Enews: February 2019 (Volume 15, Issue 2)

In this Issue…

– 2019 Legislative Session
– Third Year of Bar PSA Campaign Launches
– 2019 Spring Board of Governors Meeting – Register Now
– 2019 Board of Governors Candidate Information
– 2019 Commitment to Equality Awards – Call for Nominations
– Justice Robert Benham Awards for Community Service
– 2019 ABA Techshow
– Don’t Forget – CLE Deadline March 31
– Calling All Lawyers and Judges to Athens!
– Wellness Corner
– Free Fastcase Research Offered Through the State Bar

February 21, 2019

2019 LEGISLATIVE SESSION

Throughout the legislative session, please visit the Legislative Program page [ www.gabar.org ] for a complete summary of Bar proposals, other legislative items of interest, a weekly email update and information on how to contact the State Bar’s legislative consultants who are working for you each day under the Gold Dome. Our goal is to keep our members up to date on the ways that the Bar is advocating for you and your practice.

THIRD YEAR OF BAR PSA CAMPAIGN LAUNCHES

The third year of the Bar’s PSA campaign, Georgia Needs Lawyers, launched in January. The campaign is aimed at showcasing examples of the kind of indelible difference Georgia lawyers make every day in the lives of Georgia citizens. This campaign continues to employ a large-scale storytelling platform featuring television ads enhanced by social media and traditional public relations initiatives. The campaign features stories drawn from Georgia lawyers’ own experiences as told by their clients. Read More [ ganeedslawyers.org ]

2019 SPRING BOARD OF GOVERNORS MEETING | REGISTER NOW

The State Bar’s Spring Board of Governors Meeting will be held March 29-31 at the Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee, in Greensboro, Georgia. Please click here [ sbog.info ] to view the brochure, or visit the Bar’s website [ www.gabar.org ] for all the details and to register online.

Please note that the hotel deadline is Friday, March 1 , and the registration deadline is Friday, March 22 . If you have any questions, contact Michelle Garner, director of meetings, at michelleg@gabar.org [ mailto:michelleg@gabar.org ] or 404-527-8790.

2019 BOARD OF GOVERNORS CANDIDATE INFORMATION

Pursuant to Standing Executive Committee Policy 1000 [ www.gabar.org ] (State Bar of Georgia Elections), a list of Board of Governors posts that are up for re-election this year, including a list of candidates and posts where the incumbent candidate has chosen not to run for re-election, is now available for viewing [ www.gabar.org ] .

If you are interested in running for one of the circuits/posts listed, please download the election packet [ sbog.info ] . The deadline for receipt of nominating petitions for non-incumbents is Friday, Feb. 22, at 11:59 p.m . There are detailed instructions in the election packet, plus a list of frequently asked questions that will guide you through the nominating and election process. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Amanda Draper at amandad@gabar.org [ mailto:amandad@gabar.org ] .

2019 COMMITMENT TO EQUALITY AWARDS | CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

The State Bar of Georgia’s Committee to Promote Inclusion in the Profession invites you to nominate an individual or organization you believe deserves consideration for the 2019 Commitment to Equality Awards. These awards recognize those who promote diversity in the legal profession and who provide opportunities for members of underrepresented groups. Read More [ www.gabar.org ]

JUSTICE ROBERT BENHAM AWARDS FOR COMMUNITY SERVICE

The ceremony for the 20th Annual Justice Robert Benham Awards for Community Service, sponsored by the Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism and the Ronald J. Freeman Chapter of the Black Law Students Association at the Georgia State University College of Law, will be held on Saturday, March 9. This year, the Commission is privileged to honor another exceptional group of judges and lawyers who provided servant-leadership to their communities. The Lifetime Achievement Award for Community Service will be awarded posthumously to the late Hon. P. Harris Hines, former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia, Marietta; and the late Hon. Willie J. Lovett Jr., former judge of the Fulton County Juvenile Court, Atlanta. The Community Service Award will be presented to: Robert F. Mikell, Statesboro; Christopher Cohilas, Albany; Christina L. Folsom, Valdosta; Cheryl L. Milton, Macon; Hon. Clarence F. Seeliger, Decatur; Gordon Lane Joyner, Atlanta; Deepa Subramanian, Atlanta; Stephanie L. Steele, Marietta; Julia K. Greene, Gainesville; and Regina M. Quick, Watkinsville. For more information, visit the website [ www.cjcpga.org ] .

2019 ABA TECHSHOW

Legal professionals are increasingly engaging their audience with social media, managing documents more efficiently in the “cloud” and operating a law firm virtually. Technology is changing the modern-day practice and ABA TECHSHOW® is dedicated to helping you understand what technology will best suit your needs. This year’s event will be held Feb. 27 – March 2 in Chicago. Visit the website [ www.techshow.com ] for more information and to register. Remember to use the Georgia discount registration code: EP1906 .

DON’T FORGET | CLE DEADLINE MARCH 31

The 2018 CLE deadline is March 31 . Visit the website [ www.gabar.org ] for upcoming ICLE courses.

CALLING ALL LAWYERS AND JUDGES TO ATHENS

Atlanta might be the capital of Georgia, but Athens is its Classic City. The YLD and State Bar are proud to be hosting the 2019 National High School Mock Trial Championship May 17-18 in the Classic City, and we want you to be a part of it! Forty-six teams representing schools across the United States, the territory of Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and South Korea will converge on Athens for the week as they compete to crown the 2019 National Champion. We have a great week planned for the teams but need your help for the competition, both in person on judging panels, and for fundraising support. Competition rounds are Friday and Saturday, with two rounds each day. Please visit the Athens2019 website [ athens2019.nhsmtc.org ] for more information on volunteering and donating.

WELLNESS CORNER

It’s Heart Health Awareness Month. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Half of all Americans have at least one of the top three risk factors for heart disease (high blood pressure, high cholesterol and smoking). Luckily small changes in your daily routine can make a difference! Use spices instead of salt. Choose fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Limit your exposure to second-hand smoke. Monitor your blood pressure and weight.

FREE FASTCASE RESEARCH OFFERED THROUGH THE STATE BAR

Free online legal research is available to all Bar members. Learn how to effectively use and navigate Fastcase. To register for a 1-hour or 3-hour CLE at one of the three State Bar locations or to sign up for a webinar hosted by Fastcase, please visit the website [ www.gabar.org ] .

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