From the President, 0819 GABJ, GSB Vol. 25, No. 1, Pg. 6

Author:DARRELL SUTTON, President State Bar of Georgia
Position:Vol. 25 1 Pg. 6

From the President

Vol. 25 No. 1 Pg. 6

Georgia Bar Journal

August, 2019

DARRELL SUTTON, President State Bar of Georgia

Continuing to Listen: #ShapeTheBar

It was important as I prepared to take office to hear from this state’s lawyers. To hear about the issues you feel are important to the State Bar, your practices and our profession.

So I set out on the road, visiting with and listening to small groups of lawyers and judges in places like Rome, Macon, Augusta and Savannah. With the help of the Board of Governors members in the areas I visited, I was able to sit with and hear from many of you. I heard what concerns you, the issues you are facing and the role the Bar plays in your professional lives. Your willingness to share helped shape many of the initiatives we will accomplish over my 12 months leading our profession. (These initiatives can be found in the remarks shared with the Board of Governors during the Annual Meeting. See page 40.)

My only regret is that I could not meet with and hear from more of you. In a state with 159 counties and with our Bar’s membership now exceeding 50,000, my 12 months in office are simply not enough to reach everyone—either individually or in small groups—on a live, in-person listening tour.

But by leveraging modern technology, the listening tour can continue. Utilizing online tools, we are launching a virtual listening tour called #ShapeTheBar. The goal is to continue and expand the conversations begun during the months leading to my inauguration—both during the next 12 months and beyond. We want to hear your opinions, ideas and concerns, and at the same time, ensure every member of the State Bar of Georgia is aware of the benefits of Bar membership.

The virtual listening tour will be structured around three themes:

Programs: What are the Bar’s programs, and what benefits do Bar members receive from them? What I heard time and again from many of you is that the Bar could do a better job communicating to the members all the benefits of State Bar membership. The Bar has substantial resources available to enhance your professional life, and we want you to be better informed of this broad array of...

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