A number of Statesboro-based attorneys have been appointed to serve as members of various standing, special and program committees of the 49,000-member State Bar of Georgia for 2017-18.
V. Sharon Edenfield of Edenfield Cox Bruce & Classens P.C. was named as vice chair of the Consumer Assistance Program Committee, which monitors and renders advice to Bar leaders on the program dealing with legal questions or issues raised by members of the public, and as a member of the General Counsel Office Overview Committee, which monitors the rules, procedures, policies and operations of the office of the State Bar's General Counsel and renders advice to Bar staff and leadership, the Long-Range Planning & Bar Governance Committee, which identifies issues and trends affecting the practice of law to ensure the ongoing efficiency of the State Bar's operations, and the Profession-alism Committee, which recommends to the State Bar leadership actions necessary to advance professionalism in the practice of law.
Jennifer C. Mock of the Mock Law Firm LLC was selected for the Personnel Committee, which advises Bar leaders with respect to staffing, salaries and other personnel matters, the Formal Advisory Opinion Board, which drafts opinions concerning a proper interpretation of the Rules of Professional Conduct or any of the grounds for disciplinary action under the Bar rules, the Institute of Continuing Legal Education Board, which supports and promotes continuing legal education programs for Bar members; and the Review Panel of the State Disciplinary Board, which is authorized to review investigative findings related to alleged violations of the Standards of Conduct by members of the Bar. Mock will also serve as Executive Committee liaison to the Communications/Cornerstones of Freedom Committee, which oversees the Bar's program of communications with its members and the public, and the Law Practice Management Program Committee, which oversees the State Bar program to assist Georgia lawyers and their employees in all phases of office management.
Daniel B. Snipes of Taulbee Rushing Snipes Marsh & Hodgin LLC will serve on the Finance Committee, which is responsible for preparing the annual State Bar budget and monitoring the finances of the State Bar throughout the year, the Advisory Committee on Legislation, which prepares legislation approved by the State Bar Board of Governors for consideration by the Georgia General Assembly and monitors all legislation affecting Bar members and the practice of law, and the Local & Voluntary Bars Committee, which promotes the activities of local, circuit and voluntary bar associations throughout Georgia by maintaining a close affiliation with those organizations.
Gerald M. Edenfield of Edenfield Cox Bruce & Classens P.C. was appointed to the Commission on Continuing Lawyer Competency, which establishes minimum requirements for continuing legal education to ensure that attorneys maintain their professional competence throughout their careers, and the Bar Center Committee, which monitors the Bar's needs and uses of its headquarters facility in Atlanta.
Susan W. Cox of Edenfield Cox Bruce & Classens P.C. was named to the Senior Lawyers Committee, which aids lawyers in preparing their practices for succession upon retirement.
Laura H. Wheaton of Brown Rountree P.C. was named to the Elections Committee, which conducts the elections of all officers and members of the Board of Governors of the State Bar.