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Henry County Bar Association By: Lynita Mitchell-Blackwell | Photo: Picture This Studio

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hether you are an attorney, business owner, or member of the Southern Crescent community, you have felt the impact of the Henry County Bar Association (HCBA). With over 100 attorney members, the HCBA provides not only professional services to potential clients, but also community service with its wide-ranging programs. As stated on its website at www.HenryCountyBar.com, the primary goals of the HCBA are “to promote the legal profession in Henry County and to provide fellowship for its members.” The organization meets the first Monday of each month at noon at Pasta Max Cafe in McDonough. The great food and friendly atmosphere ensure attendees have a good time and have a chance to really get to know one another “in a non-adversarial situation”. HCBA membership dues are only $75 annually and include a number of benefits, such as continuing education seminars, opportunities to participate in the HCBA’s programs, and listing - by practice area - in the online membership directory. Highlighted are the newest members on the list, and all members’ contact details are included. The membership directory also serves as a referral resource for potential clients, allowing them to search by location (city or zip code), key word, or attorney name. HCBA’s programs are highly regarded by the Henry County community and legal profession. These projects include the Georgia High School Mock Trial Program where members of HCBA coach high school mock trial teams to compete locally, and on the state and national levels, and members participate in evaluating the teams across the region. Another project the Board is excited to begin this year is a Wills Clinic for First Responders where HCBA members will draft basic wills and related estate-planning documents for police officers, firemen, EMT’s and other emergency personnel. Participation in these programs allow HCBA members to interact with the Southern Crescent community, facilitating personal relationships that can and often do develop into client relationships. This year, HCBA also plans to implement a formal mentoring program for new attorneys to provide support during the first years of law practice. This is an invaluable tool for both the mentee and mentor attorney. The menteeattorney has an experienced resource and “sounding board” in the mentorattorney. And the mentor-attorney has opportunities to share knowledge and wisdom, as well as learn new methodologies and technology. The HCBA is also excited to host an annual Law Day Celebration this year. This celebration will include a presentation by a well-known legal professional, as well as an oath renewal ceremony for practicing attorneys. The HCBA is led by its officers who are elected annually. The current president is Elizabeth M. Pool, Attorney at Smith, Welch, Webb & White, LLC, the oldest law practice in Henry County. The Vice President is Pandora E. Palmer of Pandora E. Palmer, PC. Secretary is Anita Lamar, Partner at Veal & Lamar, LLC. Suesan Miller serves as Treasurer and is a Partner at Miller & Key, PA. Finally, Member-at-Large is Christina M. Kempter, an Assistant District Attorney with Henry County. For more information about the Henry County Bar Association, visit the website at www.HenryCountyBar.com or contact Elizabeth Pool at (770) 775-3188 or EPool@SmithWelchLaw.com. 22

SOUTHERNJOURNALMAGAZINE.COM • March/April 2015

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