Editor’s Letter, 1221 GABJ, GSB Vol. 27, No. 3, Pg. 5

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Editor’s Letter

No. Vol. 27 No. 3 Pg. 5

Georgia Bar Journal

December, 2021

The December Issue


Welcome to the final Georgia Bar

Journal of 2021! As I write this Editor's Letter, the Editorial Board is planning its first in-person meeting in nearly two years. I'm so excited about the board's holiday luncheon, and I hope that it's a sign of more in-person events to come in 2022.

The new year and planning for 2022 are major themes in this issue. In her President's Message, "Planning for the Unexpected," State Bar of Georgia President Elizabeth L. Fite writes about the Sudden Health Crisis Succession Plan project and how January is a great time to begin succession planning for your firm. In "It's OK Not to Be OK" YLD President Elissa B. Haynes shares the results of her informal survey on challenges that young lawyers face—and how to reshape the narrative about professional and emotional support. In the Wellness Committee article, "A New Resolve on New Year's Resolutions," committee member Megan Murren Rittle suggests how we can resolve to rethink our approach to 2022 resolutions. And if you're ready to make some resolutions and new business plans for 2022, be sure to read the Law Practice Management article, "Start 2022 With a Bang! Seven Things You Can Do Right Now to Start the New Year Strong."

Speaking of the new year, the Georgia General Assembly is back in session is January. Take a look at the "2022 Legislative Preview" for information on bills and issues that will be considered in the upcoming session.

This issue includes two legal articles, "Georgia's New Mediation Law: Harmonization and Innovation," by Shelby S. Guilbert Jr., Tracy Johnson, Stephen F. McKinney and Douglas H. Yarn; and "COVID-19-Induced Courthouse Workarounds: Adopting Temporary Changes for Permanent Good—Virtual Voir Dire," by Hon. Gail S. Tusan and Tierney Sharpe.

Other features include "The Carroll County Courthouse at Carrollton: The Grand Old Courthouses of Georgia," and our Georgia Lawyer Spotlight of Douglas Burrell, who discusses his college football days at the University of Iowa, as well as student-athletes' control over their image and likeness, and other lessons he's brought from the gridiron to the courtroom.

If you're looking for a book recommendation for your holiday break, be sure to read Beth Gilchrist's review of the murder mystery "A Flicker in the Dark" by Stacey `Willingham, or my review of Mab Segrest's 'Administrations of Lunacy: Racism and the Haunting of American Psychiatry from Georgia's Milledgeville Asylum."

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