlines, but will live on in the memories of those whose lives he touched. Although he was a terrific, sometimes intimidating lawyer in the courtroom, Page had an easy smile, a serious laugh and a great sense of humor He was guided by his faith and his Creator, but he had an open heart and an open mind to all.
The firm said some of Pate’s happiest times were while traveling with his sons, such as on long drives on the West Coast or at NASCAR races.
Pate has often provided insightful legal commentary to WABE, local and national television stations, and several newspapers, including The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
In a tribute to Pate this week, CNN’s Alisyn Camerota said she was always happy when she heard Pate was going to be on her show.
“Because I knew I didn’t have to do any work, frankly,” she said. “I knew we could ask him anything and he would answer it in a smart way that you hadn’t thought of before. This is such devastating news and our hearts are truly with his family.