Georgia Bar Journal
GSB Vol. 15, NO. 1, Pg. 22.
Amelia Island Serves as Host to 2009 Annual Meeting
GSB JournalVol. 15, NO. 1August 2009Amelia Island Serves as Host to 2009 Annual Meetingby Jennifer R. MasonGBJ Feature
With a location as beautiful as Amelia Island, it's easy to see why people keep coming back. For the second year in a row, Amelia Island Plantation hosted the State Bar's Annual Meeting. Those who attended the 45th gathering were not disappointed as the island, the Inn and the Conference Center lived up to their potential. From delicious meals to a beautiful setting, Amelia Island once again provided Bar members, family and friends with a wonderful experience.
While the potential of bad weather moved the venue indoors, the spirit of the opening night event remained. Adults and children alike were treated to a visit from Tim Williams of Florida's Gatorland® who brought along two live gators. After sharing information about the animals with the crowd, everyone had the opportunity to step up and experience the gators face to face. A line formed as those brave enough took turns holding a gator and recording a special memory. Kids enjoyed their own room complete with video games, a bounce house and giant inflatable slide, a movie and the ever-popular airbrush tattoo booth, which had more than a few adults standing in line debating whether to get a four -leaf clover, heart or butterfly. Buffet-style dining made it easy to grab a bite and catch up with friends while comedian/songwriter Gerry Robinson wound his way through the crowd composing songs on the spot. The air-conditioned building provided a welcome respite from the heat and mosquitoes and enabled people of all ages to fully enjoy the events of the evening.
Opening night was followed by the business of the weekend. Breakfast and lunch meetings offered members a relaxed atmosphere in which to conduct the business of their section or committee, honor award recipients and catch up on CLE opportunities. The evening receptions provided a social environment where friends and colleagues could spend time together enjoying each other's company before moving on to the various dinner events. And as always, the meeting offered members the opportunity to participate in non-business related events such as the annual YLD/LFG 5K Fun Run and the golf and tennis tournaments.
Board Meeting Highlights
Following the presentation of awards at the June 19 plenary session, the Board received a report by Robert McCormack, on Active Duty Traditional Guardsman or Reservists, at which time the Board approved proposed changes to Bylaw Article 1, Section 8. The board then received a report on Memorials by Jeffrey O. Bramlett. Following this report, President Bramlett presented the Distinguished Service Award to the Hon. Norman S. Fletcher (see page 42). The presentation of the award was followed by reports on the Investigative Panel by Hubert C. Bell Jr., the Review Panel by Anthony B. Askew, the Formal Advisory Opinion Board by Edward B. Krugman, the Supreme Court of Georgia by Presiding Justice Carol Hunstein, the Court of Appeals of Georgia by Chief Judge M. Yvette Miller, the State of the Law by Attorney General Thurbert Baker, the Georgia Senate by Sen. John Wiles (chair of the Senate Special Judiciary Committee), and the Georgia House of Representatives by Rep. Wendell Willard (chair of the House Judiciary Committee) and Rep. Rick Golick (chair of the House Judiciary Non-Civil Committee).
During the plenary session, President Jeffrey O. Bramlett delivered his outgoing remarks as required by the bylaws of the State Bar. A copy of these remarks can be found on page 30 of the Bar Journal.
Bryan M. Cavan presided over the 226th Board of Governors meeting on Saturday, June 20.
Highlights of the meeting included:
* Amy V. Howell provided a report on the activities of the YLD and referred Board members to the written report included in the agenda book. She announced that this Bar year will be focused on supporting children and families, and she has charged the YLD committees to figure out new ways in which to engage and support this theme. In that regard, she has appointed a Parents and Caregivers in the Profession Committee, will offer networking and CLE opportunities that are family friendly, and will present a forum for young lawyers to discuss the challenges of being both professionals and care-givers. Another significant initiative being undertaken this year will be a Public Summer Internship Program in the summer of 2010 that is designed to assist young and newly admitted lawyers in expanding their skill sets through a variety of public interest positions. * The Board, by...