Local judge, attorney named to State Bar committees

Judge Horace J. Johnson Jr.

Alcovy Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge Horace J. Johnson Jr. and two local attorneys have been have been appointed to serve on a number of standing and special committees of the 48,000-member State Bar of Georgia for 2016-17.

Johnson was named as a liaison to the Bench & Bar Committee, which oversees the Judicial District Professionalism Program and works to identify and facilitate solutions to issues of mutual interest between the state’s judges and lawyers for the benefit of the public, and as a member of the JQC Legislation Task Force, which will formulate and recommend a course of action with regard to legislation implementing a reconstituted Georgia Judicial Qualifications Commission.

Attorney Michael G. Geoffroy of LaMalva Geoffroy & Oeland P.C. in Covington was selected as vice chair of 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 State Bar members and the practice of law, and as a member of the Bar Association Support to Improve Correctional Services (BASICS) Committee, which provides oversight to the State Bar-sponsored offender rehabilitation program; 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; and 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.

Conyers attorney Deborah W. Espy was also appointed to serve on the Bar Association Support to Improve Correctional Services (BASICS) Committee for 2016-17.

The State Bar of Georgia, with offices in Atlanta, Savannah and Tifton, was established in 1964 by Georgia’s Supreme Court as the successor to the voluntary Georgia Bar Association, founded in 1884. All lawyers licensed to practice in Georgia belong to the State Bar. Its members work together to strengthen the constitutional promise of justice for all, promote principles of duty and public service among Georgia’s lawyers, and administer a strict code of legal ethics.

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