From the Executive Director, 0821 GABJ, GSB Vol. 27, No. 1, Pg. 14

PositionVol. 27 1 Pg. 14

From the Executive Director

No. Vol. 27 No. 1 Pg. 14

Georgia Bar Journal

August, 2021



Executive Director State Bar of Georgia

For the State Bar of Georgia, summer rings in the new year. In June, a new slate of officers was installed at our Annual Meeting, along with several new faces on the Executive Committee and Board of Governors. New President Elizabeth Fite has completed her committee assignments, numbering in the hundreds, and our fiscal year began July 1.

It comes as no surprise that there is a lot more “new” in this new Bar year than most others. For the first time since March 2020, our Bar Center headquarters is buzzing with activity as our staff members, who never stopped working during the pandemic closure, have returned to the office and welcomed a number of new faces. Our conference center is once again hosting member meetings and events. It is an exciting time.

After a long absence from in-person gatherings, we are pleased with the way the 2021 Annual Meeting turned out. Hundreds of our colleagues, members and friends were able to gather in person to conduct Bar business, receive updates on improvements and changes in the law and legal theory and, most enjoyable of all, to simply fellowship. We are also grateful to the members who joined the meetings, events and educational sessions via teleconference. The result was a record-setting weekend that we all can be proud of.

In case you were unable to join us in person or participate online, I provided an update about the work that has our attention from an operational perspective as this new Bar year begins. I am personally grateful to the Board of Governors for their confidence and extension of my term as executive director. I appreciate the opportunity to continue to work with an amazing team as we support the mission of the Bar and provide value for our members. We are confident and optimistic in our position and the manner in which we will support our members in this new Bar year and beyond.

My report to the Board included some highlights of recent successes and developments within several of our departments. It included our Fee Arbitration staff and how they continue to moderate long and complicated hearings. It complimented our office manager, who has been instrumental in collaborating and coordinating with our conference center, building security, sections...

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