The August Issue
I wouldn’t blame anyone for not having noticed the change in Bar year this summer, considering everything else that is and has been impacting our daily lives in 2020. The beginning of this new Bar year has looked very different from those we were used to seeing. The Bar’s Annual Meeting was held by video conference for the first time in history. Our new officers were sworn in remotely. For those finishing their terms and others beginning theirs, speeches were given, not in person, but by video or email. But, despite the challenges and lack of usual ceremony and celebration, the work of the Bar must go on. I can’t think of a better group of leaders to guide our organization through these tough times than those who have been sworn in for the 2020-21 Bar year, and I am very happy to be able to introduce some of them to our readers in this edition of the Georgia Bar Journal.
Our newest president, Dawn M. Jones, was sworn in to office on June 13, as the second African American and the fourth woman to lead our organization. Dawn boasts an impressive resume of not only legal accomplishments, but of service to her community and to the people of Georgia. Her commitment to equality and justice are sure to benefit us all. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Dawn had a career as a critical care nurse. Her professional background and strengths couldn’t come at a better time in the leadership of our organization, and I look forward to Dawn’s vision of going far, together.
In his first YLD President’s column, YLD President Bert Hummel discusses his vision for the YLD in the coming year. The YLD has long been known for its community service, and in no time in recent memory has the need for such service been greater. I hope that we can all rise to...