Jennifer Campbell Mock of the Mock Law Firm LLC in Statesboro was installed as president-elect of the Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Georgia during the organization's Annual Meeting on June 19. She was sworn in by Justice Keith Blackwell of the Supreme Court of Georgia.
Mock will be installed as the 70th president of the Young Lawyers Division in June 2016 and will follow another local attorney, V. Sharon "Sharri" Edenfield of Edenfield, Cox, Bruce & Classens, P.C., in Statesboro, who just completed her term as the 68th president of the Young Lawyers Division. Edenfield turned over the ceremonial gavel to incoming 2015 President John R.B. "Jack" Long of Augusta during the Annual Meeting.
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 Young Lawyers Division Leadership Academy and previously served as a District Representative on the Executive Council and on the Board of Directors, as secretary and, for the past year, as treasurer of the Young Lawyers Division.
Before turning over the gavel to Long, Edenfield highlighted the YLD's accomplishments for the year on her three main initiatives: the Succession Planning Program ("SPP"), the Military Support Initiative, and the Leadership/Professional Development Initiative.
The innovative SPP works to resolve the issues of lack of access to justice, particularly in rural areas, as well as a shortage of job opportunities for young lawyers. The SPP matches young attorneys looking for employment with older attorneys looking to retire and transition their law practice to a new attorney, which is especially needed in rural areas where older attorneys who would like to retire may be one of very few attorneys in that geographic area.
Edenfield's Military Support Initiative recruited pro bono volunteers for the veterans' legal assistance clinics around the state and also facilitated approximately 40-50 lawyers becoming accredited to represent military veterans on veterans' benefits appeals.
Further, the Leadership/Professional Development Initiative created the inventive "Next Step Institute," as a compliment to the successful Leadership Academy program, and has provided comprehensive educational programming for young lawyers as they mature in their practice.
Edenfield thanked her clients, the attorneys and staff of her law firm, Edenfield, Cox, Bruce & Classens, P.C. in Statesboro, her family, and the 10,000 members of the YLD for permitting her the opportunity to serve as president for the past year.
Edenfield credited her law partners, Susan Cox, a member of the State Bar's Board of Governors and former Chair of the Board of Bar Examiners, and Gerald Edenfield, who served as President of the State Bar of Georgia in 2007-08 and who is also Sharri's father, for providing her outstanding examples of talented attorneys who are also bar leaders.
She also thanked her uncle, the late Judge B. Avant Edenfield of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia, who swore her in as YLD president in June 2014 and on whom she strongly relied for advice while planning her year as president.
Edenfield is a partner with her firm and maintains a general practice with an emphasis on litigating contract disputes and personal injury claims. She is a graduate of the University of Georgia and earned her law degree at the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University.
In addition to serving on a variety of State Bar Committees and Commissions, she has served on the YLD Executive Council since 2007, as co-chair of the YLD Leadership Academy from 2007 to 2011, as co-editor of The YLD Review from 2008 to 2010, and as secretary, treasurer, president-elect and, for the past year, president of the YLD.