Georgia Bar Journal
GSB Vol. 13, NO. 1, Pg. 60.
Past President Receives 2007 Distinguished Service Award
GSB JournalVol. 13, NO. 1August 2007Past President Receives 2007 Distinguished Service AwardJohanna B. MerrillState Bar Past President Rudolph N. Patterson received the State Bar of Georgia's Distinguished Service Award during the June 16 inaugural ceremony at the 2007 Annual Meeting at the Sawgrass Marriott Resort & Spa in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Outgoing President Jay Cook presented the award to a surprised Patterson, who was unaware that he was the 2007 recipient.
The highest honor bestowed by the Bar, the award recognizes conspicuous service to the cause of jurisprudence and to the advancement of the legal profession in Georgia. Patterson has been an asset and a friend to the Bar since he was admitted to what was then the Georgia Bar Association in 1962, offering outstanding and unfailing service, as not only an attorney in private practice but also as a member of the Board of Governors for almost two decades. His leadership qualities have been felt across local, state and national levels of bar service as president of the Macon Bar Association, president of the State Bar of Georgia, and through many years of service to the American Bar Association and as founder and president of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives.
His long-standing commitment to the legal profession includes past and current service as chair of the State Bar's General Practice and Trial Section, chair of the State...