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Chief Justice's Commission on Professionalism



Registration for entire 6 hour seminar includes complimentary copy of ABA Publication The Relevant Lawyer: Reimagining the Future of the Legal Profession. (A $49.95 Value)

CLE Hours (Full Program):
6 CLE Hours including 1 Ethics Hour, 1 Professionalism Hour and 3 Trial Practice Hours

Chief Justice's Commission on Professionalism

Avarita L. Hanson, Program Co-Chair, Executive Director, Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism, Atlanta
Rita A. Sheffey, Program Co-Chair, Assistant Dean for Public Service, Emory University School of Law, Atlanta
Nicole G. Iannarone, Program Co-Chair, Assistant Clinical Professor, Georgia State University College of Law, Atlanta
Timothy W. Floyd, Program Co-Chair, Tommy Malone Distinguished Chair in Trial Advocacy & Director of Experiential Education, Mercer University School of Law, Macon

Lawyering Today and in the Future
This session will frame the day’s discussion by defining access to justice broadly, beyond the traditional notion of low and moderate income clients, to include representation for all people and organizations who access the justice system and need legal representation.
Nicole G. Iannarone

Paula J. Frederick, Office of the General Counsel, State Bar of Georgia, Atlanta
Hon. Catherine M. Salinas, US Magistrate Judge, Northern District of Georgia, Atlanta
Lauren Sudeall Lucas, Professor & Director of the Center for Access to Justice, Georgia State University College of Law, Atlanta
Embracing and Thriving with Tomorrow’s Innovation and Today’s Technology
This session will highlight some of the new models for providing legal services with a particular focus on rapidly-evolving technology to assist lawyers. Looking at Fastcase, Ross, Avvo, LegalZoom and others, participants will explore what demand these companies are meeting, what lawyers from sole practitioners to public interest lawyers to lawyers in global mega-firms can learn from them and how lawyers can embrace new platforms to be more productive, efficient and successful.
Rita A. Sheffey

Natalie Kelly, Director, Law Practice Management Program, State Bar of Georgia, Atlanta
Ed Walters, Founder & CEO, Fastcase, Washington, DC
Andrew M.J. Arruda, Co-Founder & CEO, ROSS Intelligence, San Francisco, CA
John Mayer, Executive Director, The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction, Chicago, IL
Entrepreneurs for Change – Public, Private and the Academy: Georgia Showcase
This session will highlight Georgia lawyers who are using innovation to enhance access to justice and make legal services more accessible and affordable for all consumers of legal services.
Timothy W. Floyd

Stephanie A. Everett, Executive Director, Lawyers for Equal Justice, Atlanta
Michael E. Manely, The Manely Firm, P.C., Marietta
Shelia Manely, The Manely Firm, P.C.; The Justice Café, Marietta
Stephanie Powell, Assistant Dean, Career Services, Mercer University School of Law; Succession Planning Pilot Project, Young Lawyers Division, State Bar of Georgia, Atlanta
Emory Law Graduates TBD
A Conversation with Linda A. Klein, President of the American Bar Association
Welcome: Patrick T. O’Connor, President, State Bar of Georgia; Oliver Maner LLP, Savannah

Guests will enjoy an informational conversation between Steve H. Hobbs, Professor, University of Alabama School of Law and Linda A. Klein, President, American Bar Association; Past President, State Bar of Georgia; Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC, Atlanta. Ms. Klein will inform the audience about the ABA’s Commission on the Future of Legal Services and other important national initiatives.
Meeting the Needs of All Consumers of Legal Services
In this session, participants will address unique access to justice issues, including serving non-English speaking and deaf and hearing-impaired litigants, serving the large number of individuals charged with lower-level crimes who often appear pro se, and novel initiatives being employed in some courthouses by innovative legal administrators to make the courthouse more user-friendly.
Hon. Pinkie T. Toomer, Judge, Fulton County Probate Court, Atlanta

Jana J. Edmondson-Cooper, Bilingual Attorney, Georgia Legal Services Program, Atlanta
Clyde E. Mize, Jr., Diversity Program, State Bar of Georgia; Morris, Manning, & Martin, LLP, Atlanta
Erica L. Woodford, Clerk of Superior Court, Bibb County, Macon
Claudia S. Saari, Public Defender, DeKalb County Public Defender’s Office, Decatur
Lawyers Living Well
Focusing on the mental, physical and social health of lawyers, consistent with the State Bar’s recently unveiled Lawyers Living Well program designed to educate lawyers to improve their health to achieve work-life balance and better serve clients.
Daisy Hurst Floyd, Dean, Mercer University School of Law, Macon

Hon. Shondeana G. Morris, Judge, DeKalb County State Court, Decatur
Avarita L. Hanson
Avarita L. Hanson