James Chafin graduated from the University of Georgia and went on to graduate from law school at Mercer University. He has practiced law for over 21 years as a jury trial lawyer and has taken part in over 100 jury trials. Since 2006, he has been an Assistant District Attorney for Clarke and Oconee Counties and has been involved in all aspects of the District Attorney’s Office, from juvenile court to being a special victims prosecutor. Chafin is currently the Deputy Chief Assistant District Attorney for the Western Judicial Circuit and focuses on prosecuting serious violent felonies and criminal street gang cases.
He has served over the last thirteen years as an attorney coach with the Clarke Central High School Mock Trial Team.
He and his wife Patricia are members of Redeemer Presbyterian Church where James has served as a deacon since 2016. The Chafins have a daughter, Charlotte, two dogs Bailey and Butler, and one cat Nancy.