Susan Cox is re-elected to Georgia Bar board
Susan W. Cox of Edenfield Cox Bruce & Classens P.C. in Statesboro was re-elected to serve on the Board of Governors of the 49,000-member State Bar of Georgia and was installed June 10 during the organization's Annual Meeting.
Cox will continue to serve in the Ogeechee Judicial Circuit, Post 2 seat on the board. She earned her law degree from the University of Georgia School of Law and was admitted to the State Bar of Georgia in 1978. She focuses her law practice in the areas of business and general litigation, domestic relations law, education law, mediations, personal injury and medical malpractice law and wrongful death cases.
The Board of Governors is the 160-member policymaking authority of the State Bar, with representation from each of Georgia's judicial circuits. The board holds regular meetings at least four times per year.
Mock completes term as president of State Bar YLD
Jennifer Campbell Mock of the Mock Law Firm LLC in Statesboro has completed her term as the 70th president of the Young Lawyers Division (YLD) of the State Bar of Georgia. She turned over the ceremonial gavel to incoming President Nicole C. Leet of Atlanta and was sworn in as immediate past president by Justice Keith of the Supreme Court of Georgia on June 9 during the organization's Annual Meeting.
Under Mock's leadership during the past year, the YLD spearheaded the State Bar's celebration of the 100th anniversary of the admission of the first woman into the practice of law in Georgia; raised more than $50,000 in its 11th annual Signature Fundraiser, with proceeds going to the Georgia Court Appointed Special Advocates; and provided disaster legal assistance for affected residents of coastal Georgia following Hurricane Matthew and throughout the state after damaging storms and tornadoes, in addition to dozens of other successful initiatives.
Mock, whose practice focuses on real estate law, business law and estate planning, is a graduate of the University of Georgia School of Law and was admitted to the State Bar of Georgia in 2007.
She is a 2009 graduate of the State Bar of Georgia YLD Leadership Academy and previously served as a District Representative on the YLD Executive Council and on the YLD Board of Directors, as secretary, treasurer, president-elect and, for the past year, as president of the YLD. She also serves on the State Bar of Georgia Executive Committee and the Board of Trustees for the Institute for Continuing Legal Education in Georgia.
Mock received the Georgia YLD's Award of Achievement for Outstanding Service to the Bar in 2009 and was recognized by the Statesboro Herald among Bulloch County's 20 Under 40 in 2013 and Georgia Southern University Alumni's 40 under 40 in 2014. She also was recognized among the Georgia Trend Legal Elite in 2013, 2014 and 2015.
Glenn-Davis named one of top agencies by Auto-Owner
Auto-Owners Insurance is pleased to announce Glenn-Davis & Associates of Statesboro, was named one of the top 10 growth agencies for the company in Georgia for 2016.
The agency was recognized at a luncheon meeting in Duluth, and at a reception with all regional associates, where they and other recipients were presented with a plaque commemorating their accomplishment. Glenn-Davis & Associates has represented Auto-Owners since 2002.
Jeff Tagsold, President & COO of Auto-Owners, thanked the agency for its support and its business, stating, "Their growth and support only help to make the entire community stronger and more secure. We are grateful they choose to do business with us."
Auto-Owners Insurance was founded in 1916 and has served Georgia since 1973. We are a Fortune 500 company and the 17th largest property/casualty insurance company in the nation, based on written premium. Auto-Owners Insurance is one of 12 insurance companies in the United States to receive the highest rating possible, A++ Superior, by A.M. Best, which is a nationally recognized rating agency for insurance companies.
Farm credit associations help prevent overtaxing of family-owned farms
Legislation drafted by a workgroup headed by AgSouth Farm Credit's Christian Taylor and sponsored by Senator Tyler Harper (R-GA-007), Georgia HB 290, passed the Georgia Senate 51-0 on March 24 and was subsequently signed into law by Governor Nathan Deal.
Taylor states that the new law, "will prevent counties from wrongfully billing our family-owned farms." According to Taylor, a leasing specialist with AgSouth Farm Credit, the Equipment Leasing and Financing Association (ELFA) group - comprised of representatives from AgSouth Farm Credit, AgGeorgia Farm Credit, Southwest Georgia Farm Credit (the Georgia Farm Credit Associations), Farm Credit Leasing, Co-Bank, and John Deere - worked closely with Ga. Rep. Sam Watson (R-Moultrie).
Watson is a member of the House Agriculture & Consumer Affairs Committee, who worked with Taylor for several years to develop the legislation. The group was instrumental in obtaining the critical support of the influential Georgia Association of Manufacturers and its president, Roy Bowen.
This measure addresses a personal property tax dilemma that has faced Georgia's family-owned farms for more than 10 years, namely, inconsistent application, by both local assessors and state auditors, of the personal property tax exemption for equipment with a lease-purchase agreement under § 48-5-41.1(c), which was passed in 2007.
The ELFA-backed legislation provides for consistent treatment across the state and ensures that certain farm equipment owned or leased by family farmers in Georgia will be exempt from property tax as intended by O.C.G.A. § 48-5-41.1.