The Southeast Georgia ABOTA Chapter held is annual dinner on Thursday, April 3rd. In addition to local members, Chief Judge Fowler and Judge Sapp of the State Court of Chatham County attended as well as Mark Robinson, the national president of ABOTA. Chief Judge Fowler swore in the new officers. Gene Brooks became a past president of this ABOTA chapter that is the youngest chapter in the country. New officers are Wiley Wasden, Jeff Arnold, Sally Akins and Curtis “Van” Cheney. This Chapter, as are all ABOTA chapters, is comprised of experienced and respected civil trial lawyers representing both Plaintiffs and Defendants. The geographical area of the Southeast Chapter ranges from the Georgia-Florida line to Augusta. Over the past two years, this Chapter has grown to over thirty members, has submitted an application for Honorary Diplomat for Judge Charles Mikell, Court of Appeals and former Judge in both State and Superior Court of Chatham County. The application was accepted by national ABOTA and was awarded to Judge Mikell last year. Additionally, the Southeast Georgia ABOTA Chapter created and awarded the Paul Painter, Jr. Award of Professionalism to the award’s namesake for his professionalism in trial practice. Also, the Southeast Georgia ABOTA Chapter has worked with the Jacksonville ABOTA Chapter in organizing and holding a Masters In Trial seminar at the Duval County Courthouse in January of 2014 that was attended by approximately 100 lawyers and law students. The Southeast Georgia ABOTA Chapter looks forward to working with the trial judges and trial lawyers in promoting efficient jury trials and professionalism in the trial practice.
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