CHIEF JUSTICE’S COMMISSION ON PROFESSIONALISM 104 M ARIETTA S TREET, N.W. * S UITE 620 * A TLANTA, G EORGIA 30303 (404) 225-5040 * F AX (404) 225-5041 P ROFESSIONALISM@ CJCPGA.ORG ANNUAL REPORT 2008 20th Anniversary Year in Review he 2008 - 2009 bar year was a special legal education requirement. Others participate by T one for the Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism. In the fourth and last year under the leadership of Chief Justice Leah Ward Sears, we presenting at a CLE or preparing a paper on an aspect of professionalism. This year many judges and lawyers went beyond minimum contact through attending and participating in 20th commemorated and anniversary events. celebrated the C ommissi on’s 20 t h Among those, we thank the members of the anniversary. Known for Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism, a cooperative spirit of members of the Selection Committee for the engagement and Justice Robert Benham Community Service commitment, the Awards, State Bar President Jeff Bramlett, Georgia bench and bar members of the Board of Governors, YLD continued our tradition of focusing attention on President Josh Bell and members of the YLD, professionalism through activities, signature Mentors, Mentees and staff of the Transition Into programs and strategic liaisons with judicial, legal, Law Practice Program, the Committee on community and national organizations. Professionalism, and State Bar staff. We extend special gratitude to Mrs. Vivian R. Ingersoll, a We also celebrated the 10th anniversary of public Commission member, whose leadership and the Justice Robert Benham Awards for Community efforts made the commemorative dinner co- Service. As former Chief Justice Benham often sponsored with the Lawyers Foundation of reminds us, Georgia’s brand of professionalism Georgia, such a huge success. Our other lay rests on four pillars: competence, civility, pro bono member, Dr. Sallie Brewer, retired superintendent and community and public service. The of Bryan County Schools, never missed a meeting Commission’s 20th anniversary array of activities and lent her support to our educational efforts. addressed these major areas. In addition, the Commission continues to address issues of access We must give special recognition to the to justice, alternative dispute resolution, quality of Commission founders who had the insight to create life, diversity, the image of the profession, this vehicle for promoting professionalism under recognition of the role of lawyers in society, client the auspices of the Supreme Court of Georgia. The relations and customer service, mentoring, law founders, Chief Justice Harold Clarke (retired), practice management, appropriate discovery use Dean A. James Elliott, Dr. James T. Laney (former and the rule of law. Emory University President), and the late Chief Justices Thomas O. Marshall and Charles L. We thank all judges, lawyers and lay Weltner, would be proud of what we have done leaders of Georgia who supported our with their concept. Of special note, we point out professionalism programs. All Georgia lawyers that Dean A. James Elliott, the current and longest are connected to the Chief Justice’s Commission serving founder on the Commission, proved not on Professionalism through their annual continuing 2 ANNUAL REPORT 2008 only an outstanding leader of the professionalism History of the Commission movement, but an able and entertaining emcee for the culminating commemorative celebration. Dean n March of 1989, the Supreme Court of Elliott, a past State Bar President who found his way to academia after long years of practice with Atlanta’s Alston & Bird, and who also co-founded the Georgia Legal Service Program and the I Georgia by its order created the Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism, the first entity of this Georgia Bar Foundation, simply cannot be praised kind in the world. The brainchild of the late enough for his profound commitment to Supreme Court Justice Charles Weltner and former professionalism ideals and causes. We look Emory University President James Laney, they forward to honoring him in a more concrete way in were joined by Justices Thomas Marshall and the future. Harold Clarke, and the State Bar President A. James Elliott in forming the Commission. The We now enter a new era under the impetus for this entity was to address growing leadership of Chief Justice Carol W. Hunstein, an concerns with the increase in incivil approaches to outstanding jurist and leader the practice of law, as many believed the legal with whom we look forward to profession was changing from its traditional continuing our work. Moving standpoint of a high calling – like medicine and the forward, we do not intend to just clergy – to a business. merely rest on our laurels for 20 years of excellence! The The Commission carefully crafted a Georgia Chief Justice’s Lawyer’s Creed, an Aspirational Statement on Commission on Professionalism Professionalism and Aspirational Goals addressing takes seriously not only our attorneys’ relationships with their colleagues, position as the first such entity clients, judges, and the public. It retained its first in the world, but our leadership in the executive director, Hulett “Bucky” Askew. professionalism movement that has spawned Professionalism continuing education was excellent programs and opportunities replicated mandated and programming requirements were around the world. Each and every year colleagues developed by then assistant and second executive in other cities, states and countries turn to us for director Sally Evans Lockwood and the Institute program ideas and assistance. Notably, our law for Continuing Legal Education. In the 1990s, school orientations on professionalism have been after a series of convocations with the bench and replicated in more than forty law schools and our bar to discern professionalism issues from the mentoring program (Transition into Law Practice Program) is a model of how to gracefully transition practitioners’ views, the Commission sought views newly-admitted into the practice of law. from the public in a series of town hall meetings held around Georgia. Two concerns were raised in We need your input and it is always these meetings – lack of civility and the economic welcome. Our staff is here to help, so please do pressures of law practice. As a result, the State Bar call upon Ms. Terie Latala (Assistant Director), established the Law Practice Management Program Nneka Harris-Daniel (Administrative Assistant) and under then President Paul Kilpatrick the Law and me when you need School Orientation Programs began, to inculcate assistance. students at the inception of their legal careers with professionalism ideals. Over the years, With gratitude, Commission leaders have worked with the State Bar to establish other programs that support professionalism ideals including the Consumer Avarita L. Hanson Assistance Program, Transition into Law Practice Executive Director (Mentoring) Program, and the Diversity Program. 3 ANNUAL REPORT 2008 Today, the Commission supports and Celebrating the Commission advises persons interested in providing professionalism programming around the world Founders and maintains a resource library to support this initiative with its third executive director Avarita The Honorable Harold G. Clarke L. Hanson. It is a member of the American Bar A. James Elliott Association’s Center on Professional The Reverend Dr. James T. Laney Responsibility and its Consortium on The Honorable Thomas O. Marshall Professionalism Initiatives, and both send The Honorable Charles L. Weltner interested parties to the Commission for assistance. The Commission creates video products to support CLE programming and supports others, like the The Honorable Harold G. Clarke Atlanta Bar Association’s “Lincoln on From 1990-1994, Chief Justice Clarke Professionalism” Program. It provides technical chaired the Chief Justice’s assistance and financial support to the National C o m m i s s i o n o n Institute for Teaching Ethics and Professionalism’s Professionalism, the first body (NIFTEP) biannual workshops coordinated by of its kind in the nation when Georgia State Law Professor Clark Cunningham. Each year the Commission along with the State created in 1989. Under Justice Bar presents the Justice Robert Benham Awards Clarke, the activities of the for Community Service, recognizing judges and Commission grew and expanded attorneys from around the state who have into statewide convocations on combined a professional career with outstanding professionalism, law school service and dedication to their communities orientations on professionalism, through voluntary participation in community mentoring programs, regional town hall meetings, organizations, government-sponsored activities, or and innovative Professionalism CLE programs. In humanitarian work outside of their professional 1994, Chief Justice Clarke hosted the Conference practice. Every summer, the Commission partners of Chief Justices meeting in Georgia where the with the State Bar’s Committee on Professionalism and all five Georgia law schools to present Law Commission showcased its interactive video-based School Orientations on Professionalism to CLE program The Case of the Silent Alarm, now incoming students. To keep our colleagues abreast widely used around the country. Justice Clarke has of professionalism issues and activities, there is a served as the voice of conscience of the legal regular column in every Georgia Bar Journal on profession in Georgia, speaking and writing about The Professionalism Page. professionalism. He called upon Georgia lawyers and judges to recognize that rules of legal ethics After twenty years, the measure of set minimum standards of conduct required of all effectiveness of the Commission on lawyers, while professionalism is a higher standard Professionalism may ultimately rest in the actions, character and demeanor of every Georgia lawyer, that is expected of all lawyers, subject to no and there remains work to be done. The official sanctions and offering no official reward, Commission’s leadership, along with Georgia’s but imperative if our profession is to survive. capable, committed and innovative bench and bar, Hailing from Forsyth, Georgia, he graduated from continues to lead the charge, movement and the University of Georgia School of Law in 1950, dialogue on legal professionalism. practiced law in Forsyth, served in the Georgia General Assembly from 1961-71 and as president of the State Bar of Georgia 1977-77, and in 1979 4 ANNUAL REPORT 2008 was appointed to the Supreme Court of Georgia Given these challenges, the Supreme Court from which he retired in 1994. of Georgia and the State Bar of Georgia embarked on a long-range project to raise the professional Dean A. James Elliott aspirations of Georgia lawyers. This effort started Prior to coming to Emory with a meeting at Emory in 1988, hosted by Dr. Law School as the Associate Laney, and resulted in the Supreme Court of Dean and Professor of Law, A. Georgia’s formation of the Chief Justice’s James Elliott practiced law in Commission on Professionalism in 1989. A true Atlanta with the firm of Alston renaissance man and scholar, he served as Emory’s & Bird for twenty-eight years. president for 16 years, as Dean of the Emory’s He is a past president of the Candler School of Theology, and later as a U.S. State Bar of Georgia. He is a co- Ambassador to Korea. An elder in the United founder of the Georgia Legal Methodist Church, Dr. Laney has pastored Services Program, the Georgia Bar Foundation and churches in Connecticut, Ohio, and Tennessee and a Fellow of the American College of Real Estate served as a missionary. Dr. Laney was educated at Lawyers, as well as the American and Georgia Bar Yale University (B.A., M.Div, Ph.d) and co- Foundations. Dean Elliott received his B.A. from founded the Faith and the City Program at Emory. Emory University in 1963 and his J.D. in 1966. He received an MBA from Kennesaw State University The Honorable Thomas O. Marshall in 1997. The longest serving founder of the Chief Chief Justice Justice’s Commission on Professionalism, Dean Thomas O. Marshall served on Elliott currently chairs its Finance and Personnel the Supreme Court of Georgia Committee and is a staunch supporter of from 1977 to 1989, during professionalism programs. which time the Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism The Reverend Dr. James T. Laney was instituted. He began In 1986, Dr. James T. practicing law in Americus in Laney, President of Emory 1948 with the firm Dykes, University delivered a lecture on Dykes and Marshall, was “Moral Authority in the elected to the Superior Courts of the Southwestern Professions.” In that lecture, Judicial Circuit in 1960, and elected to the Court of Laney not only expressed Appeals where he served from 1974 to 1977. After concern about the decline in attending Emory University for two years, he moral authority of all the entered the U.S. Naval Academy in 1938 and professions, he focused on the received a B.S. degree in 1941. After World War legal profession because of the II, he attended night law school at Emory for two respect and confidence in which it has traditionally quarters before earning a law degree at Georgia in been held and because it is viewed by the public as 1948. In 2001, the State Bar of Georgia’s Bench serving the public in unique and important ways. and Bar Committee instituted the Thomas O. Dr. Laney expressed his concern that the loss of Marshall Professionalism Awards to honor one moral authority seriously affects the larger society lawyer and one judge who have demonstrated the and the legal profession. highest professional conduct and paramount reputation for professionalism. 5 ANNUAL REPORT 2008 The Honorable Charles L. Weltner 20 Years of Professionalism: Raising the Chief Justice Bar on Lawyer Conduct – The 20th Anniversary Weltner received a B.A. Commemorative CLE from Oglethorpe University was held on March 10, in 1948 and in 1950 he 2009. Co-sponsored by received a law degree from the Chief Justice’s Columbia Law School. C o m m i s s i o n After serving two years in Professionalism and the the U.S. Army, Weltner Institute for Continuing practiced law in Atlanta and Legal Education, it was held at the Georgia Bar Center in Atlanta. A was an advocate for racial equality. In 1962, roundtable discussion moderated by John T. Weltner was elected to the U.S. House of Marshall with The Honorable Leah Ward Sears, Representatives, but in 1966 he refused to run for Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Georgia, The reelection when the Georgia Democratic Party tried Honorable Harold G. Clarke, Former Chief Justice to make him sign a loyalty oath that would have (Retired), Mr. H. Thomas Wells, Jr., President of required him to support Lester Maddox, an ardent the American Bar Association, Dean A. James segregationist who was a gubernatorial candidate. Elliott, Associate Dean, Emory University School After leaving politics, Weltner first served as a of Law, and Founder of the Commission, Ms. Sally judge on the Fulton County Superior Court from E. Lockwood, Director, 1976 to 1981, then as an associate justice of the Office of Bar Admissions Supreme Court of Georgia from 1981 to 1992. In and Former Executive June 1992, he was elected Chief Justice and served Director of the as such until his death on August 31, 1992. Justice Commission and Avarita Weltner is credited with being the philosopher and L. Hanson, current moral authority behind the Commission’s creation. Executive Director of the Commission. This event featured a gourmet lunch and was a reflective 20th Anniversary retrospective of the Commission’s twenty-year Programs history and the impact of its activities and programs in Georgia, nationally and Lincoln on Professionalism – Presented internationally. on October 29, 2008, this CLE 10th Annual Justice Robert Benham was co-sponsored by the Awards for Community Service. The Atlanta Bar Association and the Presentation Program and reception for the Justice Chief Justice’s Commission on Robert Benham Community Service Awards, co- Professionalism. Held at the sponsored by the Chief Justice’s Commission on Georgia Bar Center, it featured Professionalism and the State outstanding jurists and Bar of Georgia, was held on attorneys who used teachings from the practice and March 10, 2009 at the life of President Abraham Lincoln in his Ge orgia - Pa cif ic Ce n te r bicentennial year to reflect on professionalism in Auditorium in Atlanta. contemporary law practice. Honorees included The Honorable Griffin Bell (posthumously) of Atlanta on 6 ANNUAL REPORT 2008 whose behalf his son, Griffin Bell, Jr, Esquire and (John Marshall alumna and oldest living female grandson, Griffin Bell, III, Esq., African-American attorney in Georgia) and Mrs. received the Lifetime Achievement Louise Hollowell (Widow of noted civil rights Award. Other outstanding attorney, Donald L. Hollowell). Community Service Awardees included: Ms. Rebecca Crowley of 20th Anniversary Waycross, Ms. Laverne Lewis Gala – This charitable event Gaskins of Valdosta, Judge James was co-sponsored by the E. Hardy of Thomasville, Ms. Chief Justice’s Commission Tomieka Daniel of Byron, Judge Johnny Nick on Professionalism and the Panos of Decatur, Ms. Denise Cleveland-Leggett Lawyers and Ms. Judith A. O’Brien of Atlanta, Mr. J. Kevin Foundation of Georgia, at the Moore of Marietta, Mr. David Cannon, Jr. of Cumberland Canton, and Mr. David E. Hudson of Augusta. A Ballroom, special presentation A m e l i a was made by Mr. H. I s l a n d Thomas Wells, Jr., Conference Center, Amelia President of the Island, Florida during the American Bar State Bar’s Annual Meeting. Association. Mr. It was an island style formal Bill Liss, WXIA gathering TV Financial and honoring Legal Editor, and Avarita Hanson, served as retiring emcees, joined by Selection Committee Chair Chief Justice Leah Ward Patrise Perkins-Hooker and Tye Darland, General Sears. The 20th Anniversary Counsel of Georgia-Pacific LLC. This event Commemorative video was presented after dinner and the evening ended with attracted the public and members of the bar. dancing to the music of The Blake Group. 10th Annual Service Juris Day - Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School Community Service Project Commemorative CLE: “Excellence Against the - On June 25, 2009, nearly Odds: A Retrospective Dialogue on 500 volunteer attorneys and Professionalism and Diversity” – Presented on friends gathered at the March 25, 2009 by the John Marshall Law School Atlanta Area School for the Black Law Students Association and Phi Alpha Deaf to engage in service Delta Fraternity at Atlanta’s John Marshall Law coordinated by Hands on School, this program featured distinguished Atlanta. This event was attorneys, professors and honorees of the school. co-sponsored by the Panelists included: The Honorable Thelma Wyatt Lawyers Foundation of Cummings Moore (Retired Fulton County Superior Georgia, Young Lawyers Court Judge), Professor Melinda Marbes (John Division of the State Bar of Marshall Law School), Allegra Lawrence-Hardy Georgia and the Chief (Partner, Sutherland LLP), Harold Franklin Justice’s Commission on (Partner, King & Spalding LLP) and The Professionalism. Special Kasi Whitaker and Honorable Herbert Phipps (Judge, Georgia Court Shiriki Cavitt thanks to Lauren Larmer of Appeals). Honorees were: Louise Hornsby Barrett, Executive Director 7 ANNUAL REPORT 2008 of the Lawyers Foundation of Georgia, and Shiriki with American Bar Association President Cavitt, Chair of the YLD’s Community Service Tommy Wells of Birmingham, Alabama. Committee, for making the event a huge success With an ever-increasing number of and beautifying the Atlanta Area School for the nominations of attorneys from throughout Deaf. Georgia, the Selections Committee, chaired by Patrise Perkins-Hooker, seeks to focus Signature Programs the public’s attention on attorneys’ good deeds outside of their law practice or he Commission provides and supports its judicial duties. This is an Academy T signature programs: •Professionalism CLEs. More than 600 Awards-type event that is free and open to the public and provides a special setting to honor these outstanding attorneys. The CLEs on professionalism are reviewed and 2009 honors were covered by WXIA approved annually. Staff assists the bench newsman, Bill Liss, on the station’s and bar locally, nationally and evening. Coverage of the awards reached internationally with professionalism CLE local media throughout Georgia and the development. recipients’ alumni offices around the • Law Library. Resources are collected, country, further spreading the news. This catalogued and maintained in the year’s Lifetime Achievement Award went Commission’s Law Library to support posthumously to Judge Griffin B. Bell, professionalism programming. accepted by his son and grandson, Griffin • Professionalism Materials. The Bell, Jr. and Griffin Bell, III, both Atlanta Commission continues to produce, attorneys. develop and market professionalism •Transition Into Law Practice Program. materials, including articles, Law Day Nationally and internationally known as the guidelines, and videos. Its Educational first mandatory program for mentoring for Video Projects Committee provides newly-admitted attorneys, our own oversight to the production of videos. The Transition Into Law Practice Program Commission co-sponsored and worked in (TILPP) is a permanent bar program. partnership with the Atlanta Bar Special thanks to John T. Marshall of Association on an innovative CLE program Bryan Cave Powell Goldstein and Doug that premiered in the fall of 2008, “Lincoln Ashworth, Executive Director, for their on Professionalism.” Materials from this extraordinary efforts in making this the program are available to those who wish to prototype mentoring program for new explore and learn from President Lincoln’s attorneys, worthy of replication in other experiences. states and nations. • Justice Robert Benham Awards for •Law School Orientations on Community Service. The 10th annual Professionalism. For the 16th year, the awards were presented to attorneys from Commission on Professionalism partnered the 10 judicial districts and to a lifetime with the State Bar’s achievement award recipient. The special Committee on 10th Anniversary program was hosted by Professionalism and all Georgia-Pacific LLP, with its General Georgia law schools to Counsel Tye Darland participating along provide this innovative 8 ANNUAL REPORT 2008 program to entering law students. fictional work by Fulton County Superior Court The Committee on Judge Gail Tusan (aka Susan Washington), quilts Professionalism, ably chaired by the by Sharon Kaye Gipson, Roslind A. Rubens- dedicated Dick Donovan, solicited almost Newell, and Overtis Hicks Brantley (retired Fulton 200 bench and bar members to support County attorney), original paintings by Sonya these programs at Emory, Georgia, Georgia Cromwell and Michael C. Daniel, books by Robert State, Atlanta’s John Marshall and Mercer Steed (senior partner of King & Spalding LLP) and Law Schools. This program continues to photographs by Gwendolyn Fortson Waring garner glowing reviews from all involved (Savannah attorney). Some participants donated – law students, school items for the auction to benefit the Lawyers Foundation of Georgia and the bidding for them administrations, faculty was highly spirited. Thanks to volunteer attorneys members and alumni JaDawnya Butler and Hilary White Young for participants. Again, coordinating this event. Creative Connections is an Georgia lawyers lead the innovative way for bar associations to bring pack, creating this program that has spread members together for charitable events and to more than forty law schools throughout business networking. A project manual is the country to get students off to the right available. For more information contact Nneka start in their thinking about ethics and Harris-Daniel at email@example.com. professionalism and acting accordingly. High School Mock Trial – For the first time, the Cooperative and Collaborative Chief Justice's Commission sponsored a newly- created Professionalism Awards for the State Bar's Programs High School Mock Trial Program. This is the only award that the students select. Two awards were he Commission continues to presented this year since Georgia hosted both T encourage the development of innovative and meaningful programs to enhance professionalism in Georgia’s bench and national and state mock trial tournaments. The National Tournament was held in May and the State Finals were held in March. The State bar. finalists, the team from Ware Magnet School of Manor, Georgia, won the 2009 Georgia State Creative Connections – This Committee on Professionalism Award. The team from Guam won Professionalism program made its second the 2009 National Professionalism Award, appearance during the 2009 Annual State Bar presented to it by Commission member, Fulton Meeting. Supreme Court Justice Robert Benham, Count State Court Judge Brenda Cole and a talented toy maker, developed this concept to President of the Council of State Court Judges. foster positive associations among attorneys and to promote professionalism in attorney interactions. Attorneys throughout Georgia are invited to display their artistic talents to their peers and perhaps form new The NHSMT team from friendships through shared interests. This year’s Guam and Judge Brenda Cole display featured a book signing of Misjudged, a 9 ANNUAL REPORT 2008 The Honorable Richard S. Gault HONOR ROLL - 1988-2009 The Honorable John E. Girardeau The Honorable Carol W. Hunstein FOUNDERS The Honorable Arch W. McGarity The Honorable Melvin K. Westmoreland* The Honorable Harold G. Clarke A. James Elliott* STATE COURT JUDGES Emory President James T. Laney The Honorable Brenda S. Hill Cole* The Honorable Thomas O. Marshall The Honorable Charles L. Weltner LAW SCHOOL REPRESENTATIVES Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School Dean Richardson R. Lynn* MEMBERS OF THE COMMISSION Emory University School of Law CHIEF JUSTICES Associate Dean A. James Elliott* The Honorable Thomas O. Marshall Dean Howard O. Hunter The Honorable Harold G. Clark The Honorable Charles L. Weltner University of Georgia The Honorable Harold G. Clarke Dean C. Ronald Ellington The Honorable Willis B. Hunt, Jr. Professor Erica J. Hashimoto* The Honorable Robert Benham Dean David E. Shipley The Honorable Norman S. Fletcher Dean Rebecca H. White The Honorable Justice Leah Ward Sears* Georgia State College of Law COURT OF APPEALS Professor Clark D. Cunningham* The Honorable Gary B. Andrews Associate Dean Roy M. Sobelson The Honorable Anne Elizabeth Barnes The Honorable Dorothy T. Beasley Mercer University School of Law The Honorable A.W. Birdsong Professor Harold S. Lewis, Jr. The Honorable G. Alan Blackburn Professor Patrick E. Longan* The Honorable George H. Carley Professor David G. Oedel The Honorable Edward H. Johnson Professor Jack L. Sammons, Jr. The Honorable M. Yvette Miller* Professor Sydney D. Watson The Honorable Marion T. Pope, Jr. PUBLIC/NON-LAWYER SUPERIOR COURT Rep. Kathy B. Ashe The Honorable Martha C. Christian Dr. Sallie Brewer* The Honorable Daniel M. Coursey, Jr. Rev. John Cromartie The Honorable Philip F. Etheridge Dr. William F. Cummings 10 ANNUAL REPORT 2008 Dr. Julius Debro James D. Hyder, Jr. Mrs. Vivian Rippy Ingersoll* Rachel K. Iverson Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver Andrew W. Jones Ms. Portia Scott Elena Kaplan Laurel Payne Landon STATE BAR OF GEORGIA PRESIDENTS Leland M. Malchow William D. Barwick Dana B. Miles Jeffrey O. Bramlett* Nolie J. Motes William E. Cannon, Jr. Jonathan A. Pope Robert W. Chasteen, Jr. Tina Shadix Roddenbery J. Vincent Cook J. Henry Walker Harold T. Daniel, Jr. Derek J. White James B. Durham Ben F. Easterlin. IV FEDERAL DISTRICT COURT JUDGES Gerald M. Edenfield The Honorable Jack C. Camp* A. James Elliott The Honorable Julie E. Carnes James B. Franklin The Honorable Duross Fitzpatrick Robert D. Ingram The Honorable Hugh Lawson Paul M. Kilpatrick, Jr. The Honorable Marvin H. Shoob Linda A. Klein Charles T. Lester, Jr. STATE BAR OF GEORGIA MEMBERS George E. Mundy The Honorable Gregory A. Adams Rudolph N. Patterson J. Edward Allen Evans J. Plowden, Jr. A. Gus Cleveland George R. Reinhardt, Jr. The Honorable Susan S. Cole John C. Sammon A. James Elliott Gene Mac Winburn Phillip Jackson Zahra S. Karinshak YOUNG LAWYERS DIVISION, STATE Walter W. Kelley BAR OF GEORGIA, PRESIDENTS Allegra Lawrence-Hardy* Ross J. Adams John Howard Moore* Donna G. Barwick Teresa W. Roseborough Joshua B. Bell* Thomas G. Sampson* Stanley G. Brading, Jr. Leah F. Sumner S. Kendall Butterworth Bettina Wing-Che Yip Peter J. Daughtery J. Comer Yates Joseph W. Dent Sally Quillian Yates* Damon E. Elmore Elizabeth B. Hodges 11 ANNUAL REPORT 2008 GOVERNMENT ATTORNEY LIAISONS Jeff L. Milsteen* B. Phillip Bettis (COP) Barney L. Brannen, Jr. (ICLE) CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY Cliff Brashier* (State Bar/CCLC) Seth D. Kirschenbaum* Joseph I. Carter (COP) Donald R. Donovan* (COP) PROSECUTING ATTORNEY Steve P. Gilliam (COP) William Kendall Wynne, Jr.* Lawrence F. Jones* (ICLE) W. Seaborn Jones* (Atlanta Bar) IN-HOUSE COUNSEL Dana B. Miles (COP) Catherine M. Hilton* Karen Raby Monson (COP) Dawn M. Jones Joan F. Roach (COP) Bureon E. Ledbetter, Jr. Allan J. Tanenbaum (ABA) ADVISORS EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS The Honorable Robert Benham* Hulett “Bucky” Askew The Honorable George H. Carley* Sally Evans Lockwood The Honorable Martha C. Christian* Avarita L. Hanson* The Honorable Harold G. Clarke* The Rev. John L. Cromartie, Jr.* * Denotes 2008-2009 members Mr. Baxter L. Davis* Italics denote deceased The Honorable John J. Ellington* The Honorable Philip F. Etheridge* Mission Statement The Honorable Norman S. Fletcher* The mission of the Chief Justice’s Commission on The Honorable Carol W. Hunstein* Professionalism is to support and encourage The Honorable Willis B. Hunt, Jr.* lawyers to exercise the highest levels of Ms. Dawn M. Jones* professional integrity in their relationships with Ms. Sally E. Lockwood* their clients, other lawyers, the courts, and the Assoc. Dean Roy M. Sobelson* public and to fulfill their obligations to improve Mr. J. Comer Yates* the law and the legal system and to ensure access to that system. 12 ANNUAL REPORT 2008 20T H ANNIVERSARY SPONSORS WE THANK THE FOLLOWING COMPANIES, LAW FIRMS AND INDIVIDUALS FOR THEIR GENEROSITY AND SUPPORT OF THE CHIEF JUSTICE’S COMMISSION ON PROFESSIONALISM AND THE LAWYERS FOUNDATION OF GEORGIA qqqqq Ira L. Foster MEGA STARS Divida Gude Cochran, Cherry, Givens, Smith, Sistrunk Michael D. McRae & Sams, PC Rudolph N. Patterson Emory University School of Law King & Spalding LLP GENERAL CONTRIBUTORS Robert E. Ridgway Jr. qqqq Keisha A. Steed SUPER STARS Malone Law IN-KIND Stetson University College of Law Coca-Cola Georgia Pacific qqq ICLE ALL STARS IKON Alston & Bird LLP Print Time Balch & Bingham LLP Butler, Wooten & Fryhofer, LLP LFG SILVER Miller & Martin PLLC Coca-Cola Pope, McGlamry, Kilpatrick, Morrison & Norwood, Georgian Bank LLP IKON qq LFG BRONZE SHINING STARS Mauldin & Jenkins Certified Public Accounts, LLC Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School Baker Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC HOST COMMITTEE Bondurant Mixon & Elmore LLP A. James Elliot Daughtery Crawford Fuller & Brown LLP Avarita L. Hanson & William Alexander, MD George E. Mundy, P.C. Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys Georgia State University College of Law Gate City Bar Association Mercer University School of Law Georgia Association for Women Lawyers Oliver Maner LLP John & Vivian R. Ingersoll Sandy Springs Bar Association Patrise Perkins-Hooker State Bar of Georgia Young Lawyers Division Sadie Jo Dennard, Atlanta Chapter of the Links, Inc. Strickland Brockington Lewis LLP Teresa W. & Joseph A. Roseborough United Parcel Service University of Georgia School of Law PLANNING COMMITTEE Watson Spence LLP Avarita L. Hanson William R. Jenkins Lauren L. Barrett Nneka Harris-Daniel q Rudolph N. Patterson BRIGHT STARS Terie Latala Robert A. Burroughs Vivian R. Ingersoll William E. Cannon Jr. Harold T. Daniel Jr.
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