From the Executive Director, 0221 GABJ, GSB Vol. 26 No. 4 Pg. 14

AuthorDAMON ELMORE, Executive Director State Bar of Georgia
PositionVol. 26 4 Pg. 14

From the Executive Director

Vol. 26 No. 4 Pg. 14

Georgia Bar Journal

February, 2021

DAMON ELMORE, Executive Director State Bar of Georgia

Hey, Y’all!

“Other arms will reach out to me; other eyes smile tenderly,” Ray Charles croons. “Still, in peaceful dreams I see, the road leads back to you. ...”

To this Savannah native, Emory Law School graduate and Atlanta attorney for two decades, every time I heard “Georgia On My Mind” while living and working in the very pleasant but colder community of Muncie, Indiana, the better part of the last four years, it just spoke louder than any other song.

Although the honor of serving as executive director of the State Bar of Georgia is still a new one, there is no doubt that I’m at home again. Having been a Bar member since 1996, a Young Lawyers Division past president, former Board of Governors and Executive Committee member, my new surroundings and colleagues on the Bar staff are all very familiar. The main difference is my new relationship to you, Georgia’s lawyers and judges, to whom my primary duty now is ensuring that we continue to provide exceptional value and service.

We are at the one-year anniversary of the onset of the global COVID-19 pandemic. As this is written, the daily numbers of new coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths in Georgia and across the United States remain at an unacceptably high level. The introduction of vaccines has definitely created a hopeful light at the end of the tunnel, but less certain is the length of the tunnel.

As they have been since last March, our physical offices in Atlanta, Savannah and Tifton remain closed, but our entire staff is working remotely, and we are at your service. When it will be safe to reopen our buildings, get our people back in there and accommodate our members for in-person meetings and continuing legal education sessions is dependent on the lingering effects of the virus. In the meantime, rest assured that we are open for business and able to help.

Your benefits of Bar membership are also in full effect despite the pandemic. Bar members continue to have access to the Law Practice Management Program, Fast-case legal research, your Member Benefits Insurance program, a listing in the Find a Lawyer directory, job-finding resources, resource library available by mail, a directory of law-related product and service vendors, and hotel discounts. While the...

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